Sir Spoil-Her-Highness and I have been called to work in the nursery with the 3 year olds who will be Sunbeams next year. This is NOT one of my choice callings. But it is Sir's= dream calling. Today we were talking about it, and he wonders why. Especially because I LOVE kids. And kids love me. I am not sure why I didn't like the idea. (Now I do, just so you all know)
So, here are a few things. You are totally disconnected from the rest of the ward. You see adults when the kids are dropped off, and sometimes when they are picked up. (The older siblings will usually pick them up, which is a good thing.) I also feel like I don't grow spiritually in Nursery or Junior Primary unless I go completely out of my way to do so.
Well, I didn't like this attitude, so I have changed it. Luckily it didn't take me more that half a day.
I reminded myself that I love children. I also want them to love primary, and that starts in nursery. All of our children have hated going to church except Little Miss E. So I am making it my mission to help these little ones to look forward to going to church. I became so excited to get the calling, that I started making plans for what I would do to make it fun. Play dough being one of them.
As a mom, you want to know your children are doing okay in nursery and are being taken care of by someone who loves them. Today I was holding one of the girls in our class. And after that I ended up with three others who would come to me and have me hold them. There is also one in our class who doesn't want mom or dad to leave. So today we had her help pass out crayons and papers, and paper towels for snack. Hopefully this will help her feel better about being left.
The other thing I need to focus on is keeping myself spiritually moving forward.
Today as I was preparing next week's lesson, there was a link to the Teaching, No Greater Call manual. I read a few things that helped me realize that if I want to teach these children that Heavenly Father loves them and that they are His and He has given them many blessings, then I need to know these things for myself. “Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then
shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my
Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men” D&C 11:21
I also am making sure I read the lesson and scriptures for the next week's Sunday School and Relief Society lessons. Plus I am still reading the Book of Mormon on my own. This way I am not being stagnant.