Asking questions and seeking answers from our Heavenly Father is an important part of spiritual growth. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency said, “It’s natural to have questions. . . . There are few members of the Church who, at one time or another, have not wrestled with serious or sensitive questions” (“Come, Join with Us,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 23).
It is important to learn how to respond appropriately to students’ questions. Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Seventy taught, “Our approach to students with doubts can be crucial in how they choose to respond” (“A Pattern for Learning Spiritual Things” [Seminaries and Institutes of Religion satellite broadcast, Aug. 7, 2012]). When students or others come to us asking questions or investigating Church doctrines, practices, or history, we can help them acquire spiritual knowledge by listening, teaching and testifying, inviting, and having follow-up conversations. The information below can guide you as you seek to help your students and others acquire spiritual knowledge.
Listen carefully and prayerfully:
Teach and testify of gospel truths:
Invite them to act in faith: