The Story Goes

Stories enrich lessons and capture the interest of learners as few other teaching methods can.  Stories can be used to answer questions, introduce or reinforce principles, or summarize lessons.  They can be especially effective to clarify and teach gospel principles by giving examples of righteous living, reaching all listeners on their own level of understanding.  When stories are used well, they engage learners’ values and emotions.  They can help learners apply gospel principles as they share in great scriptural events, moments of decision, hardships and struggles, and the blessings of living the gospel of Jesus Christ.  They make principles easier to understand and remember.  They show in vivid and inspiring ways how gospel principles can be applied in our lives.

The Savior is the Master Teacher and the example we should follow in all our gospel teaching.  He frequently used stories in His teaching. His parables are excellent examples of using stories to teach.  For example, a lawyer asked Him, “Who is my neighbour?”  He answered by telling a story about a man who was beaten and robbed as he traveled from Jerusalem to Jericho.  Two men passed by the wounded man, but a third, a Samaritan, stopped and took care of him (see Luke 10:29–35).  When Jesus finished the parable, He asked the lawyer, “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?” The man answered, “He that shewed mercy on him.”  Then Jesus responded, “Go, and do thou likewise” (Luke 10:36–37).

– Taken from Teaching: No Greater Call, a resource guide for teachers in the Church.

In the coming month, consider using stories in the learning experiences you provide.  Read the stories prior to lesson day and commit them to memory.  The eye contact you make with your students will show them what you are sharing is important.  The Spirit will help you recall the stories your students need to hear.  Oftentimes this happens after an inspired comment is made from someone in class.  The story will reinforce what they have shared as well as validate their feelings and expressions.

Below is a compilation of General Conference addresses pertaining to the doctrine of becoming more Christlike (Come Follow Me, October 2013).  Consider using this resource in your lesson preparation.  I’d love to hear back on meaningful experiences you have using these or other stories in your teaching this coming month.  Download a printable 4×6 photo handout – More, Savior, Like Thee.

TOPIC LINE STORY BEGINS GIVEN BY
Christlike Life We Are the Hands of Christ President Dieter F. Uchdorf, April 2010, Sunday Morning Session
Christlike Attributes Children Can Bless Our Lives Jean A. Stevens, April 2011, Saturday Morning Session
Jesus’ Example You’re the Best Elder Neil L. Andersen, April 2012, Sunday Afternoon Session
Patience A Large Marshmallow President Dieter F. Uchdorf, April 2010 Priesthood Session
Patience Broken Eggs Elder Per G. Malm, October 2011, Sunday Afternoon Session
Patience Flecks of Gold Elder M. Russell Ballard, April 2011, Saturday Afternoon Session
Patience Foundations of Faith Henry B. Eyring, April 2012, Saturday Morning Session
Patience Herman President Thomas S. Monson, Priesthood Session, October 2002
Patience Motorcycles Elder Robert C. Oaks, Saturday Morning, October 2006
Patience Patience Isn’t Merely Waiting President Dieter F. Uchdorf, April 2010 Priesthood Session
Patience Shower, Shower Elder Octaviano Tenorio, October 2007, Sunday Afternoon Session
Patience Two Women Henry B. Eyring, April 2012, Saturday Morning Session
Service All Is Not Well Bishop Richard C. Edgley, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service Be Kind To The Poor Bishop H. David Burton, April 2011, Sunday Morning Session
Service Go To The House Down The Street President Henry B. Eyring, October 2010, Sunday Morning Session
Service I Need Your Help President Henry B. Eyring, October 2011 Priesthood Session
Service I Once Owned A Pen President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2010, Priesthood Session
Service I Thought I Had Missed the Lesson President Henry B. Eyring, October 2010, Priesthood Session
Service I Wasn’t Quite Sure What To Do Sister Silvia H. Allred, April 2011, Sunday Morning Session
Service Suffer the Little Children President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2011, Sunday Morning Session
Service Why Am I Still Living President Henry B. Eyring, April 2011, Priesthood Session
Service Would It Be Appropriate to Ask
President Henry B. Eyring, April 2010, Priesthood Session
Service You Are My Best Friend Elder Richard G. Scott, April 2011, Sunday Afternoon Session
Service You’re the Best Elder Neil L. Andersen, April 2012, Sunday Afternoon Session
Service 200,000 Were Reported Dead Elder Wilford W. Andersen, April 2010, Saturday Morning Session
Service A Call Extended To A Less Active Member Bishop Richard C. Edgley, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service A Call of Duty President Thomas S. Monson, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service A Lesson From My Father Elder David A. Bednar, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service A New Home President Thomas S. Monson, Priesthood Session, April 2005
Service A Sheaf of Letters President Thomas S. Monson, April 2010, Priesthood Session
Service A True Minister of Jesus Christ Elder L. Tom Perry, October 2011, Sunday Afternoon Session
Service A War Correspondent’s Tale President Thomas S. Monson, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service As I Began to Serve Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Sunday Morning, October 2002
Service Brazilian Missionary Sacrifice Dallin H. Oaks, April 2012, Saturday Morning Session
Service Charity Never Faileth Sister Silvia H. Allred, October 2011, General Relief Society Meeting
Service Charity President Henry B. Eyring, April 2008, Priesthood Session
Service David Orchard Elder David F. Evans, April 2012, Sunday Afternoon Session
Service Fresh Baked Bread Elder Gerrit W. Gong, October 2010, Saturday Afternoon Session
Service Full Conversion President Henry B. Eyring, October 2011, Sunday Morning Session
Service Going Through the Motions President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2011 Priesthood Session
Service Greatest Souls President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2011, Saturday Morning Session
Service Half-a-Table Elder D. Todd Christofferson, October 2008, Saturday Afternoon Session
Service He Had Not Been A Failure W. Christopher Waddell, October 2011 Priesthood Session
Service He Spoke the Language of Angels Elder Adrián Ochoa, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service Help My Husband Become A Patriarch In Our Home Elder David A. Bednar, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service How a Quorum Works Elder L. Tom Perry, Saturday Morning, October 2002
Service Inspired Priorities President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service Instruments In The Lord’s Hands Elder Ulisses Soares, April 2012, Saturday Afternoon Session
Service Jack McConnell, MD President Thomas S. Monson, October 2009, Sunday Morning Session
Service Jim’s Cart Was Empty President James E. Faust, Priesthood Session, October 2006
Service Late Night Calls President Henry B. Eyring, October 2011 Priesthood Session
Service Little Big Spring President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2011, Saturday Morning Session
Service Lost, Elder José L. Alonso October 2011, Saturday Morning Session
Service Motivating Power Of Priesthood Leadership President Dieter F Uchtdorf, April 2012, Priesthood Session
Service Our Champion Paxton Elder Ronald A. Rasband, April 2012, Sunday Morning Session
Service Phil’s Auto Bishop Richard C. Edgley, April 2009, Priesthood Session
Service Prepared To Keep Our Oath and Covenant President Henry B. Eyring, October 2011 Priesthood Session
Service Rain Gutters Elder Quentin L. Cook, October 2009, Sunday Afternoon Session
Service Self-Help President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2011 Priesthood Session
Service Shoes from the Heart Elder Robert J. Whetten, Saturday Afternoon Session, April 1999
Service Sidney Going Elder Neil L. Andersen, April 2011, Priesthood Session
Service Sister Moo Elder Russell T. Osguthorpe, October 2009, Saturday Morning Session
Service Take My Spare Sister Kathleen H. Hughes, Sunday Morning, April 2005
Service Taking Upon the Yoke of Suffering and Burdens Bishop H. David Burton, April 2011, Sunday Morning Session
Service Thanks Father, for the Elder’s Quorum Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Priesthood Session, October 1998
Service The Egg-Salad Sandwich President Thomas S. Monson, April 2009, Priesthood Session
Service The Hands of the Savior Elder W. Craig Zwick, Saturday Afternoon, October 2003
Service The Teton Dam President Henry B. Eyring, April 2011, Saturday Morning Session
Service Walter Krause, President Thomas S. Monson Priesthood Session, April 2002
Service What Happens to One, Happens to All Bishop Richard C. Edgely, October 2007, Saturday Morning
Service Young Priesthood Examples Elder Adrián Ochoa, April 2012, Priesthood Session
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2 thoughts on “The Story Goes

  1. Love the ideas and helps and the picture of Christ is beautiful. Could I get the picture in a 5×7 format for me to use as well. Thanks so much

    • Deanna, I used the image from LDS.org. I’m sure you could download it there or search online for it through google and customize the print. I have also seen 5×7’s available at Deseret Book. Good luck! 🙂

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