Brian K. Ashton, a counselor in the Sunday School general presidency recently shared these insights he gained from talking to youth in the Church.
Recently I had a discussion with a group of about 30 young men and young women about what they want out of their gospel classes. Their answers were fascinating. While they gave a variety of answers, their answers generally fell into the following four categories:
- Thoughtful doctrinal discussions based in the scriptures.
- More personal experiences and testimonies from their leaders.
- Additional opportunities to participate in classes, including the opportunity to teach all or part of a class. (Many young men are already teaching in their Aaronic Priesthood quorums. However, youth can also teach in their Sunday School and Young Women classes as appropriate.)
- Help learning how to use technology appropriately.
In my calling in the Sunday School general presidency, I’ve been blessed to see some outstanding youth teachers. In this article, I’d like to share with you some of the things I’ve learned that address the requests of these youth.