They Were Also Taught From on High – Ether 6:17

17 And they were taught to walk humbly before the Lord; and they were also taught from on high.

This week, I’m going to focus my scripture study on teaching. Because my church calling involves teaching high school students from the scriptures each morning, I’ll be considering questions like the following:
  1. How can I help my students engage in the learning process? What kinds of activities can help them be active participants in the process?
  2. How can I tell if my teaching is effective? What indicators can help me know how I’m doing?
  3. What does the Lord expect from me as a teacher in the Church? How can I more fully live up to those expectations?
I like Moroni’s description in the passage above of the gospel teaching provided by Jared and his brother to their families. He tells us two things:
  1. The people “were taught to walk humbly before the Lord.” I’m guessing that this was taught in a variety of ways, including by the example of the teacher, by specific instructions about how to demonstrate humility, and through sharing experiences. This instruction is largely teacher-driven: the teacher provides the students with information which they can then apply in their own lives.
  2. “They were also taught from on high.” Because the teachers did a good job of helping the students prepare their minds and hearts (by humbling themselves), the students were able to receive the customized messages the Lord had for them individually.
Today, I will remember that gospel teaching consists of helping my students prepare themselves to be “taught from on high.” As I have opportunities to teach the gospel, I will focus more on helping my students receive answers and inspiration directly from God, and less on delivering information to them.
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