FC: Teach the Doctrine
1: “I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77). How does learning the doctrine of the kingdom affect us? How is learning true doctrine different from learning other things? “doctrine of the kingdom” refers to the revealed truths of the gospel.
2: Read the following scripture passages aloud: | a. Enos 1:1–4. (The doctrines of the gospel sink deep into our hearts and lead us to humble ourselves before God.) | b. Alma 31:5. (The word of God leads people to do good and has a “powerful effect” on the mind.)
3: c. Alma 32:28. (The word of God enlarges our souls, enlightens our understanding, and becomes delicious to us.) | d. Joseph Smith—History 1:11–12. (The word of God comes “with … power to the heart.”)
4: We should focus our teaching on the doctrine. Imagine that you are a member of a Young Men, Young Women, or Sunday School presidency. A teacher in their organization says to them, “When I teach the youth I spend a lot of class time talking about things like sports, dating, and movies. I feel like class members will lose interest if I spend too much time teaching from the scriptures.” What counsel could you give to help this person teach the doctrine from the scriptures?
5: To Teachers of Adults President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “It is not pleasing to me when I attend a service and someone is called upon to speak who stands before the people and presents, though it be in a pleasing way, some platitudes, some philosophy of men—the ideas of those who today mould the thought of the world, but who in their own hearts have no faith in or love for Jesus Christ—or who discuss questions at variance with the fundamental principles of the gospel” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 2:342).
6: To Teachers of Young Men and Women President J. Reuben Clark Jr. taught: “The youth of the Church are hungry for the things of the Spirit; they are eager to learn the gospel, and they want it straight, undiluted. … “You do not have to sneak up behind [them] and whisper religion in [their] ears; … You do not need to disguise religious truths with a cloak of worldly things; you can bring these truths to [them] openly” (The Charted Course of the Church in Education, rev. ed. [pamphlet, 1994], 3, 9).
7: To Teachers of Small Children Elder Ezra Taft Benson counseled, “All we ask of you [is] that in the hearts of these children who come under your watchcare and direction, you will so inspire them that nothing in this world will be dearer to them than the Gospel” (“Our First Obligation,” Children’s Friend, Oct. 1950, 454).
8: To All Gospel Teachers Elder Boyd K. Packer said: “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. “The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 20; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, 17).
9: To what sources should we turn to help those we teach “be acquainted with what the Lord says”? • How can we ensure that we are teaching correct doctrine? | President Marion G. Romney: “When I drink from a spring I like to get the water where it comes out of the ground, not down the stream after the cattle have waded in it. … I appreciate other people’s interpretation, but when it comes to the gospel we ought to be acquainted with what the Lord says” (address to religious educators, 13 Apr. 1973; quoted by J. Richard Clarke in Conference Report, Oct. 1982, 19; or Ensign, Nov. 1982, 15).
10: Read Doctrine and Covenants 42:12–13 and D&C 52:9. | We can ensure that we are teaching correct doctrine by being consistent with the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets. | President Spencer W. Kimball: “No one has the right to give his own private interpretations when he has been invited to teach in the organizations of the Church; he is a guest, … and those whom he teaches are justified in assuming that, having been chosen and sustained in the proper order, he represents the Church and the things which he teaches are approved by the Church” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball , 532–33).
12: President Spencer W. Kimball: “It is a common thing to have a few passages of scripture at our disposal, floating in our minds, | floating in our minds, as it were, and thus to have the illusion that we know a great deal about the gospel. In this sense, having a little knowledge can be a problem indeed. I am convinced that each of us, at some time in our lives, must discover the scriptures for ourselves—and not just discover them once, but rediscover them again and again” (“How Rare a Possession—the Scriptures!” Ensign, Sept. 1976, 4).
13: Scripture Passage Alma 17:2–3 D &C 11:21–22 D & C 84:85 | What We Do | Blessings We Receive
14: Blessings we Receive Receive the spirit of prophecy and revelation Receive the spirit of prophecy and revelation Receive the guidance of the Spirit | Scripture Passage Alma 17:2–3 D &C 11:21–22 D & C 84:85 | What We Do Search the scriptures diligently Pray and fast Obtain the word of God through study
15: pare to teach by “treasur[ing] up … continually the words of life” Teach with the power to convince others Teach with inspiration
16: Assignments: 1. Study the scriptures diligently every day. (You may want to encourage them to read “Developing a Personal Plan for Studying the Gospel,” pages 16–17 in this book.) 2. In connection with the notebook assignment during the lesson, strive to do one thing in the coming week to improve their personal gospel study. Write about their progress related to this goal. 3. Review the principles taught in this lesson by studying the section in this book titled “Teach the Doctrine” (pages 49–59).