4 And they shall contend one with another; and their priests shall contend one with another, and they shall teach with their learning, and deny the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance.
When we rely on our own learning to teach, we miss out on the blessings that come from teaching by the Spirit. Some of those blessings are:
- We can teach things we did not know previously, as the Holy Ghost guides our words. President Romney said, “I always know when I am speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost because I always learn something from what I’ve said.” (quoted in “Teaching with the Power and Authority of God,” David M. McConkie, General Conference, October, 2013)
- Those we teach can learn things we did not say, as the Holy Ghost teaches them directly.
- We and our students are edified, and we rejoice together. (D&C 50:21-22)
Today, as I have teaching opportunities, I will seek for the companionship of the Holy Ghost and avoid trying to teach with my learning alone.