Ask the youth if they have any questions or comments about what they are learning in their other classes. Invite them to share personal experiences or impressions they have received as a result of their learning.
How does keeping the commandments affect my ability to learn the gospel? Or How does obedience affect my ability to learn the gospel?
What are the commandments? They are instructions for how to be happy. God’s purpose is that we can have joy, right? God knows there are things that will make life harder and make us unhappy and the commandments are to steer us away from those things.
When I follow what I want to do rather than what God wants or when I am not keeping the commandments I find that often I get in a fog. It gets hard to make decisions. It sometimes gets hard to concentrate or remember things. Sometimes it is harder to be patient with others.
If that fog isn't there and the spirit is speaking to me more clearly, because I have kept the commandments, I find that I learn and understand things better. I listen more and hear more.
Read scriptures from lesson about how keeping the commandments leads to increased knowledge.
Are there any mysteries of God you would like to know? How would you go about finding out that mystery?
The more we keep the commandments the more we understand the commandments and life in general.
People try to figure out the problems of life while removing God from the solution. Their solution to the problems are constantly changing as they don't take into account God's plan and how he designed us and this earth. They don't know his purpose for us being here or the purpose of the earth.
Doctrine and Covenants 93:26-28
26 The Spirit of truth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth;
27 And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.
28 He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.
"A knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God." - President Monson
“Keep the commandments; keep the commandments! In this there is safety; in this there is peace.
He will send blessings; He will send blessings. Words of a prophet: Keep the commandments.
In this there is safety and peace.
Read Daniel 1
“What is the Lord trying to emphasize and why? Is there anything in these verses that applies to me personally?”
Tell the boys that when we read stories we can write notes in our scripture margins of things we want to remember the next time we read that part of the scriptures.
We can also pause while we are reading to write things we think of in our journal. They wet can read our journal in the future and remember things that were important to us and things we have learned. We can look back and see places where God's hand was in our life.
Our kids or grand kids will also be able to look through our journal and see the spiritual experiences we have with the scriptures.
What are some ways you have thought of as we have talked that you can do to help you understand the gospel better?