“Learning Experience 2: The Objective of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion,” New-Teacher Training Resource: A Teacher-Improvement Companion to the Gospel Teaching and Learning Handbook (2016)
“Learning Experience 2,” New-Teacher Training Resource
This learning experience covers the following concepts:
Understanding the Objective of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion
Understanding your purpose as a teacher
Helping students become truly converted
To focus our efforts as we assist in the Lord’s work, teachers in S&I have been given a clear purpose. This purpose is called the Objective of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. It is important that you develop a deep understanding of this purpose and how it can guide your daily work as a teacher.
“Our purpose is to help youth and young adults understand and rely on the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ, qualify for the blessings of the temple, and prepare themselves, their families, and others for eternal life with their Father in Heaven” (Gospel Teaching and Learning: A Handbook for Teachers and Leaders in Seminaries and Institutes of Religion , x).
During the seminary centennial broadcast in 2012, President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency shared some impressions about the origin and purposes of seminary.
A clear understanding of the Objective of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion will guide us in our daily work as teachers.
Effective teaching can help the gospel go deep into students’ hearts.
Our aim must be to help our students experience true conversion to the gospel.
“As we teach our young people to love the Savior Jesus Christ, they will become true disciples of the Master. This process will prepare them to become … leaders of eternal families. The temple will become a natural and important part of their lives. (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “A Teacher of God’s Children” [evening with a General Authority, Jan. 28, 2011], 5).
To conclude this learning experience, write down some things you will do based on the principles you have learned today.