Brother Jan E. Newman: ‘Teaching in the Savior’s Way’

Of the Sunday School general presidency

Notable quotes:

“To be truly life-changing, conversion to Jesus Christ must involve our whole soul and permeate every aspect of our lives.”
“‘Come, Follow Me’ is the springboard that helps each of us to dive deeply into the living waters of the doctrine of Christ.”
“Until a person feels the sacred word of God distill upon his or her soul like the dews from heaven through the power of the Spirit, it will be like looking at a postcard or someone else’s vacation photos. You have to go there yourself.”

Summary points:

  • Those who wish to become good teachers need to learn as much as possible about how the Savior taught and then adjust to teach like Him.
  • Parents should provide the best-possible environment for children to earn a testimony.
  • Conversion to the Savior must involve the whole soul and should be the focus of the family and the home.

Talk summary:

Everyone deserves to have a learning experience both at home and at church that is doctrine-filled and invites individual learning.

Three suggestions can help teachers to teach more like the Savior and help individuals become more deeply converted. 

  1. “Take it upon yourself to learn all you can about the Master Teacher Himself.”
  2. Truly life-changing conversion to the Savior “must involve our whole soul and permeate every aspect of our lives.” 
  3. “Remember that conversion must come from within.”

Parents observe that their children inherit characteristics, but “a testimony is not one of them.” For children’s testimonies to grow and develop requires that parents “provide a nourishing environment, with good soil, free of thorns that would ‘choke the word.’” 

“We can teach [the word of God], we can preach it, we can explain it. We can talk about it, we can describe it, we can even testify of it. But until a person feels the sacred word of God distill upon his or her soul like the dews from heaven through the power of the Spirit, it will be like looking at a postcard or someone else’s vacation photos. You have to go there yourself. Conversion is a personal journey.”

About the speaker:

  • Brother Jan E. Newman was called to serve as second counselor in the Sunday School general presidency in April 2019. 
  • Brother Newman married Lucia Price in the Oakland California Temple on August 18, 1984.
  • Brother Newman served a mission in France and Belgium and subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Brigham Young University.