By Melissa Mc
Susan is my RS Education Counselor. This was the email she sent me this morning. I feel really guilty because I’ve pulled the wool over her eyes. I totally “phoned it in” yesterday with my Relief Society lesson. I had a bad week. I was unmotivated. I was obsessed with my novel, and preferred to read that over my TFOT conference article. I hadn’t prayed for guidance. When I finally opened the conference issue, I realized the bishopric had chosen Elder Neil Andersen’s first address to conference. It was essentially him saying, “I’m humbled, I’m thankful, I have a testimony of Jesus Christ.” The End. Great! How am I going to pull a lesson out of that?? All Sunday morning I crammed. I ditched Sunday school to sit in the foyer to re-read the three paragraphs I had to work with. I had nothing. By this point, I thought, “there is no way I’m praying now – I’ve totally blown this off – you might as well sink girlfriend.”
When I stood up in RS, I still really wasn’t sure where this lesson was headed. I had about 10 minutes worth of material and a half hour on the clock. Then I repeated this from the article, “Just after my call as a General Authority 16 years ago, in a stake conference where I accompanied President Boyd K. Packer, he said something I have not forgotten. As he addressed the congregation, he said, “I know who I am.” Then after a pause, he added, “I am a nobody.” He then turned to me, sitting on the stand behind him, and said, “And, Brother Andersen, you are a nobody too.” Then he added these words: “If you ever forget it, the Lord will remind you of it instantly, and it won’t be pleasant.”
I’m not going to rehash the discussion that ensued, but saying the words, “you are a nobody” in Relief Society turned on the “faucet” of comments, and the lesson essentially taught itself.
The Sisters saved me yesterday. I didn’t deserve it and they deserved better. I needed to be humbled. I needed to be left stranded up there, so I come prepared next time. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for God to remind me that “I am a nobody.” Instead I received too many unowrthy accolades. Like President Packer said, “The Lord will you remind you…and it won’t be pleasant.” I’m waiting for my reminder. I will let you know when it happens.
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