Monday, January 28, 2008

Teaching RS

In our ward, Ian and I each have three callings. I teach Relief Society on the 4th Sunday while Ian teaches Priesthood on the 2nd Sunday. We are both on the activities committee and are Sunday School teachers for the 15-16 year-olds. It keeps us very busy and sometimes we wish there were a Sunday we wouldn't have to teach something, but it works out.

This last Sunday was my last Sunday teaching RS in this ward. I am really going to miss that calling. I have felt very appreciated by the sisters and always get great compliments on my lessons, but more importantly I have gained a fervent testimony and excitement for the modern-day prophets, leaders and Lord's chosen. This last lesson was reviewing the talk "Mothers Who Know" by Sister Beck. If you have not read it lately, I would strongly suggest reading it again and trying to understand what she was trying to say, not what you might have heard during conference. I gained great insight to my own mom and how she came to be the selfless and charitable woman that she is to me and my family. I also learned some of my own strengths and found a thing or two that I can do better. I cannot express how this lesson has effected my outlook on motherhood. I now believe that mothers have just as much influence and power as fathers; we are to work as a joint unit to raise our children. I know Sister Beck didn't say anything jaw-dropping, but I really did gain a testimony of the sanctity of motherhood. I also realized how much I am going to miss this calling. In a way, it was filling a little of that hole that I feel from not teaching 6th grade anymore. This gave me that same excitement and love of learning and teaching others what I have learned! Now it's gone...but hopefully in my new ward, I can serve as a teacher of the YW or RS again.

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2 comments:

Angela Bricker said...

Okay, I'm totally going to go read that talk now! Any help with how to be a better mother is always needed! I'm sure that you'll be given a calling in your new ward the second you arrive, I just hope it won't be 3!!!
I love that first picture with you and Niev, you both look so gorgeous!

Melissa, Jeremy, & Boston said...

Lora, I loved the picture of you & Niev. Great photo! I bet you'll be in the primary of your new ward and love it. You'll be in nursery, the presidency, or a teacher of Valiant 10 or something. If I had to bet, your new calling will be in primary, but that's just my guess. Anyway, thanks for letting me play with Niev yesterday and going sledding with me. I love Niev & you dearly and enjoyed her! I have to admit after you left and I put Boston down for a nap, I just cried and cried. I don't want to make you sad but I am sincerely going to miss you. Even thinking about you not being around makes me cry. :( Ok, new subject, I accidently forgot that Niev's sippy cup was in the sink. Sorry! I'll have it washed and ready on Tuesday when you come. Love ya lots. -Melissa