This learning experience covers the following concepts:
Teaching, your great responsibility
Jesus Christ, the Master Teacher
Living and teaching as the Savior did
Welcome to Seminaries and Institutes of Religion (S&I). In seminary and institute programs throughout the world, thousands of teachers and leaders help the youth and young adults of the Church learn and apply the doctrine and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are grateful for your desire to serve the Lord in this important assignment.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught the following regarding the responsibility of teaching God’s children:
“We are so grateful to all who teach. We love you and appreciate you more than we can say. We have great confidence in you. To teach effectively and to feel you are succeeding is demanding work indeed. But it is worth it. We can receive ‘no greater call’ [Teaching—No Greater Call (resource materials for teacher improvement, 1978)]. …
“For each of us to ‘come unto Christ’ [D&C 20:59], to keep His commandments and follow His example back to the Father is surely the highest and holiest purpose of human existence. To help others do that as well—to teach, persuade, and prayerfully lead them to walk that path of redemption also—surely that must be the second most significant task in our lives. Perhaps that is why President David O. McKay once said, ‘No greater responsibility can rest upon any man [or woman] than to be a teacher of God’s children’ [David O. McKay, in Conference Report, Oct. 1916, 57]” (“A Teacher Come from God,” Ensign, May 1998, 25).
You will receive divine help as you seek to grow and develop as a teacher of God’s children and strive to pattern your life and teaching after that of the Savior.
Take a moment to watch the video “The Master Teacher” (3:51), available on LDS.org. In this video, President Boyd K. Packer (1924–2015) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles describes certain aspects of teaching the gospel.
As you watch the video, listen for essential reasons why you must live and teach as the Savior did. Record your insights and impressions in a study journal or another place where you can refer to them and share them with your inservice leader or group.
No greater responsibility can rest upon any person than to be a teacher of God’s children.
Christ is the Master Teacher. We should try to live and teach as He did.
We teach what we are, which means that our discipleship, our traits, our testimonies, and our commitment to the gospel can influence others as much as our words.
“The gift to teach must be earned, and once it is earned, it must be nourished if it is to be kept” (Boyd K. Packer, Teach Ye Diligently, 345).
President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is known to have asked, “Therefore, what?” at the end of meetings with the Quorum of the Twelve in order to inspire discussion on how the topic at hand could be applied to change people’s lives (see Jeffrey R. Holland, “Therefore, What?” [CES Conference on the New Testament, Aug. 8, 2000], si.lds.org). At the end of each learning experience, ask yourself “Therefore, what?” and think about how you might personally apply the topics and principles discussed.
To conclude this learning experience, write down some things you will do based on the principles you have learned today.