Thursday, October 13, 2011

Grateful for seminary

Jon is off today, and I can tell that he needs a lot of rest! Being the seminary teacher in our church has been a blessing for Jon, as well as our family. This is his fourth year teaching it, and he LOVES it. Sometimes waking up at 4:30 in the morning isn't always easy, but eventually you get used to it. Especially on days when he has to go to work at 8:00 am. Luckily he has a couple of days off during the week where he can just go back to sleep at 7:00 am and  take an afternoon nap. I snapped this photo while napping with our son, and they are both snoring up a storm! That's how tired these two sometimes get (this rainy weather doesn't help either!) Especially since he worked until 9:30 last night.

He loves the youth and the Lord. He loves his calling and will do anything for anyone who is in need both spiritually and temporally. Being a seminary teacher is not easy. I honestly believe that this calling is not for everyone. It could be if you have the faith. It requires a lot of preparation and time. You really have to be in tune with the spirit, love the scriptures, read the scriptures, have patience, and most of the youth. And I mean really love the youth. Not just your own children, but other people's children.

One thing I am most grateful for is the fact that on his days off, no matter how tired he is, he makes time for us. We always look forward to his days off, and vacation time to spend as a family.

Although he knows he won't hold this calling forever, he does not take his calling, or anything for granted. He has a deep love for the scriptures, and in teaching it to the youth. This is the one job he would love to have full time, (and get paid for) during the day if we lived in Salt Lake City. For now, no matter how tired he gets...he is holding on to this calling as long as he feels that the Lord needs him.

And so with that being written, here is a note to all of my children:

If there ever comes a time when you get called to be a seminary teacher. Don't hesitate to take the calling. It is from the Lord, and there is always a good reason why you are called to a specific calling. Always read your scriptures no matter how tired you become, and always kneel in prayer. Heavenly father is always there to heed your words.


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