“Lesson 1: The Importance of Gospel Teaching in God’s Plan,” Teaching, No Greater Call: A Resource Guide for Gospel Teaching (1999), 189–93
To help class members increase their desire to assist in the Lord’s work by teaching His gospel.
Note to the Teacher
In His loving-kindness, our Father in Heaven has provided teachers to help His children learn what they must do to receive eternal life. Each of us is a beneficiary of gospel teaching, and each of us has been commanded to teach the gospel to others. Your efforts in teaching this course are part of this great work.
The following statements by President Gordon B. Hinckley reflect a message that you should communicate to class members throughout this course:
“We must strengthen ourselves and our people to get our teachers to speak out of their hearts rather than out of their books, to communicate their love for the Lord and this precious work, and somehow it will catch fire in the hearts of those they teach” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley , 619–20).
“We have work to do, you and I, so very much of it. Let us roll up our sleeves and get at it, with a new commitment, putting our trust in the Lord. … We can do it, if we will be prayerful and faithful. We can do better than we have ever done before” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1995, 117; or Ensign, May 1995, 88).
With this message as its focus, this lesson sets the tone for the entire Teaching the Gospel course.
Prayerfully study the scripture passages in this lesson. Seek to apply them to the purpose of the lesson.
Encourage class members to come to class with their scriptures and a notebook. If necessary, meet with a member of the bishopric to make arrangements to provide notebooks for class members.
Obtain enough copies of Teaching, No Greater Call to give to class members who have not yet received it.
Suggested Lesson Development
Welcome class members to the course. If you do not know them or if they do not know each other, invite them to briefly introduce themselves.
Ensure that each class member has a notebook to use during the lesson. Explain that the purpose of the notebooks is to record notes, impressions, plans, experiences, and progress related to the Teaching the Gospel course.
Teachers of the gospel influence the lives of many people.
Gospel teaching plays an essential role in Heavenly Father’s plan.
We have many opportunities to learn the gospel and teach it to others.
The purpose of the Teaching the Gospel course is to help us improve as teachers.