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Early morning seminary

The last two days, I substituted as the seminary teacher for my daughter's class. It was early, but I really enjoyed it. The main point of the lesson yesterday was how we should fear God more than man and not let the things of the world take focus in our lives. It was taken from D&C 30.

Today's lesson in a nutshell had two main principles. First, we will be blessed and our families will be blessed when we serve the Lord. Second, our Heavenly Father knows each of us individually. He knows our needs and He loves us, and we should rely on Him in all we do. The reference was D&C 31.

What a wonderful way to start the day! Chris, their regular teacher, told me that the kids don't like to sing. The lesson plan recommended that we sing "Called to Serve," and I recounted to the kids that one of my favorite memories of the MTC was when the huge group of elders and sisters sang their hearts out to that song. I challenged the class to sing it like they mean it from their hearts, and they really came through! I was amazed at how remarkable and powerful the little class of teenage students sounded. There were great!

And I got to share with them the recent contact I have had with Grace, now in Germany, and also with Marjolein and her family, people whom I met more than twenty years ago while serving my mission in the Netherlands and Belgium. To this day, I still feel joy from knowing them. The lasting impact that serving the Lord can have is a feeling that cannot be beat.


Anonymous said…
That's so neat. I miss the mission and the people sooooo much. My heart aches to be with them in that beautiful country!!!
Heidi said…
Kelly how wonderful you got the kids to sing. I loved that song and still feels it applies in my life everyday! Whenever I hear missionaries sing it though I lose it!

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