We recently attended a class with Ed and Brooke Rowe, recently returned mission presidents. They asked us a question that we’ve been pondering for weeks now.
President Rowe would ask the new missionaries, “Tell me about your latest spiritual experience with your parents.” Often they would stumble or would tell him a story that happened years before. This concerned him and it concerned me.
I immediately thought about my family, I was prepared to answer, my children and I often had spiritual experiences together while learning in homeschool.
Sister Rowe then asked, “When is the last time your family had a spiritual experience together?”
"Oh, my family?” I panicked. The whole family? That was harder for me to answer.
Needless to say, Thom and I have, now, made a new resolution to consciously create more opportunities and an environment for all of us to have more spiritual experiences.
The Rowe’s also taught us a pattern to experience conversion or to have more spiritual experiences. They call their tip: T.T.I.P.
T - Teach
T - Testify
I - Invite
P - Promise
TEACH - share something with your children. Such as, scriptures, inspired questions, statements of truth, examples, experiences, (listen and discern)
TESTIFY - "I know these teachings (story, principes,etc.) are true because...."
INVITE - "Will you…" Do not say, "I challenge you..." This a call to action, an invitation to act and feel. Remember to allow them to use their agency, this is not a command.
PROMISE - "I promise you…" (the Lord with bless you, extend the same promise God has given) or say, "The Lord promises you…" Parents have the right (stewardship) to promise. Parent extend the "then" of a statement of principle or "if-then" statement.
Another way to use this pattern is with their chores.
"Having clean clothes brings the spirit and confidence. I know I feel better when my clothes are clean. Will you do your laundry and clean your clothes? I promise you too will feel more confident and have the spirit more with you."
During this week's Table Talk Discussion we share this pattern and listen the testimonies of Ali Eisenach and Blaine and Audrey Rindlisbacher.
God sends you subjects when you need them.
We are studying the subject of Revelation this month and the sacrament talk yesterday was on the attributes of revelation. Wow! I thought, God has a message to send out to our audience. Here are my notes from that talk:
There are 4 attributes of revelation:
Called To Learn Table Talk Discussions #9 with invited guests: Belinda Ballantyne and Molly Christensen. The Focus was Receive Revelation: Identify Ways it took place on March 15, 2017.
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Language is a Gift of God, how are using your gift? When you use your language you have to use your tongue. Nicholeen shares ways we can keep control of our tongue and become agents for God in bringing about goodness to the world. The first things is we need to master our vocabulary. She shares a quotation her father often told her, “Master your mother tongue and you’ll make a mark upon the world that will be noticed.” She later came to believe that meant to control your words/vocabulary and the way you say things and understand things.
The act of Self Mastery:
1 - understand cause and effect
2 - care what others think of you
3 - constantly analyze ME
She then gave us five ways to improve our communication.
History is relative. Dianne shows us how to make history more exciting and real - by talking about the people they connect to - their relatives. She invited us to not just look for names, dates and places, but to make it real by use tools. Some of these tools included:
The point that sparked my interest was when she said that we could have our children take the information we collected and create a story. This could be done as a fictional character in the non-fiction setting or about the ancestor that was at that time. When a child has a personal connection to history they enjoy it more and remember it too.
Experience is NOT the best teacher, Refection leads to transformation.
Thom and I spend time reflecting on the events and the knowledge gained during the conference. We begin by defining what a refection is and how to do a formal refection. We talked about the importance of following the Great Commandments to:
These are my notes from today's conference presentations:
After Moroni wrote on his ripped coat he put on his armor, ready to fight and then he knelt down to pray. What can you learn from this? I learn that I need to get ready, to do the work to accomplish my goal and to not forget to pray for strength and to know his will as I go to battle or gather the troops.
Here are some statements Alex made:
Some are predicting the future of education is having no more formal education and that we will be able to earn education points by the online classes we take, book we read, people we meet, etc. Basically by learning you are earning points you can use to get jobs. Now contrast this with God’s plan of knowledge and wisdom. Consider the source. One is from venture capitalist, politician, “stakeholders” etc. who are writing the curriculums being taught and the other is direct revelation from God above. These entities want to educated you from cradle to grave and they are anti-God, anti-country, and anti-family.
Jenny finishes her presentation with the plea to KNOW the source of education you are giving your children. She reminds of how God set up our education system with mom teaching the little children and dad taking over the education after that. She encouraged us to “weary not by the way,” to find joy in patience and to stay the course on God’s plan of education.
Here are the links to the sources she mentioned:
Education means to lead out of you or to lead you out of ignorance. Liber means bark which makes books. So a Liber Education was for free people. You don’t get an education to be a servant. It use to be you got an education to be free and now an education is to help you get a job.
Basically a Liber education (thinking skills) is made up of:
The Trivium - grammar (input), logic (process), rhetoric (output).
The Quadrivium - arithmetic (study of number), geometry (study of number in space), music (study of number in time), astronomy (study of number in space and time)
The modes of Persuasion
1 - Ethos - your reputation, character, beginning
2 - Logos - reasoning, logic, your argument, presentation
3 - Pathos - sympathy, feelings, the emotional appeal, ending
Christopher ends with his pathos statement, “We owe it to our children to teach them these tools so they can be educated so they can be free.”
There is a river that flows from deep within.
There is a fountain that frees the soul from sin.
Come to these waters, there is a vast supply.
There is a river that never shall run dry.
These are the lyrics to the song "There Is A River " by Max and David Sapp. I thought they described Living Water well. Isaiah tells us about how Christ is the "Living Water."
"For he [Christ] that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of [living] water shall he guide them." (Isaiah 49:10) Those who hunger and thirst will be fed and be lead to the living water. "I [Christ} will open rivers [living water] in high places [temples], and fountains [living water] in the midst of the valleys [churches]: I will make the wilderness a pool of [living] water, and the dry land springs of [living] water." (Isaiah 41:18)
President Romney teaches about another source for living water, “But there is another reason why we should read [The Book of Mormon], by doing so we will fill and refresh our minds with the constant flow of that ‘water’ which Jesus said would be in us—‘a well of water springing up into everlasting life.’ (John 4:14.) We can obtain a continuing supply of this nourishing water when resist evil and drink/read from the pages of the scriptures.
Todays classes were about science and confidence. Here are my notes:
What does Geology and Evolution have to do with each other? Nothing I thought. They use the history of rocks to prove evolution. Oh, know I understand. Since we don’t have a time machine we can’t answer all the questions with exactness, but God has promised us he will “reveal all things” (D&C 101:32-34) David talks about
Jeanie share a simple plea. Stop being bullied by your thoughts, recognize them and get them out. Here are several messages I received from her:
Why teach science when only 1% of students become scientists? Because:
Family Leadership Councils with you, your spouse and God and in some cases you and God. The Ballard’s do a great job with teaching us what to do during these regular counsels
“In the most difficult and discouraging days of World War II, Winston Churchill said to the people of England: 'To every man there comes … that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing unique to him and fitted to his talent. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.'
"In an even more serious kind of spiritual warfare, brethren, the day may come—indeed, I am certain will come—when in an unexpected circumstance or a time of critical need, lightning will strike, so to speak, and the future will be in your hands. Be ready when that day comes. Be strong. Always be clean. Respect and revere the priesthood that you hold, tonight and forever. I bear witness of this work, of the power we have been given to direct it, and of the need to be worthy in administering it. Brethren, I testify that the call in every age—and especially our age—is Joshua’s call: “Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”"
United in Faith
In their second presentation they talked about setting goals as a couple. They had a few very good points:
"I suspect that many Church members are much more familiar with the nature of the redeeming and cleansing power of the Atonement than they are with the strengthening and enabling power. It is one thing to know that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for us—that is fundamental and foundational to the doctrine of Christ. But we also need to appreciate that the Lord desires, through His Atonement and by the power of the Holy Ghost, to live in us—not only to direct us but also to empower us.
"Individual willpower, personal determination and motivation, effective planning and goal setting are necessary but ultimately insufficient for us to triumphantly complete this mortal journey. Truly, we must come to rely upon 'the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah' (2 Nephi 2:8)." (The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality, April 2012)
No power can compare to the power that comes when God sets our sails and pilots our ship.
Succeeding with Reading
How do you succeed in teaching reading? Nancy has been creating successful reader for many years. Here are some of the things she does to when teaching.
Teachers follows the Write Formula: W.E. Write, Write, Write
Some of her statements that stood out to me:
Review questions for you? when do you know a ‘y’ is a vowel? How can you teach the difference between ‘b’ and ‘d’? What is a homophone? How can you teach with the scriptures?
Remember you always have choices. It is when we feel we don’t have a choice that stress happens. Lori tells her son, “That’s obstacle thinking!” This is when we can only see the things that are stopping us we get to learn how to change that thinking to ways you can achieve. There are many types of stress
Knowledge + Understanding = Wisdom
Mind + Heart = Conversion
Here are my notes from the presentations today:
Influence through improving nonverbal communication with Jeff Baird
Power up! :) there’s a lot in this one! Jeff took us through pictures and movies and slides to show us the power of our nonverbal communication. Here is a statistic that I was amazed with.
The Power of an Hour with Donna Goff
What can you do with a ONE hour? Donna had to provide for her family years ago. She had very little time to homeschool her children, but still longed to have them have a high quality education. So, she said to herself I’ll only do one hour a day of teaching. It was successful for her children and for many others who have used this idea. Try this:
Homeschooling 101 with ToriAnn Perkey
Before her presentation ToriAnn gave us some good tips:
Hi, we're Thom & Tresta, the interviewers for this conference. Here are some of our experiences and thoughts.