Dear Elder Hoopes,
Hope you are doing well. We are happy though not healthy. Last night I woke up with a throbbing ear ache so I guess I will go in to a doctor to get some antibiotics after I take a nap. I got about 3 hours of sleep. I understand why little kids with ear infections get so crabby; poor Elliott has had one this week, so he has my permission to whine and fuss as much as he wants. Sorry Laurie.
Seminary this morning was hard for the kids because of the time change with Daylight Savings. (So the students want to know why
I had them do an interactive game activity called "Are you being spiritually spoon fed?" We started by reading Romans 10:13-17:
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how
shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they
hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How
beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring
glad tidings of good things!
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The thought was as we share the gospel we usually don't have time to lay before people a feast, we usually can answer a question, or tell them something that will pique their interest so that they might want to learn more. It's like they are being spoon fed just a bit of the gospel. The kids were seated in a circle facing a partner and they had 60 seconds to explain/quote scripture/share experience/ bear testimony of a gospel event, topic or scripture. (For example, one event was the First Vision, one topic was eternal families, one scripture was John 10:16.) Then after their 60 seconds was up, they closed their eyes and their partner rated how spiritually fed they were, by holding up one to five fingers, one meaning hungry and five meaning spiritually fed. We tallied and rotated to new partners for each round. It was a good exercise to do to see how difficult it is to coherently share just a portion of gospel truth. It was a great learning activity.
That is what you missionaries constantly do as you contact people, and what all of us need learn to do better. Peter 3:15 "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you." We are so blessed to have the gospel. It's almost too good to be true: joy now, eternal joy in the world to come!!!
Well I better go take some more advil. Love you so much. We pray for you every day,