Teaching In A Way That People Will Understand

Hello Everyone!

This has been a really interesting week. The coolest thing that happened this week was the mission conference we had with Elder Kearon. He was hilarious!!! If any of you remember, he was the one who gave the talk on the sting of the scorpion. He has that classic British humor that I love; so it was great. Sister Kearon was great too. She´s actually from California; so I was thinking to myself, if she can marry a British guy so can I 😉 (jk)

Some of the highlights were that we need to internalize our message more and live as though we are children of God. He also told the importance of starting out the morning right; something that has always been a struggle for me. He also told us how mad he gets when people say we don´t baptize in Europe. He made the point that most of our ancestors are from Europe. It was great! I was pretty tired though, because the office made us get a really early train.

The rest of the week was pretty good. We taught a reference that Bishop gave us. Apparently a less active man came into the chapel one day and asked if the missionaries could come over and clarify some things about the church with his wife. So we went over and at first she was apprehensive, because when she was living in Canada I think she learned some things about the FLDS church. Anyway, we taught her the 1st lesson and she just kept saying that there was not much difference from what the Catholic Church believes. By the end of the lesson she said it was a positive experience and they invited us to come over every week. That was a great miracle for me.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about and it was actually one of the things we discussed in the conference is the importance of teaching in a way that people will understand. I always think about the way that Ammon taught King Lamoni. King Lamoni believed in a great spirit (see Alma 18). That was his only concept of God; so Ammon had to use that concept to teach important principles. Sometimes, instead of getting so caught up in correcting people, it is very important to just teach principles with the ideas that they have which will allow them to correct themselves. I have found when teaching Catholics, it does no good to tell them to stop believing in saints or to stop praying the Lord’s Prayer or whatever misconception they have. These things are not keeping them from understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ. The important things to tell them are principally the steps to personal revelation and the steps of repentance.

This Sunday, I had to translate a talk given by a girl from Nigeria who is studying for her PhD here. She is super cute. It was actually really neat, because I remember having to translate in my second transfer and it was nearly impossible, but now it´s not too bad. Antonio keeps making us laugh. During church he gave me and Sis. Parkinson 2 packs of Halls mints. It was really funny, because the Elders were standing right there. He does really jerk things sometimes and it’s hilarious. Later on, we gave the elders one of our packs.

Elder Erickson had surgery on his big toe because of ingrown toenails; so he can´t leave the house very much. We feel bad for him.

Anyway, that’s pretty much it. We still don’t know transfers. The word goes we won’t know until tomorrow afternoon. I hope I stay. Braga goes crazy during Easter time.

Love you all

Sister Runyan


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