Sunday, October 18, 2009



My husband and I were talking about how great the CES directors are and what great teachers they are. I said that I wished I could have learned how to teach like they do. I have noticed some of the General Authorities delivering talks more like what they tried to teach us when I was a Seminary teacher. I told my husband that I tried hard to learn how to do it, but I guess I didn't learn it well enough. (Or maybe I need more practice.) My husband commented that maybe they didn't "convince me".
He then said that at work they quote a line from a movie, The Last King of Scotland. He said it's actually a horrible movie. I'm sure neither of us will watch it, but someone at work used it as an analogy. In the movie, Idi Amin is talking to his doctor. He is talking about all the horrible things he has done, things that his doctor (his trusted advisor) advised him not to do. Here is the conversation:

Idi Amin: I want you to tell me what to do.
Nicholas Garrigan: You want ME to tell YOU what to do?
Idi Amin: Yes, you are my advisor. You are the only one I can trust in here. You should have told me not to throw the Asians out, in the first place.
Nicholas Garrigan: I DID!
Idi Amin: But you did not persuade me, Nicholas. You did not persuade me!

There are people you can teach and they will listen. There are other people you have to convince and persuade. Luckily those who listen with the Spirit are the ones you can teach. The others? I'm not sure how much persuasion it would take to convince them.


Bullet for Babs said...

Or in most cases with me, I always deny whatever is told to me what I should do and then, I do it later anyway after denying it. It drives my wife crazy. I don't mean to do it though. But, sometimes, after I think about it for awhile, I see more clearly what people were telling me and the wisdom of their words and I usually do what they told me to do.

Nene said...

I know what you're saying, Babs. I tend to do the same thing sometime. I think that might be why it took so long for it to dawn on me that the way they were trying to teach me to teach was really the best way. At first I would listen, then just go on teaching the way I always taught. I think it was somewhere in the
3rd or 4th year of teaching that it finally began to dawn on me what they were actually saying. Kind of a "duh" moment. :0)

Bullet for Babs said...

I remember when I wrestled, we always did this exercise where you lay on the mat and push yourself up with your hands and head so that it makes your whole body an arch. I never knew why we did it (I really think I just never thought about it) but I always practiced it anyway with everyone because I was required to. Well, I was horrible at wrestling and never won any matches and I always lost by being pinned until my last match. I was wrestling a guy and he had me on my back and was about to pin me, when all of the sudden, I did that arch thing just as a reaction. I didn't even think to do it, I just did it. As soon as I did it, I thought to myself, even in the midst of the match, "THIS is why we always practiced this." It's the way to free yourself from a pin. And sure enough, it freed me and I was able to continue the match. I didn't win but I didn't lose by being pinned which I was very proud of myself for doing. So, maybe you just have to be told something over and over again until it just clicks. And, man, was I exhausted after wrestling an entire match having never done it before. But it was totally worth it.