How Can I Improve My Teaching Skills?

As a teacher, you were called to teach the restored gospel and the doctrine of Christ to as many people as will receive you. Teaching is central to everything you do. You develop Christlike attributes, study the lessons and rely on the Spirit in order to teach with convincing power. The Lord stated this very simply as a commandment with a promise:

“Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men” (D&C 11:21).

If you prepare and study the lessons, you will be inviting the Spirit to be with you and all the members of the class.

The following suggestions will help you invite the Spirit as you teach:

Use the scriptures.
Bear testimony.
Share experiences.
Express love for the Lord and for others.

President Ezra Taft Benson said: “The Spirit is the most important single element in this work. With the Spirit magnifying your call, you can do miracles for the Lord in the mission field. Without the Spirit, you will never succeed regardless of your talent and ability” (Ezra Taft Benson, seminar for new mission presidents, 25 June 1986).