FHE: Teaching Others

Conference Talk: For more information on this topic read "Teaching Helps Save Lives," by Russell T. Osguthorpe, Ensign, Nov 2009, 15-17

Thought: Our son [a physician] saves lives by sharing his knowledge of medicine; missionaries and teachers in the Church help save lives by sharing their knowledge of the gospel.

(Russell T. Osguthorpe, "Teaching Helps Save Lives," Ensign, Nov 2009, 15-17.)

Song: "Teach Me to Walk in the Light," Children's Songbook, p. 177.

Scripture: But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another. (Mosiah 4:15)

Object Lesson: Materials needed: A packaged of dehydrated food (such as macaroni or instant potatoes)

Procedure: Show the family the dehydrated food. Ask what this food needs. (Water.) When water is added the food swells up and reaches its full potential.

Explain that in a sense, as we teach others about the doctrines of Christ we offer them the water which will help them to swell and reach their full potential.

Help everyone understand that we all can be teachers, regardless of our age.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, More Power Tools for Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], 88.)

Story: Marvel Young

The far-reaching effect of a good teacher has been very impressive to me. President David O. McKay once said: ". . . children who, through instruction from noble teachers, become imbued with eternal principles of truth, radiate an influence for good, which, like their own souls, will live forever."

My mother, Verna Fowler Murphy, was one such noble teacher. From her earliest years, she had a burning testimony of the gospel and was able, even as a teenager, to express it well. She was especially good at teaching little children about the Savior and his gospel in a way that impressed them deeply. She loved to teach Sunday School and Primary children, never realizing that her teaching would help her own unborn daughter in the years to come.

One of the little children in her Sunday School class in Ogden, Utah, was Johnny Emmett. He was so thrilled with her stories of the Savior that he would go home crying to his mother, saying how wonderful the gospel was and how much he loved the Savior.

At Christmastime, she told them the story "The Other Wise Man," by Henry Van Dyke. The next day, Johnny's mother called my mother and told her how impressed he had been with the story, and how he cried as he told her that he wanted to be like the Other Wise Man and to help other in every possible way when he grew up.

Years later, I was laboring in the Eastern States Mission, in Binghamton, New York. One day, as my companion and I were tracting and receiving many rejections, we became very dejected. When we were about to give up for the day, I was impressed that we should knock on just one more door. We did so, and when a lady appeared at the door, I told her that we represented The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly called the Mormon Church. She immediately threw open her door and invited us in so quickly that my companion and I looked at each other in amazement.

After we were seated, she explained that if we had come to her door a year before, she would never have allowed us to enter, because she had been a devout Catholic and had not wanted to listen to missionaries from any other church. However, a sad experience in the last six months had changed her thinking, especially concerning the Mormons. She said that her husband had just passed away at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He had been attended by a Mormon doctor at the clinic, who had done everything in his power to help her husband to live. He had also gone the extra mile to help her to have faith in the Lord, in spite of their many problems.

She said, "That doctor was an active member of your church; he taught classes every week in the church there, besides being so busy helping everyone medically. He truly lived as the Savior would want us all to live. I feel that any church that could teach a man to be as wonderful as that doctor was must surely be wonderful, too. I am now ready to listen to anything you have to teach me."

My companion and I were thrilled, and before we began to teach her the gospel, we asked the name of the doctor who had inspired her so greatly. She said, "His name was Dr. John L. Emmett, of Ogden, Utah."

Truly, the effects of my Mother's gospel teaching in Sunday School had affected at least one little child so deeply that he radiated the spirit of the gospel by the way he lived. He impressed all whom he knew with his fine example. Without knowing it, he had also helped two lady missionaries find a "golden contact," transforming a discouraging day into a thrilling one. Surely we were led by the Spirit to that special door on that very special day!

(Leon R. Hartshorn, Remarkable Stories from the Lives of Latter-day Saint Women, vol. 2, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1975].)

Activity: Inform each person in advance to bring something to show and tell about to the rest of the group. These objects can be art and craft items made as a hobby, interesting things from faraway locations, school assignments, etc.

Let each person take a turn being the teacher and to tell about what he has brought.

(George and Jeane Chipman, Games! Games! Games!, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain 1983], p. 41.)

Refreshment Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375° F. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in center of mixture. Blend buttermilk, water, oil, and vanilla. Pour into well in dry ingredients, stirring until smooth. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan. Sprinkle lightly with confectioner's sugar.

(Lion House Lite Recipes, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1996], p. 119.)

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