Talk Prep Guide

Prepare and teach by the Spirit: "And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith..." 

Ask God to enlighten your mind so you can understand what you are to speak about and how best to present the information. 

Prayerfully Prepare

​Organize:

  • ​Share a doctrine or principle related to your topic. 

  • Use scriptures to teach about the doctrine (see D&C 42:12; 52:9), and relate how they are important to the congregation. 

  • Briefly tell faith-promoting experiences - especially ones from your own life. 

  • Bear a pure testimony of the topic, Heavenly Father, the Savior, and/or His Church. 

  • 1st Speaker 9:30am - 9:40am 

  • 2nd Speaker 9:45am - 9:55am

  • Please be courteous to the other speaker(s) by not exceeding the allotted time of 10 mins. If you are the concluding speaker please end your remarks by 9:55am. 

Additional Recommendations:

  • Speak from the heart. President Gordon B. Hinckley taught, "We must ... speak out of [our] hearts rather than out of [our] books." Please avoid reading large portions of talks from General Authorities. Instead, select a few short quotes and thoughtfully share how they relate to your topic.  

  • Avoid matters of a controversial nature. 

  • Find opportunities to bare testimony of the Savior and His Atonement. 

  • When referencing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints please refrain from using the terms, 'Mormon Church' or 'LDS Church.' Instead, please use the accepted names such as the Church's full name, the 'Church of Jesus Christ', or the 'Restored Church of Jesus Christ'. 

Thank you for accepting the assignment to speak. We are confident that as you prayerfully prepare your talk, those in the audience will feel the Spirit and have a desire to draw closer to Christ. We look forward to being uplifted by your remarks!

The Roanoke Ward Bishopric