Natalie B over at BCC recently posted about a dilemma she had in her Gospel Doctrine class.
Last Sunday, I had the lesson that spoke about Thomas Marsh and his apostasy. Being an informed reader of BCC, when the subject came up I whipped out my iphone, reviewed John Hamer?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s excellent post on Thomas Marsh, and then proceeded to explain to the class that the story told in the manual was in fact incorrect. The moment the words came out of my mouth, I regretted them. I had put the teacher in a bad spot.?Ç¬† But, still, I KNEW the manual was dead wrong, and I felt I would be an accomplice in perpetuating slander if I didn?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t speak up.
My personal preference is to not bother with the stories in the manual. I teach the D&C curriculum no different from the others: I teach gospel principles using scriptures; I don’t treat the curriculum as if it were for a church history class.
Besides, many of the class members are more than twice my age, and have probably heard these stories tonnes of times. I find personal experiences shared by class members is much more valued.
As a result, I don’t have situations like Natalie brings up. That being said, what do you do when the manual is wrong (or, at least, as in this case, out of context)?