Teaching missionaries how to teach the gospel

Teaching missionaries how to teach was the focus of a presentation given by Stephen B. Allen, managing director of the Missionary Department, on the opening day of the 2011 Seminar for MTC Presidents and Visitors Center Directors Jan. 13.

"We have learned that in general, missionaries do not clearly understand the purpose of missionary work and struggle to connect all aspects of their work to that purpose," said Brother Allen.

"Missionaries come to their service with varying degrees of gospel knowledge and testimony. Few come knowing how to effectively communicate that knowledge to others."

Brother Allen said the department is completely redoing the curriculum for missionary training centers worldwide. He identified the topics of eight fundamental topics in which the missionaries will be instructed.

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