Teaching by the Spirit

by Gene R. Cook

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And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach. (D&C 42:14)

In his characteristic mix of sound doctrine and inspiring stories, Elder Gene R. Cook suggests ways to answer the question, how can we more effectively and consistently teach by the Spirit? “Since we all are teachers,” Elder Cook writes, “and since teaching is so important, then it makes sense that we would seek to learn to do our teaching in the Lord's way. And what is the Lord's way? He has admonished us to do our teaching by the power of his Spirit, both in the home and in the Church. As we do, we will lift and bless others as we can in no other way.”

In this book, Elder Cook shares principles to help us better teach by the Spirit in—

  • Family settings
  • The classroom
  • Home and visiting teaching
  • Interviews
  • One-on-one encounters

Whether you are a first-time teacher or a seasoned veteran, Teaching by the Spirit offers valuable scriptural insights into truly becoming a “teacher come from God” (John 3:2), along with tender spiritual stories and practical teaching techniques that will invite the Spirit more fully into all your teaching.

Also included in this book are many stories, examples, and teaching techniques that will enlighten and encourage anyone who desires to teach more by the Spirit of the Lord. Elder Cook treats such key teaching issues of our time as:

  • How to overcome the fear of teaching
  • How to speak by the Spirit &ldqou;in the very moment,” when you are called upon without notice
  • How to best prepare yourself to teach with the Spirit of the Lord
  • How to help prepare the listener
  • How to teach with greater feeling
  • How to discern the needs of the people you have the responsibility to teach
  • How to determine your current effectiveness as a teacher
  • How to improve your overall effectiveness in teaching by the Spirit with your family, in the classroom, as home and visiting teachers, in working with less-active members, and so forth.

  • Acknowledgments
  • Who Is a Teacher?
  • The Role of the Spirit in Teaching
  • Keys to Teaching By the Spirit
  • Preparing Yourself As the Messenger
  • Inviting the Spirit Into Our Teaching
  • The Role of the Learner
  • Teaching Your Family By the Spirit: Applying These Principles In the Home
  • The Fruits of the Spirit: Measures of How We Are Doing
  • Index

Product Details

PublishedDeseret Book (October 1, 2004)
Audiobook NarratorGene R. Cook
Runtime2 hours 21 minutes

About the Author

Gene R. Cook

Elder Gene R. Cook, an emeritus General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2007, has served in various Church capacities, including area presidencies in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. He also served as a regional representative, as the mission president of the Uruguay/Paraguay Mission, and as a president in the original First Council of the Seventy.

He graduated in business management and earned an MBA from Arizona State University. He has been an insurance consultant, earned his CLU degree, and was an insurance agency manager. He also taught and consulted as a leadership-management trainer for various business firms as well.

Elder Cook and his wife Janelle are parents of eight children and have 46 grandchildren.

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By , Submitted on 2019-06-14

It was going fine until a woman made a comment about a "retarded" member speaking in sacrament meeting. It hurt my heart to hear someone use that word, especially in a church setting. That part might need to be edited out. I quit listening after that.

Please don’t use the R word
By , Submitted on 2019-05-01

I liked the content however the word retarded for intellectually impaired is very offensive.

To those members that I love this book is my gift of choice.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

5 years ago my beautiful wife gave this book to me for my birthday. I had already borrowed a copy and read it 3 times. After it was my own book I read it again several more times, and portions of it over again many times.
It has changed completely and permanently the way I teach and the way I give talks.
Inside the book Elder Cook shows that the principles inside are not just for grownups either.
To those stalwart members of the Church that I love, this book is my gift of choice.
Earl H. Roberts, Noble Oklahoma

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I read this right before I gave a talk, and I had to use faith (and much prayer!) in order to do so as taught by Elder Cook, but the result was wonderful - I have rarely had such immediate and overwhelming confirmation that I had chosen correctly while trying to follow the Spirit. Very inspiring!

I loved this lesson!!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is a talk that I will listen to many times! Elder Cook is such a good, humble man and a master teacher. I teach Gospel Doctrine and this has made me totally re-examine how I teach. I hope I will be able to strive more to teach with the Spirit as Elder Cook teaches. I am going to buy the book also. I highly recommend this CD!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

As stake leaders we were asked to read this book and passed around stake copies. I can't wait to get my own copy and read it again and mark it up and read it again and again. So inspired, and so needed by everyone.

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