In order to reach your eternal potential and do the work the Lord has for you, you need to have a vision of your eternal destiny and what success truly looks like in the eyes of the Lord. Having this vision is the first step to achieving your goals and inheriting eternal life. President Thomas S. Monson has explained, “Vision without effort is daydreaming; effort without vision is drudgery; but vision, coupled with effort, will obtain the prize.”
Prepare yourself spiritually
What does it mean to have a vision of your potential? What is God’s vision for you? How does having a vision help you continually make good choices and come closer to Father in Heaven? Record your own personal vision of success in life and at Zion’s Camp.
How will understanding their vision for themselves and their class or quorum help these young men and women?
|What vision do you have for your future? How has having a vision helped you choose the right and progress? How has knowing God’s plan helped you have a vision of who you are and what you should do?
Do the youth have a vision of who they are? Do they have goals and plans that you know of?
| Prayerfully study these scriptures and
resources. What do you feel inspired to
share with the youth?
|Teaching in the Savior’s way
The Savior loved those He taught. He knew their interests, hopes, and desires and what was happening in their lives. What can you do to understand the interests and needs of the youth you teach? How will this influence the way you teach them?
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:
1- Show that vision is having a clear understanding of what future success looks like.
Choose from these activities:
- Explain to participants that vision comes from the word visual: to see. In a vision, you can see yourself doing something or being something. Show the video “Our True Identity” from President Uchtdorf. Ask the youth to discuss how having a vision of who he truly was changed this swan’s life. Ask, how can having a vision of who you truly are change your life? Read Genesis 1:26-27, Abraham 3:22-26, and D&C 18:10. Ask the youth to describe who they truly are. What is their destiny?
- Ask the youth if they’ve ever thought about climbing a mountain. Have them imagine reaching the top, looking down at the cliffs and hills below them, seeing eagles flying around them. How would it feel to know you did something many never accomplish? Now what if that mountain were Mount Everest? And what if you were blind? Could you still climb that mountain? Show the video of Erik Weihenmayer (who climbed Mt. Everest despite losing his vision at an early age). Ask the youth what kinds of challenges might keeping them from achieving their vision. How can they overcome them, like Erik did? How did having a vision of success help Erik achieve his goals even when he couldn’t see them?
- Share a personal experience about a time when having a clear vision of who you are and what you want to accomplish has helped you in your life. Share how you gained that vision. Ask the youth to consider times in their life they have had a vision that helped them succeed. Bear your testimony of your eternal potential and what that means to you. Help the youth feel the importance of their own eternal potential.
- Other activities to show what vision is as you are inspired.
2- Help the youth begin thinking about the personal vision they will develop by the end of the week.
Choose from these activities:
- Ask the youth to imagine their future. Where do they see themselves in five years? Ten years? Fifty years? What kinds of things will they accomplish? Will they serve a mission? Make temple covenants? Have a family? What kind of person do they hope to be? Have them write down their vision for the future. If you haven’t already done so, read Genesis 1:26-27, Abraham 3:22-26, and D&C 18:10. Ask them, what is God’s vision for you? Look at your own vision. Are you working to become what God would have you be? · Show the video, “Our Eternal Potential”. Ask the youth to consider their own hatchet covers. What is holding them back from being an effective instrument in doing God’s work and working toward eternal life? What can they do to remove the hatchet cover and get a clearer vision of who they are? Have them write down their ideas.
- Other activities to demonstrate personal vision as you are inspired.
3- Help your class or quorum communicate a vision of what they would like to accomplish this week and in the future.
Choose from these activities:
- Explain that just like having an individual vision will help you make good choices and focus on the important things in your own life, having a group vision for your class or quorum will help you move forward together and life each other. Watch the video about President Hinckley, JFK, and President Monson. How did having a vision of what the group could accomplish help these leaders? What changes have we seen because of this shared vision?
- Watch the video about the growth of the church by stakes. While the video is playing, share this experience from Wilford Woodruff:Although the Church was very small in the beginning, Joseph Smith had a prophetic sense of its grand destiny. Wilford Woodruff recalled that during a priesthood meeting at Kirtland, Ohio, in April 1834, the Prophet tried to awaken the brethren to a realization of the future state of God’s kingdom on earth: “The Prophet called on all who held the Priesthood to gather into the little log school house they had there. It was a small house, perhaps 14 feet square. But it held the whole of the Priesthood of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were then in the town of Kirtland. … When we got together the Prophet called upon the Elders of Israel with him to bear testimony of this work. …When they got through the Prophet said, ‘Brethren, I have been very much edified and instructed in your testimonies here tonight, but I want to say to you before the Lord, that you know no more concerning the destinies of this Church and kingdom than a babe upon its mother’s lap. You don’t comprehend it.’ I was rather surprised. He said, ‘It is only a little handful of Priesthood you see here tonight, but this Church will fill North and South America—it will fill the world.’”After the video ends, ask the youth if they have seen the results of Joseph’s vision for the church. Do they know members from other countries? How did Joseph’s vision help the church grow?
- Have each class or quorum develop a shared vision. Provide paper or a flip chart to each group. Ask them to brainstorm what they want to achieve this week. Whom will they help? What will they learn? Where are they now? Where do they see themselves on the last day? How will they have changed? Then ask the group to imagine what success looks like when they return home. What will the group be like? What do they hope to achieve this year? How will they act? What will they do? Give each group time to discuss and write down a shared vision of success. After about ten minutes, have them write or draw their final vision for success as a group. Have each group share their vision with the rest of the youth.
- Other activities to help youth communication their vision as you are inspired.
Invite to Act
Ask the youth how they will use what they learned about vision today 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 display or remember their shared vision so they can refer to it often this week and when they go home. Ask them to make a plan.
Remind the youth that one of the best ways to remember and achieve their vision is to share it. Have them consider how they can share their vision of their eternal potential and success with others.
Discuss with the youth what their next skill application challenge will be. Ask them to consider how what they’ve learned about vision applies to the challenge. Encourage them to apply their new skills and ideas to the activity.
This is a new series was written to help LDS youth leaders train class and quorum presidencies using concepts taught at National Youth Leader Training (Timberline) and Wood Badge. It is written in a format similar to the Come, Follow Me lesson styles. It was designed for outdoor use, but we feel it can be used in other ways back home. We hope you enjoy these:
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.