Back in 2009, Sister Julie B Beck (the RS General President at the time) spoke to seminary and institute teachers. Her talk was called Teaching the Doctrine of the Family. I watched the video for the first time the other day, and have since skimmed over the talk. I need to make some more thorough notes, but here is what I have so far (I used my notes to find the exact quotes in the talk):
- When we speak of qualifying for the blessings of eternal life, we mean qualifying for the blessings of eternal families. This was Christ’s doctrine, and this is some of what was restored that had been lost—understanding and clarity about family. Without these blessings, the earth is wasted…
The promises of the children made to the fathers was that their hearts would turn to their fathers. Their hearts would be turned to the blessings of eternal life that they could have. This is talking about temple blessings—temple ordinances and covenants without which “the whole earth [is] utterly wasted.”
So, if we teach about what is in every section of the Doctrine and Covenants, if we teach so that our students know all the rivers in the Book of Mormon, if they can name all the prophets of the Old Testament, if they can describe to you the pioneer trek and the history of the Latter-day Saints in the restored times but they don’t understand the promises made to the fathers and their part in it, it is “utterly wasted.” I would submit that all of our teaching is utterly wasted if they don’t understand the context that all of this is taught within.
- Korihor was an anti-Christ. Anti-Christ is antifamily. Any doctrine or principle our youth hear from the world that is antifamily is also anti-Christ. It’s that clear. They need to know
that if it’s antifamily, it’s anti-Christ. An anti- Christ is antifamily.
- Teach the students so that they don’t misunderstand (3 times she used the phrase)
When speaking of Isaac and Rebekah, she said: She needed to see that her righteous son got the blessings. Rebekah used her influence to see that the priesthood blessings and keys passed to the righteous son. It’s a perfect example of the man who has the keys and the woman who has the influence working together to ensure their blessings.
- Let’s go to the question “What is it we hope this rising generation will understand and do because of what you will teach them?” Teach so they don’t misunderstand that every doctrine, every principle, everything you’re teaching leads them to the fulness of the gospel.
- So, what I submit to you as one of your responsibilities—besides teaching those doctrines so your students don’t misunderstand
- Your role in this is to teach them so they don’t misunderstand, to be very clear on key points of doctrine, which you find in the proclamation on the family.
Powerful, but great, stuff!
Note: If you would like to read the talk, you can download a PDF of the talk here.
Well, conference is over now for another 6 months. As is usually the case, there were some excellent talks. I definitely have a lot to think about.
President Henry B. Eyring conducted
Elder Dallin H. Oaks ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- unselfish service
- lose yourself in the service of the Lord
- we serve in our families
- no one can duplicate the records/efforts of this church
- we don not serve God well if we fear men more than God
- we cannot do as others do
- great quote from C.S. Lewis about man wanting to be God
- entitlement is generally selfish
- we are promised eternal life for our service
Elder David A. Bednar ** might use this as a 4th Sunday lesson **
- serving in the temple can expand our vision
- everything points to temple covenants
- the garner is the temple
- this is a great day of temple building
- temple ordinances provide protective power
Elder Gary E. Stevenson
- you are never lost when you can see the temple
- all are encouraged to go to the temple even if you can’t go inside
- the most holy place on earth
Elder Jose A. Teixeira
- bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man
- we are not left alone
- use the spiritual gifts you’ve been given
- don’t lose the “signal” from the divine
Elder F. Michael Watson
- we can’t always find the way before us
- we have guides if we let them “have the reins”
- highlighted some teachings of the last 7 prophets who he worked closely with
- the Lord reveals to his prophets
Elder L. Tom Perry
- where is the shepherd?
- there is no substitute for a member-oriented proselyting program
- the missionaries are spending too much time finding
- we should be warning our neighbours ourselves
- “open your mouths”
- declare our belief in Jesus Christ
- tell in our own words the story of the First Vision
- testify of the Book of Mormon
President Thomas S. Monson
- we’ve been richly blessed
- appreciates all those who participated
- love and appreciate his counselors and the apostles
- cautioned that the adversary is using every means possible to ensnare us
- the Internet can be used for good and evil
- we are a blessed people
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