“[God] has established classes wards, and branches and commanded us to meet together often. In those gatherings, which God has designed for us, lies our great opportunity. We can pray and work for the unity that will bring us joy and multiply our power to serve.”
Prepare yourself spiritually
What teams are you part of at church, school, home, work, etc.? How do you work toward unity in these teams? How does unity change how your teams perform? Why do you think Heavenly Father asks us to work with others?
How will understanding basic team dynamics and working toward unity in their class or quorum help these young men and women?
|What do you do to contribute to the teams you are part of?
How can the spirit help you work better together?
Do the youth see themselves as members of a team?
Do they work well together?
|Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel inspired to share with the youth?
President Henry B. Eyring “Our Hearts Knit as One” October 2008.
Video: “Equally Yoked Together” (President Packer)
Other scriptures and videos from the LDS Media Library
|Teaching in the Savior’s way
The Savior shared simple stories, parables, and real-life examples to teach in a way that made sense to his disciples. What personal experiences can you share with the youth to help them understand the roles of the Holy Ghost and feel a desire to seek and be worthy of such experiences?
Teaching tip: Watch this video to learn how to help the youth teach and learn from each other: “Teaching Each Other
During the first few minutes of each session, help the youth make connections between what they are learning in this leadership course and in various other settings (such as personal study, seminary, other church classes, or experiences with their friends). How can you help them see the relevance of what they’re learning in their lives? The ideas below might help:
- Invite the youth to share an experience that helped them understand the things they learned last time about communication, vision, and goal-setting.
- Ask youth to consider how making group goals has brought them together as a class or quorum and helped them work together. Ask them to describe the difference between a group and a team. Lead them to the idea that a team is a group that shares a common vision where members support and depend on one another.
Each of the activities below will help the young men and women understand the importance of having personal and group vision as they work toward worthy goals. Complete each of the three sections by prayerfully selecting one or more activity in each section that resonates with you and will work best for your class or quorum:
- Show that a team is a group of people working toward the same goals and vision
Choose from these activities:
- Play one of the following games from Troop Program Resources to get the class or quorum practicing teamwork. After the game, ask the group, “How did it go? Did you succeed with the challenge? Could you have done it alone?”
- All Aboard—Have the group attempt to get the entire team aboard a 2-foot square of cardboard for at least 10 seconds. No person may touch the ground around the square.
- Nitro Transport—Have each class or quorum move a can of radioactive nitro (an orange juice can full of water) from point A to point B (a distance of about 25-30 feet by lifting the can on a small board (12 inches square) with eight 6-foot ropes (It will be similar in appearance to an octopus). Have each team review their group vision and goals, as well as their plan to achieve that vision and those goals. Explain that being in a team for this course is a good way for them to understand how teams work and succeed. Emphasize that the skills they learn in this session will help them in any team setting in their lives now and in the future. This may also be a good time to ask why they think the church is organized into groups (classes, families, wards, stakes, etc.). Talk about the concept of Zion (Moses 7:18).
- Describe the phases that any team will experience as members move toward achieving a goal or learning a new skill. Discuss how knowledge of the four phases can enhance the ability to lead a team.
Choose from these activities:
- Show the slides that discuss the stages of team development. As you show the slides, ask the teams to comment on how they have seen these stages in their teams so far. Share examples from your personal experience, common school or church experiences, etc. that help illustrate each stage. For example, an orchestra or sports team at the beginning of the year is forming, what might storming, norming, and performing look like? Spend enough time on each stage that the youth understand how team’s operate.
- Show the video “Equally Yoked Together” from President Boyd K. Packer. Ask the group to describe how they saw the stages of team development in this example. What does it mean to be equally yoked?
- Show the video from Remember The Titans
- Understand the importance of celebrating success when a team reaches a point when it must disband or when its membership will change significantly.
- All classes and quorums change each year as members join and leave based on their age. Share a personal experience about how that change can bring both challenges and blessings. Emphasize the importance of celebrating successes as a team performs, but also being ready to return to the forming stage as group dynamics change. The stages of team development go in a circle. This is not a bad thing, it just means you need to adjust your approach to the stage your group is currently in.
- Other activity options you BYC may choose
Invite to Act
Ask the youth how they will use what they learned about team development to change their actions in the future. What will they do differently today, tomorrow, this week, and this year? Have them write down their ideas.
Have each class or quorum briefly discuss how they can work toward performing as a team.
Discuss with the youth what their next skill application challenge will be. Ask them to consider how what they’ve learned about team development applies to the challenge. Encourage them to apply their new skills and ideas about team development to the activity.
This series was adapted from National Youth Leader Training to help leaders teach LDS youth leadership skills so that those leaders can confidently “Let Them Lead.”
Authors: Maria Milligan and Darryl Alder | LDS NYLT writing team; at Utah National Parks Council Maria is Chief of Staff and Darryl is Strategic Initiatives Director. Together they help LDS Stakes meet their camping and training needs a customized basis.