Monday, November 18, 2013

Teaching English Has Its Perks

This week we kept busy teaching English, besides our regular Tuesday night class--which is always a lot of fun. Wednesday we drove out to a countryside school where a member teaches, and taught songs in English to nine-year-olds. They sang with enthusiasm: Kindness Begins With Me, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Rain is Falling all Around, Once There Was A Snowman, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, and Singing a Song is Fun to Do. We will return this week, review all these songs, and teach We Wish You A Merry Christmas, and Sing Your Way Home, and Silent Night. 

Thursday, we taught two classes at another member's school about pronunciation, and also some of the same songs. The students love when Joan sings Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes, especially when she does it real fast.  

After we ate lunch, another teacher asked about Jesus Christ. Elder Sowards spent over an hour explaining about who Christ is and about the plan of salvation. She seemed to hang onto every word. We invited her to our meetings. Maybe someday she will come. The village where the school is located is about 60 miles from our church and attending will be hard for her. We promised to bring a copy of the Book of Mormon with
scriptures marked about Christ (which could be the whole book! We will choose a few key passages) when we return in December to give our "What is Christmas" presentation It was great to have the opportunity to share the gospel, but we talked so long we missed teaching the member’s next class!

Teaching English is a service plus for missionaries. We might not see the fruits of our labors immediately, but we know these students will have a tiny bit more confidence in speaking English. And we introduce to them the name of Jesus Christ and the Church.

More adventures in the life of this senior couple.

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