Spend time doing each of these five inspirements:
1 hour for Apprentice,
1 1/2 hour for Journeyman,
and 2 hours or more for Master level
We sure enjoyed listening to Sister Michal Coombs as she taught us about how blacksmithing relates to learning and growing, and more specifically about being humble and teachable. We sure appreciated her coming and sharing with us!
This week, we'd like you to stretch and focus the things you've learned about humility into its great aspect of being teachable. As you do these inspirements, think about what it means to be teachable, and how being teachable relates to leadership.
1. Do a word study on the word(s) teachable/teachableness.
2. Read or watch "Being Teachable" by Elder Robert R. Steuer.1. Look up the words up in Webster 1828 dictionary. (It is also available online.) Select the definition for your focus. Write the definition in your Truth Book.2. Underline key words in your definition that stand out to you and define them.3. Look at how the original word is used in Scripture/ Conference addresses (not in general quotes or other articles, at least for this purpose). Write any new insights or definitions.4. Rewrite the definition in your own words and how you are going to apply it.
Write your thoughts/inspirations in your Truth Book.
3. Read this short article "How Do I Maintain a Teachable Attitude?" by John C Maxwell. His focus is on being teachable in terms of leadership. He says, "When I teach and mentor leaders, I remind them that if they stop learning, they stop leading." Why do you think this is so? Write about this and your other thoughts about his article in your Truth Book.
4. Read this short story and then write in your Truth Book about the questions following the story:
"In a public meeting the Prophet Joseph, possibly as a test, sternly rebuked Brigham Young for something he had done or something he was supposed to have done but hadn’t—the detail is unclear. When Joseph finished the rebuke, everyone in the room waited for Brigham Young’s response. This powerful man, later known as the Lion of the Lord, in a voice everyone could tell was sincere, said simply and humbly, 'Joseph, what do you want me to do?' "
A. Think back to a time in your life where you were in a situation where could have been teachable but chose not to be. Maybe someone challenged you, got after you for something, or really irritated you... What words would you use to describe how you felt in that moment?
B. Now think to a time when you were in a similar situation and chose to be teachable. What words would you use to describe how you felt in that situation?
C. Which emotions/feelings feel better? Why?
D. Why do you think it's so easy to not be teachable?
E. What can you do to become better at being teachable in those situations?
5. Watch these videos and consider this question: What can we learn from the Savior about being teachable? Write your thoughts/inspirations in your Truth Book.