By: Kristie Hinckley
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said, “If [students] are unresponsive, maybe you can’t teach them yet, but you can love them. And if you love them today, maybe you can teach them tomorrow. . . . I think that is totally within our power. None of that is dependent upon them. We can love them from start to finish, and miracles will happen.”
The following video is about a special excerpt from Sister Ann Madsen, a member of the Sunday School General Board:
What a beautiful example! This teacher made such a difference in the lives of those teenagers that ten years later one of them remembered feeling loved by her.
My favorite part was when one of the boys, now a grown man, said, “I wasn’t sure anyone liked me, let alone loved me, and when you said that to me week after week after week, I [looked] forward to class because it was so predictable. It didn’t matter if anybody else in the world liked me that week, I knew that you loved me because you looked me in the face and told me”. If I could teach in a way that students could feel my love and, some years later still remember that, I would be happy.
Have you had a teacher who was especially good at showing his or her love? How will you love those you teach?