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Teach Ye Diligently

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Learn from a gifted teacher how to teach more effectively at home and at Church

Everyone is a teacher, and everyone can learn to teach better. This is the theme and focus of this newly redesigned edition of Teach Ye Diligently, which has been a premiere resource on gospel teaching since its publication 35 years ago. A teacher by profession, President Boyd K. Packer draws up

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Deseret Book Company (first published 1975)
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Jul 04, 2008 Doug rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to be a better teacher.
A very understandable and helpful book to make one a better teacher, especially of gospel subjects but I have used many of these principles in other settings as well.
Kendel Christensen
Mar 05, 2011 Kendel Christensen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERY member of the LDS Church, ESPECIALLY leaders
Recommended to Kendel by: Required reading for CES
This book has SO many inspirational gems that we are afraid to ever bring up in Sunday school. Look at this nugget:

“If we provide an overabundance of counsel without at once emphasizing the principle of self-reliance as it is understood in the welfare program, we can cause people to be so totally dependent emotionally and spiritually upon others that they subsist on some kind of emotional welfare. They can become unwilling to sustain themselves and become so dependent that they endlessly need to
Apr 16, 2008 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
The best book on teaching outside of scripture.
Jared Gillins
3.75 stars, really. President Packer is a great teacher and his book is filled with very good advice, counsel, and instruction for teachers in Gospel settings. In the beginning he states that the book will benefit any teacher of Gospel principles—parents, primary teachers, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, seminary teachers, etc. As an adult Gospel Doctrine teacher, I picked up the book looking for instruction pertinent to my calling. It is certainly full of broadly applicable advice, but t ...more
May 03, 2014 Cami rated it really liked it
Shelves: db-approved
I have been spiritually filled and know these words are true. I have such profound respect for a man that has spent basically his entire life learning and serving and teaching about God and Christ. I am happy to have been taught at his feet through this book. I gained some fantastic insights regarding teaching, both at church and as a parent, as well as some general life lessons and scriptural impressions. I loved the anecdotes and experiences all throughout the book. I want to teach in the Savi ...more
Oct 07, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing
The reason I have come to know about this book was because of an exceptional women I knew back home in AZ. She was in the simplest of terms an amazing teacher of the gospel. She understood how to instill in others a sense of yearning for good knowledge and truth. I asked her one day if there could possibly be any book out there in the world that could at least teach me some of what she knew about teaching (she has a teaching degree from BYU among other things). Her suggestion was this very book ...more
Aug 08, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
I periodically troll DI for cheap used books and bought this before helping my sister & brother-in-law move from Idaho to Illinois.

I read most of it while sitting in the St. Louis airport for six hours waiting to fly home (I got bumped). The book seemed to speak to me; it was as almost as though instead of being stuck at gate A4 the author was tutoring me individually. The rhythm of his writing comes through like the cadence of his voice when he speaks in General Conference.

I've only ever
Jan 26, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
This book is directed toward teaching at church. However, many of the principles of teaching can also be aplied to secular teaching and teaching in the home. If students can apply the lesson to themselves and can see how it can be useful it will be easier to learn and retain. If we can relate something they don't understand to something that they do understand it will help them learn. Use examples. Ask GOOD thougth provoking questions. Give people time to think about what you're asking. Don't be ...more
Aug 31, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
This book contains many valuable lessons for someone who is new to teaching. Teaching veterans will find it a nice refresher, but not a lot of new information. My main complaint about it is its seemingly haphazard structure. Chapters will occasionally be associated with those that immediately preceded them, but usually there is no obvious connection between them, and topics are sometimes visited multiple times in chapters separated by half a dozen chapters. Breaking the content into sections bas ...more
Jan 26, 2010 Larissa rated it it was amazing
I found application for my church callings and for my professional teaching career in this book. Elder Packer touched on topics ranging from classroom management, teacher appearance, visual aids, object lessons, and so many other things. I have come away from this with a whole list of practical applciations to my own teaching experiences. Best of all, Elder Packer teaches about Christ's teachng methods
Dec 27, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
A true gospel classic. I was amazed at how much of this book I've heard before (the "do you know what salt tastes like?" story, for instance), quoted in sacrament meeting talks, priesthood lessons, etc. In these pages, President Packer offers gentle instruction on being a Christ-like teacher. I hope to be able to apply more than a few of the principles taught here to my own teaching.
Jul 19, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
I am just finishing my third read of this book. It is a classic and marvelous text for anyone who is a religious instructor. It has molded and formed me as a teacher and every time I read it I learn something new. I'm ready to begin it again. I recommend it for EVERYONE. Marvelous read. Very instructive.
Dec 16, 2007 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this book as a class assignment in college, and I ended up purchasing it as a great reference. Elder Packer gives great practical suggestions on how to run and set up a classroom to be more effective, but also great insights into how to apply analogies or object lessons and how to use the Spirit in teaching.
Mar 06, 2012 Ang rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
This book has a great conversational style to it. I really enjoyed the stories and down-to-earth, common sense approaches he uses. I learned more about life, I think, than about teaching. My copy has been thoroughly marked with notes all over the margins. I am at the beginnings of being a better teacher--a life long pursuit. This book was very helpful and encouraging.
Nov 12, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it
President Packer is good at making you realize how short you've fallen but also that hitting the mark is possible and simple, if you apply yourself diligently. I realize I'm not doing very well as a teacher most of the time, but I can be better.
Feb 11, 2008 Janiece rated it really liked it
After being involved in learning about education and teaching for more than seven years, someone finally told me about this book. It should have been one of the first ones that I ever read about teaching. I loved it. I will refer to it again and again.
Jenn S
Nov 25, 2010 Jenn S rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds
Somewhere in the middle-end part I felt he got off of his premise of learning from the Master teacher, but he's had a ton of experience with teaching and the tips and techniques he gave were still good.
Sep 19, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Why have I not read this a long time ago? I don't know. I was blown away by this book as it has given me some great insights on being not only a teacher in church but as a mother as well. I highly recommend this book! Yes!!! A must read
Apr 11, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: church
A fine book by the late Boyd K Packer. A lot of good thoughts about teaching. And about life and truth. The most recent reading, I noticed that the art work in the chapter headings was also done by the author.
Bryan Tanner
Apr 13, 2014 Bryan Tanner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gospel-knowledge
Required reading for LDS Seminary teachers. President Packer apparently knows something about teaching and learning.

I especially appreciated his philosophy on how instruction is nothing more than two-way communication. When learners aren't ready, it doesn't matter what else happens.
Feb 05, 2013 Shane rated it really liked it
There are insights in this book that I wish I would have had a solid grasp on 20 years ago. It seems as much a book on parenting as teaching and perhaps the two are more synonymous than I had previously imagined.
Ernie Dawson
Oct 08, 2009 Ernie Dawson rated it it was amazing
Brother Packer wrote this book years ago and is a must read for the gospel teacher. I suppose it would be easy to go on and on about this book. Just read it! It's great and that all there is to it!
May 23, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it
Even though I've heard or read most of these teachings before, it's a good book that bears rereading from time to time. I learn something new or remember something that I've forgotten whenever I crack its pages.
Jan 02, 2013 Clint rated it really liked it
One of the best books for Mormons seeking the gift of teaching. It has some great anecdotes from President Packer's own experiences in teaching throughout his life. Some of the teaching suggestions are slightly dated but overall this is a great book.
Jul 23, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
Excellent book filled with ideas on how to be a better Gospel teacher. I need to buy this book and read it again with a highlighter & pen in hand to mark & notate my way through. What a masterful teacher this man was!
Barbara Lovejoy
Aug 02, 2013 Barbara Lovejoy rated it it was amazing
I had read the older version of this book at least a couple of times a number of years ago. I loved reading the book again, gleaning so many wonderful nuggets of teaching gems. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a more effective teacher and/or leader.
Aug 10, 2008 Nancy rated it really liked it
I was told once, in a CES conference that every teacher in the Church should read this book once a year. While I have not read it that often, I do return to it frequently to be reminded of important teaching principles.
Jan 06, 2013 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book on teaching, no matter what it is you teach, no matter the setting, you can benefit from teaching the way the Savior taught.
Esther May
May 08, 2014 Esther May rated it liked it
This book had some real Gems to think about while teaching any topic, especially the gospel. I enjoyed some sections more than others, but overall it was a good read.
Stela Idrizi
Jul 30, 2016 Stela Idrizi rated it it was amazing
Loved it so much! It helped me teach better on my mission <3
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President Boyd K. Packer, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was set apart to this position on February 3, 2008. Previously, he was Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles beginning June 5, 1994. Prior to becoming Acting President, he served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, having been ordained an Ap ...more
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“One of the major difficulties, and one of the monumental dangers, of sex education courses in public schools is that they disregard this significant principle of teaching. They tell all before the youngster is ready, and in so doing, they often wreak havoc with the spiritual, emotional, and moral stability of the students. They open them to great jeopardy. Things should be done in the season thereof, and there is a time for all things. A wise teacher and a wise parent will be alert to that fact.

Likewise, in programming Church activities we should use great wisdom in considering the maturity and readiness of our members to be taught the basic principles of morality. If we teach the basic principles too soon, they may be meaningless to the youngsters. The matter of teaching morality may be necessary, but the framework in which it is set should recognize the degree of maturity and readiness.

For instance, when the youngster is too young to have been subjected to the urging of physical desires, he must be taught about the subject in an entirely different way than will be appropriate when he is older. There will come a time for some more mature discussion later, but this must always be with reverence.”
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