I made this call because I knew my lesson was focusing on solid spiritual principles and I calculated in true parenting fashion that based on her state of mind, she would probably get more out of my lesson without other kids around then being in Primary. I was nervous about being called out on it by the Relief Society leaders, but I had decided to respectfully hold my ground if asked. I shouldn't have worried, my friends included her in their group and watched out for her - and she charmed her way into being collectively adopted by all the grandmas there
We went over President Ballard's "The True, Pure, and Simple Gospel of Jesus Christ". He made points regarding what doctrine looks like, the 2 great commandments, the foundational 4th article of faith, the importance of Sabbath Observance, and Ministering out of love.
- We went over briefly how there can be differences between doctrine, policy, protocol, or procedure.
- We touched on the 4th article of faith - and I asked the sisters to talk together to discuss how their understanding of one of those principles had changed in the last 6 months.
- We talked over the 2 great commandments, and some tips to help find the balancing point between our needs and the needs of those that we love and serve.
- We talked over Sunday Observances and prompted personal introspection on what simple change to make and execute.
- We focused on ministering (official and unofficial) - the key points being keep it simple, personal, and uplifting.
"It looks like going for a walk, getting together for a game night, offering service, or even serving together. It looks like visiting in person or talking on the phone or chatting online or texting. It looks like delivering a birthday card and cheering at a soccer game. It looks like sharing a scripture or quote from a conference talk that would be meaningful to that individual. It looks like discussing a gospel question and sharing testimony to bring clarity and peace. It looks like becoming part of someone’s life and caring about him or her.”
It was a challenge teaching because my daughter wanted to be where I was and wanted to take over the conversations (if I would let her), but we found a good balance.