Sunday, February 12, 2012

Awesome Sunday

Today Scott and I taught our very first lesson together in Sunday School. It was nerve-wracking, but it went well. Somehow it is way easier to teach twenty-three 6th graders about multiplying decimals than a room of BYU married students about 2 Nephi chapters 1-2... Good thing I have Scott by my side!

Our lesson was about choosing eternal life rather than captivity and how we have to be active in doing so. We talked about habits that lead us on the right path and help to prepare us and as we did so we shared this cool story Scott had. Here it is:

   There is an interesting story coming out of India to the effect that in that country 50,000 natives are killed annually by pythons. These deadly reptiles first coil themselves about their victims and then crush out their lives. In the spring of the year, as the pythons lay their eggs in the sand and grass, the natives search out and destroy as many eggs as possible in order to reduce the risk that they themselves may be later destroyed by the pythons.
   We should take a leaf out of the book of the natives of India and destroy the eggs while we can. We have the awful alternative that either we get rid of the eggs, or the pythons get rid of us. We should stamp out our bad habits while they are in their infancy. It is easier to dispose of alcoholism before the taste is developed or at elast while it is in the egg stage, than it is to fight the deadly python when it holds us in its vice-like grip.
   Idleness or the lack of a purposeful design in life provides excellent breeding sands for pythons, and it is pretty difficult to clean out the reptiles from our minds as long as those minds are lying idle and unused. And where we allow ourselves to vacillate between distractions, we no sooner get one problem out of the way than another takes its place.

--Sterling W. Sill The Law of the Harvest

While we were in church the world of Provo continued to whiten and become completely blanketed in snow, so as I now sit in our awesome little home this is the view I have:

Life is great! And now I'm going to go cuddle to stay warm with my husband as we enjoy this weather :)


Wade said...

What did Scott do that you made him sit in the corner? It sounded like he did a good job helping you teach the class.

Sarah and David said...

Oh marriage is such a happy sight!!! So happy for you holly!

Derek & Naomi said...

That's awesome Holly. That's a great lesson, and I think it is so cool that you got to teach it with your husband. Thanks for sharing!