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April 16, 2018

3 Ways to Enhance your Gatherings

By following these three simple tips, your gatherings and group work can become more meaningful to you

Work, university courses, family councils and other scenarios have one thing in common: group work. Group work doesn’t end once you get your certificate or degree; it’s something that you will need to participate in for the rest of your life. So how can you make your group work more meaningful?

When each member strives to create an effective and positive environment, the groups you participate in will run more smoothly and every participant can have a better experience.

Here are three things you can do to enhance your group experience.

1. Bear one another’s burdens

“Bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light… and comfort those that stand in need of comfort…”1

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we should strive to support each other in our righteous efforts. Someone in your group may deal with symptoms of depression or anxiety, struggle to understand a concept, or feel overwhelmed with his or her responsibilities.

You can show your support by assisting others with their homework, sending positive feedback through a discussion board reply, or by being a supportive friend.

You can show your support to group members by reaching out and being their friend.

2. Empathize with others

“Empathy is looking on the heart — a deep understanding of the feelings of others.”2

By showing empathy, you are willing to put aside selfish desires and see the world from another’s perspective. Regardless of your strengths and weaknesses, try to look to others with an open and understanding heart. Focusing on others’ abilities can strengthen the group dynamic and you will be able to progress together.

Practice empathy by taking time to understand and relate to others. Be slow to judge and quick to love. If you strive to live these principles, you will begin to feel Christlike life for every member in your gathering or discussion group.

“Focusing on others’ abilities can strengthen the group dynamic and you will be able to progress together.”

3. Come prepared and ready to share

“Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself…”3

Being prepared is the first step of the BYU-Idaho Learning Model and, perhaps, one of the most important steps you can take to enhance a group project. When you are prepared for a gathering or meeting and are ready to listen, you will be prepared to receive greater insights than your would otherwise.

Reading the lesson, completing homework, bringing materials, and praying before attending a gathering can help you feel prepared to learn from and teach one another.

When you come prepared and ready to learn, the Spirit can sustain you in your learning and you’ll better benefit your group.

Find joy and purpose in your group work

Group work doesn’t have to be dull. By bearing one another’s burdens, showing empathy, and coming prepared, you will find joy and purpose in your group work. If you invest yourself and apply these principles, you will come to understand the importance and eternal benefits of teaching one another.

Learn more about PathwayConnect gatherings and apply today!

1. ^ Mosiah 18:8-9
2.  ^ Elaine Walton, “Empathy and the Pure Love of Christ,” BYU Devotional, July 30, 2002.
3.  ^ Ezekiel 38:7

Comments on "3 Ways to Enhance your Gatherings"

Jeidy Paul says:

Thank you for this uplifting message and encouragement.

Apoko Stella says:

I’m so grateful for the great opportunity of studying and learning, and I believe my life will change thanks to BYU-Pathway.

Harriet Whitmer says:

I agree. I can’t think of any job, calling or assignment in the church, family activity, or social gathering where working within a group took place. We are human and we are social.

Joseph Aruna says:

Today is our first day to start gathering. I hope I will enjoy it!

Lauren Conrad says:

Have a wonderful first gathering, Joseph!

George Suarez says:

I’m so grateful for this program created by the Lord for us, which enables us to progress and prepare for His second coming.


All these tips and videos are helpful, even when we apply them in our personal daily lives.

Poliana Barcellos says:

Thank you for the words. You comforted my heart.

Nadezhda Hernández says:

Thank you. Love is most important for my life.

Harriet Whitmer says:

I am grateful and excited to have the opportunity to participate in these classes and with our groups.

Oluebubechukwu Odinakachukwu Mera says:

Thank you for sharing. It’s really a great help. Thanks a lot!

Charlotte Moloi says:

I love Pathway connect, I am a mother of 4 and an A student. Pathway has brought back the confidence to study, my testimony has been strengthened. This is my third semester, I cant wait to start my degree in Marriage and Family studies. I loved the gathering nights. I will miss them and institute but it feels good to progress. I have learned a lot. I did not know that I will end up loving Math> I am grateful of BYU for the opportunity to further my studies and be a good example to my children. I would like to thank all the instructors I had sister Stott and brother Eidam they were great support system.

Rachel Rossette says:

Charlotte, thank you so much for sharing! Being a mom and student at the same time isn’t easy, but you’re setting such a wonderful example for your children. Congratulations on your upcoming completion of PathwayConnect!

Daniel Roque says:

thank you for your thsi suggestions i am so greatful to be part of this wondeful program

Shorai Sharon Mbiriwiri says:

I’m so grateful for BYU education for giving us this opportunity to continue with our studies,I hope that I’ll be an example to others so that they Wil be motivated by me and do the same

J.A. Banez says:

Thank you for your comment Shorai! How was your overall experience with PathwayConnect? Can you describe to us your story?

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