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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. 

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.

3 comments:

  1. It is so fun to read and follow what you have been doing so far on your mission. I have checked and read most your entries, just haven't commented until now.. You both are amazing and doing great work!

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  2. Well, you will have all types of experiences, mostly spiritual, but sometimes not so much. We always have church security come to our trainings and teach a segment on understanding and learning safety and protocol issues for senior missionaries. On one of the Powerpoint slides they show it says something like, "When is it appropriate to voice your opinion or talk about politics", and then it says, "never, ever, never, ever, never, ever, never, ever."....on and on for a page. Security tells us that even a slight indication of an opinion about your political views could not only be dangerous for the missionaries, but in some instances, very offensive and damaging for the church. We are taught to say something like, "Oh we're not paying too much attention to politics right now while we're putting our time and energy into our missionary activities." This is critical in some areas of the world. Sounds like you are getting the hang things and settling in.

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  3. If the Savior were here, he would also put in the time and effort for one person. I love the paintings of the Savior with a lamb, because He loves each of us individually and suffered for each individually.

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