Teachers should consistently teach students the doctrines and principles behind daily personal scripture study. For example, the are a list see. In addition, a gospel teacher should always teach with love for the students. The Church has also made other helpful study resources available online. For example, contrasting the reign of King Benjamin with that of King Noah allows students to see very clearly the blessing of a righteous leader versus the destructive results of a wicked one.
The context and content clarifies and illustrates gospel doctrines and principles recorded in the experiences and teachings of others. The acceptance and love they feel from others can soften their hearts, reduce fear, and engender within them the desire and confidence necessary to share their experiences and feelings with their teacher and other class members. Say a student is struggling in class because his parents work long hours, he often babysits younger siblings. This can be done by underlining, shading, or outlining key words or passages in the scriptures. Only by the Spirit can they know that God loved us enough to send His Son to be the propitiation for our sins and that Jesus is the Son of God and that Christ paid the price of their sins.
They illustrate the workings of God with man and teach about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. And only by inspiration can they feel the love of the Father and the Son for them in giving us the ordinances necessary to receive eternal life. In locations where multiple teachers serve together on a faculty, student learning will be enhanced when faculty members take a unified approach to scripture mastery. In such cases, teachers may talk to parents and priesthood leaders to determine if there are underlying causes or conditions that they should be aware of. You provide your own meals and blanket.
We have ready access to this guidance through the treasure we call the standard works—that is, the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Giving students the opportunity to explain a doctrine or principle to someone else encourages them to think more deeply and seek greater understanding before teaching others what they have learned. If we study the gospel to teach it we have acquired knowledge, for where we carry the lantern to light the path of others we light our own way. These passages provide an important scriptural foundation for understanding and sharing the gospel and for strengthening faith. In this way, the list of Basic Doctrines serves as a reminder to focus on those eternal truths that will be of most worth to the students and to emphasize them throughout the course of study.
The physical surroundings can have an impact on what students experience in gospel learning. It is not expected that a student will come to completely understand everything at once. By asking questions, students can be led to a better understanding of the context and content of the scriptures, as well as to the discovery and understanding of important doctrines and principles of the gospel. And if you love them today, maybe you can teach them tomorrow. This same principle holds true for students.
Another teacher found her discipline problems escalated when she gave out refreshments during class. On that theme, they shared a scenario. Gospel-related pictures, illustrations, posters, and other displays can often enhance the learning setting. As they do so, teachers may occasionally pause and briefly discuss with their students the method or skill being used and encourage them to use it in their personal study. As we analyze and arrange the scriptures to present an acceptable lesson to others, we have clarified our own minds. Teachers should make every effort to facilitate this experience for each student in their classes. He has inspired those authorized servants to record those solutions as a type of handbook for those of His children who have faith in His plan of happiness and in His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
As students explain, share, and testify, they are often led by the Holy Ghost to a deeper testimony of the very things they are expressing. How teachers respond to any given incident may be more important than the incident itself and can either increase or decrease the respect and trust of the students. Teachers can help their students become familiar with these study aids and resources by using them appropriately during class. A testimony is to be found in the bearing of it! When teachers come to class with a well-prepared, edifying lesson and feel confident in the direction they have been guided to take, they convey a sense of purpose that students easily recognize. Except for very unusual circumstances, every student should have a comfortable place to sit, a place for their scriptures and study materials, and a place to write.
Teachers should also look for opportunities to bear their own testimony. Such testimony can be an important catalyst in helping students commit to studying the scriptures regularly on their own. They can also provide other opportunities for students to testify to their peers. Engaging in meaningful, personal scripture study every day qualifies teachers to offer personal testimony to their students of the value of the scriptures in their own lives. Visualizing can help make a scriptural account more vivid and real for the students. Without calling attention to the inappropriate behavior, a teacher can ask the offending student a question related to the lesson.
Teachers can personally welcome each student to class and give every student an opportunity to participate. Such truths as Heavenly Father has a body of flesh and bones, is necessary to enter the kingdom of God, and all men will be resurrected are examples of doctrines. These aids include such things as footnotes, chapter headings, topical indexes, the Dictionary, and maps. Teachers should arrive at their classroom before the students to prepare any necessary materials and equipment. Such examples can give students helpful ideas of ways to apply principles of the gospel in their everyday lives. They will rekindle courage and mark the path to faith and obedience. Frequently parents can provide additional insights and ideas that will help correct the concern.
Teachers should take time to talk with students, especially class leaders, about the purpose of devotionals, what they can do to make them better, and how they can encourage everyone to participate. I get concerned when it appears that strong emotion or free-flowing tears are equated with the presence of the Spirit. The student takes advantage of it, and his grades improve dramatically. Teachers will be better able to help their students if they master these passages themselves. At such times, teachers should encourage students to ask for help from the Lord. Teachers should be aware of what is occurring during the lesson and respond in an appropriate manner. The content of the scriptures gives life and relevance to the doctrines and principles that are found in the scripture block.