The final item on our preflight
checklist is “Invite Diligent Learning.”
This item is a reminder that the diligent teaching we do is
only half of the equation.
The other half, in the long run, perhaps
the more important half,
is the diligent learning
our students do.
Here are some questions
to help us evaluate whether our diligent
teaching is leading and helping to diligent learning.
Do I help learners take responsibility
for their learning?
Do I encourage learners to
study the gospel daily?
Do I encourage learners to share
the truths they are learning?
Do I invite learners to live
what they are learning?
Our spirits need constant nourishment
so we can become the beings of light and glory God created us to become.
When we study and ponder the words
of the prophets of God,
we drink of living water and feast
upon the word of Christ.
It is not enough merely to read the
words. We need to hearken unto them.
We need to ponder and internalize them.
To paraphrase the proverb:
Teach a man the gospel and you
have blessed him for day;
teach a man to feast upon the word of
God and connect with the holy Spirit,
and you have blessed him for a lifetime.
It is through this process
of inspiration and personal revelation that we build
our lives on the rock of our Redeemer.
It is then that the gospel of Jesus
Christ can become an anchor
of the soul. Teaching the
gospel is important;
Teaching others to immerse themselves
in prayer, seek the spirit, and apply what they have learned
is at least equally important.