Yesterday I gave the lesson in Relief Society. It was the presidency message. The nice thing about that is that I could pick any subject I wanted. The hard thing about that is that I could pick any subject I wanted. The subject I chose was Charity. I got all of my reference material from past Ensign’s but the bulk of it was from a talk by President Monson entitled Charity Never Faileth. It was given at the 2010 General Women’s Conference. It was excellent. Here is the link. First I started with the story about the dirty laundry and the soiled window. Then we talked a bit about the “Moat and Beam” as found in Matthew 7:3 and not judging others. Next I had someone read the story about Sister Monson sitting in an area at conference reserved for board members then we talked about judging actions and words of others as well as the appearance of others. Then I had someone else read the story of the disfigured man who found a place to stay in a boarding house across the street from a hospital. Then we talked about the attributes of charity. I posted them on the chalkboard. They are:
- Suffereth Lon
- Is Kind
- Envieth Not
- Is Not Puffed Up
- Seeketh Not Her Own
- Is Not Easily Provoked
- Thinketh No Evil
- Rejoiceth in Truth, Not Iniquity
- Beareth and Endureth All Things
- Believeth and Hopeth All Things
I told them how I had listed these items on a sticky note and put them on the desktop of my computer. And how I referred to them daily to remind me how to be. I then asked if they had any stories that had happened to them or they had done relating to any of these charitable attributes. We had a good discussion and I also shared some stories that I had found in the Ensign magazine and also a couple scriptural references. We also made references to Visiting Teaching.
I think that all in all it went very well and I had several compliments about it.