I’ve been asked to teach a class tonight for a stake Relief Society activity called Rejoice! You don’t have to teach this class! The goal is to provide “Tips for teaching by the spirit”. I am one of about twelve guest speakers under assignment from the Stake Relief Society president that will teach a class. There are about four concurrent classes in three segments so I won’t be teaching the entire stake RS or anything. (Besides, who knows how many people will actually show up). Still it is a little nerve racking for me. I am one of the few male speakers and the topic is a little tough – how to teach by the spirit. Talk about pressure! If I don’t manage to get the Spirit to show up for this I’m gonna look like quite an idiot. Oh well, I look like an idiot regularly enough not to care so much about that, but I do want to be useful to God if I can.
So why did I get asked? Well I’m stake Sunday School president right now and during all of our recent ward conferences I taught Gospel Doctrine in every ward. I guess the stake RS president thought I didn’t stink at it so I got the gig. (And yes, it is a weird calling for a youngish guy like me to have. I like it even though I sort of am making it up as I go.)
Anyway, plan to improvise my lesson using the following:
• D&C 50
• A variation on my recent Ears post
• An object lesson using some walkie-talkies with my wife (about dialogue in prayer)
• A discussion on the similarities between teaching by the spirit and jazz and rock improvisation (something I’ve done a ton of in my day and feel is very similar to teaching.)
I only have 30 minutes so I am counting on God himself doing all the real teaching. Of course if things start going south I’ll just crack a bunch of jokes like I always do. If nothing else that will keep everyone awake… Wish me luck. Maybe I’ll report on the results later.