Maybe some of you have already guessed what this is about just by the title of this post...change. Yep, I guess it's that time.
Two weeks ago I received a new calling as the 2nd Counselor in Relief Society. I was completely shocked! I am happy for the change, but will miss Primary so much. I served in Primary for 3 1/2 years, but the time really flew by. I wondered when we would be released, thinking that that would be a nice change, but the day I found out I wanted to cry. I am excited to serve the women in our Ward, but am a little nervous. Everyone has told me 'You're going to be in charge of activities, you'll do great!' But activities for children is alot different than activities for grown women, they aren't as easily as amused. haha
Everyone has also been asking me, 'So, what are you going to do with your blog?' So here's my plan...
I am going to TRY (and that's a big try) to still post sharing time ideas each week. Now, they probably won't be typed up as a Sharing Time outline like I did in the past, but I will definitely share ideas. Every once in awhile I may type up an outline or a game to share that you will be able to just print out.
Along with my Sharing Time ideas I plan on sharing Relief Society lessons, hand-outs, & activity ideas.
I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve in the Primary. I am so grateful for the wonderful Primary President and 1st Counselor I served with, what wonderful women they are. I learned so much, and my testimony grew. I will miss those sweet Primary children and their sweet spirits.
I wanted to share something with all of you. One of my favorite talks from this last General Conference was 'Teaching after the Manner of the Spirit' by Matthew O. Richardson.
Before this conference I prayed and had a few questions in mind. One of my questions had to do with becoming a better teacher. When I heard this talk I knew this was my answer. I thought about the many times I taught Sharing Time and whether I was really teaching by the Spirit.
"While we are all teachers, we must fully realize that it is the Holy Ghost who is the real teacher and witness of all truth. Those who do not fully understand this either try to take over for the Holy Ghost and do everything themselves, politely invite the Spirit to be with them, but only in a supporting role, or believe they are turning all their teaching over to the Spirit when, in truth, the are actually just 'winging it.' All parents, leaders, and teachers have the responsibility to teach 'by the Spirit'. They should not teach 'in front of the Spirit' or 'behind the Spirit' but 'by the Spirit' so the Spirit can teach the truth unrestrained."
"With the current conditions of the world, we desperately need real learning and teaching in our homes, meetings, and gospel classes. Your quest to improve may seem overwhelming at times. Please do not become discouraged with your progress....You can parent, lead, and teach after the manner of the workings of the Spirit. I know you can do this. I testify you can do this, and lives will change."
I wanted to share this with you because I may share ideas with all of you, but only YOU can know what you should teach the children. I know many times I took over and taught 'in front' of the Spirit, but I want to change that. I want to teach in a way that those I teach can feel the Spirit, and grow. As we prepare our lessons let us remember to listen to the promptings. By doing this you can't go wrong.
I am so grateful for all of you wonderful women who visit my blog, and leave me such sweet comments. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it and how much they brighten my day. I am so grateful for this wonderful Gospel. I am so grateful for the Holy Ghost and the inspiration/promptings I have received. I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me better than I know myself :) and for giving me these amazing opportunities to serve.
I hope you didn't mind my babbling, but I wanted to let you know and tell you Thanks! Have a great week everyone & a great Sharing Time.
(I am going to try to share some ideas tonight or tomorrow)