Doctrine & Covenants 93:1

"Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am."

Monday, August 23, 2010

Aug. 23, 2010

Dearest Family

This past week, Elder Peterson and I spent five days in Helsinki for the Simplified Curriculum training- new course to apply Preach My Gospel better and help us become better teachers. During this training we had hand-on training with President Brown as he helped us practice, evaluate, and re-practice. What a dream come true! 28 years of seminary teaching experience!

For example, one portion of the Simplified Curriculum is teaching people, not lessons. During it President helped us practice asking inspired questions and answering which at first you wonder, ''How can you practice that?'' I thought the same thing. Then President showed us how during lessons we need to go to Heaven throughout the teach. For example, when an investigator asks a question before we answer we take a second and think what is there motif, go to heaven, and do our best to discern so that we answer the question that should have been asked. I hope that made sense. Well, the role playing went very well and the entire training was miraculous. President Brown said that if we learn to apply the principles within this training throughout our lives it will be such a great blessing to ourselves and to others, especially our families. Some of the principles: Revelation through Prayer, Revelation through the Book of Mormon, and Revelation through church attendance I have been focusing on and they have proved to be great blessings already.
This past week our Russian investigator, I. came to church again and shared with us a fantastic dream. She said that a few days before she came to church a second time she had this dream. In which she was with a group of people and everyone received bread (sacrament), but then she expected the water to come next but nothing came. She asked the people and they said there is no water. So she went to the faucet to get water but nothing came. Then she remembered at that moment that there is water at the Mormon Church. She woke up after that and a couple days later came to church where she received both. Also she is told us, after we asked about her reading, that is studying the Book of Mormon not reading! When I heard that, I was grinning similar to the Grinch but with much better motives :)
Thank you for praying for our investigators and for success. I love you and don't ever forget it. You are too good.
your eternal brother and son
Vanhin Hamner

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Helaman 5:12

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.