Follow the Spirit’s Promptings While You Teach

(5.5.4, Teach by the Spirit; 9.4.1, First Sunday)

“Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:78).

“When a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men” (2 Nephi 33:1).

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland on fortifying their faith:

  • People come to church to be strengthened by the powers of heaven.
  • Prepare.
  • Be open to the promptings of the Spirit during the lesson.


“A gospel teacher, like the Master we serve, will concentrate entirely on those being taught. His or her total concentration will be on the needs of the sheep—the good of the students. A gospel teacher does not focus on himself or herself. One who understands that principle will not look upon his or her calling as ‘giving or presenting a lesson,’ because that definition views teaching from the standpoint of the teacher, not the student” (Dallin H. Oaks, “Gospel Teaching,” Oct. 1999 general conference).

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