By Utah National Parks Council
Sep 03, 2017

Let Them Lead: Finding Your Vision (Part 2)

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. Elder M. Russell Ballard explains:

“God expresses His love for us by providing the guidance we need to progress and reach our potential.… He who knows most about us, our potential and our eternal possibilities has given us divine counsel and commandments in his instruction manuals—the holy scriptures.” 


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? 

How will understanding their vision for themselves help these young men and women?

What vision do you have for your future? Has your vision changed at all in the past few days? How do you plan to achieve that vision? 

Do the youth have a vision of who they are? Do they know what to do to get where they hope to go

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel inspired to share with the youth? 
Romans 2:7 (patient continuance in well doing) 
D&C 75:5 (eternal life for the faithful) 
D&C 78:18 (I will lead you along) 
Elder Richard G. Scott “Realize Your Full Potential”  
President Henry B. Eyring “Education for Real Life” 
Other scriptures and videos from BYC.

Teaching in the Savior’s way

The Savior encouraged those He taught to think about the scriptures for themselves and use them to find answers to their own questions. How will the youth you teach be blessed as they learn to find answers to the questions they have about the gospel?  

Teaching tip: Watch this video to learn how to use thoughtful questions to help the youth learn: “Ask Us Questions”

 

Make connections

During the first few minutes of this session, help the youth make connections between what they are learning in various settings (such as quorum or class meetings, ward meetings, skill challenges, personal study or other experiences). 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 have learned about personal and group vision.  
  • Ask groups to consider how vision has played a role in their experiences at Mutual. Has their group vision changed how they’ve acted? 

Learn Together 

Members of the Bishop’s Youth Committee (BYC) should each prepare their own personal vision of success, then identify the goals that will lead to realizing the vision. These visions and the accompanying goals should be written on flip chart pages, posters, or some other form that can be displayed and discussed during the session. These can be used as examples of fully-formed visions and the steps necessary to realize those visions. Other staff members involved in this session should also prepare and write down their own personal visions of success and identify several goals that lead to realizing that vision.  

Each of the activities below will help the young men and women understand the importance of having a personal vision. 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. Explain that Vision is what future success looks like 
    Choose from these activities: 
  • Review what the youth learned about vision earlier in the course. Remind them that vision is what future success looks like. There is a place for dreaming when you are developing a vision for yourself or your class or quorum. You are imagining a future that is brighter and more productive than if you didn’t give thought to what is to come. Nothing happens without a vision, or at least nothing as positive as what can occur when you put your mind to it.  

A vision gives you an anchor in the future. It is a magnet that pulls you along. It is a belay point, a touchstone, a clear overview of life beyond the current moment. It’s not a road map showing small steps—that’s the role of goals. Vision is big. It is a clear picture of the future.  

Ask the youth to share what they’ve learned about vision from their experiences during this course.

  • Other activity options designated by the BYC

2. Discuss how their class or quorum’s vision for the ward is being realized 
    Choose from these activities: 

  • At the beginning of this course, each class or quorum created a vision for what they wanted to accomplish. Ask each class or quorum to present their vision from the first day. How did it pull them along through the course? Was the picture of themselves that they imagined back then what they look like today? 
  • Other activity options designated by the BYC.

3. Prepare and communicate a personal vision
    Choose from these activities: 

  • Have one or two priests or Laurels share their personal vision with the youth. Explain how you came to have this vision and how it is a picture of future success. Post a written version where participants can see it. 
  • Do the News Story Challenge: ask youth to write a news story about themselves as they will be 25 years from now. Talk about who you are and what you have been doing. Describe how your strengths and interests as a youth have developed as you have become an adult. Include a picture of what you imagine yourself looking like and doing in 25 years. Ask for volunteers to share what they have written and drawn. 
  • Challenge youth to create their own personal vision. They can make lists, draw sketches, brainstorm, or use whatever method is most useful for them. Ask these questions to guide them: 
    • What will be a measure of success for me in five years, ten years, twenty years? 
    • What is it that already makes me unique? What do I like to do? What makes me happy? How can I build on that strength? 
    • What can I take from the News Story Challenge to help shape my vision? 

Encourage participants to make their initial vision bigger. Remind them that they are children of God with infinite potential. Give them time to write and draw their vision. Allow those who would like to share their vision to do so. 

  • Other activity options designated by the BYC. 

4. Identify at least one goal leading toward realization of that personal vision 
    Choose from these activities: 

  • Review SMART goals with the youth, having them define each letter of the acronym. Ask how setting SMART goals has helped them this week. Have the youth leaders who presented their personal vision share some examples of specific goals they have set to achieve that vision. Display the goals on a flip chart or board so participants can see them. Have the youth leader explain how the goals are SMART. Ask the youth to write at least one goal to fulfill their personal vision and test it with the SMART Goals tool. Ask for volunteers to share their goals with the group. 
  • Youth leaders who shared vision and goals, also share how you can use the planning tool (What, How, When, Who) to achieve those goals. Have participants use the planning tool to decide how they will accomplish the goal they chose.
  • Other activity options designated by the BYC.

Invite to Act

Ask the youth to consider how having a personal vision with goals and a plan can help them in their lives, or has already helped them this week. Have them share their thoughts. 

Discuss what happens when goals have been reached and a vision achieved. What do you do when you’ve reached all your goals? That’s when it’s time to find a fresh vision, set new goals, and begin pursuing the next, bigger vision. Remember, your potential is limitless with God’s help. 

Have each class or quorum briefly discuss what their personal and group visions of success will be once they return home. What goals and plans will it take to realize that vision? 


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 on a customized basis.

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