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Edward D. Smith Center for Learning & Teaching


As a faithful teacher, you are motivated by your love for God. You wish to serve the Lord and build his kingdom. You actively seek for greater light and knowledge through the Holy Ghost with a commitment to be obedient to that learning. As a faithful teacher, you place the word of God above the wisdom of the world (2 Nephi 9:28-29).

Christ standing in front of a boat that is being pushed by fishermen.

Prepare: You prepare spiritually. In your daily life, you strive to live the gospel. You pray for your students, seeking the Lord’s help as you guide them. You also are an active learner and “seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (DC 88:118). Your faith and obedience will invite the Holy Ghost to expand your learning and teaching capacity.

Engage: You begin class with prayer, inviting the Holy Ghost to guide your time together. You interact with your students in an attitude of faith, believing that as you engage together, all will be “edified and rejoice together” (D&C 50:22).

Improve: You ask God, in faith, to help you improve. As a result, the Holy Ghost will “teach [you] all things which are expedient for [you]” (D&C 74:10).