Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Teaching with the Missionaries: Some DO's and NEVER's!

So, the very first time I was asked to help teach with the Missionaries, I was so stunned. I was like: first of all, I've only been baptized for like... 3 weeks?? I did NOT feel prepared at all. I was just hoping that it would be more of a "sit and observe" type of deal. But... It wasn't. 

The Elders asked me to come prepared with my Testimony, and at the end of the lesson, they asked me to bear said Testimony. I just started speaking. And I started crying. I truly felt the Spirit. It was so strong. 

After the investigator left, the Missionaries told me that I did great! Now, for me, when people give me positive affirmation it doesn't really set in at all. So I said thank you and didn't think much of it. But when the Sister Missionaries came up t me later that week after hearing about it, I knew that I did OK. 

It was then that I realized that when they say "the teacher in this class is the Holy Ghost," they really mean it. I wouldn't have been able to logically bear my testimony without the power that comes from having received the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Now that was my little spiel about bearing my testimony for the first time to an investigator. But what was really on the agenda or tonight is correct teaching etiquette whilst teaching with the Missionaries. Now, as a new convert, I know how a lesson can go: really good, or really bad. 

Thankfully all of the lessons I was taught were stellar. However, I've been in some that didn't really go as planned due to ward members or other factors. I will share one experience I had a couple of weeks ago. An RM (or Returned Missionary) and I were helping teach a lesson (with the Sister Missionaries) to a Chinese boy from the University near our Institute building.

EVERY TIME he had a question the RM would jump in and go into a Lon drawn out explanation, often times making it harder to understand than in the first place. I think the Sisters spoke maybe twice..?

Anyways, it was bad. I didn't say anything at all the entire lesson. He was pretty much running the show. After he and the investigator left I was chatting with sisters and casually mentioned it. They agreed as NICELY as they possibly could! (I love my ward Missionaries I truly do! :)

Needless to say, it wasn't the best lesson that It could have been. Here's some tips on giving a lesson:

1. Don't show up looking sloppy! You are representing the Church. (My friend's Dad, who was the Bishop at my home ward, told us to always look our best when giving a lesson.)

2.  Let the Missionaries do their job! (They can handle it, and if they need help they will let you know!) 

3. "Let the Holy Spirit guide". Literally. It's the best way to know what to say and when!

4. Be as friendly as possible! No one wants to join a church full of mean snobs! (Duh..)

Well! I hope this helps! Remember, you can make all the difference in someone's life just by bearing your testimony!

One of the Sisters' birthday is tomorrow, so I'm gonna make her some cookies! Have a great night!

Me and the birthday lady, (Sister Riley) on the left! I'm truly blessed to know her, she's AMAZING! 

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