Thursday, December 18, 2008

Let Your Light So Shine!

Today was our last morning of seminary until after Christmas break. I teach freshmen, and I am going to miss them terribly. I love freshmen because they are always so excited about everything. And they never say, “But last year we did it this way.”

We are studying the New Testament and when we learned about the parable of the Ten Virgins, we decided to make our own lamps, earn oil to put in them and then go outside in the darkness of the early morning and light our lamps.

Today, after three months of earning oil, we did it!

I had worried about the weather. It has been raining for days. But this morning the clouds parted and a clear sky, sparkling with stars shined down upon us. It was a beautiful sight to see how much light all the lamps put off. And it was fun to walk from the cold and darkness of the pavilion across the parking lot to the warmth and light of the church building, with the lamps lighting our way. (I don’t have pictures of that; I wish I did.)

Inside we were warmed by both testimonies and hot chocolate. It was such a sweet moment to hear the youth bear powerful testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We don’t get paychecks in seminary, at least not the monetary kind. But occasionally you have one of those moments where you know getting up at 4:30 every morning, working on lessons all day, and constantly worrying about your class, is more than worth it. Today was one of those mornings. It was a morning that brought tremendous . . . joy to my journey.


Heidi Ashworth said...

Love it! 4:30--wow! really? I should pay our local seminary teachers a bit more respect!

Emma T said...

What fun! I am jealous you get to work with the youth. I always loved working with them. Although I love primary too, but it isn't the same. I get to hear lots of interesting stories about their parents though!:-)

Valerie said...

I always admired seminary teachers! I teach the 12- and 13-year olds in Sunday School and that's just once a week and not so early in the morning. I think seminary teachers get very special blessings.

I found your blog on the Mormon Moms Who Blog and I love the title of your blog. I also see that you served in Ecuador. My husband is from Ecuador and we've been twice. Quito is my favorite city of the ones I've been to.