a new calling.

10 03 2011

Currently I am an Elder’s Quorum instructor.
Awesome calling.

I LOVE teaching callings. They are the most fun callings in the church.

The Elder’s Quorum calling was really easy because I only taught once a month!

Well, it looks like everything is about to change.
Here’s a hint. I just finished taking the Boy Scouts of America Youth Protection Training Program.

Yes, I am now joining the young mens program as a teachers quorum assistant advisor.

Ah yes, back to the glory days.
Boy Scouts.

My dad was the Scoutmaster for awhile while I was in Scouts. It was awesome. He did such a great job planning activities and getting us to do things that really pushed us.

Hopefully I can do as well as he did.
Scouting laid the foundation for everything I have become.

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

The Scout Law reminds me of the Beatitudes.
“And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” (3 Nephi 12:9)

? How was your experience in Scouting?

proud parent.

26 02 2011

I’m not a parent, but I feel like a proud parent right now.

Tonight, GroundHounds Crew threw a battle for all of the kids in the area. It was a battle for kids who don’t normally battle.

I somehow convinced seven of my kids to go up.
They were pretty nervous and hesitant to do it.

I remember my first battle.
I thought I was going to pee my pants.

Out of the 7 kids, 6 of them made it past the preliminary round!

There was over 20 kids who competed.

Keyko, one of my older students, actually won the whole thing.

Oh wow.
Watching every single one of those kids made me feel like a proud parent.
I know that they were the ones who practiced and worked hard to learn the different moves, but it was incredible to feel connected to them.

I have to admit, the youngest kid who went actually stole the show!
Jewelz KILLED it! You’ve gotta see this girl dance, she is adorable and is SO close to being able to do full-on headspins!
What a kid!

Yeah, I feel like one of those parents who gushes over how talented their kid is. I don’t even care! These kids are so talented, they deserve the credit and praise!

Can you imagine how Heavenly Father feels when he sees us succeed?

It has to be the ultimate in parental pride!
“And that he created man, male and female, after his own image and in his own likeness, created he them…” (D&C 20:18)

? Are you a proud parent?

pleasant reminder.

27 08 2010

A couple months ago I got a call from a woman who runs a dance studio down in Payson. She got my name from somebody as a recommendation for breakdance teacher.

I LOVE teaching.
But – Payson is about 15 minutes south and I am already scheduled to teach at Center Stage this Fall. I’m not sure Leah is a big fan of me spreading myself thin on dance each evening. But she is SO supportive of me dancing. (Especially, when it pays!)

I took the offer and tonight was my first night.

You never know what you’re dealing with until you get to your first class and you feel out the talent level and more importantly the dedication of the kids.

I imagine most teachers feel like this:

“And as many as would hear his word he did teach…” (Mosiah 18:3)

Personally, as long as someone is willing to listen, I’m MORE than happy to teach. Things get sticky when you have a class that is not interested or unwilling to even try to learn the subject. It’s not a hopeless situation – just a little trickier.

I’ve never had an entire class of kids who were immediately receptive, attentive and willing to work hard….
Until now.

The young and older boys classes were incredible.
They picked up things quickly and were hungry to learn more.

If you have ever taught anything before – you know what a joy it is to teach individuals who are willing to learn and who graso the subject matter quickly and correctly.

I am grateful for the reminder this evening of how special teaching can be.

? What is your best teaching experience?


6 04 2010

One of the reasons I wanted to get into grad school was to become a teacher. I love teaching and I love my seminary kids. I feel like I can do a lot of good as a teacher.

Maybe I was wrong.

After finding out I didn’t get into grad school, I found out one of my kids just moved in with her boyfriend. She’s 17. Her boyfriend is 19, still in high school and works at Wal-Mart. (not that there is anything wrong with that) But he got accepted into Shepherd University and has decided against it now. The place she lives is filled with drugs.

She deserves better.

All of those kids deserve better. In fact all kids deserve better.

“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.” (D&C 18:10)

I know I wasn’t her full-time teacher. Blah blah. But could I have said or done something different that could have helped her?

Did I fail?

Ugh, I don’t want to hear any of the crap about free agency… I know everyone can choose, but maybe I could have altered the choice if

Maybe not getting into grad school was just another sign meant to let me know that teaching just isn’t my thing…

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