Relief Society Lesson 34: Developing Our Talents

While preparing and teaching this lesson I would suggest doing whatever you can to keep the discussion from revolving around a notion of “talents” befitting a talent show. As a teacher, I would make this explicit at the start of the class, by creating a working definition of the word “talent” which does not necessarily denote a skill (musical, artistic or otherwise) generally thought of as something to entertain others. As this topic has the potential to help us truly “evaluate ourselves to find our strengths and abilities,” as the manual states, keeping the discussion relevant to every member of the class, not just those with a recognizable talent that entertains others is essential. Perhaps emphasizing the words from the manual of “gifts and abilities” rather than “talent” will further drive home this point.
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