Sunday, March 09, 2014
I'm the best Sunday School teacher
For anyone stumbling upon my blog that doesn't know me, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love being a member and I know the church is true!! To dispel any rumor, we ARE Christians. We don't practice polygamy. And we aren't weirdos! Hahaha. Just had to throw those out there for ya.
Anyways, as part of our church meetings on Sundays, we have Sunday school classes for kids through adults. I was called(these are nonpaid "jobs" that you are asked to do) to teach the 17-18 year old Sunday School class last year. Of course I said yes, but I was nervous! I had only taught little ones so I felt a little bit intimidated. Like, what if they know more than me? What if they think I'm just a dork? :) What if they can tell I'm nervous? What if I fail? You know, normal feelings for anything you are about to embark upon that you have little to no experience with. But I also had faith and the knowledge that my bishopric was inspired to call me to this position. After a couple of months of preparing lessons and teaching, this had surprisingly become my favorite calling! Getting to spend an hour each week with this awesome group of young people in the church has blessed my life. We talk about life and just have fun(and of course spiritual:) conversations. I felt like once they got to know me, they really shared themselves with me, their spiritual experiences, ups and downs, life at school, with their friends, home,etc. There were many times I felt the Spirit so strong in the room as some of them shared very personal stories and experiences that taught me as well as their friends. They have strong testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The future of this church is in good hands! These are awesome young adults! And I have to say that I love the new "Come, Follow Me" curriculum. Way more sharing and way more discussions. I'm not just standing up there teaching. We are having real conversations. I feel like we are friends. I'm not just their teacher. I truly care about them and their futures and I hope they know that. And I also feel like getting to spend time with them will help me for when my kids reach this age. I learned a lot about how things have changed since I was their age(and I don't feel like that was that long ago, but things have changed. A LOT.) This picture is sadly missing two kids that had either graduated(Congrats Tatiana!) or left to serve a mission(Praying for Elder Cordy serving in Uruguay!) but this was the last day of class for 2013 so I snapped a couple of pictures of them. I wanted to have a picture of my first Sunday School class :) I just have to say this was an amazing group to have last year and I loved them all! I'm grateful for this experience and am having fun with a new group this year(though most of the kids pictured above chose to stay in my class instead of going to the adult class until they graduate...awwww:)
I'm so grateful for this calling! I know fulfilling callings and attending church each Sunday blesses my life. There are some Sundays where you can tell yourself, ahhh, it would be nice to stay in bed. Or just stay home and spend time as a family. Thats "reverent" and a whole lot more "restful" than wrangling five kids during sacrament meeting :) But I know its where we are supposed to be and that we are blessed when we do it. We need the sacrament each week and we need the spiritual enrichment that these meetings can provide us with. I especially love Relief Society meetings(when the women meet). I always feel inspired to do better each week and feel the love and sisterhood there. I know I'm not alone in this mom/wife thing and love the discussions we have. I'm thankful to be a member of this church. Our family wouldn't be as happy and wouldn't be the same without it as constant part of our life. And I'm of course most thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know he paid the price for all of us so we can ALL BE TOGETHER again someday. That is the ultimate goal, eternal life with our families with God. What a comfort that is to know that this life isn't the end. I love my family and want nothing more than to be with them for time and all eternity.
There. That was my spiritual post for the month :) I don't do that much but recently I thought, you know what? I should. What I have typed today is who I am. I am printing my blog out in books for my kids to be able to read as a journal some day. And I want them to know what their mother knew...