Elder Ballard to CES: 'Every student is precious'

"Every student is precious," Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve told seminary and institute teachers during a on Aug. 3 in the Conference Center theater on Temple Square. Although the broadcast originated from Salt Lake City, instructors all around the world were able to participate via satellite broadcast.

"Every young man and every young woman has a destiny in this Church to serve the Lord in some capacity," Elder Ballard said. "And in every seminary class, in every institute class across the world, you may well be teaching a future bishop, a future Relief Society president, a future Seventy, maybe even you're preparing and teaching a future member of the Quorum of the Twelve. A teacher doesn't know that.

"So, therefore, a teacher has to be really focused and helpful in the lives of each of the young people that you have responsibility for because you're not only trying to prepare them for the day when they may serve a mission, you're preparing them to become good fathers, you're preparing them to become good Church leaders, you're preparing them to be outstanding in whatever vocation they choose to go. … If they have really grasped what a seminary or institute teacher can give to them, I think it is a giant step forward in their education."

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