First Reunion

First Reunion

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Mission Leadership Council, August 2, 2013

Long ago the great teachers found that people learn best when they are asked instead of simply told. Elder Bednar repeated it in "Truths are better caught, than taught!" Questions are a summons to learning. A question is a challenge, the beginning of a quest - positive "green" stress! In the words of Aristotle, "All men by nature desire to know."
In D&C 50:13 the Lord says, "I the Lord ask you this question..." Dennis Rasmussen, a former BYU Professor, once said, "To most questions man wants to have an answer. But to the Lord's question man must BE an answer." ["Where art Thou?" & "Where goest Thou?"]
Only by responding do I learn to be responsible; only by responding do I learn to care about something beyond myself.
With that in mind, having learned for myself first, I'll be able to ask questions in the fulfillment of my calling as a missionary.

It is worth great effort to carefully craft questions during lesson preparation that will lead to understanding and engage the minds and hearts of investigators as they learn.
Teachers should strive to prepare and ask questions that stimulate thinking and feeling; open questions that cannot be answered with a simple “Yes” or “No”.
Teachers should also avoid questions that could spark controversy as this may frustrate both, the teacher and the learner [3 Nephi 11:29].
When asking, it is important for teachers to give tie to think about responses. Sometimes we ask a question, pause for a second of two, and the when no one immediately responds, panic and give the answer themselves. Give time and repeat if necessary!
Some questions encouraged the Lord’s listeners to think and to refer to the scriptures for answers [always to the standards or source or roots], such as when He asked, “What is written in the law? How readest thou?” [Luke 10:26]. Others were intended to invite commitment, as when He asked, “What manner of men ought ye to be?” [3 Nephi 27:27].
There are four general types of questions in gospel learning and teaching:
1.    Questions that invite to search for information.
2.    Questions that lead to analyze for understanding.
3.    Questions that invite feelings and testimony.
4.    Questions that encourage application.

MLC Berlin 08-13