Taylor Halverson is an aspiring master learner who loves people, laughter, telling stories, and learning. He holds doctorates in biblical studies and instructional technology and is a teaching and learning consultant at BYU. His website is at taylorhalverson.com.

I recently attended a stake leadership meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The stake president asked a conversation-generating question: “How has the church changed recently? What do those changes mean for you and why?”
Now you can explore the New Testament, as well as Old Testament and Doctrine and Covenants, chapter by chapter with every location mapped to Google maps at https://scriptures.byu.edu/mapscrip/.
After recording the glorious episodes of Jesus’s post-resurrection interactions with his disciples, John reveals why he wrote his Gospel: that we too might believe.
Jesus was named and called many things. People claimed many things about who Jesus was. But what did Jesus say about himself?
Each of the four Gospels records that Jesus suffered excruciating pain in the Garden of Gethsemane. Why did He suffer so in that location? What can we learn about Jesus and His love for us by His choice in where He suffered?
What does the 30 shekels of silver mean about Jesus? His life had no apparent value to those who rejected him. Yet what a contrast when we realize that he who lost everything, gained all and then turned to give us everything.
In Jericho, a significant short New Testament episode occurs. There are beautiful gems of truth packed in Luke 19:5-6 about the pure in heart and eternal life.
Jesus could have declared “I am the light of the world” at any point and at any location throughout his ministry. But he chose a specific place (the temple) and time (early in the morning) to teach that eternal truth.
We are so familiar with Jesus’ powerful teaching moment when he asks “Whom do men say that I am?” that we may miss where this conversation happened and why location was crucial to the teaching moment.
Jesus enumerated many ways to live a blessed life: “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Only the meek, those who have nothing, will inherit everything, symbolized as the earth.
If you were asked to clean the windows of the church, how long would it take to accomplish the task? A few hours, days, weeks, months? How about 300 years. And the cleaning ladder is still there waiting for the window cleaner to ascend.
A learner designer is someone who thoughtfully prepares experiences to increase the likelihood of others’ learning and growth.
When we choose to learn, we honor our God-given agency, increase the likelihood that we’ll feel the spirit, and improve our chances for finding gospel answers to our needs. We act instead of being acted upon.
If learning carries so much responsibility, and if learners apparently can achieve so much without a teacher, why have teachers?
Readers of the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon are often puzzled if not baffled at the focus on animal sacrifice. Why kill animals?
Words and symbolism can instruct us about the Atonement.
Herbert Hoover was an exemplary civic servant, leader and humanitarian who saved millions of lives.
Thoughts about what the Americas were like before Columbus are often dominated by myths. However the reality is far more interesting.
We should unleash the natural propensity for human learning by unbinding the metaphorical feet of learners from the shackles of bad pedagogy, the unthinking drive for educational efficiency, and the allure of pedagogical tradition.
Human beings did not achieve all of their greatness by simply reading books and listening to experts.
A little-known, interesting fact about the Donner Party is that at one point during their journey, they traveled with the same wagon train as former Missouri Gov. Lilburn W. Boggs.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Exodus 20:7). I think there is something more significant meant by this verse than using God’s name as an expletive.
The Book of Mormon is the most literarily beautiful, doctrinally truthful and everlastingly applicable book I’ve ever encountered.
A family dinner conversation turned into a teaching opportunity about what it means that the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God.
Sometimes people throw away science or religion. What do you think happens? The wise answer of a child.
If Jesus Christ is the central figure of the Book of Mormon, why isn’t the name Christ used until 78 pages in to the Book of Mormon?
What if we were all empowered with greater scriptural literacy? That would be revolutionary indeed. It would be a Tyndale moment. One of the promising endeavors to make this modern-day Tyndale moment a reality is Book of Mormon Central.
Belief in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ does not give us license to engage in fearful apocalyptic thinking about the present or the future.
For all that Jesus taught us, one of the most important things is that Jesus taught us how to suffer.
Appreciation only grows if it is exercised. If not exercised, appreciation depreciates and withers.