Gateway Seminars are not required.







Inspired Learning & Teaching Seminar

As part of this Gateway Seminar assignment, please complete the preparation activity below and submit an answer to the question provided.

Preparation Activity

The Inspired Learning & Teaching seminar focuses on five eternal principles that can enhance and accelerate your learning as you seek to learn in the Lord's way: "And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith" (D&C 88:118).

As you read the quotes below, consider the following questions:

  • How can your faith in Christ enhance and accelerate your learning?
  • In what ways can the Holy Ghost play a greater role in your studies and learning?

Picture of Henry B. Eyring

Faith in Christ leads to academic excellence

"It is [students'] faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His restored gospel and their obedience to His commandments that will put Him at the center of the school. Their faith will largely determine whether we learn here by study and also by faith. As we do, we will attain academic excellence. We will not attain academic excellence without that faith of yours as students and those that follow to learn by study and by faith." (Henry B. Eyring, "A Steady, Upward Course," BYU-Idaho Devotional, September 18, 2001)

Picture of BYU-Idaho President, Kim B. Clark

Learning by faith takes action

"To learn by faith, students need opportunities to take action. Some of those opportunities will come ... in the classroom, where prepared students, exercising faith, step out beyond the light they already possess, to speak, to contribute, and to teach one another. ... It is in that moment that the Spirit teaches." (Kim B. Clark, "Inaugural Response," BYU-Idaho, Oct. 11, 2005)

Raise your personal bar for learning by study and by faith

"Where you set your personal bar for learning by study and by faith will have a profound impact on your education and on the education of those around you. Here are two things you can do to raise your personal bar.

"First, always come to class prepared to be taught and to teach. Always do the assigned reading or the problems before class. Think about what you have done and be ready to explain what you have learned and what you think. Always pray before class that you will have the Holy Ghost with you to teach you and guide you and help you contribute.

"Second, be on time for class. Being chronically late to class is a sign of disrespect and selfishness. It disrupts the class and hurts other people. We are building a Zion university at BYU-Idaho, and being on time and being prepared are important. In Zion, people come prepared and they come on time. ...

"Brothers and sisters, please listen to the Spirit and, under the Lord's direction, prayerfully raise your personal bar for learning by study and by faith. You will help to build Zion, and you will take important steps on the path of discipleship." (Kim B. Clark, "God Hath Prepared A More Excellent Way," BYU-Idaho Devotional, September 5, 2006)