David and I were recently called to teach the 12-year-old Sunday school class. We taught our first class today and the kids were incredibly engaged and we all helped build each other’s testimonies. I was amazed at how much they loved being asked the situational questions from the activity below. It really opened up a great conversation. We decided to teach this week on “How can I learn to make my own decisions” from the “Come Follow Me” manual. Here are our lesson notes.

 

Theme: Approach: Time
Introduction

 

Have someone say the opening prayer.

Get to know you section:

What is your favorite Disney Movie?

Introduce the lesson:

How can I learn to make my own decisions?

Ask the class:

What kind of decisions do you have to make every day?

  • What to wear
  • To be nice or mean

What kind of decisions do people make for you?

  • Gather their answers.
  • Trick question: They have free agency. People can’t make decisions for them.

What kinds of decisions do your parents make for your family?

  • When to go on vacation
  • How money is spent
  • Where the family is going to live

How can you start making decisions right now that will help you make good decisions when you’re older?

  • Segue into “Making decisions with the Lord”
15 mins.
Making Decisions with the Lord

 

Have someone read Alma 37:37

  • Counsel with the Lord

Ask the class:

What does it mean to “counsel with the Lord?”

  • Pray to get guidance from Heavenly Father through prayer.

When does it say that we should counsel with Him?

  • Morning and night

Have someone read D&C 9:7-9

Heavenly Father guides us in our decisions after we have studied them in our own minds.

Ask the class:

What does it mean to “study it out in our mind?”

  • Ponder about the question, talk to people you trust, search for the answers in the scriptures.

Ask the class:

How does Heavenly Father help you make decisions every day?

10 mins.
Choice Activity

 

Ask the class the following questions and have them write the answers down on a piece of paper. If they get all of the answers correct, we will bring candy the next week.  

After each question have the class share their answers and talk about why they chose to do what they did.

  • Your mom asks you to clean your room after school but your friends call you and want to hang out. What do you do?
  • You’re tired after a long day at school and doing your homework and you just want to go to bed. But your parents remind you that you haven’t read your scriptures or said your prayers today. What do you do?
  • A friend at school forgot her lunch. What do you do?
  • You see someone cheating on a test at school. What do you do?
  • You accidentally break something in a store but no one sees you. What do you do?
  • Everyone at school is making fun of someone because they spilled juice on their pants. What do you do?
  • You’ve been saving for a new game that costs $50 but you hear your mom say she needs money for an emergency. What do you do?
  • Your mom makes dessert for after dinner. She tells you to wait but you really love this dessert and she leaves the kitchen for a while. What do you do?

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Just make sure to discuss with the class why they chose the answers they did.

15 mins.
Wrap Up Ask the Class:

  • Is it hard to make decisions?
  • Is it hard to know which decision is the right one?
  • How can you know what decision to make?
  • When you make a decision, how do you know that it was the right one?

Final Thoughts:

  • The older you get, the harder it will be to make decisions.
  • It’s important to decide what your values are now so that when you have to make a difficult decision you will already know what to do.
  • Decisions don’t only affect you, sometimes there are other people involved.
  • There are consequences for every decision. Consequences can be both good and bad. When you make a decision, a good way to decide if it’s a good decision is to look at what the consequences are.

Testimony:

We’re all going to have to make a tough decision, one way or another. But know we are not alone. Our Heavenly Father is our light and guide to making the right decision. Even if may not seem like the ideal decision at the time, He knows what we need and what will be beneficial for us in the long run. I know that if we put our faith in His hands, he won’t let us down.

Feedback:

How can we make the class better for you?

Have someone say a closing prayer.

10 mins.

 

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