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So, I’m gearing up for my first time teaching in Relief Society this coming Sunday. The topic’s forgiveness (Elder Faust’s talk in the last conference where he talked about the Amish people and how quick they were to forgive the killer).
I’m kinda stuped as what to assist me in the lesson… my aunt happened to write an article that Elder Faust quotes in his talk, so I looked it up. But, it is a newspaper article. Is that OK to use that kind of thing in a lesson?
Does it bug you when someone uses a little out of the mainstream item in a lesson (aka, not scriptures or a talk by one of the GA’s)?
Does it bug you when they don’t?
What are your main pet peeves about RS lessons in general.
Remember, you can be anonymous here… and I’ll have to forgive you since that’s what my lesson is on. :)

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  1. says

    When I taught RS, I used every possible resource – even the ones that weren’t “mainstream”. My personal opinion, for whatever it matters, is that the lessons are always so much more profound and deep reaching when the teacher uses a variety of resources, personal experiences, etc. to get the point across. You never know which part of the lesson will reach someone. . .

    That said – GOOD LUCK! Teaching RS was the most difficult and one of the most rewarding callings I’ve ever had!!!!

  2. says

    Hilary, you are a natural for this calling. I’m looking forward to your lessons. I like hearing references from other sources, but that’s just my opinion. Personal experiences make things more interesting too. The challenge is to follow the spirit without imposing our own views too heavily…and of course, making sure the audience participation doesn’t get out of control. I have no doubt you will teach us all a thing or two.

  3. says

    It does bother me when people uses resources that are way “off base” or totally inappropriate, but like I’ve told you, if it’s good enough for President Faust, I think it should be fine.

    My other pet peeve in lessons is when the teacher talks the whole time and never asks questions or leads any discussions.

  4. says

    Dang-I knew I was goiong to miss your lesson. I think if you’re very selective and choose quotes or commentary not from the lesson or scripture is okay. I know when Phil teaches GD he reads so many commentaries. It you stay on course of the topic and it’s something a church leader would say it’s only going to add to the lesson. I remember that talk and mentioning the Amish and the car accident was so real to us and we could relate and we remember this is REAL. You’re going to do great!

  5. Anonymous says

    I taught RS for 3 years and always used outside references. However, I was told at the time that church headquarters had asked teachers not to use any material that wasn’t from the lesson or from a GA/Ensign Article. I never was really able to ahdere to it for all the same reasons the commenters before me mentioned. But being in Utah, it was a visible problem the people used the words of church “scholars” synonymously with the words of the general authorities. As long as you make note that this is the gospel according to such-and-such and not doctrine, I think you’re fine. A lot of other people have ways of putting things that make sense to the average Joe. Or Jolene as the case may be.

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