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Your Voice Matters

Your Voice Matters

Having a good discussion about the gospel is a responsibility you share with the teacher. Here are some situations you may have wondered about:

  • “I have something to say, but my teacher hasn’t asked for comments. Should I interrupt?” 

You might wait for an appropriate moment to catch the teacher’s eye and signal your willingness to contribute. If you feel inspired to share, do your best to act on that prompting.

  • “I’m not sure my comments are valuable, so should I really raise my hand?” 

You have a perspective and experiences that others may not have. As you prepare for class, you gain personal insights that could be a blessing to other learners.

Elder Richard G. Scott (1928–2015) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that when we raise our hands during a gospel discussion, we “signify to the Holy Ghost [our] willingness to learn.” So if your comments are appropriate to the topic and the time allows, you can share them. Elder Scott explained, “Participation allows individuals to experience being led by the Spirit” (“To Learn and to Teach More Effectively” [Brigham Young University Education Week devotional, Aug. 21, 2007], 5,

  • “I’m scared to talk in front of so many people. What do I do?”
As you work to overcome this fear, you might start small. Try volunteering to read a scripture or a quote. Then look for opportunities to answer questions or to share insights. As you demonstrate your willingness to participate, you will be blessed with the courage to speak and the words to say. When we “open [our] mouths,” we find that “they shall be filled” (D&C 33:10).

If you find it easy to comment, you may want to ask yourself if, rather than sharing your own thoughts again, there’s a way for you to encourage one of your fellow learners to comment.


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