Sunday, April 1, 2012

Fright v Flight

So we have the privilege of teaching English every Tuesday...I love it as you might imagine. This week we practiced pronunciation of words with the same sound and similar spelling...but different meaning, such asthey're, their, and there. So after practicing for a few minutes, I asked the students, "Can you think of otherwords with the same sound but different spelling?" I LOOOVED the response and smiled from ear to ear as I wrote their offered words on the board: the first set was fright and flight. :)hahahaha. And then once the others caught on it was lice and rice. And right and light were next:). I couldn't control the happiness and laughter in my heart. I love Thai English:).

So something really neat happened this week. You know how one of the signs that you are successfully teaching by the Holy Ghost is that both the teacher and student are edified? Well Preach My Gospel also adds that the teacher might learn something in the very moment they are teaching, like something new...not just an additional confirmation of an existent truth or testimony. So I feel like I've felt edified, as in uplifted, quite often when teaching. Leaving a lesson feeling happy and light and...happy. But as for the latter, actually learning something new during teaching, I'm not sure I have experienced exactly...until this week:). I'm so grateful that I finally know how it feels!! We were teaching Giad, who is getting baptized in a couple of weeks, about the Savior and the Atonement. We're trying to help him apply his faith in Christ
in hepling him relieve the burden of his trials that he is having. And as we were teaching I was planning on introducing this idea by teaching that the first way we can really apply the Atonement and feel of its power is by repenting. But as I started speaking I realized that repentance is not the first way we can feel and apply the Savior's sacrifice. The first way to apply it is to have faith that it actually happened. That the Savior DID suffer for us and loves us and knows us an CAN help us not just receive forgiveness but carry our burdens. And believing that He will lighten our burdens. Just knowing that helps, knowing that Someone else knows and understands us perfectly. So I told Giad that. And I hope he learned from it, but I know that the reason we taught that lesson and the Spirit taught that truth was for me. How blessed we are to be able to learn from the Spirit.
Well Thailand is still delightful. So insanely I feel like I'm going to melt every second we step outside:). Everyone is sad because my skin is getting darker haha and they all love white white skin:). Sister Skalla is still a pleasure to train. We are learning so much together...about teaching with the Spirit and leaving immediately if the Spirit leaves and literally talking and inviting EVERYONE and if they don't want to talk...or if they them a pass along card. We have stacccccks on our house and we made a goal to get rid of ALL of them in our time together:). I love our investigators. We've been praying for people who are prepared and ran into several this week. It's always a beautiful thing when we get reminded that the field really is white and ready to harvest.

I LOOOOOVE YOU all. Thank you for being the most wonderful family and friends in the planet.
Sister Roper

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