Other Quotes About Teaching

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“There is a way to know when we have learned a doctrine or principle of the gospel. It is when we are able to teach the doctrine or principle in a way that a child can understand it.”

Linda K. Burton, Relief Society General President
Is Faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ Written in Our Hearts?” October 2012 General Conference

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“In every teaching situation all learning and all understanding are best nurtured in an atmosphere of warmth and love where the Spirit is present.”

Cheryl A. Esplin, Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency
Teaching Our Children to Understand,” April 2012 General Conference

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“The message of a good lesson comes through spiritual preparation. Let’s put our focus on the principles of the gospel and on the material in our study guides. Let’s prepare to create an interesting exchange of ideas through discussion, not through extra, invented work that makes us so weary we come to resent the time we spend in fulfilling our callings.”

Kathleen H. Hughes, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Out of Small Things,” October 2004 General Conference

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“Be supportive of our Relief Society presidencies and teachers—let them learn on our time (just as we will learn on theirs). Forgive more and judge less. Be a caring, consistent visiting teacher. Attend home, family, and personal enrichment meeting with enthusiasm. Look for what’s good about Relief Society and build on it.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
Belonging is Our Sacred Birthright,” October 2004 General Conference

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“A woman with a mother heart has a testimony of the restored gospel, and she teaches the principles of the gospel without equivocation. She is keeping sacred covenants made in holy temples. Her talents and skills are shared unselfishly. She gains as much education as her circumstances will allow, improving her mind and spirit with the desire to teach what she learns to the generations who follow her.”

Julie B. Beck, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
A Mother Heart,” April 2004 General Conference

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“Because the daily life of people varies so much in the 160 different countries where we have organized classes, the stories and examples in the manuals may sometimes confuse the learners. Teachers can prayerfully make adaptations, always taking care that the learning activities chosen truly reflect the doctrine.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Ordinary Classroom—a Powerful Place for Steady and Continued Growth,” October 1996 General Conference

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“A teacher’s goal is greater than just delivering a lecture about truth. It is to invite the Spirit and use techniques which will enhance the possibility that the learner will discover the truth for herself and then be motivated to apply it. Although some seem to be born teachers, teaching skills can successfully be learned. “

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Ordinary Classroom—a Powerful Place for Steady and Continued Growth,” October 1996 General Conference

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“The skilled teacher does not want students who leave the class talking about how magnificent and unusual the teacher is. This teacher wants students who leave talking about how magnificent the gospel is!”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Ordinary Classroom—a Powerful Place for Steady and Continued Growth,” October 1996 General Conference

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“Learning occurs best in an atmosphere of trust and safety. This means that each person’s questions and contributions are respected. When we feel safe and included, we can ask questions that will help us to understand the gospel. We can share insights and faith that might help someone else. We can stumble without embarrassment as we try to apply the lessons taught. Conversely, when we feel that we must protect and defend ourselves or seem more righteous than we are, our energy is used counterproductively and our learning and the learning of others is severely limited. Maintaining a climate of trust and safety is a responsibility the teacher and the learners share.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Ordinary Classroom—a Powerful Place for Steady and Continued Growth,” October 1996 General Conference

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“Every learner can be a better learner than he or she is today. And every classroom can be a better classroom.”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
The Ordinary Classroom—a Powerful Place for Steady and Continued Growth,” October 1996 General Conference

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“Sisters, we do need instruction. We need cherishing, and we need to cherish others. All teachers and most experienced students know the relationship between these two principles. We cannot teach those whom we do not love. We cannot learn from those who do not love us.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
What Is Relief Society For?” October 1995 General Conference

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“The emphasis on education given in the Relief Society program is designed to help a woman make a place in her life for learning, for learning as much as she can, and for developing her gifts and talents. What she learns will expand her influence for good as she then teaches and blesses others.”

Shirley W. Thomas, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Doctrines of the Kingdom,” October 1980 General Conference

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