Monday, July 6, 2009

A Challenge to Take

Last Saturday in my Teachings of the Living Prophets class, Sister Ana Barredo, our ever devoted teacher taught us about the importance of the living prophets, seers and revelators. In the LDS Church, we believe that the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are all Prophets, Seers and Revelators. She had us discuss each role and their importance in our lives today. The challenge came when she had us recite the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in order! Whooa! My classmate, Brother Jed Mendame who is a returned missionary, together with the help of his wife, Julie, recited them in order. Afterwards we had some ice cream topped with chocolate syrup. That's a treat from the Institute every first week of the start of classes!

Yesterday (ofcourse this blog will say I posted this on Sunday but believe me it's Monday, 6:41 PM here in the Philippines now), we had marvelous fast and testimony meeting. I was touched with a primary child's testimony about how hymns of the Church are important and how it has helped her. I think they indeed are powerful in helping us during the times that we need the Spirit the most. My favorite hymn is Count Your Blessings. I feel so much loved by my Heavenly Father through it.

It really helps when we get to attend our meetings and services in the Church. Though some lessons may be repetitive, we will be surprised as to how one principle could mean more profoundly to us. I know that we need to nourish our testimonies everyday or it will eventually die or weaken each day.

My challenge is to recite the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in order, prepare for my classes on Wednesday (Missionary Preparation Class) and Teachings of the Living Prophets on Saturday.