Teach by the Spirit

The power of the spirit is one that must be used. The spirit is key to this work, but in reality, it is the key to everything that we do. The spirit is the true teacher, and without it, we are nothing.

That is the funny thing, if we try to teach, we fail. It is only when we let the Holy Ghost teach, can we truly succeed. So therefore, one aspect of appropriate teaching is silence. In the scriptures, we learn of true master teachers. One instance that we discover this is with regards to the story of Ammon, in Alma 18. Ammon asked the king a question, and the king chose not to answer for a hour. (alma 18:14-39). Here we see the true power of the spirit and following this spirit. But more importantly, we see the power of silence. Oftentimes, when we teach a lesson, or more specifically teach a family or individual, we may be silent. This silence does not have to be awkward, IF it is brought about by the spirit. This is shown in the following verse:
122 Appoint among yourselves teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege.
Therefore, the real question is, WHO is the spokesman. Too often we think of teaching as talking, or sharing what knowledge that we have. But it is not. Teaching is in fact allowing the individual to have a desire to learn.
Therefore, we need to teach by the spirit! This is something that I feel is something that we understand, but do not apply too much. I saw this the other day in myself, when I was teaching a investigator, and all I was doing was just sharing information. In other words, I was teaching a lesson that I had planned that morning, not teaching the investigator by the spirit.
Anyways, I hope that we all teach by the spirit, as much as we listen to the spirit.
Elder Wilson

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