General Conference message: immerse yourself in the scriptures
Posted by Robert C. on November 3, 2010
John C.’s post at BCC on Elder David McConkie’s talk, “Gospel Learning and Teaching,” reminded me that I wanted to draw attention to what I think was a great talk. Here’s the part that I think esp. bears pondering and rereading:
How, then, do we develop the attitude necessary to be a successful teacher? I would like to discuss four basic principles of gospel teaching.
First, immerse yourself in the scriptures. We cannot love what we do not know. Develop a habit of daily scripture study, separate and apart from your lesson preparation. Before we can teach the gospel, we must know the gospel.
The Lord said to Hyrum Smith, “Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word.” This admonition applies to each of us.
The Lord has commanded us to search the scriptures, to feast upon them, and to treasure them up. As we earnestly search and ponder the word of the Lord, we will have His Spirit with us. We will become acquainted with His voice.
Other parts of the talk are also very good, but for the purposes of this site, I think the above is particularly apropos.
I also like John C.’s point that it is conspicuous that Elder McConkie does not mention the manual. The danger, as we’ve discussed frequently here over the years, is that we approach the Gospel and the scriptures, with manual in hand, but without genuine humility, thinking we already know the Gospel, thinking we already know the scriptures, thinking that the manual is a kind of magical short-cut panacea for understanding the mysteries contained in the scriptures, there for the grasping without having to put in the soul-searching work otherwise called for.
If we don’t consistently approach the scriptures with a genuine desire to learn, then I think the rest of our spiritual life will ultimately unravel, whether we become aware of this sooner or later….
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