Saturday, July 26, 2014

Roles of the Holy Ghost in Teaching and Learning

When we teach the gospel it must be by the Spirit. If we teach by "some other way" than by the Spirit, then our teaching is not of God. (D&C 50:14-22).

From Gospel Teaching and Learning: A Handbook for Teachers and Leaders in Seminaries and Institutes of Religions.

The following list includes some functions of the Holy Ghost directly related to His role in gospel teaching and learning:
  • He bears witness of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12:3Ether 12:41).
  • He edifies (lifts or builds spiritually) both the teacher and the student (see1 Corinthians 14:12D&C 50:22–2384:106).
  • He bestows the “fruit of the Spirit,” which includes such things as joy, love, peace, patience, and gentleness (seeGalatians 5:22–23Romans 15:13D&C 6:2311:12–13).
  • He empowers a person to speak with authority and boldness (see1 Nephi 10:22Alma 18:35Moroni 8:16).
  • He testifies to the truthfulness of gospel doctrines and principles (seeJohn 15:26D&C 21:9100:8).
  • He imparts truth, knowledge, insights, understanding, and enlightenment (see John 16:131 Corinthians 2:9–11, 14D&C 6:14;11:13–1476:5–10, 116).
  • He helps teachers and students remember ideas, concepts, or principles (see John 14:26).
  • He inspires a person in what to say or what not to say (see Luke 12:11–122 Nephi 32:7D&C 84:85100:5–6).
  • He carries truth to the hearts of people (see 2 Nephi 33:1).
  • He softens the hearts of people (see  1 Nephi 2:16Alma 24:8).
  • He gives comfort (see John 14:26D&C 88:3).
  • He sanctifies and changes hearts (see Mosiah 5:23 Nephi 27:20;Moroni 6:4).

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