We took the bus home today instead of the metro and a man struck up a conversation with us. He has lived in DC for over 25 years. He spoke loudly. He needed to clean up his language. He stereotyped races into group and was a racists for sure which was offensive. I tried to get him off from the topic of people and asked him about good resurants hoping that was a safe topic. I was glad to get off of the bus and leave him. I am sure those around him could hear him putting down different races. He told us that we were way to over dressed unless we were some part of lobbing on Capititol hill. We made sure he knew we were on a mission for the Church. He asked if we wanted Mitt Romney to win and we said sure. Then he went after Pres. Oboma with his prejudice remarks. When we left the bus he said I think you are very polite people and well educated. I felt bad for those around us that I know he offended. I know I was offened.
Monday, November 10, 2014
The Worth of Souls is Great
We teach one New Testament class on Monday afternoons up on the hill. A lesson typically takes six hour or more for the person responsible to organize and get it ready. If you do a lot of back ground reading which is normal you can add on a couple more hours. Elder Anthony is the main preparer for the New Testament lessons. I am the main prepare for the Doctrine and Covenant lessons. We team teach so the other person is assigned part of the lesson so they will invest about three hours on their portion. You are not ready to teach until you own the lesson. What I mean by that is that you can not just teach scriptures. You have to invest the time to be able to feel what you are teaching and become passionate about what you have studied. So combined each lesson takes about nine to ten hours. Add on the time to plan and preparie something to eat. On Mondays we leave about 10:40 and return about two. We have two to six students. I commented today we put in a lot of time for the four students that came today. We had a good discussion today and I left feeling deified. I know the Lord loves us. Why would any one put in that kind of time if the worth of the souls was not priceless which I know it is. I learned a long time ago that each person is worth the time it takes. When I was doing family history work you think how much time money and effort is spent to find one person and then to do their temple work. Each person each name is worth our effort to reach, build up and edifying. Our time is well spent if one persons life is strengthened and their testimony is deepened.