Many are afraid to teach, but...

If ye are prepared ye shall not fear.

D&C 38:30

He has promised that if we are humble and have faith,

 he will make weak things become strong to us.

  Ether 12:27

You have developed many skills and abilities and have experienced growth from life's experiences which will enable you to help others.  You can bless the lives of others!

When you have doubts about how to proceed, think... What would Jesus do.

Our Savior was a great teacher.  What examples of teaching has he left for us to follow?

        Love Those You Teach

        Be and Example of What Your Teach

        Teach Basic Gospel Truths

        Remember the Purpose of Your Teaching

Love Those You Teach 

A new commandment I give unto you,

 that ye love one another, as I have loved you...

  John 13:34

He didn't say to just love the popular, pretty, smart, and  helpful, but also the unpopular, unsightly, mentally challenged, and the troublesome.


Be and Example of What Your Teach

Come follow me.

Luke 18:22

We do not have to be perfect to teach the gospel but we should be trying to live the principles.

See handout:  Be Ye Therefore Perfect Even As Your Father in Heaven is Perfect


Benefits of Living What We Teach

1.  Our testimony of the gospel increases.

2.  We are worthy to receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost and the Second Comforter.

      See handout:  The Second Comforter

3.  You will receive strength, understanding, wisdom.

4.  The class members will fill the sincerity of your testimony as they observe the example of your life.

5.  We learn to love ourselves because we are more like Christ.

6.  We have our Saviors help to overcome faults, make good decisions, and get through rough times.

7.  We are happier.

8.  We teach with the power and authority of God.  Alma 17:3

9.  We become instruments in the hand of God.  Alma 17:9

10. We become the people we need to be to make it back to Heavenly Father with honor.


Teach Basic Gospel Truths

Christ's main focus was the first principles and ordinances of the gospel... 

When we teach we should focus on these basic truths!




        receiving the Holy Ghost

        He also taught us to  love and serve others.


Christ taught using:

        clear, simple language.


        the scriptures to teach gospel principles clearly.

        examples from everyday life.


Remember the Purpose of Your Teaching

The Saviors job is to bring all people unto him.

In the pre-existence we promised to help him bring home our brothers and sisters.

This is the purpose of our teaching.



        Be set apart.  You need the special blessings the Lord has set aside for you to help you do this important work. Alma 17:18

        When we teach we are in a partnership with the Lord to bring to past the Eternal Lives of Mankind.

The Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach.

 D&C 42:14

As you prepare yourself spiritually the Spirit of the Lord will be able to guide and help you in your teaching.


Prepare Every Needful Thing

        Pray often.

        Pray that the Lord will bless you with His Spirit as you prepare your lesson.

        Read your next lesson the evening of the same day that you just gave your last lesson so you have the ideas of new lesson in your head.  This way the Holy Ghost can inspire you throughout  the week as to things you should use in your lesson to help the individual class members grow.

        Continue to read your lesson throughout the week.

        Know the needs of your students.

        Pray about the needs of the individuals in your class.  You may want to add fasting with your prayer when you are conscience of certain needs of your students.

        Make an outline of the basic thoughts you want to put into your lesson so you can glance at the next item to cover so you don't read the lesson.

        Ask for the Spirit to be with you to testify to your students of the truthfulness of the things that your teaching. 

        Also ask that the Spirit inspire them to make the necessary changes in their lives to help them make it back home.

        Learn to recognize the promptings of the Holy Ghost.  Feels that keep coming to us are usually not our imaginations running away with us.  This is the mode of operation of the Holy Ghost.  He will continue to bring his messages to you until you purposefully discard them as not wanted.  If you are not sure if a message is coming from the Holy Ghost, then think the thoughts through, make a decision whether they are right or wrong.  Then ask God if your decision is correct.  If they are then, heed the warnings of the Holy Ghost! 

        See handout:  Be Ye Therefore Perfect Even As Your Father in Heaven is Perfect

        Pray throughout the week for the Lord to help you understand the needs of your students for this lesson.  See handout: God Answers Silent and Vocal Prayers

Saturday is a special day it the day we get ready for Sunday

        Clothing and scriptures set out.

        Menus/Foods prepared for Sunday

        Lesson all set out, ready to go.

        Gas up and clean out the car.

        Clean and organize your homes so the Spirit feel comfortable to be there.


Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing, and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; 

D&C 109:8


Keep the Sabbath Day Holy

        Personal prayer

        Morning family prayer

        Have a loving attitude with family with no yelling or stress.

        Leave a half hour before meeting start to give you time to get your family and you settled in a pew, get materials from the library and to enjoy the Spirit, hassle-free.


Study the Scriptures

To be a good teacher you should prayerfully study the scriptures.  There are great benefits from doing so.  These are:

1.  You will learn from the Savior and grow in knowledge (the Second Comforter).

2.  The Spirit of the Lord will help you understand the scriptures.

3.  You will be inspired to see how they apply to your students and you today.

4.  Adding prayer and fasting to your scripture studying gives you added strength and guidance by the Spirit.


Strive to Keep the Spirit With Us

We can have the Spirit with us by:

1.  Trying to keeping the commandments.

2.  Don't be contentious with others.

3.  Don't gossiping.

4.  Engaging in open-ended prayer.

5.  Read the scriptures.

6.  Surround ourselves with good people and things.

7.  Repent as needed. 

      See handout:  Be Ye Therefore Perfect Even As Your Father in Heaven is Perfect



Teaching Guidebook (1994). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  UT: Salt Lake City.

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

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