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Everyone is a teacher — and everyone can learn to teach better. That is the theme and substance of Teach Ye Diligently, a book that has become one of the premier resources on gospel teaching since its initial publication in 1975.
A teacher by profession, President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles draws upon personal experiences and observations in the classroom, as a teaching administrator, and in his own family to provide insightful interpretations of teaching principles that can help everyone who teaches in any type of situation.
There are suggestions to help the classroom teacher maintain discipline, provide a climate conducive to learning, and principles to aid the learning process. For parents as well as those called formally to teach, there are suggestions on how to make difficult subjects more easily understood, how to address the hard-to-answer questions, and how to get the attention of students.
Throughout the book, the emphasis is on teaching moral and spiritual values, in response to the Lord's admonition in Doctrine and Covenants 88: “Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly . . . in all things that are expedient for you to understand.”
Revised and expanded in 1991, Teach Ye Diligently has been a timeless tool for thirty years for all who desire to teach with power and effectiveness.
- Published: 2005
- Pages: 400
About the Author
Boyd Kenneth Packer was the tenth of eleven children born to Ira and Emma Packer in Brigham City, Utah. After graduating from high school, he served as a pilot in the US Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1946. He served in the Pacific theater of World War II.
After the military, he attended Weber College (now Weber State University), where he met his wife, Donna (Smith). They married in the Logan Utah Temple in 1947 and had ten children. After their marriage, he attended Utah State University, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees and later an EdD from Brigham Young University.
He has served as a General Authority of the Church since 1961 and an Apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve since April 1970. He served as Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve from 1994 to 2008 and was made President in January 2009.
In addition to his natural gift to teach, he was blessed with a remarkable gift as an artist. President Packer’s artistic bent and love of nature are as integrally a part of him as his spirituality, compassion, steadiness, and humor.