Being in Virginia I've come to meet new people and my perspectives on the whole church and being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormon) has changed and grown. I now have a better view on things. I was called and sustained to be a Sunday School teacher for the Gospel Doctrine class. Last sunday I was priveledged to teach the lesson about missonary work. Now, you could say that i have crushes on all missionaries. Seriously! I think they are the greatest things ever. Especially the one in my current branch where I am. Shhhh. . . Keep it a secret. Anyways, I was able to gain a lot more on the subject of missionary work. Specifically on the saints during the Nauvoo times. These saints had to overcome and sacrifice so much, in which they had so little. They had to overcome leaving their families, really no contact for two or MORE years, illness, persecution and so much more. Now in this dispensation, we also have a lot to overcome. And yes every member is a missionary, whether you know it or not (crazy concept, but also true). Anyways, our missionaries (this can also be applied to modern day LDS saints as well) today also have their fair (if you could call it that) share of trials. Well this whole ordeal about being a Sunday School teacher is SO COOL to me. I was talking to my friend last night and we were discussing my next lesson and it was so cool to talk to him about it. Seriously, I've never really TALKED gospel points before. It wasn't fear that held me back, I think it was more of pride. Wellll fear could be involoved in this too. Fear of my pride.
This brings my to my topic. My lesson in a few weeks is on doing temple ordinances for the dead. More concentrated on baptisms for the dead. Now I'm trying to view this from all different sides. SOOOO I need your help (like in Dora. ha)!! How, as a LDS member of the church, would you describe to a non-member what baptisms for the dead are? Why would they need or want to learn it, and how could it be of value to them? How do you feel when you do any ordinances for the dead?
For those of you who are not LDS (Mormon), what do you think when you hear about baptisms for the dead? No we don't baptize dead people! ha! But seriously, thoughts please welcome.
And I will post my lesson on here. Mainly, because it's going to be a SWEET lesson! If it is ok, i may quote you in my lesson too! So if you would not like to be quoted, please state. Thanks all for your help!