I think I have the BEST possible calling in my ward. I get to be a Sunday School teacher for the 14-year-olds. First of all, it's a tender mercy from the Lord that I got this calling. I want to be the best possible missionary I can be, and two months left isn't very much time to prepare for it. There's SO much I still have to learn! And I think for me, my biggest challenge is going to be getting the lessons together and knowing what I need to say. So I've been praying for something to help me with my mission preparations, specifically in this thing. And then I got this calling! There's a new Youth Curriculum that the church just came out, and it's AWESOME! It's actually really similar to the BYU-Idaho Learning Model. It helps me to have flexibility in what I teach, and gives many discussion opportunities. Like I said, perfect practice for my missionary lessons, right?!
I was putting my lesson together, and the topic is something that I'm SO excited to talk about! It's finding the Lord's hand in your life. This is something I have a strong testimony of. I believe that everything that has happened to me has been led by the Lord. Even the things that have been disappointments to me. I've had rough spots in my life where things just didn't seem to go the way I wanted. There have been times when nothing has seemed to go right. I've been discouraged. But as I've pressed on, I've realized that no matter what the problem is, it will ALWAYS turn out right in the end. Things always turn out better than I could have ever hoped for! All you've got to do is believe that the Lord's hand is guiding your life, and that His plan is better than your plan. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 55:8-9- "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." This scripture has helped me in so many different situations! It reminds me that there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. It reminds me to have no fear. Just be patient! A better turnout will ALWAYS happen, as long as we have the faith to endure it.
This lesson also reminded me of something we did when I was a Student Ambassador at BYU-Idaho. At the end of every shift, we'd gather around and tell a tender mercy we recognized as we did our 2 hour shift. This experience helped me realize that there's always something the Lord's helping us with, whether it's a simple thought of how to do something, an idea of what to say, or anything! Tender mercies are always there, we've just got to look for them! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3B4El4B9LVw This is one of my favorite videos! Check it out! Then check out the tender mercies in your own life! I promise, they're there!
I'm just bursting with happiness over this lesson I get to give! And I'm just bursting with happiness over all of the things the Lord has helped me with! When the Lord's on your side, nothing's gonna get you down! Satan will probably try harder to get you down, but who cares? My goal's to annoy Satan. He can suck it up and go back down to his pit of misery, because he ain't getting this chick! My favorite quote: "Be the kind of person so that when your feet hit the floor every morning, Satan says, 'Crap. She's up.'"