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10 Warnings from Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Here is a handout I made from the 10 Warnings by Elder Neal A. Maxwell as suggested in the Young Women’s Manual Resource Guide. These warnings are about the use of procreative powers (for the 1 page handout I had to shorten some of these):

1. Resist the rhetoric of the world, and you will find that, if you stand fast, so will others—some surprisingly. As Paul said, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17). Neither women nor men can be truly free if they behave so as to lose the Spirit.

2. Since you don’t let people come in and walk around in your house with muddy feet, do not let them walk through your minds with muddy feet.

3. Build your strong personal link in a chain of chastity and family fidelity, so it can proceed forth from grandparents to parents to children and then on to their posterity. To be so welded together is, of course, to be drawn together in the strongest kind of bond and is to affirm, by your actions, that you believe in the commandments in spite of what is going on in the world around you.

4. Do not company with fornicators—not because you are too good for them but because you are not good enough. Remember that bad situations can wear down even good people. Joseph had both good sense and good legs in fleeing from Potiphar’s wife.

5. Along with the traditional, predatory, selfish male there is now the predatory, selfish female. Both, driven by appetite, have a false sense of being free—but it is, alas, the same sort of empty freedom Cain possessed (after he had broken a commandment by slaying Abel) when, ironically, he said, “I am free” (Moses 5:33).

6. Where mistakes have been made, remember we have the glorious gospel of repentance. The miracle of forgiveness awaits all who are seriously sorry and who will follow the necessary steps. Bear in mind, however, these are situations in which the soul must first be scalded by shame, for only with real cleansing can real healing occur. But the road of repentance is really there.

7. Where the impulse to do wrong appears, act against that impulse while the impulse is still weak and while the will is still strong. Dalliance merely means that the will weakens and the impulse grows stronger. There is a Parkinson’s law of temptation: Temptation expands so as to fill the time and space available to it. Keep “anxiously engaged” (D&C 58:27) in doing good things.

8. Because our Church’s behavioral standards are different, connect that fact with what several prophets have told us about how we must come to despise the shame of the world. We must not hold the people of the world in contempt; we must love them. But we must come to have contempt for the shame of the world, because it matters so little in the end.

9. Remember, those who are in error must not call the cadence for your life, for those who boast of their sexual conquests are only boasting of that which has conquered them. We may pity behavioral clones, but we do not envy them.

10. My young friends, in your concern for justice, deal justly with yourselves! There is a very telling verse in the Book of Mormon that describes an ancient political leader with these words: “And he did do justice unto the people, but not unto himself because of his many whoredoms” (Ether 10:11).

LDS Handout

Flood worksheet with scripture mastery

I made this handout to accompany my teaching of Genesis 6-8. The top part is an explanation of how it was a blessing for the Earth that God destroyed the wicked in the flood.

The second area is a blank for the students to write how they have overcome storms in their lives with God’s help, like Noah.

The third section is so that the students can look up the scriptures and write on the ark where they can seek refuge and protection. The scriptures in big type are the ones in the handbook. It annoyed me that the handbook didn’t use the scripture mastery verses, so I added those in, too.

LDS Handout

Atonement / Trial quotes from Maxwell and Ballard

These quotes are to go along with Genesis 22.

“In that hour I think I can see our dear Father behind
the veil looking upon these dying struggles; . . . His
great heart almost breaking for the love that He had
for His Son. Oh, in that moment when He might have
saved His Son, I thank Him and praise Him that He
did not fail us. . . . I rejoice that He did not interfere,
and that His love for us made it possible for Him to
endure to look upon the sufferings of His Son and give
Him finally to us, our Saviour and our Redeemer.
Without Him, without His sacrifice, we would have
remained, and we would never have come glorified
into His presence. And so this is what it cost, in part,
for our Father in heaven to give the gift of His Son”
(in Melvin J. Ballard . . . Crusader for Righteousness
[1966], 137).

“How can you and I really expect to glide naively
through life, as if to say, Lord, give me experience, but
not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not
betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from
me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what
Thou art! Then let me come and dwell with Thee and
fully share Thy joy!” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1991,
117; or Ensign, May 1991, 88).

LDS Handout

Manual 2 Lesson 6: Work & Value Experience

Cami D. has shared the handouts she created for use with YW Manual 2.

This one has a quote from the lesson by Neal A. Maxwell: “I do not believe people can be happy unless they have work to do. One can really be more of a slave to idleness than to work. Work also keeps us humble and reminds us of how all our blessings come to us from our Heavenly Father. … The gospel of work is a very important teaching of the Church. If we learn to work early in life we will be better individuals, better members of families, better neighbors, and better disciples of Jesus Christ, who Himself learned to work as a carpenter.”

It also has a handout for use with the Good Works Value Experience associated with this lesson.

1 of each hndout per page, 8.5 x 11 inches, color.