New Effort Aims to Promote “Teaching in the Savior’s Way”
Monthly teacher council meetings and a new booklet are part of a new effort to promote “teaching in the Savior’s way” that is now being rolled out to local priesthood leaders in the Church.
As reflected at the Church website teaching.lds.org, the new effort, introduced during general conference leadership meetings, includes these elements:
- Teacher council meetings, to be held monthly during the Sunday block of meetings.
- Orientation for all existing and new teachers.
- Teaching in the Savior’s Way, a resource that supports teacher council meetings and new teacher orientation. The booklet can also be used for independent study of principles of Christlike teaching.
“In the next few months, training about this effort will be provided in area council meetings, coordinating councils, and stake and ward councils,” reads a notice sent May 1 to general, area, and local Church leaders.
The notice sent out to priesthood leaders indicates the initiative is “part of the ongoing effort to help members grow as they build faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and improve Sabbath worship.”
Teaching in the SavioUr’s Way, 2015
The principles described in this resource can help every gospel teacher teach in the Savior’s way. This resource is intended especially for those whose Church callings give them opportunities to teach—including teachers in Primary, Sunday School, Relief Society, Young Women, and Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood quorums, as well as priesthood and auxiliary leaders. The principles described here can also help parents, teachers, and auxiliary leaders as they teach in their families.
Teachers can study this resource on their own to learn how to more effectively teach in the Savior’s way. They can also use the resource to guide discussions in familyhome evenings, presidency meetings, ward or stake council meetings, and monthly teacher council meetings.
Teacher council meetings are described in the section titled “Teacher Council Meetings.” The ward council oversees these meetings, with assistance from the Sunday School presidency. A member of the Sunday School presidency usually leads the meetings. The material in this resource should be used as the basis for teacher council meetings.
Beloved Parents, Teachers, Advisers, and Leaders of Youth:
You are called by the Lord to help youth become converted to the gospel. What a wonderful blessing this is! You have the opportunity to establish lifelong relationships with the precious youth the Lord has entrusted to your care. As you understand their unique needs and desires, you will be able to help them experience for themselves the blessings of learning and living the gospel every day.
The most important part of your service will be your own daily spiritual preparation, including prayer, scripture study, and obedience to the commandments. We encourage you to dedicate yourself to living the gospel with greater purpose than ever before. As you do, you will understand how to help youth learn the gospel by their own study and faith, to discover the truthfulness of the gospel for themselves, and to strengthen their families and others by sharing their experiences, insights, and testimony.
As your love for each youth grows, you will be filled with a desire to help them establish patterns of personal prayer, scripture study, and obedience that will lead them to conversion. Pray for the youth each day, and counsel with parents, leaders, and teachers to coordinate your efforts. You will be richly rewarded as you encourage, mentor, and support youth in every opportunity.
Every worthy Latter-day Saint can teach the gospel in the Savior’s way. As you follow His example, the Holy Ghost will help you know what to do. Your own testimony will grow, your conversion will be deepened, and you will be strengthened to meet the challenges of life.
May our Heavenly Father bless you in your service to His beloved youth.
The First Presidency