Latter-day prophets have instructed us to use the scriptures to teach the doctrines of the gospel.
Chapter 7: “The Scriptures, ‘Great Reservoirs of Spiritual Water,’” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee
Great reservoirs of spiritual water, called scriptures, have been provided in this day and have been safeguarded that all might partake and be spiritually fed, and that they thirst not.
Marking and writing margin notes, memorization, reading aloud, study helps.
The purpose of this lesson is to help us prepare to teach from the scriptures.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “I hope that for you [studying the scriptures] will become something far more enjoyable than a duty; that, rather, it will become a love affair with the word of God. I promise you that as you read, your minds will be enlightened and your spirits will be lifted” (“The Light within You,” Ensign, May 1995, 99).
President J. Reuben Clark Jr. once told a group of teachers in the Church: “You are to teach this Gospel using as your sources and authorities the Standard Works [scriptures] of the Church, and the words of those whom God has called to lead His people in these last days” (The Charted Course of the Church in Education , 9).
Each young man will realize that the scriptures will benefit his life as he studies them daily.
Each Aaronic Priesthood holder will be motivated to learn to use the helps available in the Latter-day Saint editions of the scriptures.
Help each child understand that the scriptures contain the words of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that we can learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by studying the scriptures.
Show the children your scriptures and tell them how much you love the scriptures. Invite the children to say “scriptures.” Tell them that we learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ from the scriptures; we learn that They love us and want us to be happy.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These books are called the standard works of the Church. The inspired words of our living prophets are also accepted as scripture.
In a meeting with the Twelve Apostles, the Prophet Joseph Smith “told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (History of the Church, 4:461; see also the introduction to the Book of Mormon). As a Gospel Doctrine teacher, you have the opportunity this year to teach from “the most correct of any book on earth.”
Lesson 20: “Joseph Smith Translates the Bible and Other Scriptures,” Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants and Church History
Help the children understand Joseph Smith’s role in bringing forth the scriptures and encourage them to study the scriptures.
Increase class members’ appreciation for the scriptures and their desire to study and apply them.
Lesson 16: “Family Prayer, Family Scripture Study, and Family Home Evening,” Marriage and Family Relations Instructor's Manual
Encourage families to hold regular family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening and to teach the gospel in each of these settings.
The scriptures are the word of God.
The Lord has told us how we should obtain His word: “Seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). We follow this command by studying the scriptures diligently, with a believing heart and a commitment to obey the principles we learn. We also follow this command when we approach scripture study with prayer and fasting.
To help class members understand the power that comes from studying and teaching the doctrines of the gospel, which are found in the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets.
“For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them” (2 Nephi 4:15).
Chapter 6: “Discovering the Scriptures for Ourselves,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball
Each of us can come to enjoy the blessings of immersing ourselves in the scriptures.
Chapter 12: “Rich Treasures in the Scriptures,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff
When we search the scriptures in the same Spirit by which they were given, we gain a greater understanding of God’s will.
Learning and living by the teachings of the scriptures bring inspiration and direction to our lives.
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