My Best Teaching Is One-on-One


Of course, I team teach and do special lessons, etc.


But my best work in the classroom is after the lesson is over --
going one-on-one,
helping individual students with their assignments.


It's kind of like with computer programs, walking the client through hands-on.
The job isn't really done until the customer is using the program.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

Things I Like about the Book of Mormon -モルモン書の気に入ったところ

Sometimes people ask me whether I believe the Book of Mormon to be what it claims to be. (I do.)

Sometimes they ask me why.

There is no single reason. Hey, even my characteristically long blog posts are too short. :) But I can list a few things here that I like about the book.

** First, if you want a good summary of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon provides one. For instance, you can find a good definition in 3rd Nephi, chapter 27, particularly starting around verse 13.

Reading this, you can see the even shorter summary Joseph Smith wrote in the Articles of Faith, that we believe

  • in Jesus Christ,
  • in repentance -- turning our hearts and lives towards God,
  • in the covenant of baptism,
  • and in the gift of God's Holy Spirit.


  • イエスキリストを
  • 心をも人生をも神様へ傾ける悔い改めを
  • バプテスマの聖約を
  • そして、神様の聖なる御霊の賜物を


** Second, most of the book of 3rd Nephi is devoted to the record of Savior's personal visit to a group of his disciples in the Americas, shortly after His resurrection. The visit starts in chapter 11 and essentially continues almost through the end.

If you wonder why Jesus would have visited the Americas, you might recall what He said about "other sheep, not of this fold" in John 10. And if you wonder what made the Americas so special, you will be interested in verse 1 of 3rd Nephi chapter 16.

** Third, I am a firm believer in the freedom of the soul, and the Book of Mormon confirms this pretty strongly. See, for example, 2nd Nephi chapter 2, where the necessity of law, opposition, and choice is explained, and the relationship between redemption, freedom, and joy is shown.

These are just a few of my favorite passages from the book, and I think they are worth recommending to pretty much everyone.