Sunday, 9 September 2007

Starting Seminary

No, not me. I am much too old for that. But my daughter enters grade nine this year and also begins the wonderful world of seminary. Tonight we went to a fireside together to start off the seminary year. The seminary teacher gave a sample lesson to show us how seminary classes run these days. Things have changed since I attended so many years ago.

No more silly filmstrips or funny videos. (We watched one of those funny videos in sharing time a few weeks ago, and the kids thought it was hilarious). The lesson he taught tonight really delved into the gospel and made all of us think. He taught Moses 1. He reminded us that we are children of God. We were cared for and loved by God, and even now he knows each of us individually. He is aware of our concerns and trials. He knows what we need. Even more importantly, he knows who we are and what we can become. We have the seeds of divinity within us. How comforting to know that I have a Father in Heaven who wants me to be happy. When I think of how I feel about my own children-how much I worry about them and want more than anything to see them happy-I begin to get a glimpse of how our Heavenly Father feels about us.

I came away from the meeting with a daughter who is more excited than ever to learn the gospel. She is willing to get up for early morning classes and get there on her own, even when the temperature drops to -30 C. I caught the vision as well. It almost makes me wish I was fourteen again.


Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

How exciting. I absolutely adored seminary. I'm thinking of signing up for an institute class at UVSC . . . of course, I don't know when I'd have time to attend. But I think I'll sit down and really go over my schedule and figure it out.

Thanks for posting about this. It helped!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

If I were closer to an institute building, I might sign up as well. I don't know when I would have the time either.

Ajoy said...

I am impressed that your daughters' seminary teacher would take the time to give a sample lesson. I think that technique alone would help many teens have the desire to attend...and be excited. A big applause to that seminary teacher!

I can't help but think that since these young people are in a world that accepts evil instead of shunning it- that the Lord has inspired those that write the seminary programs to go deeper then before. I'd like to think that the Lord is also in charge of who His seminary teachers are and places them in these positions to teach the core of the gospel. Our children desperatly need it! Now more then ever they need a concrete foundation to withstand the the storm.

Give my praises to your daughter for her strong desire to do what is right even though it won't always be easy. Amazing!

Mandi said...

I loved seminary/institute - they did so many wonderful things for me and are a big part of why I am who I am today - she is going to blossom as well! It will be so fun to watch!

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I think she may end up smarter than I am. Isn't that what we hope for our children, yet dread at the same time?

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