This weeks lesson is on "How can I learn to see Heavenly Father’s hand in all things?" To me that is.... GOD's Hands in my Daily Life.
I have found things I have looked for a zillion times ... but I was led to find them :) I have watched a movie that I felt I was led to watch that touched me so deeply... its called The Letter Writer. As I was trying to catch up on some rest this morning, thinking I was ready for class... done... I could NOT fall back to sleep...for the spirit kept telling me to get up and go write down the letter in that movie and hand it out to my youth. NOT JUST MY LITTLE CLASS, ALL THE YOUTH in Sunday School. I have always been one to listen to the spirits promptings, so I got up from my very warm bed and I went down stairs and played the movie ...finding all the spots where this letter was read... sometimes re-listening and reading what I wrote to make sure it was correct. It took me an hour to do this letter. When I was done making some changes in the letter to fit my youth... I printed them up... here is what it looks like.... I put each youth's name after the Awesome and there was a picture of Key on the top of the letter.
Last week.... I handed out a paper for them to fill out so that I could get to know them all better. There was a spot on there that asked... ARE YOU HAPPY? and tell me something about yourself I do not know...... In several papers the answer was NO I am NOT HAPPY and I AM LONELY... that broke my heart.... these amazing youth are struggling so much in life....
The lesson I have prepared has a great story like conversation between God and a person... which basically points out that even on your worst days, God is there... and that maybe some things happen in your life... good or bad for a reason... that we just have to trust in the Lord to know that he does have our backs. I read it to my Husband and he had tears in his eyes :) So I think its good :)
I haven't taught my lesson yet... but I am hoping that it touches them. That it teaches them something that they didn't think about...that I bring something new and wonderful to their lives. That I can make a difference in some way and that they know I love them. I worked so hard on it... I am nervous about not getting it all done but I am praying that the spirit will guide us and the most important things that need to be taught and heard will be with the spirit present.
I am going to start off with having them make a list *that only they see* the list is what they do from morning to night on an ordinary day. Then another list on what they do on Sunday from morning to night.... then I will ask them do they see a difference? If not ...they should.... I will ask do they have on their lists..*BOTH* read their scriptures, say their prayers, share their talents, serve someone, and of coarse go to church. I will then lead the discussion on how to recognize Heavenly Father in our lives if we don't do our part.... then share ideas on how to recognize him in their life.... some of those are to ask family members to help them find something that says he was there that day... *sometimes its hard to recognize it on our own* how to remember it so our testimonies can grow... it doesn't have to be in a journal alone...they can use their talents... like write it down in a poem, make a song, draw it, take a picture of it or even record it by video. Then I will explain as we recognize it... remember it ... it helps our testimonies grow and we will be quicker to recognize every time his hands are in our lives.
I have asked several friends to share with me their testimonies of Gods hands in their lives... and they are wonderful. I wrote them out put them in envelopes and I will paste them up on a wall for the youth to pick from and read from. I am hoping that hearing about other peoples experiences...which are all different... will help them find Gods hands in their own lives.
I know this is a crucial time in their lives when they need guidance and love and to know they are NOT alone...They are loved. Their needs are known...their prayers are heard...Their efforts are amazing and to NOT EVER GIVE UP! I hope that they feel this with all that I am... I have prepared more than this... I just hope its what they need. I feel I have been guided and directed all week. I have written down every thought that I had so I could organize it... I have done the best I can... I pray its what they need. I feel it is. I am very excited to give each a personal letter of love. :)