Teaching and Using Prescribed Material and Resources

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

Manual and prescribed resources were prepared for you by the Lord’s servants and a approved by the Presidency of the Church and, of course, Jesus Christ.  You are commissioned by Jesus Christ to be a teacher.  Another words Christ is the boss and is calling the shots!

Christ has told you, through the First Presidency to teach out of the approved manual and use only the prescribed resources, like the scriptures and the teaching of the prophets both past and present.

Christ is our coach, we are in the last inning of the game of this world’s series.  It is crucial that we do actually what our coach tells us to do.  We must work together to win as many souls to God as possible.  Since God knows all and sees all, we must work as a team.  We cannot be running our own plays.  Another words…teach from the approved manual and use only those resources which are prescribed!


Unauthorized Use of Supplemental Materials

Elsie Elliott

Elder Oaks noted that while visiting quorums and Relief Societies, "I have sometimes observed teachers who gave the designated chapter no more than a casual mention and then presented a lesson and invited discussion on other materials of the teacher's choice. That is not acceptable.  A gospel teacher is not called to choose the subject of the lesson, but to teach and discuss what has been specified."

Speaking during the April 1983 general conference of the preparation needed to teach effectively, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve observed, "Teachers would be well advised to study carefully the scriptures and their manuals before reaching for supplemental materials. Far too many teachers seem to stray from the approved  curriculum materials without fully reviewing them.  Teachers can stay on safe ground when they use the standard works, the approved manual, the writings of General Authorities."

The First Presidency identified several objectives regarding the church’s courses of study for adults in Relief Society and the Quorums.  These objectives are to:

1.      Put more substance into instruction, emphasizing the scriptures and doctrinal teachings of latter-day prophets.

2.      Strengthen the work of the quorums and Relief Society.

3.      Retain and strengthen converts.

4.      Have the flexibility to teach doctrines on timely subjects.

5.      Provide parallel gospel study materials for adult brethren and sisters.


Flexibility and Creativity

Annette Nay, MS

As teachers we must understand that there is no flexibility in the materials and resources we must use to teach from.   Instead, we can find flexibility and creativity in the way in which we choose to present this material (Elsie Elliott).

The manual, Teaching No Greater Call, has almost thirty pages packed with interesting ways to share the lesson material with our learners (p. 159-184).   It is your job to vary your presentation to keep the interest of your learners and to pray to find out which way will best reach them with each type of material to be presented.  Don’t get caught doing the same thing over and over again!

The following table list just some of the methods of presentation, but the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Methods of Teaching

Teaching No Greater Call (1999)

Activity Sheets

Flannel Boards

Readers’ Theaters

Activity Verses



Application  Techniques

Guest Speakers

Role Playing

Attention Activities


Roller Boxes



Scriptures, Marking & Writing Margin Notes

Buzz Sessions


Scripture Memorization

Case Studies


Scripture Reading (Aloud)

Chalk Boards


Scripture Study Helps

Choral Readings

Music with Narratives

Scriptures Teaching


Object Lessons

Sing-a Story


Overhead Projections

Stations to Visit


Panel Discussions



Paper Stan-Up Figures




White Boards

Drawing Activities


Work Sheets






Elliott, Elsie - eelliott@cgocable.net (1/14/00).  Presentation Idea. LDS_teachers@onelist.com/.

Teaching No Greater Call (1999). Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Salt Lake City, Utah:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

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