With the announcement of a reduced Church block and more emphasis on teaching at home, that puts additional pressure on parents who want to do a better job of teaching in the home.
For my wife and I, the first conversation we had after the announcement of the reduced block was what our new Sunday schedule would look like. With an extra hour of time and the expectation that we teach more in the home we don’t want to just come home, put on comfy clothes and watch TV the rest of the day. We want to do a better job of teaching the Gospel and sharing our testimonies with our kids. We are worried about 2 things:
1. Are we good enough teachers to teach our kids the way we need to in today’s society?
2. Will our kids be interested and engaged in the lessons we try to teach?
For both of these questions we know we need preparation and help. Maybe you feel like we do?
The Prophet’s Call
You were probably as inspired as I was when you heard President Nelson say this quote at Conference. We knew something big was about to happen and I felt inspired to be a part of the call of a prophet. I’ve highlighted a few parts that are key to what we can and need to do with our families.
“The long-standing objective of the Church is to assist all members to increase their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and in His Atonement, to assist them in making and keeping their covenants with God, and to strengthen and seal their families. In this complex world today, this is not easy. The adversary is increasing his attacks on faith and upon us and our families at an exponential rate. To survive spiritually, we need counterstrategies and proactive plans. Accordingly, we now want to put in place organizational adjustments that will further fortify our members and their families.”
Our families need increased faith.
We have additional responsibility to teach them.
Satan is working against us more than ever.
We need counterstrategies and proactive plans.
In a 2016 worldwide training broadcast on teaching Elder Jeffrey R Holland counseled us not to “over-program, over-plan, over-prepare.”
The key is to plan and prepare and realize that you are teaching people, often kids, and it’s ok if the lesson doesn’t go exactly as you had originally planned. If you spend more time on one topic and don’t get through everything, that’s ok. If you end up talking about something different than you planned, that’s ok.
As Elder Holland said, “the great fundamental reminder that we are teaching people, we are teaching human beings, we're teaching each other, and we are using material—we are using lessons and doctrine—to do that.”
So, don’t stress out if the lesson doesn’t go perfect. Don’t stress out that you have to have the perfect lesson planned.
Having a positive conversation is more important than trying to have a perfect lesson.
Proactive Plans #1
We do need to do some preparation. Trying to have a conversation without ANY preparation is “asking too much of the Spirit. That's asking the Spirit to do His work and our work too." (Jeffrey R. Holland)
It always helps to have tools to create better home Gospel conversations. That is exactly what I’ve created for you on my new Facebook group, Your Lifelong Seminary Class.
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