Sunday, August 21, 2005


Last Sunday was a terrible, no good, really bad day for me. We had a couple of subs not show up, and a teacher go home sick, and more Sunbeams than one teacher could handle. So I had to go into Sunday School and ask for 4 helpers. Then my Sharing Time was boooring and the kids were so wiggly. And last, as we were leaving church, one gentleman kinda hugged me around the shoulder and said,"It looks like you've had a long day." (Do you think I looked that bad?) I was feeling really frustrated about it. It just seems like each week there is a new emergency.

Then Monday, as we were reading the Book of Mormon together, I had a little light-bulb moment.

President Hinkley has challenged us to read the Book of Mormon before the year is over. He says: "If you will read a bit more than one and one-half chapters a day, you will be able to finish the book before the end of this year." and (this is the good part) "Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God."

So as we were reading we came to the end of 1st Nephi chapter 3 where Laman and Lemuel are complaining about having to go back to Jerusalem and get the plates of brass. They have already tried to get the plates twice and lost all their gold in the process. Laman and Lemuel beat up Nephi, and an angle came to tell them to stop and to listen to Nephi, but as soon as the angel is gone, they start murmuring again. They say there is no way we can get the plates - Laban is a powerful man that controls 50 men and he will kill us. Then Nephi (in 1Ne 4:1) says: "let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth, then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty, yea, or even than his tens of thousands?"

It just struck me that I need to remember that it is the Lord's work that we are helping with - not my own. And that the Lord is mightier than our little primary and can find a way to help 30 - yea, even 50 nursery aged children. I just need to be faithful and obedient.

Today was a better day for me. I felt better, my Sharing Time was more fun, and though we still had some no-shows, we were able to take care of it without a fuss. Yippee for Primary - it is exciting every week.


texasblu said...

Oh Wendy - thank you for sharing that. Needed to hear it! BTW - neat new look! :0)

Mary said...

I'm so glad you had a better day. Primary can be so challenging! We've been trying to do the challenge to finish the Book of Mormon too and I just read that part the other day. I liked the insights you shared. Very good.

Anonymous said...

Wendy, I had 2 phone calls this morning from Primary teachers saying they wouldn't be at church today. I haven't been in Primary in over 6 months. Our Primary President thought it was funny they would call me. (they both said they couldn't get a hold of her).
I liked your insights too!

MJ said...

Oh Wendy! (((hugs))) Your concern about Primary shows that you care, and ARE doing the Lord's work.

Someday sould those children fulfill a Priamary calling, they may reflect back on their own experiences, sitting there wiggling. You are teaching now, even though what may REALLY be taught will be realized years ahead by those children.

Doing the Lord's work is a constant that I keep reminding to myself. Obey, be faithful. Follow those promptings no matter how silly they may seem. My outlook on life changes so drastically when I remind myself of all the things that won't be in the millenium or in the kingdoms of glory: government, schools, daycare/work choices, and so much more.

Our RS had a challenge last June to read the BoM by December. I'm nearing the end of Mosiah. I'm amazed at how my reading in the beginning was to review the story. Now I'm reading so much more into the text on how those principles may be applied to life's circumstances. It really is true that we will be blessed by reading scripture each day.