For the past few years, I have been an every-other-week Gospel Doctrine teacher. I started teaching during the New Testament year, just as we were starting to study the epistles.
The remainder of that year and the year of the Book of Mormon were really great. I felt like we were really studying some good stuff.
Then the year of the Doctrine and Covenants came. The manual, frankly, was bad. Now, I am not one to teach from the manual much at all, I would rather get a section of scripture assigned, study it, learn it, and prepare a lesson plan to teach it through the direction of the spirit.
The D&C manual is not built that way. It does go in more or less chronological order, but the lessons are generally grouped by topic.
As a prime example of the inadequacies of this manual, consider that section 93 is not covered in any one of the 46 lessons, but the the correlation department is given a full, dedicated lesson. In fact, the study of the D&C pretty much ends in August, finishing the year with post-D&C church history.
So far, I have found the Old Testament to be even more difficult to teach in probably the most important way:
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
2 Nephi 25:26
I suppose this really goes to my inadequacy of a teacher, but how do you make Christ a focus every Sunday when the lesson material is focused on a basic, story-telling level survey of the Old Testament?
As Latter-day saints, we really don't have a good grasp of the deeper meanings of the Old Testament, as a result, the manual stays at the story level. How do you bring in the types of Christ, the symbols and prophecies of Him without turning the class into a 45 minute lecture?
I'm not sure.
I had begun this post before a Good Will posted basically the same question, but taking it one level further: we don't quote Jesus much as LDS either.
From this day forward I repent of this. Every lesson I give from this time forward will quote our Lord from either ancient or modern scripture.
And somehow, I will bring the topic around so that I can conclude by testifying of Christ.