“Lesson 2: Love Those You Teach,” Teaching, No Greater Call: A Resource Guide for Gospel Teaching (1999), 194–97
“Lesson 2,” Teaching, No Greater Call, 194–97
Love Those You Teach
To help class members seek to be filled with Christlike love for those they teach.
Note to the Teacher
In the final hours of His mortal ministry, Jesus taught and strengthened His Apostles (see John 13–17). As part of these teachings, He commanded His disciples to love one another as He loved them (see John 13:34; 15:12, 17). Their obedience to this commandment would show that they truly were His disciples (see John 13:35). All they were to do, including their commission to go forth and teach all nations, was to be done with love. In the latter days, the Lord has taught us similarly: “No one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love” (D&C 12:8).
As you teach this lesson, help class members understand how to be filled with Christlike love toward those they teach. As class members follow the counsel in this lesson, they will teach more effectively. They will also find more joy as teachers.
Prayerfully study the scripture passages in this lesson. Seek to apply them to the purpose of the lesson. Become familiar enough with 3 Nephi 11–17 that you can briefly relate the parts of the account that are outlined on page 195 of this book.
If the following materials are available, prepare to use them as part of the lesson:
The pictures Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere (62380; Gospel Art Picture Kit 316); Jesus Healing the Nephites (62541; Gospel Art Picture Kit 317); and Jesus Blesses the Nephite Children (Gospel Art Picture Kit 322).
“My Joy Is Full,” a four-minute segment of Book of Mormon Video Presentations (53911).
Assign a class member to prepare to talk briefly about how he or she has been influenced by the love of a gospel teacher (such as a parent, a teacher in a Church classroom, or a Church leader). Ask this class member to address the following questions as part of the presentation:
How did you know that this person loved you?
How did this person’s love affect your feelings about learning the gospel?
A week or more in advance, arrange to have a soloist or a small group of adults or children sing “Love One Another” (Hymns, no. 308) at the end of class. If this is not possible, prepare to have class members sing the hymn together.
Suggested Lesson Development
Teachers with Christlike love make a difference in the lives of those they teach.
We can be filled with Christlike love for those we teach.
Our Christlike love for those we teach should be reflected in our preparation, our teaching, and our everyday lives.