Learning is Eternal
Diligently Preparing for Spiritual Learning
Part 1 of a 5 Part Series
Looking internally can help deepen gospel study
By Brother Tad R. Callister, Sunday School General President
For the Deseret News Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Before we come to the conclusion that a teacher is boring or uninformed or not up to our expectations, we as learners could adopt the "is it I ?" principle. For example, we might ask of ourselves, "Did I read the lesson material in advance? Did I offer a silent prayer for the teacher? Did I contribute by participating in class? Did I seek divine impressions and record them? Did I share what I learned with others? If we have somehow fallen short in these endeavors, then we might further ask: "Am I a partial cause for the class not being all I hoped it would be and, if so, how can I improve? How can I be a better learner and class member?"
- The learner has a equal responsibility to that of the teacher to contribute to the success of a class.
- Care like blazes. Somewhere, sometime we must care like blazes if we really want to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Contribute as learners - come a little better prepared to class; pray for the learners as well as the teacher to have the Spirit; step outside your comfort zone and participate in class discussions; record spiritual impressions and share them with others.
If we do not put much into our church classes, we are unlikely to get much out of them. On the other hand, when we do contribute, our learning can become exponential. In fact, the Lord has promised: "And unto you that hear [and contribute] shall more be given" [Mark 4:24].