Teaching in the Home and Church

Jay M. Todd


All of us are teachers, regardless of whether or not we are called by that honored title. If we counsel a friend concerning a problem, if we talk with an associate about the affairs of the day, if we discuss the matters of home with our spouse, if we talk with our children, if we do almost anything with someone else, we become a teacher, an influence in another’s life.

As Latter-day Saints, we constantly ask ourselves—what kind of influence am I? How can my influence, how can my teaching be more effective in helping others know and follow true principles? Particularly do parents, leaders, and teachers in the Church ask these basic questions.

Aware of the eternal implications surrounding their teaching efforts, Latter-day Saints have continually sought help and assistance in rearing their children. Every Latter-day Saint home is a schoolhouse in miniature, every child a beloved student learning correct principles so that he may correctly govern himself. President Harold B. Lee has said, “The most important work you will do for the Church will be within the walls of your own home.” The Lord has said, “… I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.” (D&C 93:40.) In the meridian of time, our Master said, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:16.)

To help members of the Church better know how to impress the gospel message on the minds and hearts of those whom they teach both at home and at church, the Ensign will present several times yearly special sections on teaching and leadership. To accomplish this month’s teaching section, a committee was formed, composed of William F. Farley, Weldon Thacker, and Gary J. Neeleman.

Additional instruction in teaching techniques is available through the teacher development program, which has been highly acclaimed by Saints throughout the Church.

Ideas for future special teaching sections are welcome. Opportunity will be provided for readers throughout the Church to share some of their successful experiences, ideas, and suggestions on teaching at home and in the Church.

Jay M. Todd Managing Editor

[illustrations] Design by MacRay Magleby; illustrations by William Whitaker and Fay Ping Andrus