“Lesson 3: Teach by the Spirit,” Teaching, No Greater Call: A Resource Guide for Gospel Teaching (1999), 198–202
“Lesson 3,” Teaching, No Greater Call, 198–202
Teach by the Spirit
To help class members seek the Spirit’s guidance and teach in a way that will help others feel the influence of the Spirit.
Note to the Teacher
We learn the truths of the gospel by the power of the Holy Ghost, or the Spirit (see Moroni 10:5). The Lord described the importance of teaching by the Spirit when He said, “The Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach” (D&C 42:14). As both teachers and learners live worthy of being led by the Spirit, “both are edified and rejoice together” (see D&C 50:13–22).
Some class members—especially those with little Church experience—may feel that they are incapable of teaching by the Spirit. As you teach this lesson, help class members see that they can teach by the Spirit. Help them understand that the qualifications for teaching by the Spirit are not eloquence, education, or long experience, but prayer, diligence, reverence, and humility.
Prayerfully study the scripture passages in this lesson. Seek to apply them to the purpose of the lesson.
Ask two or three class members to prepare to talk briefly about their experiences as they have sought the guidance of the Holy Ghost in their teaching. (At the end of lessons 1 and 2, class members were assigned to write in their notebooks about such experiences.)
Bring to class a pitcher of water and a transparent glass.
Before class, write the following question on the chalkboard: In our efforts to teach the gospel, what matters most?
Suggested Lesson Development
Before the opening prayer, invite class members to sing “Help Me Teach with Inspiration” (Hymns, no. 281) or another reverent hymn. Following the hymn, ask the class member offering the prayer to ask for the guidance of the Holy Ghost during the lesson.
“It is the Spirit that matters most.”
As we learn and teach the gospel, the Spirit will attend us in many ways.
There are specific things we can do to invite the Spirit.
Our best efforts will be enough when the influence of the Spirit is present.