Being in the primary has never been among my favorite of callings - which may be why I've been in it so long. On Saturday there was a breakfast provided by the Relief Society for those who are visiting teachers. While there, I was asked to teach a Relief Society lesson on this coming Sunday. I made an impulsive decision to say yes. I can still teach my primary class but will be missing singing/sharing time. I'm certain that the primary leaders would much rather have me there than teaching a Relief Society lesson, but sometimes I feel the need to be elsewhere. On Sunday it will be in Relief Society.
On Sunday I was given the subject of my upcoming lesson. "By Divine Design" by Elder Ronald A. Rasband. Hey, I remember that talk. I had actually created a blog post (here) about it. I obviously did not go into as much detail as I had felt at the time of the initial talk - but it was at a time when my head was full and my fingers weren't as able to work as quickly as what my mind was saying.
I have to smile at Elder Rasband quoting Neal A Maxwell's words: "[God] does not do things by ‘coincidence’ but … by ‘divine design " and think of all the many times my brother Corey has said or written that "He doesn't believe in coincidences". It made me think of these two pictures that he has posted more than once:
Depending on how the Spirit guides me, I may or may not share this example, but if I do, I have placed the two photos side by side and have highlighted the etching above the arch to illustrate that it is indeed the same building though taken a decade apart.
The family taken in 1947 are from Utah. They were touring San Francisco and chose to have their picture in front of the church building. The other photo is of the youth group who attended MIA (Mutual Improvement Association) and seminary at the Sunset Ward in San Francisco which met in the same building.
The two circled heads are that of my dad and mom. They were married in the Los Angeles Temple. Their reception was at the building which is behind each of them in both photos. This is one example of Divine Design. I am looking very forward to giving this lesson. I hope to have a lot of participation, but if not, I have more material than I will have time. Wish I could say the same of primary.