How do I prepare an effective lesson?
Preparation of a lesson is an important part of teaching. Take time to prepare in advance. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to be guided by the Spirit, to identify helpful resources, and to make assignments.
As you prepare a lesson, prayerfully review the material, remembering that Church-produced lesson manuals help to ensure that Church doctrines are kept pure and that there is a consistent approach to gospel teaching.
If you feel the need to adapt the lesson, you can use material from the scriptures and recent Church magazines or develop your own learning activities.
When you are creating a lesson from a general conference address, choose the main principles you will teach from the address and then select several scriptures and teaching methods to use in presenting the principles.
After teaching a lesson, it is helpful to evaluate your teaching. Ask yourself questions such as, “When did learners feel the Spirit most strongly? When did they seem most willing to participate? When did they best understand how the principle applies to their lives?”