Using scriptures to help others become more Christlike

Jesus Christ is the best example of teaching. He used the scriptures to teach His gospel. Latter-day prophets have instructed us that there is no substitute for the scriptures and words of living prophets when we teach the gospel to others. To teach from the scriptures we must study them for ourselves. Then we can share scripture stories and examples and help those we teach liken the scriptures to themselves.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What will inspire you to want to use the scriptures when you teach?

Matthew 12:1–8; 13:38–41 (Examples of the Savior likening the scriptures)

Luke 4:17–27 (Jesus uses the scriptures to teach the people of Nazareth)

3 Nephi 23:1–6 (Jesus uses the scriptures to teach the Nephites)

“Teach from the Scriptures,” in Jeffrey R. Holland, “Teaching and Learning in the Church,” Ensign or Liahona, June 2007, 94–97

Teaching from the Scriptures,” Teaching, No Greater Call, 54–59

Make connections

  • Come to class ready to share a favorite scripture with the class. Why is this scripture meaningful to them?
  • Read in the scriptures examples of the Savior using the scriptures to teach others, such as those suggested in this outline or others you may know of. Resolve the following questions: Why did the Savior use the scriptures to teach? How did using the scriptures influence those He taught? What opportunities do you have to teach? How can you use the scriptures in their teaching?

Learn together

  • Explore the study helps in the scriptures (such as the footnotes, chapter headings, Topical Guide, or Bible Dictionary) (see Teaching, No Greater Call, 56­–57). Use the study aids in the scriptures to prepare a family home evening lesson on one of the Christlike attributes that you are studying in your other classes. Come to class ready to share what you’ve learned.

    Mormon Scriptures

    Scriptures (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

  • Imagine that you have been asked to teach young children about a Christlike attribute using a scripture story, such as the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37) or the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:1–7). Use the guidelines on pages 180–81 of Preach My Gospel to plan how you would teach the story. If possible, practice teaching your lesson to a group of children.
  • Read the sections titled “Provide Context” and “Share Biographical Information” in Teaching, No Greater Call, 54–55. Use the information to practice providing context when teaching about the scriptures by sharing the story of Captain Moroni and the title of liberty. For example, you could summarize the background information in Alma 46:1–11 before reading verses 12–13. How can understanding the background information help you to better understand the scripture story. Choose a scripture and practice teaching it to others providing context and biographical information.
  • Demonstrate how to invite others to look for something specific in the scriptures. You could use several of the examples on page 55 of Teaching, No Greater Call.
    Find a scripture about a Christlike attribute and identify something that you could ask learners to look for while reading that scripture. Come to class ready to teach your scriptures to the class using the “look for” approach.

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