Gospel teaching guidelines given

Conversing about teaching in the Church, the Sunday School general president reflects fondly upon his very recent visit to a ward in Honolulu, Hawaii. Russell T. Osguthorpe shared the experience in a Jan. 19 Church News interview.

"Of course we use the manuals," he said, "but at this class I attended, what I thought was very impressive, the teacher had the manual open on the podium; she referred to it only a few times, sometimes for a question. She got superb participation from people, and she was able to build on that participation.

"When the class ended, she said, 'Thank you, brothers and sisters, for teaching this lesson. I am here to help facilitate our conversation about this doctrine.' The topic was foreordination, and we never diverted from that topic at all."

From this and numerous other experiences, both as an observer and a teacher himself, Brother Osguthorpe has distilled some guiding principles.

The director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at BYU, he fills a role at the university similar in some respects to his calling as Sunday School general president.

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