Teaching

Modesty is a tricky topic for many people in the Church. Sometimes it is a topic only taught to girls and it only focuses on dress. However, many parents have questioned that approach because we know that modesty is much more than the length of a dress or the way clothes fit. We also know that our boys need to be taught the importance of modesty as well. Modesty is not just about covering our bodies. Modesty really encompasses how we feel, think, and behave. So how can we as parents teach this deeper meaning of modesty to our young men and women?
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June 14, 2019 03:39 PM MDT
Seminary and institute teachers today received instruction and guidance from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during an annual worldwide training broadcast designed to help them fulfill their roles as teachers and mentors for young members of the Church.
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January 31, 2019 08:56 AM MST
One of the greatest principles the Church teaches us is to be more self-reliant, which includes increasing our education in all areas of life. Once we learn for ourselves, however, we are also responsible for teaching our children. We must give our children a strong foundation for life. What children learn early in life really directs how they deal with the obstacles later on, and we are a great force in helping our children choose strong principles.
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January 21, 2019 12:15 PM MST
At the start of 2019, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began a new meeting schedule that consisted of two hours of church, replacing the previous three-hour schedule. Members are now instructed to use that time to learn the gospel at home with the guidance of the Come, Follow Me— For Individuals and Families curriculum from the Church.
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October 20, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
With the recent changes to our meeting schedule announced in general conference, I've been thinking a lot about what these changes mean for teachers in the Church. With shorter class times comes new challenges and opportunities, not to mention we each now have a greater responsibility to become teachers in our homes as we strengthen friends, family, and ward members.
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September 22, 2018 03:37 PM MDT
Statements about teaching by the Spirit have been made by various people. These illustrate that there are a number of misconceptions or misunderstandings about how the Spirit actually functions in teaching and learning settings. Some of these statements have elements of truth in them. Some can even be completely true at times, but if they are viewed as fixed rules or principles, they can be misleading.
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One of the vital truths of the restored gospel is that “the spirit and the body are the soul of man” (D&C 88:15) and that when the spirit and body are separated, men and women “cannot receive a fulness of joy” (D&C 93:34). In this simple truth, we discover a key to help our children avoid the trap of sexual fragmentation and the foundation for helping them eventually develop sexual wholeness in marriage. This doctrine of the soul teaches us that all sexual experiences in this life affect both our bodies and our spirits. It also teaches us that our spirits are the source of our emotions and thoughts, and that in order to have true sexual fulfillment we need to appreciate how they are enmeshed with the physical reactions of our bodies.
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For several years now, we have collected hundreds of personal stories from young adults in the Church telling us how they were taught about sexuality. We are particularly intrigued by how frequently we are told by young people that their parents and Church leaders used object lessons to teach them about the law of chastity. Much can be learned from understanding the metaphors and messages that are intentionally—and unintentionally—expressed in these types of lessons.
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Fun
July 26, 2018 08:04 AM MDT
During his short life, the Prophet Joseph Smith shared many words of wisdom—some of which we still remember today and some which most of us haven't heard before. Here are some lesser-known ones that he shared during his life (more can be found in Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith). Which ones would you add?
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July 23, 2018 06:10 PM MDT
Search efforts continue as volunteers and authorities look for an LDS teacher from Utah who went missing last Wednesday while on a camping trip with his family.
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July 14, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
One of our sons and I were assigned as home teaching companions. Together we taught a number of families, including a divorced sister with three young daughters. Over time we developed a close and trusting relationship with the woman and her children. We appreciated the opportunities we had to serve them spiritually and temporally.
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June 29, 2018 09:14 AM MDT
The phrases “teaching in the Savior's way” and “ministering in the Savior's way” have always confused me. I understand the programs, and how they represent the way Jesus wants us to teach and minister, but I have frequently asked myself, how did Jesus do it Himself? What was His way of teaching and ministering during His mortal ministry? His teaching seemed mostly by way of parables and rebukes to the Pharisees. His ministering seemed mostly by miracles, healings, and casting out devils. The example of what Jesus actually did wasn’t helping me see what it was I was supposed to do.
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June 23, 2018 04:06 PM MDT
I am a convert of the Church for more than 18 years now. After marrying my wife, who is a convert as well, I made the leap into baptism at the age of 24. I remember I wanted to convert to the Church because I had my own testimony, not to please my wife, so before I set my baptism date, I had the discussions with three sets of missionaries. All experiences were different yet impactful on my life, for various reasons. But this article isn’t about my baptism or conversion story. This article is about the struggles I have relating to members of the Church overall.
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June 20, 2018 09:21 AM MDT
We’ve all heard countless stories of diligent Primary teachers who reached out to the missing children on their roles and involved them in church. But those stories don’t have to be ones you only read in the Ensign or hear in general conference. Those stories can be yours. Here are five tips and some ideas for helping your less-active Primary children and their families.
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June 11, 2018 03:07 PM MDT
One of the mists all of us have to face early in our lives is the suggestion that small deviations from the strait and narrow path don't matter. However, those early memories provide a foundation for later challenges, and hence we greatly limit the tempter's power if we win them. We might call this facing the lion and the bear.
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April 24, 2018 09:25 AM MDT
There’s no denying it: treats are great for capturing the attention of wiggly children or fidgeting, drowsy teenagers during a Sunday lesson smack dab in the middle of the long three-hour church block. And let’s admit it--even us adults get a little bit giddy if one of our teachers brings us something to munch on.
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February 09, 2018 03:33 PM MST
Fourth Sunday Relief Society and Priesthood teachers have a fascinating new task presented to them this year—teaching about the same topic for every month between general conferences.
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February 08, 2018 08:19 PM MST
"Thank you to the community for your generosity on behalf of @Riverton_High teacher Mac Frischknecht, who died of a heartbreaking illness. He touched many lives and will be missed," Utah Representative Mia Love wrote in a tweet.
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September 29, 2017 09:03 PM MDT
Thought:
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By  LDS Living
September 12, 2017 01:31 PM MDT
Saturday's Warrior actor Clint Pulver says he believes one moment can change a person's life.
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June 23, 2017 09:21 AM MDT
You’re teaching a lesson at church, and you know questions are the best way to get the class involved. But it seems like every time you ask a question, all you get is blank stares, a few sniffs, and some uncomfortable shifting from your students. Now what? The new Teaching in the Savior’s Way manual explains that “The Savior asked questions that invited learners to think and feel deeply about the truths He taught. Our questions can similarly inspire learners to ponder gospel truths and find ways to apply them in their lives.” Here are a few tips, taken from a variety of Church resources, that might help liven up your class and generate more discussion:
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May 01, 2017 09:52 AM MDT
Good parents give their children roots and wings: roots to know where home is and who they are and wings to fly off and practice what has been taught them. This is the contradiction of parenting—juggling the act between setting limits while simultaneously encouraging independence or ultimately teaching them the gospel and allowing them the freedom to live it.
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January 14, 2017 04:04 PM MST
Elder C. Scott Grow offers simple daily advice to those of us seeking eternal happiness in a list of just 10 principles:
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January 07, 2017 02:00 PM MST
When I was called to teach in Relief Society, I didn't realize that preparing church lessons would drastically change how I prepare my Sacrament meeting talks.
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By  LDS Living
November 15, 2016 06:58 PM MST
Keith Goodrich is not a typical middle school choir and orchestra teacher.
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November 14, 2016 10:00 PM MST
Jesus Christ first introduced the sacrament to His Apostles at the Last Supper before His crucifixion. After His Resurrection, He also introduced it to the Nephites. By establishing this ordinance among both sets of His disciples, Christ showed us the importance of partaking of the sacrament.
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Fun
By  LDS Living
November 10, 2016 08:00 PM MST
Have you ever wondered if you're actually making a difference during all those long hours of faithful service in your church calling?
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November 04, 2016 11:42 AM MDT
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland will be holding a virtual worldwide teacher council meeting on Saturday, November 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. (MDT). All teachers as well as certain stake and ward leaders in the Church are invited to participate. Along with Elder Holland members of the Primary, Young Women, Young Men, Sunday School, and Relief Society General Presidencies will provide their insights.
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By  LDS Living
September 29, 2016 06:10 PM MDT
The seminary council for the Syracuse High School in Utah had an idea—create a music video focused on this year's seminary theme.
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September 28, 2016 05:19 PM MDT
In May, the Churchannounced a new teacher manual,Teaching in the Savior's Way,as well as the creation of teacher councils.
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August 03, 2016 02:06 PM MDT
This article is intended to help readers better utilize the new Teaching in the Savior's Way manual that was recently released.
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July 14, 2016 10:44 PM MDT
This article is intended to help readers better utilize the new Teaching in the Savior's Way manual that was recently released.
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July 14, 2016 09:40 PM MDT
This article is intended to help readers better utilize the new Teaching in the Savior's Way manual that was recently released. Any quotes without references come directly from the manual.
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July 14, 2016 08:00 PM MDT
This article is intended to help readers better utilize the new Teaching in the Savior's Way manual that was recently released.
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July 13, 2016 07:55 PM MDT
To some, telling them you want them to teach like the Savior is like telling a child you expect them to box like Muhammad Ali, or to dance with the precision of Fred Astaire. The goal seems so unattainable as to squash any realistic hope of attaining it. What we often forget is that when it comes to the Savior, all His attributes and perfections are attainable, but almost none of them are attainable without us making changes within ourselves to achieve them.
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June 10, 2016 03:00 PM MDT
If you follow these eight tips, there's no need to fear. As a seminary teacher, these are my go-to methods that work for me when teaching the gospel. My experience is in teaching youth and adults, but most of the techniques can be adapted to teach primary classes and will work in more structured settings like Institute and seminary or in regular Sunday meetings.
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May 01, 2016 10:40 PM MDT
This new teaching program, which will replace the Church's current manual and training program Teaching, No Greater Call, is not only meant to be used by teachers in the classroom. It is designed to help parents teach their children better in the home and to help church leaders in ward council and presidency meetings.
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April 30, 2016 06:28 PM MDT
"Every accountable person on earth there is no exception; this principle has universal application; no living soul is exempt every such person who will read the Book of Mormon, ponder its truths in his heart, and ask God the Eternal Father in the name of Christ, in sincerity and with real intent, "having faith in Christ," shall come to know, "by the power of the Holy Ghost," that the book is true. (Moro. 10:3 5.) All such persons can then, by the same power, testify to the truth of all things pertaining to the glorious restoration now in process. They can say:
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April 28, 2016 09:51 PM MDT
“If the Book of Mormon came into the hands of the "Mormon" people through their own ingenuity, then men and women ought to investigate it and prove it. If they prove that it did not, then they must acknowledge that it is inspired and came from God, for it is a direct evidence that the Lord has spoken in this dispensation. No man can read the Book of Mormon with a desire to learn the truth and deny the things that are in it. No man can read the Book of Mormon with a desire to know the truth and be honest in his heart without becoming convinced that it is real and that it does come from God. Joseph Smith said that he received it from an angel and that he translated the records into this present book by the gift and power of God. I know of no greater evidence that the Lord has revealed himself in this dispensation or in the latter days than the Book of Mormon” (Samuel O. Bennion, Conference Report, April 1918, p.44).
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April 27, 2016 09:58 AM MDT
From the Title Page of the Book of Mormon, the Prophet learned that one of the two purposes of the book was the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ.
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April 25, 2016 04:49 PM MDT
“I bear you my witness that I have obtained for myself a personal knowledge that the Book of Mormon is all the Prophet Joseph said it is; that from it radiates the spirit of prophecy and revelation; that it teaches in plain simplicity the great doctrines of salvation and the principles of righteous conduct calculated to bring men to Christ; that familiarity with its spirit and obedience to its teachings will move every contrite soul to fervently pray with David, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." (Ps. 51:10.) [Elder Marion G. Romney, Conference Report October 1970,p.28]
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April 25, 2016 09:58 AM MDT
“There comes to us from the voice of the Book echoes as from some word that we have heard long since and have well understood; they are the whisperings to us of familiar truths. We recognize them, for they are attested by the reasoning of the mind and the sanction of the spirit within us. They tell us that the end of life is that we shall be born again (Mos. 27:25), redeemed and become the sons and daughters of God; that there is no happiness in sin, and that obedience is the way to joy (Alma 41:10; 2 Nephi 2:25). It teaches that an element of faith is a recognition of God's superior knowledge (Mos. 4:6 12), and how that faith is nurtured and grows in the heart of man (Alma 26:22); and how it may become so powerful that nothing can be held from it (3 Nephi 7:18; Ether 12:19). That spiritual gifts to man cease only because of his wickedness (Mormon 1:14), and that God to be unchangeable must be a God of miracles (Mormon 9:19). It gives full light on the comprehensiveness of the plans of the Almighty (2 Nephi 27:7 10), and shows that all men have been alike to him from the beginning of creation, and that his atonement applied as well before as subsequent to his coming in the flesh (Mos. 3:13). That baptism, necessary now, was always necessary (2 Nephi 31:9; Mos. 2:22; 3 Nephi 11:38 39). That the mission of all prophets has been to testify of the Christ (Jacob 7:11). It teaches that purity of heart alone gives access to God (Jacob 3:1). And with unanswerable authority is given again, by the Lord himself, the essence of his Gospel” (3 Nephi 27:13 16) (John A. Widtsoe and Franklin S. Harris, Jr., Seven Claims of the Book of Mormon, pp.167,168).
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April 21, 2016 09:41 AM MDT
It is about the Book of Mormon I want to talk today. I do so with just one objective in mind: To get you to read it.
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April 20, 2016 09:05 AM MDT
We need missionaries to match our message. We need missionaries who really know and love the Book of Mormon, who have a burning testimony of its divinity, and who by the Spirit can challenge their investigators to read and ponder its pages, knowing with complete assurance that the Lord will manifest the truth of the Book of Mormon to them by the power of the Holy Ghost. (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.204)
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April 20, 2016 08:12 AM MDT
"[I mean only to] say what so many have said before: that if Joseph Smith or anyone else, for that matter created the Book of Mormon out of whole cloth, that to me is a far greater miracle than the proposition that he translated the book from ancient records with an endowment of divine power to do so.
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April 19, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
When Korihor had his first-hand experience with the power of God he tried to explain to Alma why he had attacked the truth. According to his statement in Alma 30:53, this is the path he followed:
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April 14, 2016 04:00 AM MDT
“Not everything in life is . . . black and white, but it seems that the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and its keystone role in our belief is exactly that. Either Joseph Smith was the prophet he said he was, who, after seeing the Father and the Son, later beheld the angel Moroni, repeatedly heard counsel from his lips, eventually receiving at his hands a set of ancient gold plates which he then translated according to the gift and power of God or else he did not. And if he did not… he is not entitled to retain even the reputation of New England folk hero or well-meaning young man or writer of remarkable fiction. No, and he is not entitled to be considered a fine teacher or a quintessential American prophet or the center of great wisdom literature. If he lied about the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, he is certainly none of these” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "A Standard unto My People," delivered at the CES Book of Mormon Symposium, 9 August 1994, BYU Marriott Center).
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March 31, 2016 09:25 AM MDT
“I have read a fair number of books in my day and hope to read a few more. I am not a scholar but once thought I was going to be. I had the beginnings of some reasonably good training at some pretty good schools. All of that has changed now, but I believe I still have an eye for a penetrating line of prose and I think I can recognize profundity in print when I see it. I say again, the Book of Mormon stands preeminent in my intellectual and spiritual life, the classic of classics, a reaffirmation of the Holy Bible, a voice from the dust, a witness for Christ, the word of the Lord unto salvation” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "A Standard unto My People," given at CES Annual Book of Mormon Symposium, 9 August 1994, BYU Marriott Center).
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March 30, 2016 09:45 AM MDT
You must understand that these lessons are not designed to replace the experience you should have in your ward or branch Gospel Doctrine class. I am hopeful that they will expand your understanding of the scriptures and, if you are teaching, your ability to open the scriptures to the minds and hearts of your students. But if would be awful if anyone were to neglect that classroom experience in favor of these lessons.
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March 22, 2016 09:22 AM MDT
“The depth of the concepts in the Book of Mormon is a constant source of inspiration, if we will but contemplate them. There, more abundantly than in any other volume, the Lord opens the windows of heaven, not only to pour out blessings, but to let us look in” (Neal A. Maxwell, All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience, p.35.)
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March 15, 2016 02:59 PM MDT
Sometimes we joke about teaching Primary in our culture. We tease young married couples that they'll get called into nursery; since they don't have kids of their own, it's only fair they give the other members a break, right? Or we joke about preparing a Primary lesson, saying, "Just bring some treats and play some games. The kids will love you for it."
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March 15, 2016 09:22 AM MDT
"Like the Bible, [The Book of Mormon] is a volume of holy writ that speaks forth the mind and will of the Almighty. Like the Bible, it invites men to forsake the world and live as becometh saints. Like the Bible, it has such an impact upon the hearts of men that they are prepared to die in defense of their beliefs. Already the ten thousands of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasseh have left Babylon and come to Zion with songs of everlasting joy because of it. And before the end of the world, which is the premillennial destruction of the wicked, and before the end of the earth, which shall not occur until after the Millennium, the Book of Mormon shall so affect men that the whole earth and all its peoples will have been influenced and governed by it" (Bruce R. McConkie, The Millennial Messiah, p.170)
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February 09, 2016 01:45 PM MST
Jacob 5-7
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February 08, 2016 01:50 PM MST
(2 Nephi 31-33)
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December 16, 2015 10:40 PM MST
Have you ever taught a lesson that was powerful—where you could tell the class was feeling the Spirit, and as you walked away, you knew good was done?
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Fun
October 23, 2015 06:40 PM MDT
MR says: It's a rare occasion when inmates at the Utah State Prison, Latter-day Saints, and Halloween all come together. But when they all do, the results are heartwarming and simply incredible!
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July 17, 2015 04:54 PM MDT
MR says: The next time you have to prepare a lesson in Church, remember to follow the example of the Master Teacher.
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July 09, 2015 06:24 PM MDT
The Mormon Channel is helping parents to talk to their children about healthy sexuality in a series of videos featuring licensed family counselors.
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December 04, 2013 07:18 PM MST
Preparation:
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August 11, 2013 08:49 PM MDT
Is there a young child in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today who is not familiar with the story of Ammon confronting the Lamanites who come to scatter King Lamoni’s sheep? Truth be told, the story has it all. Intrigue, suspense, blood and gore! For good measure, throw in a hero who saves the day and is grandly rewarded for his efforts, in this case the conversion of King Lamoni, his queen and many throughout the kingdom.
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