Keys to being an active learner of the Gospel
We used this handout on our first day of seminary. I'll invite you do to the same thing I invited my students to do. This would make a great FHE lesson, or use it in Sunday School or youth class to help your students up-level their learning.
Read these quotes. Mark in one color what actions you’re being invited to take to obtain spiritual learning. Mark in a second color the promised blessings of doing these things.
1. “The very process of formulating a question, raising a hand, asking a question and listening attentively is an expression of faith. This principle of seeking learning by faith invites individualized teaching by the Holy Ghost” (Elder David A. Bednar, Address to Australian Saints, April 2008).
2. “Assure that there is abundant participation because that use of agency by a student authorizes the Holy Ghost to instruct. It also helps the student retain your message. As students verbalize truths, they are confirmed in their souls and strengthen their personal testimonies” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “To Understand and Live Truth,” Feb. 4, 2005).
3. “We are to help students learn to explain, share, and testify of the doctrines and principles of the restored gospel. We are to give them opportunities to do so with each other in class. We are to encourage them to do so outside of class with family and others” (The Teaching Emphasis in the Church Educational System, November 14, 2007).
4. “When you encourage students to raise their hand to respond to a question, they signify to the Holy Spirit their willingness to learn. That use of moral agency will allow the Spirit to motivate and give them more powerful guidance during your time together. Participation allows individuals to experience being led by the Spirit. They learn to recognize and feel what spiritual guidance is. It is through the repeated process of feeling impressions, recording them, and obeying them that one learns to depend on the direction of the Spirit more than on communication through the five senses” (Richard G. Scott, “Helping Others to Be Spiritually Led,” 8/11/1998).
5. “Do you know how to get the most benefit from this time together? Write down the impressions you feel…Spiritual moments in life often come when it seems difficult to record them. Yet that special effort to crystallize in a permanent record sacred impressions of the Holy Ghost is powerfully rewarded. Begin now even if you have to borrow paper and pencil to do it.” (Richard G. Scott, BYU-I Devot., Feb. 24, 2004)
6. 1 Nephi 19:23 – ...I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.
7. D&C 88:122 – Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege.
8. “The person at the pulpit’s most important purpose is to teach by the Spirit. Those in attendance must hear by the Spirit. The best way to hear by the Spirit that I have found is simply to have in your heart a prayer for the person who is speaking. If you will pray for the person who is speaking you will hear things you would not otherwise hear. The Spirit will say things that He might not otherwise say.” (Elder Dunn, quoted by Kelly Haws in Priesthood training mtg)
Please sign below.
I Accept God’s Invitation to be an Active Learner this Year in Seminary.