By Richard Keys
Gospel Doctrine Lesson 14: “Who Is My Neighbor?”
Scheduled teaching date: Sunday, April 19
This lesson focuses on loving our neighbor and being a Good Samaritan. It includes the following exercise on page 9:
“Make a list of your friends, relatives, and other acquaintances, asking each family member to contribute at least one name to the list. Make plans to serve one or two of the people on the list in the coming week.”
This exercise focuses on people we know. However, the Savior’s example included people He did not know, those who were outside of His circle of friends and acquaintances. You may wish to suggest to others that they make a new friend outside of their usual circle, someone who is unlike them and who they may be slightly uncomfortable with, simply because they don’t know them. As the Spirit guides, they may come closer to loving ALL of God’s children, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, age, social or economic status, gender, sexual orientation, or any other measure that distinguishes them from us. As we do so, we will come closer to the Savior’s love for all of us.
This is part of a series of perspectives and resources for Gospel Doctrine teachers and students who are looking for ways to teach and learn that invite LGBT individuals, their families and friends to liken the scriptures unto themselves and apply the gospel in their lives.