We entered the MTC on December 2, 2013.....along with 152 other senior couples. They had never had 153 couples in one week..THAT WAS HISTORIC! This picture only shows about one-fifth of the couples training that week. We are the 8th from the right in this picture.
We were divided into districts of about four couples for training.
|District #3 - Our teacher trainers are seated in front.|
Our district is made up of a divergent group…three other couples. One man was in law enforcement at the county level, another an accountant, and another a tech guy. The tech guy-“friar Tuck” and his wife served in Cambodia last year. We are growing closer and developing real respect for each other. It is great!
Our second teaching day was to a woman who sweetly resisted our invitations with what she thought would be difficult questions… She commented, "It is troubling to be reading in what I thought was God’s word only to find the story hero and author beheading a man called Laban." Interestingly, Janny and I had role-played that very question and discussed the answer. Our discussion was thoughtful and confirming. The woman, near the end of our discussion, broke out of her role and said, “You must be a seminary teacher or stake president or both???” We laughed and went on with the role to the end.
Little did we know that many more faith promoting experiences would be ours while training in Preach My Gospel. We also attended two evening firesides with speakers, Brother Bruce Hafen and Elder Quinton L. Cook. Inspiring!!
Our Purpose: Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.
-Truth: "To be known, the truth must be stated and the clearer and more complete the statement is, the better the opportunity will the Holy Spirit have for testifying to the souls of men that the work is true.’" B.H.Roberts
-Teaching in a classroom setting. The worth of each soul.
- Prodigal Son: And thus we see that God's thoughts and ways concerning mercy are higher than our thoughts and ways...in as much as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my merciful ways higher than yours. One of the most effective ways to help students invite the influence of the Spirit into their hearts and prepare them to act on the principle they have learned is to encourage them to reflect on personal experiences related to that principle. This helps students recognize the impact the principle has had in their lives or in the lives of others. (Fundamentals of Gospel Teaching and Learning)
-Evidence...(scripture, past experience) + Assurance (must feel through the spirit-help them feel) + Action (commit to action)
It was gratifying to see the enthusiasm as everyone was anxious to start their service in their missions. What a blessing to meet and connect with such wonderful people who love their Savior and are willing to serve Him throughout the earth. We also are anxious to share our testimonies of our Savior and Redeemer and his gospel!
We are so grateful for this preparatory experience!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~