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This Week’s Lesson: The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders – Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27
Supplemental Audiovisual Resources
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Quotable and Inspired Text
Here are some resources from other talks and manuals about similar subjects that you can peruse.
Alternate Activity Ideas
Since every class has different needs, we brainstormed a few extra ideas for class activities that might prove useful to you.
Read and discuss D&C 121:34-46 with the class, and spend time especially on understanding and sharing examples of the concept of unrighteous dominion. Since these Old Testament lessons are designed to be applied to our modern experiences with leadership, prepare insightful questions that will help class members think introspectively about what they can each do to better exemplify leadership qualities that will maintain their worthiness to receive the blessings and authority of the Priesthood.
SELF-EXALTING VS. SELF-ABASING LEADERSHIP
In His teachings to the primitive Christian church in the New Testament, the Savior Jesus Christ taught on several occasi0ns that to be a true leader is to be a servant to those one is responsible for. How is this Christlike view of leadership in contrast to some values taught in many public and professional circles today? Help class members express what they feel have been successful and unsuccessful tactics used by leaders they’ve either observed or worked under.
“IT IS NOT EXPEDIENT THAT YE SHOULD HAVE A KING”
King Mosiah expressed his feelings about monarchic governments when his people called for a new king in Mosiah 29. Instead, he urged them to institute a system of judges (more akin to an archaic republic) to govern the people. Help the class engage in a civil and spiritually uplifting discussion about the importance of agency and express gratitude for the modern democratic societies that allow for a larger amount of self-governance within the populace.