Friday, February 1, 2008

It's confirmed... I'm inexperienced AND boring!

I have yet another confession to make. As many of you know, I will be teaching in Relief Society this Sunday. What most of you probably aren't aware of is that this is the first time I've taught a lesson... ever. I've never even taught primary!
It's a testament to the Lord's sense of humor that He would put someone as inexperienced (and nervous!) as I am as a teacher to women who know so much more!! I am really hoping that as many sisters as possible show up and really speak up and participate, because I'd hate to end early and have to sit up front looking stupid while we have 15 silent minutes for bearing our testimonies!! (We can be optimistic and think that women will be lining up for that opportunity, but let's be real here!)
Suffice it to say, I'm nervous, but the good new is that I'm not freaking out (yet!) I'm more afraid that I'll just end up looking as dumb and unknowledgeable as I feel. But, I guess that if anyone finds my lesson too horrible they can just volunteer to do the next one!!

In other news, my week has been fairly uneventful. I almost feel guilty for not having more "stuff" to do. Until I remember that a slow week is usually followed by a "no time to catch my breath" type of week. Guess I need to enjoy this time while I can! I did have to spend a fair amount of time on my lesson, so I think things have stayed manageable as a special help to me.

I keep trying to tell people that I really AM a boring person. I think posts like this confirm it! I have nothing interesting to tell and nothing exciting going on! (Unless you think doing taxes is thrilling! Which I really enjoy, but most people don't really want to hear much about THAT!)


Steve and Jamie said...

Teaching used to be my greatest fear. Literally. I grew up in a family of teachers and I always thought that I was the dunce. The real first time that I had to teach (sunbeams for 2 months when I was 18 doesn't count) was when I was called into the Relief Society presdidency too! I was really nervous the first time, but I knew I was also really prepared. After teaching a few times, I found that I really loved it.

I know you will do a great job. I'm praying for you this week. I really feel that when a teacher is very prepared and organized and encourages lots of class participation, a lesson will always go well.

If you need any help, let me know. Even if you just want someone to bounce ideas off of, I'm here.

Mama D said...

Wish I could be there to participate in your lesson. Just when I thought I was adjusted to the branch, I realize how cut off from the ward I feel. I would love to listen to your lesson, and you can bet I'd add my 2 cents to help you out!

Just remember that the FF Ward of recent years is one of the best in RS class participation I have EVER seen! You will not end up with quiet moments of trying to stretch out your lesson or sitting there with lots of extra time. When I was teaching last year, I was always having to make split second decisions on what to cut out because we were running out of time, and it was always because of class participation! We have fantastic sisters!

I know you're nervous because this is your first lesson, but you are prepared and well-loved, and I know you will do a wonderful job!

Mama D said...

So, how did your lesson go this morning?