We Can All Be Teachers - Sunday, May 31, 2015
When asked who has made a real difference in our lives, we often think of a teacher. No matter how many years pass, we never forget the person who first opened our eyes to the wonders of science, art, or good books. In fact, we learn very few—if any—of life’s valuable lessons on our own. We all need caring, experienced mentors to guide us through our learning experiences.
One teacher made a lasting difference when she turned part of a lesson over to one of her students and let him discover his talent for teaching. Now a professional teacher himself, he says he owes his career decision to that inspired teacher. A mother of three children will never forget the thoughtful softball coach from her youth who helped her find hope in the future when her parents were divorcing. And a businessman still remembers with affection how one of his teachers stayed after school every day to help him learn algebra. Nearly everybody’s life has been shaped by unsung heroes such as these.
Your hero may not be a teacher in the traditional sense—someone who stands at a blackboard in front of rows of students in desks. Just as often, it’s a parent, a grandparent, a neighbor, a friend. In this sense, we are all teachers, regardless of our profession. We can all be a positive influence in everyday life. We can all uplift and inspire those around us. We can all, with loving kindness, share with others our wealth of knowledge and experience, helping them avoid the mistakes we’ve made—including what may be the biggest mistake of all: not believing in themselves. With just a few kind, encouraging words, we can open another person’s eyes to his or her potential. This is true teaching in its highest form.
To be this kind of teacher is a sacred opportunity. If we give of ourselves to this noble pursuit, it truly can be life changing. And we will likely find that the life that changes the most is our own.
- Joni Hilton
May 31, 2015
Broadcast Number 4,472
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square
Awake and Arise, All Ye Children of Light
Welsh tune; arr. Mack Wilberg
If the Savior Stood beside Me
Sally DeFord; arr. Sam Cardon
Finale, from Symphony no. 2
Down to the River to Pray
American folk hymn; arr. Mack Wilberg
Never Never Land, from Peter Pan
Jule Styne; arr. Mack Wilberg