- Counsel with parents, who have the primary role as teachers, to identify needs of class members, and then teach to those needs.
- Prepare and teach by the Spirit. Identify questions and learning activities that will provide Spirit-led discussions and nurture class members spiritually.
- Teach people, not lessons.
- Focus on the core doctrines of the gospel.
- Teach one or two key principles in depth rather than trying to cover all the lesson material.
- Invite the Spirit by letting everyone participate (see D&C 88:122).
- Include a powerful invitation to act—not just something to go home and read but something to go home and live.
- Bear your testimony about the doctrine—at the end of the class and whenever the Spirit prompts you.
- Live the gospel, and “set in order” your own home (see D&C 93:43–44, 50).
- Find ways to let the teaching continue through informal moments in everyday life.
“I promise that the brilliant morning of forgiveness can come.”
“As mortals, we may not—indeed cannot—understand fully how Jesus Christ fulfilled His atoning sacrifice. But for now the how is not as important as the why of His suffering. Why did He do it for you, for me, for all of humanity? He did it for the love of God the Father and all mankind.”
“The Lord is always there. He is willing to suffer and pay the penalty if you are willing to accept Him as your Redeemer.”
“I know you as the youth of the Church, and I understand that you’re not perfect, but you are moving along that road. Have courage. Know that any person who has a body has power over one who has not. Satan is denied a body; so if ever you are confronted with temptations, know that you outrank all those temptations if you will exercise the agency given to Adam and Eve in the garden and passed on to this very generation.”
“Don’t just tell them so that they can understand, tell them so that they cannot misunderstand.”
Marion G. Romney
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
Francis of Assisi
“One of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so.”
“The only way for us to be saved is for someone else to rescue us. We need someone who can satisfy the demands of justice—standing in our place to assume the burden of the Fall and to pay the price for our sins. Jesus Christ has always been the only one capable of making such a sacrifice.”
“The effect of posthumous baptisms is not conversion; only a personal, conscious decision to accept the baptismal covenant, in this life or the next, constitutes conversion. The intention is to provide an opportunity for participation in that “whole and complete and perfect union” of the human family. Certainly the scheme reflects a Mormon vision of the eternities, and many are not happy to be put on a guest list for a party they have no intention of attending. Others, on the other hand, can appreciate the motive if not the substance associated with the ordinance. Krister Stendahl, The Lutheran Bishop of Stockholm and dean of Harvard Divinity School, expressed “holy envy” for a practice so conspicuously rooted in love for one’s ancestors. He recognized in this practice, with its hints of ancient origins, acts of devotion performed across a veil of silence, a reaching after our dead in the hope of uniting them to us. And it is these personal ancestors, not celebrities, holocaust survivors, or anybody else, who are the appropriate objects of proxy baptism, as the LDS Church has repeatedly affirmed.”