Ask Questions That Encourage Learning

(3.2.4, Teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ)

“The minute you say, ‘What do you think?’ they have something to say. They can contribute” (Boyd K. Packer, “Principles of Teaching and Learning,” Liahona, June 2007, 87).


Good questions help sisters think deeply and participate in discussions.

Elder Richard G. Scott on participation:

  • Participation allows learners to use their agency. That authorizes the Holy Ghost to instruct them.
  • Participation helps confirm truths in their souls.


Three good questions that encourage learning:

  • What do you think about this principle?
  • What do you feel about this principle?
  • What experiences have you had with this principle?

How to ask good questions:

  • Good questions take some thought.
  • It is often helpful to plan questions ahead of time and write them in your lesson outline.
  • The lesson manual contains good ideas for questions.
  • Invite sisters to ask questions.
  • Keep the discussion focused on the lesson’s objective.
  • Avoid questions that have obvious answers.
  • Avoid questions that can be answered simply “yes” or “no.”

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