Authenticity when speaking or teaching

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Re: Authenticity when speaking or teaching

Post by DarkJedi » 11 Jan 2015, 12:36

nibbler wrote:Is it a talk or a lesson? When there's no interaction it's much, much easier to take the message in the direction you want to take it. :twisted:

Hey, once I got assigned a talk on "using the BoM as a missionary tool." The assignment came at the worst possible time for me, I wasn't too keen on either. If they found a way to work the BoA in there they would have pushed three of my buttons at the same time. They had Ctrl and Alt down, they just needed to add the Del to those and... *poof*. ;) I ended up talking about the stories in the BoM that focus on mercy and how many people really need to hear that message.

Hopefully there's some wiggle room in there for you. Good luck.
This particular one is a talk, but I do both so the general question is applicable to both.
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Re: Authenticity when speaking or teaching

Post by Cadence » 12 Jan 2015, 06:36

I couldn't so I resigned my teaching position. I kept it up for a long time but it became to ridiculous the lengths I had to go to to not offend.
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Re: Authenticity when speaking or teaching

Post by Curt Sunshine » 12 Jan 2015, 09:24

I just posted an outline of the talk I gave yesterday in church. It is an example of how I approach being authentic when speaking in church.
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Re: Authenticity when speaking or teaching

Post by Minyan Man » 12 Jan 2015, 09:35

I hope this isn't off topic. Yesterday I was asked to give a talk in church. The Bishopric member is friend so I asked if I
could pick the topic. He said yes. There is a list of scriptures & topics so he will send me the list. I felt more comfortable
about accepting the assignment. For me, this is a great solution for wanting to be authentic & still willing to fulfill the
assignment. I'm sure all wards are not this willing.

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Re: Authenticity when speaking or teaching

Post by MockingJay » 13 Jan 2015, 06:35

For some reason, our bishopric recently started letting speakers pick their own topics or be assigned one. Almost all have chosen to pick their own. It's interesting what people have chosen. It's also nice that we don't have to hear 3 people speak about the same thing. It's kept things interesting.

This past Sunday for some reason, they derailed a little and asked speakers to talk on 2 GC talks. Urgggggg. SOOOO boring. :yawn: The last guy practically just read the whole talk and as of right now, I couldn't tell you which one it was (not one of the ones I found controversial.) Hope they go back to letting speakers choose next week.

As far as being authentic when I speak, I've found that almost all principles have some wiggle room. Sometimes I've even given the assigned topic two sentences and then gone off to talk about something else. Since you get your topic from the SP DJ, that's probably harder to do.

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