Teach Ye Diligently
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...more
“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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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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.”