By Utah National Parks Council
May 28, 2017

Let Them Lead: Leading Reflections

Taking time to reflect on activities helps youth feel the spirit, express their feelings, and find meaning in the things they are experiencing.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught:

“May we then do . . . what Nephi did when studying the scriptures, namely, to ‘liken all scriptures’ unto ourselves (1 Nephi 19:23). This is something that doesn’t happen often enough in the Church. We read the scriptures, but often we do not ‘liken’ them” (Jesus, the Perfect Mentor [CES fireside for young adults, 6 Feb. 2000], 1).

Prepare yourself spiritually

Meaningful reflection occurs when we mentally wander through where we have been, either alone or in a group. We try to make some sense of what we have done or read to give it larger meaning.

When have you stopped to reflect on something you’ve done? What difference did it make in your life?

How would Mutual change if youth reflected on each activity after completing it? How would it affect their lives if they used it personally?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 will help the youth learn
the importance of reflection in their lives
and in all their activities?

Teaching in the Savior’s way

View: Personalizing Scriptures and Asking Follow-up Questions to see how teachers help those they teach liken scriptures and ask questions to find deeper meaning in things.

The Savior loved those He taught. He knew their interests, hopes, and desires and what their lives were like. How did he use everyday things and experiences to teach those around him?

Make connections

During the first few minutes of each session, help the youth make connections between what they are learning at this activity in various other back home settings (such as personal study, seminary, other Church classes, or experiences with their friends). How can you help them see the relevance of the gospel in daily living? The ideas below will help set the stage for the youth to learn about reflections:

  • Immediately following mutual activities, invite the youth to stop and think about what they just did. Can they find meaning in that activity that reinforces a gospel truth they have been learning about back home on Sundays? Lead them in a reflection of the activity using what you have learned about this technique from the resources above.
  • Say: What we just did is called a reflection; we will be doing these after many activities from no on. So that you can understand the importance, we are going to take 15 minutes now to learn more about how to do reflections.

Learn Together

Each of the activities below can help the youth become better at reflection. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class or quorum:

  • Read this quote by Jack Mezirow: “A defining condition of being human is that we have to understand the meaning of our experience.” Then split into groups to discuss the quote while searching these Topical Guide subjects: Consider; Liken; Meditation; Ponder; Scriptures, Study of; Think (one class or quorum). Have them select scriptures that stand out to them and make a list of their findings.
  • Read Reflections – Reflections – Comparing temporal activities to spiritual lessons, Bradley D Harris. Ask the groups to discuss and report on what they learned from the story about the bishop in Kaysville.
  • Split  into two groups to watch the videos Reflections and Liken All Scriptures. Have each group make a report of their observations to the other groups.
  • Use the other articles above or other resources from your personal experience and inspiration to discuss and illustrate reflection.

Invite to Act

Give the youth time to list what they are going to do to incorporate reflection  in their classes and quorums. Invite a few of them to share what they have written.

Then ask the youth to share what they learned today. Do they understand how personal reflection will help guide their lives? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?

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.

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