Object lessons

January 25, 2007

I learned a great lesson today.  The lesson was this:  When teaching, the principle must determine the lesson, not the other way around.  

There’s been a lot of times when I’ve taught, especially in church, and I think of a great way to teach the lesson or an object lesson that I think would be really cool – and then I let that define the course of the message.  I don’t know why.  I guess that it has something with that desire for the student to feel entertained and feel the lesson was memorable. 

Brother Eastmond shared about how he and many other seminary teachers have encountered students who say “I still remember that lesson where we…” and they talk about the object lesson.  The teacher then asks, “Do you remember what the lesson was on?” 

“Well, no… But it was really cool!”

Even object lessons that fit really well the story in scripture and the principles revealed in them, it may be hard for the students to remember what the principle was. 

As for me,  I have a hard time thinking of oringinal object lessons.  But I suppose it’s a skill that comes with time.


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