What I Wish I'd Known Before Teaching Sunday School #1

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As I mentioned before, I have been teaching Gospel Doctrine in Sunday School for about 6 months now. I have very much enjoyed studying and gaining insights into the scriptures that I haven’t had before. This is more an indictment of the lack of depth in my study before this calling than anything.

I have been surprised a number of times, however, at what happens when I am standing in front of a class. I often find interesting and important teachings in the sections of scripture we study, insights that seem to me to open up the scriptures in a more enlightening way.

There have been many occasions when I have planned on explaining such an insight that my mouth has been constrained and the Spirit has not allowed me to teach. I do not believe that the insight or understanding were wrong, I have felt the spirit in my preparation and guidance in my study.

It seems the Lord knows much better than I do what the class at large is prepared to handle. I do know that many in the class are probably prepared to go to a new level of understanding, but perhaps there were many also unprepared who may have been led into misunderstanding.

I am not a very learned gospel scholar, and I doubt whatever understandings I have are all that remarkable to most people, which makes this phenomena even more interesting to me.