In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are all teachers. Not only do we have a glorious mandate to "teach all nations" the gospel (Matthew 28:19), we also have numerous charges to "teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom" (D&C 88:77). In formal and informal settings, as parents or leaders or friends, we are constantly teaching and learning.
Not only has the Lord commanded us to teach, but He has taught us what we are to teach and how we are to do it: diligently and by the power of the Spirit. But how do we know if we're "doing it right"? What signs can we watch for that the Spirit is actually present in a teaching setting?
In this insightful companion volume to Hearing the Voice of the Lord, bestselling author Gerald N. Lund brings his decades of experience working in the Church Educational System to the topic of teaching and learning by the Spirit. He discusses common misconceptions, important questions we should ask about our teaching, and the role of the Holy Ghost in the process.
"The Lord has given the responsibility to save His children to teachers," writes Elder Lund. "The charge is clear. It is specific. It is inspiring. And, gratefully, the Lord blesses us greatly when we strive to carry out His will."
About the Author
Elder Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He also did extensive graduate work in New Testament studies at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California, and studies Hebrew at the University of Judaism in Hollywood, California.
During his thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, the author served as a seminary teacher, an institute teacher and director, a curriculum writer, director of college curriculum, and zone administrator. His Church callings have included serving as stake president, bishop, and teacher. Elder Lund served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008.
Elder Lund is a prolific author; his novels include the Work and the Glory series, the Kingdom and the Crown trilogy, Fire of the Covenant, and The Undaunted. He has also written several books on gospel topics, including Hearing the Voice of the Lord and Divine Signatures.
I know this isn't the type of book I normally review, but sometimes I read a nonfiction work that both inspires and teaches me so much, I agree to pass my thoughts along. Gerald N. Lund is well-know to Latter-day Saint readers for his inspirational fiction series, The Work and the Glory. This is the first experience I've had with his nonfiction books, and I wasn't disappointed. He has a way of teaching and explaining things that is clear and profound. The book is laid out in an easy to read format that can be read quickly, or a chunk at a time as part of a morning scripture study (as I did).
As a teacher in the Relief Society (the organization for women within the Church), I have often struggled with finding the right balance between teaching, and in turn being taught by the Spirit. Lund offers some great insights into what learning and teaching by the Spirit really means, and ways that we can ensures we are doing so. I know I've noticed a difference in the atmosphere in the room since I've become more in tune with whether or not I've invited the Holy Ghost to have an active role as I study, and as I teach. We are all striving to become better learners, and we all have opportunities in our lives to be teachers. Lund's brief, but powerful lessons in this book can help us all with our goals to increase the Spirit's influence as we do so.