Monday, September 15, 2014

SEMINARY

I have just completed my first week of online seminary and thought I would write a little bit about it.
It has been a fabulous experience.  Yes, time consuming, but worth every minute.  When I was first called, and told I would be teaching once a week, I thought "Wow, that will be different than early morning, and a whole lot easier."  NOT QUITE!

I spent a great deal of July and August being trained, and I am sure grateful for the training.

In case you are not familiar with online seminary, let me explain a couple of things.  It is for youth who live too far from a building to drive in to go to a daily class.   So they are to go to the website and do a daily class provided by the Church.  It goes right along with what the students in regular classes are learning.  Each lessons should take from 35 - 45 minutes and includes a devotional and lesson.  Part of the lesson may include a question for them to submit for a grade and/or a class discussion question.  They can do the lessons anytime they choose during the day and in some cases may need to do it a couple of days later--depending on their schedules.  The goal is to have them have a "daily seminary experience" and not to cram the lessons in at the end of the week.

I am also to do the lessons myself which helps me to understand what they are learning, and then I "grade" their submissions and participate in the class discussions.  I am amazed at the depth of these students.   Their testimonies come through beautifully in their comments.  I am quickly becoming a great supporter of the online program.

Once a week we have an online class using video conferencing.  That gives me a chance to see their smiling faces and to hear them.  We also communicate via the website and email and I've even been on the phone with them.

The majority of the students are from my Stake, but not all of them.  I have a couple from the District.  I have 15 who are registered. Some are returning students, but quite a few are first year students.

It is going to be an exciting year.  I will miss having treats with the kids.  The first video class we had, I was going to have a display of brownies and tell them I was sorry that they couldn't enjoy them with me, but I didn't.  This week I have told them that in one of the videos they will watch in their classes there is a quick shot of the temple where my husband and I were married.  I told them I will send a candy bar to the first one who can send me a note identifying the temple ; )  I just want to encourage them to pay close attention.  I also found a great handout to send them encouraging them to prepare themselves to attend  General Conference.



I will definitely miss teaching Gospel Doctrine.  But I know that with every calling there will one day be a release.  I know I will learn a great deal teaching Seminary and working with these youth.

Sidenote 1:  Had a great time out in Kenora fishing last week.  I could kick myself that I didn't bring the pocket camera to take pictures.  Allan with his tiny walleye would have been a classic.  And every fish I caught had to be thrown back--too small ; (  We still had great fun.  The fish is in the freezer and will be cooked next Monday night for the missionaries.

Sidenote 2:  Happy to report that Allan's "stroke" which was discovered during an emergency room visit was apparently an "old stroke" and nothing to really be too concerned about.  I knew Allan was concerned because he actually stopped traveling until he had his appointment with the Stroke clinic. And I must admit I am still concerned ; )  And, of course, those the kids that really know me know it was weighing heavily on me.   (Very grateful I had lots to keep me busy)  But, as always, I sure appreciated their calls checking in on him and making sure I was handling it all okay.

There will be follow-up appointments to determine why he had the original stroke, although they probably will never be able to determine when he had it.  We just want to make sure he doesn't have another one.




Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy September

Decided posting on September 1 is a GREAT day to start the Fall off right

It has been a fabulous summer.  So many fun things--trips to see most of the kids.  As always it has gone much too fast.

It is going to be an exciting Fall.  Lots of changes.  I will just mention one for now.  Next week I am going to be teaching Seminary again.  I have been busy being trained because I am not doing early morning Seminary, and no, not release time Seminary.  I am teaching online Seminary.  A whole new experience for me--lots to learn.  I realize how little I knew about the computer--I know more, but still not all I should know, but I guess I will learn along the way.

Yesterday I had to let the Bishop know I could not continue teaching Gospel Doctrine and Seminary--just too much.  I have taught Gospel Doctrine for 4 years and have loved each and every minute of it.  I will miss it, but I know I just could not do both.

I am excited about being back in Seminary.  I have 14 or 15 students--they have not all registered so we will see how many end up registering.  Our course of study is the Doctrine and Covenants.  Do you know I LOVE THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS AND CHURCH HISTORY!!!!  I know I would have been a lousy pioneer--there would have been a song all about me and my murmuring, and I know there is a reason I was born in the 50's--the 1950's that is ; )

Allan and I were in Nauvoo this past August and had a chance to go to the Pageant.  Wow, it was incredible.  We ran into one of the men he knows from trucking who was heavily involved in the Pageant and shared so much information--we loved listening to him and his wife.  As we watched the pageant,  turned to Allan and said, "I have no doubt you would have been friends with the Prophet Joseph."

We also had a chance to go to the Nauvoo temple.  Unfortunately, my laptop is down, so I am having to use this old picture off of my FB album ; (  When my laptop gets back I'll substitute one I took while we were there this last time.  Part of the reason we went down to Nauvoo was so I could get ready for this year's Seminary course of study.



That is always such a choice experience.  BTW, when we were watching the Pageant, we sat next to a couple who has been to all but 6 temples in the United States and has been to every temple in Utah.   (Now unlike us he has done temple work in all of them.  We always "count" visiting as long as we stand on the grounds.   I should add here the importance of going to lds.org and check out if the temple is open before you go and plan to do a session.  Can you believe we missed Provo and Logan--both were closed when we were attending ; (   Logan was the temple where Allan was endowed some 52 years ago.



We did have a chance to do a session at the the Brigham City Temple--absolutely beautiful.   This summer we added Monticello, Ogden, and Payson.)  I wish the Ogden temple open house had been held while we were there.  But we'll get a chance to go another time.








We also had a chance to visit the family in Indiana.  Love getting a chance to see the little ones--they grow way, way too fast.  And, it was wonderful to spend time with the rest of the family, too.

















And, of course, while we were in Utah, we spent time with Heidi and Daniel, Brent, and Kyle.



Kyle was here in Winnipeg for a couple of weeks and left last Friday to go back to Utah.  Goodness I miss that boy ; )  I think this was the shortest trip he made over a summer and it definitely felt like it.  I am counting the sleeps until I get to Utah so we can take our annual trip to Cali for Thanksgiving.