July 12, 2017
This morning was another early one. After breakfast, we started with a large group meeting on having Christ in Our Teaching. Our teacher was Brother Arslanian. He is the grandson of the Weber State coach, Sark Arslanian. He was coach when we went to Weber State back in the early 70s.
We met with our teacher Sister Nelson and discussed Christlike Attributes and the Role of the Book of Mormon. We had a role-playing teaching experience with Elder and Sister Croft. We felt inspired to be a couple we knew from our last mission. He was a medic who lost his testimony while serving in Iraq. We did not know that the Crofts also have a son who is in the same situation. After the role play, we were able to share some Military Relations resources we used on our last mission. There are no coincidences in the Gospel. The Spirit knows who we are and what we need. It was a very special experience.
We also had several hours of technology training. They focused on using phones and tablets to download videos and tag information in Gospel Library. It was very helpful. They divided the group between Apple devices and everything else. Since we had a new I-Pad, we both went to Apple training.
At lunch, we like to sit by the young elders and sisters and chat with them. We sat down by a companionship of sisters. One was named Sister Price. It just happened that Sister Price is the granddaughter of the Merrill’s in our ward in Pocatello. Her mother owns the dance studio where our granddaughter takes lessons. Sister Price knows Marissa.
After that, we had about 10 minutes to prepare to teach our assigned couple, the Donovan’s. They have a daughter who has left the Church. So our topic was having faith and enduring to the end. We used a conference talk by Elder Bednar, a couple of scriptures, and Preach My Gospel. We had to teach a 20 minute lesson and leave them with an invitation to act. We asked them to find a quote or conference talk on hope, and to read the complete article from Elder Bednar. Interestingly, they addressed the same topic we had since we also have some less-active children. Their lesson was different from ours, although it addressed the same issue. Their invitation to us was to read a story that Elder Holland had shared at the MTC a couple of weeks ago. He told the story of a family from Pocatello who had a son who left home and joined a motorcycle gang. He ended up in southern California. His brother, who was born after he left home, served a mission in California, found his brother, and invited him to return home. The brother returned home and became active in the Church. It showed how many people had been influenced by the Holy Ghost to get the brothers in the same place at the same time.
We finished with a self-evaluation of our teaching and some instruction from our teacher on Teaching Skills.
After dinner, we had some Military Relations Computer Training. The other five couples were beginners on computers. We spent a lot of the time just sitting. Elder and Sister Sparrow wanted us to help, but with Elder Fanning’s eyes and Sister Fanning’s legs and feet, we were not much help. Sister Fanning’s legs and feet have been painful and swollen from so much sitting and walking. She decided to try elevating her feet during training tomorrow to see if that would help.
We got back to our room at about 8:30 and went to bed, exhausted.
Our group of 105 Senior Missionaries.