A – Introduction
My project was an attempt to analyze and present the teaching techniques used by the prophets of the Book of Mormon that made them great teachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have studied most part of the Book of Mormon, the manual “Teaching no Greater Call” and the student manual. I know that the spirit is the real teacher but I think that we could do a much better job regarding teaching the gospel effectively. I strongly believe that the gospel should be presented in a way that will allow the Holy Ghost to do his job. That which seems to be proofed may not be embraced, but that which nobody cares about defending is promptly abandoned. Reasoning does not produce ...view middle of the document...
(2 Nephi 25:4). Have you ever been in a lesson or talk where you wondered if you would be able to endure to the end? Not the end of life, but to the end of the lesson. Have you ever been the victim of a poor, disorganized lesson, half mumbled and delivered in a dull monotone of lifeless phrases? Have you ever sat wondering what a speaker was trying to say who has plunged into the “thick of thin things” without adequate preparation? Have you strained your ears because you could hardly hear a word that was spoken, and then after the meeting said to yourself, “It wasn’t worth trying to figure out!”
Be exited to teach. Alma was so excited to teach that he desired to be an angel that he might go forth and “speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth and cry repentance unto every people” (Alma 29:1). If you’re not exited to teach, try your best to be, and don’t make remarks (however humorous) about how it’s a bummer you have to teach (like you hear so often in sacrament meeting talks). Would you want to sit through a lesson from an apathetic teacher?
Thank goodness for the speaker who looks and sounds like he’s happy to be alive! Just as nervousness and boredom are readily transmitted by the speaker to his audience, so is enthusiasm. Eyes light up, smiles appear, and people generally wake up and silently say, “Now here’s a speaker who has something to say, and I’d better listen!”
God speaks unto men “according to their language , unto their understanding.” (2 Nephi 31:1) To be an effective teacher you need to understand your students as sons of God, member of their age group and as individuals.
Every lesson should be pointed to the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Teachers should help students to develop a love for the Gospel and for the right and not for the teacher. ...