Bienvenidos a la Mision Chile Santiago Norte! We love the Savior, and are blessed to be part of this great work, to share His gospel, and invite others to come unto Him. We are grateful to have this incredible opportunity to associate with such fine young men and women and other couples who are serving in this wonderful part of the vineyard. We decided to share this mission through a blog, with any who would like to know more.... All of the lessons, talks, training, conferences, and meetings are obviously done totally in Spanish, but for the sake of this writer, the notes are here in English, for speed in typing, and therefore, mixed with a bit of both worlds. We hope all of our missionaries, families, and loved ones can enjoy this blog, in spite of the writing, grammar, language, errors, etc. This will be a miraculous journey, and we invite you to share and enjoy it with us.

Lovingly, con cariño,
Presidente Michael May
Hermana Carol May

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Perfect Teacher, El Maestro Perfecto

Jesus Christ was the perfect example of the perfect teacher. When He visited the Nephites after his crucifixion and resurrection, He taught them many things. He was very perceptive to whether they learned and understood what he taught them. In 3 Nephi 15:2, it says, “ And it came to pass that when Jesus had said these words he perceived that there were some among them who marveled, and wondered what he would concerning the law of Moses; for they understood not the saying that old things had become new.”.....

He was able to perceive that the people did not understand it. He goes on to teach and clarify what he meant by this saying so that the people understood it. In 3 Nephi 17:2 Christ gives us another example of being perceptive to the people ability to understand what he was teaching them when he says “I perceive that ye are weak, that ye cannot understand all my words which I am commanded of the Father to speak unto you at this time. Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon the things which I have said, and ask of the Father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.” He not only perceives that the people do not understand all of his teaching but he also gives them instruction on what they need to do to be better prepared to learn.

Our ability to perceive whether our investigators are understanding the message we are teaching them is dependent on having the spirit. Praying to have the spirit, purifying our hearts, obeying with exactness, treasuring up the scriptures, teaching the gospel in way that is understandable and edifying, and exercising faith are some of the keys to having the spirit. It is also important to develop excellent teaching skills such as using the scriptures, teaching for understanding, asking questions, listening, and helping people resolves concerns. As we focus on the needs of our investigators and adjust our teaching to meet their needs, we will effectively invite them to come unto Christ by helping them develop their faith in Him and His atonement, repent, be baptized, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. Let us do all that we can to be Christ-like teachers so that we may bring many souls unto Him.

We love you,

President May

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