I taught the Relief Society (which is a group of women in our church) lesson yesterday, and it was a great experience!
I have to admit I was a little out of my comfort zone . . . I speak in front of hundreds (at regionals) and even thousands (at convention), but this was different. When I’m on stage at Stampin’ Up! events, I’m not wanting a back-and-forth discussion; in fact, I think that would be called heckling . . . definitely NOT what I’m looking for! At Church, I was actually hoping the women would participate and we could have a meaningful discussion.
And they did, thank heavens! Our topic was family responsibilities, and I had done all I could to prepare. . . reading the lesson several weeks ago, gathering information and quotes, reading supplemental articles, identifying what flower arrangements and tablecloth to take (yes, even at church I want to “set the mood”). Sara helped me brainstorm a little bookmark handout, and Shanna had made them while I was at regionals. I had even thought about what I was going to wear! (I know, I know. . . it’s the Type A coming out in me.)
We talked about responsibilities of parents generally, as well as mothers and fathers specifically, and even of children. We didn’t get through half of what I had prepared, but that’s OK. I knew going into it that I had more information than I needed, but I’d rather have too much than not enough!
The one regret I had was not ending the lesson with a one- or two-sentence recap of the message I really wanted them to take home—which was that a loving, happy family doesn’t happen by accident; the family that prays together, plays together, eats together, and works togethers . . . stays together. We must be willing to sacrifice for our families and give them what matters the most, which is almost always our time!
I mentioned the concept and idea several times throughout the lesson, just not quite as concisely and succinctly as I would have liked. Oh well. I don’t think any of the women noticed; hopefully, they thought it was a fine lesson without that short little recap at the end. But I learned something, and next time I teach, I’ll definitely have a short re-cap sentence or two highlighted in my notes!
In the meantime, I’m hoping that the bookmark handout will be a good reminder of the idea of spending time with our families. It’s simple—probably the most simple project I’ve done in a long, long time!—and Shanna, who was working on them for me, kept asking me if I was sure that this is what I wanted. But sometimes simple is best, and it felt right for this project!
Teaching my first lesson to adults in years (I’ve been working in Primary, which is for children ages 18 months through 11 years) was a great way to start the day, and we ended the day perfectly as well. Phoebe celebrated her 3rd birthday with a fairy party (read Shalae’s blog for the details), and Shanna created a fairy cake that was darling (see Shanna’s blog for pictures).