Tips for Talks and Lessons #9: Teach “From the Scriptures”

“Teach the doctrine, from the scriptures, by the Spirit

The key to gospel teaching has been, is, and will always be the same:Teach the doctrine from the scriptures by the Spirit.

I remember classes where the teacher so focused on secondary sources about history and culture, that we never mentioned the scriptures.  When we shift from the scriptures, the primary source, and go to secondary sources, like professors and commentators, we go from living water to Sparklets, and from the bread of life to Webers.

There is power is teaching from the scriptures.

Luke 24:31-32
            “And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and he vanished out of their sight.  And they said one to another, Did not our hearts burn within us . . . while he opened to us the scriptures.”

J. Reuben Clark Jr.
             “Your essential … duty, is to teach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. … You are to teach this Gospel using as your sources and authorities the Standard Works [scriptures] of the Church, and the words of those whom God has called to lead His people in these last days” (The Charted Course of the Church in Education [1938], 9).

1 Nephi 19:23
             “For I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning”

Harold B. Lee:
“I say that we need to teach our people to find their answers in the scriptures. … But the unfortunate thing is that so many of us are not reading the scriptures. We do not know what is in them, and therefore we speculate about the things that we ought to have found in the scriptures themselves. I think that therein is one of our biggest dangers of today” (“Find the Answers in the Scriptures,” Ensign, Dec. 1972, 3).

D&C 42:12-15
“And again … the teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon
“… And these shall be their teachings, and they shall be directed by the Spirit.
“And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given.”

“After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel.”                                                                       –Joseph Smith (DHC 2:478))

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