Relief Society Teacher

How can I help the sisters grow in their testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ as I strive to be a better teacher?

9.2.4 Relief Society teachers teach lessons as assigned by the Relief Society presidency. They follow the principles outlined in 5.5.

5.5 Effective gospel teaching helps people grow in their testimonies and their faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It strengthens members in their efforts to live according to gospel principles. When God’s word is taught with spiritual power, it has a “more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than … anything else” (Alma 31:5). … Church members attend meetings seeking the power, peace, and inspiration provided by the word of God.

5.5.3 Teachers use the scriptures, the teachings of latter-day prophets, and the approved curriculum materials as outlined in the current Instructions for Curriculum. … Teachers … supplement the curriculum with Church magazines, particularly the general conference issues of the Ensign and Liahona.

5.5.4 As teachers and leaders teach the gospel, they are guided by the following principles:

  • Love Those You Teach
  • Teach by the Spirit
  • Teach the Doctrine
  • Invite Diligent Learning

Think of open-ended questions that could draw out feelings and experiences from the sisters.

How do I prepare myself spiritually to teach?

3.2.1 When leaders are converted and are growing spiritually, they can help others become converted and grow spiritually.

Leaders prepare themselves spiritually as they keep the commandments, study the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets, pray, fast, and humble themselves before the Lord. With this preparation, they are able to receive inspiration to guide them in their personal lives, their family responsibilities, and their callings.

Prayerfully find ways to improve your teaching.

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