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Hate Sunday School? Check Out 3 Tips for Better Discussions!

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Do you struggle during Sunday School? You’re not alone! One of the best parts of church—that we all volunteer to serve in God’s kingdom—can also lead to some less-than-ideal lessons.

No matter your experiences, the Lord would have us work together to make our experiences at church more enriching. Whether you’re a student or a teacher, here are some tips for more inspired discussions. 

Study the Material

When we are informed, we are inspired! The Church has given us so many resources to help us dive into the scriptures. Still, many of us still find it hard to make our Come, Follow Me study a priority. We can begin today to show the Lord we want to find Him in His words. 

Ideas for Students

  • If study is hard, start by just reading the manual and looking over the principles. 
  • Listen to podcasts or YouTube channels that align with Come, Follow Me
  • Focus on how the study relates to what you’re experiencing now
  • Set aside time for Come, Follow Me study, then allow yourself to study whatever you’d like at a different time 

Ideas for Teachers

  • Post reminders about what you’ll be studying on ward social media pages or through other communication channels
  • Have some questions on the board or screen for people to be thinking about as they walk in and get settled
  • Give a basic, short summary of the scriptures you’ll be studying at the beginning of the lesson
  • Prayerfully consider what principles from the lesson will most benefit your students

Ask Questions

Questions are such an important part of any Sunday School. Elder Walter F. Gonzalez taught, “An excellent exercise in our schooling to become Christlike is observing the kind of questions we ask others in formal and informal teaching settings. Asking questions to retrieve information will teach us about others’ knowledge. Asking questions that cause others to reason will help them discover truths. Asking questions that allow others to express feelings will take us onto sacred ground in the conversion and edifying of those we love. As we make an effort to teach as He taught, we become more like Him.”

Teachers should put great thought and care into the questions they ask their students. Students too should be willing to ask questions. It is a time to learn together. 

Read, Repeat, Relate

Here’s a simple formula to help dive into the scriptures in class and stay focused on the principles taught! 

First, read a section of scriptures together. Then, repeat to each other what happened in the verses. Finally, talk about how these verses relate to your lives today and how we can better live the gospel truths. 

This method may seem simple, but it can be powerful!

What other ideas do you have for better Sunday School discussions?

 

 

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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