So today I was pulled out of gospel essentials by a member of my bishopric. They needed to "talk to me". I thought I cant be getting a new calling because I was just put into the current one I am in...and I like it. lol. I tried to give him a reason (as we are walking down the hall to his office) as to why I could not meet with him...Oh uh I just remembered I am supposed to substitute teach right NOW in primary...he didn't buy it.
Anyway we get in the designated room the bishop has set aside for "meeting" with members of the ward and we sit and talk. He asked if I remember 2 years ago....(uh already a problem, 2 years ago I try really hard not to remember what was going on then) when we had a 5th Sunday meeting and they talked to the members of the ward about reading and using the Preach my Gospel book in our homes more? I had (to my surprise)!!! He asked if I had one...I looked away from his eyes and shamefully said I did not have one in my home. He said hummm, well that is ok we will get you one because we want you to do something for us. He went on, at the end of this month there is a 5th Sunday and again we are going to talk about the importance of having and using this book in your homes. We would like you (me, Rebekah) to use the manual for the month, teach from it, study it, learn from it, USE IT. And on the 5th Sunday in our combined meeting we want you to Stand up in front of the ward (who has by the way grown in numbers by HUNDREDS in the last 2 months) and bare testimony of its impact on your life and your children's lives.
Now I am not one to turn down anything asked of me, so I agreed that I would, however I was a little confused as to why out of everyone in my ward they had picked me to do this. He told me that I was not the only one they had asked...they had asked an elderly couple, a newly married couple, a convert, a small young family, and myself a single mother. They want all circumstances of life to learn and know that this is a great manual to study and learn and grow from.
So from now till the end of the month...and maybe beyond...I will be using any extra study time I might have in reading and learning from this manual, teaching my children, answering questions about the church for my roommate, and more.
I have to say that I feel that this was an inspired challenge to be given to me from my Bishop. I have been looking for a way to get myself back in the habit of reading scripture and praying to my Heavenly Father. I struggle with those things, not because I do not want to, but I just don't (I hope you get what I am saying).
So for the next month I hope to be good about updating my blog and letting you all know how I am doing, but also as a way for me to journal how this is working for me and changing me.