Teaching Principles by Aaron L. M. Goodwin

Aug 13, 2013
4 min read

The variety of opportunities for teaching in the Lord’s kingdom are expansive.

Each member of the church is commissioned to “…speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world” (D&C 1:20).

Mormon explained that the church Christ established among his people did this by regularly speaking, “…one with another concerning the welfare of their souls” (Mormon 6:5). With salvation at stake, we ought to be less concerned about facts and philosophies, and more attentive to doctrine and principles.

The very best gospel teachers do not impart of their own knowledge, rather, they lead out in a group revelatory experience. I have found that the following principles help to this end.



“What are you going to do because of what you learned today?”

I have established four rules for all of my classes.

First, I invite that the class prepare. As a teacher, this means feasting on the word, becoming an expert in the text or topic, inasmuch as this is possible.

Second, I invite Read Full Post

What are Doctrines, Principles & Applications?

Aug 1, 2013
3 min read


Ever find yourself thinking “I’m not quite sure I really know the definition of that word”? If not, then you are amazing and I applaud you.

I’ve found it to be valuable to quiz yourself continually as to your knowledge concerning the meanings of words. Here on oneClimbs, I’ve written a few articles trying to clarify common misconceptions about the meanings of certain words. Don’t even get me started on Latter-day Saints use of the word “peculiar“. Understanding the true meanings of words will often bring refreshing insights that are hidden behind a veil of misconception.

A few days ago, I was discussing a particular study method with a friend and one step in the process wasRead Full Post