Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Seminary

I just have to say how much I enjoy teaching seminary. There are some really sweet moments and I love the Spirit that is there, especially when the students participate. I teach a great class of juniors and seniors-9 or 10 of them. They're a welcome change from 8th graders the rest of the day. I'm fully aware that I'm not the real teacher--the Spirit is, and I simply hope to create an enviornment that invites the Spirit and edifies with some lasting lessons from the Old Testament. I thought the hardest part of this seminary "assignment" would be waking up at 5am, but that's the easy part. The "hard" part is the responsibility weighing on me each night to be prepared and ready for a great 50 minute lesson early the next morning. But even that is an enjoyable experience, at least when I make enough time for preparation, family, and for sleep! There's no doubt about the power of the word, the power of the Word, and of the "work"--imperfections and all.

5 comments:

Nate Probert said...

Glad you've taken on the challenge and hope you continue to strive and find new ways to approach your students and the doorway to letting the spirit in with them. I remember one of the hardest times yet most rewarding time in seminary was when my dad was teaching our class. I Had always figured no one would understand him the way I do, when really, it didnt matter, they may not, but he gave them a certain understanding that we could all grasp onto, found myself trying to get more people to show up when I wouldn't even go most the time ha. Anyways. Guess im just excited that your teaching seminary, you've got a great and certain enthusiasm that I think will bring the scriptures to life for the kids. Im just now finding an excitement behind them rather than seeing them as a have to do or homework assignment you know? Anyways, let me know how it goes, I'd assume it will be very challenging, but I think if you let yourself learn about your students and literally let the spirit teach, it could be one of the most inspiring times in your life and theirs. ha ha ok im done, Im not a good blogger. love you, Talk to you soon brother.

Clean Cut said...

Nate--you're alive! Thanks for those kind and encouraging words. It's so good to hear from you. I love what you said about finding an excitement in the scriptures. It wasn't until my freshman year at college- first time away from home-that I turned to the scriptures to fill a need, and it just hit me that the scriptures were truly powerful to help ME in MY life, and started to see how rewarding they, especially the Book of Mormon, could be for ME and to improve the quality of my life. I'm glad that feeling has grown. Thanks for dropping by and making a comment.

JAMIE COOK~ said...

I am so jealous. What a unique opportunity for you and your students. It was my best part of school. Seminary. YOu have the power to be the biggest influence. My seminary teacher has remained my friend through the years

k-dub said...

Hey Spence, I wish I could have had YOU as one of my many many many early mornng seminary teachers. It might have been worth waking up for! I never enjoyed seminary and we never had a committed, enthusiastic teacher as I'm sure you are. The teacher makes the difference to kids this age and especially at this hour of the morning! What a great way to make a big difference in the way your students feel about the scriptures. With you as their teacher I'm sure it won't take them until college to find their own love of what the scriptures can do for them. They are very lucky to have you indeed!
Love you!

Clean Cut said...

Hi "K-dub"--I love you too! Everything you said is exactly what I'm HOPING to be. Not having had the best seminary experience myself, I really want to make it worthwhile for them to get up that early for and see how the scriptures can not only relate to but empower their lives. It's been a really great experience most days so far, except for the day I was under-prepared. That lesson did lack enthusiasm. I tried to make up for it the next day and it was great. I'm loving teaching them and I love that I can tell that they enjoy and appreciate the class. It's fun-and invigorating.