Monday, September 1, 2008

Education Week Cliff Notes

One of the classes that I went to at Ed. Week was given by Brent L. Top. I can't really remember what the title of his class was, but he talked about the difference between our public ministry and our personal ministry. Most have callings, some of us have jobs, some of us might sit on a board or a committee or a city council. All of the duties associated with these activities are considered to be part of our public ministry. But what are we doing with our personal ministry? He then related the following:

He told the story of when he was called to re-open the BYU Center in Jerusalem. While he was there, Elder Faust and his wife and Elder Holland and his wife came over for a visit. They had meetings, devotionals, firesides, talks to give etc.

While they were there, Brother Top's little 9 year old daughter asked her mother to help her bake some cookies and she took them over to the hotel where the Faust's and the Holland's were staying. She left the cookies in front of their door with an anonymous note that said "From the cookie monster". Way later that night after their daughter had gone to bed, there was a knock at the door. Brother Top was watching a movie in his pj's with his wife and thought that it was a student that was knocking so he just yelled "Come In!". In walked Elder Faust and Elder Holland with their wives. Brother Top said that he and his wife had been eating popcorn while they were watching their movie and probably had popcorn falling out of their mouths when they saw who it was. Elder Faust said that he was there to talk to the Cookie Monster!

Brother Top got his daughter out of bed so that she wouldn't miss this experience. Brother Top said that it was such a humbling experience. Here he knew that these two apostles had an extremely busy schedule with their public ministry and that they were probably exhausted after all that they had to do that day, but they made the time in their personal ministry to thank a little 9 year old girl for some cookies.

Time. My favorite excuse is TIME. I love to tell myself that my opportunities to do better in my personal ministry is because of a lack of time. I work 9 hours a day, my commute is 45 minutes each way so there is a total of 10 1/2 hours a day that I am not at home. But I also realize that it is an EXCUSE.

I think Pres. Monson is the ultimate example of realizing the importance of his personal ministry. When speaking at conference, he most always tells a story and it is usually an example of his personal ministry; visiting a widow, going to the hospital and giving a blessing, visiting a family.

So even though this isn't really a new thought, it's one that has stuck with me probably because I feel like I have a lot of improvement to make in this area.


♥miss~mattie♥ said...

WOW!!!!!! That was a great post. I really enjoyed reading that. I felt like I read a book. More like a chapter book. That was a short chapter book. Well not a chapter book but more like a long book. Really good. Really good. I think you are a author if you write great storys like that. I would really read all of your books if you were an author.

Have a great day. LOVE THE POST!!!
Bye bye.♥☺♥

McEwens said...

WOW, Deb... I love that cookie monster, personal private minisrty! I cant wait to read more!

I have seen a lot of your works in tyour private minisrty with your kids... YOU HAVE DONE SO WELL!

I have seen a lot of your public works too... YOU ARE MY HERO DEB!

♥miss~mattie♥ said...

Its really hard to explain how to make awards so I will write it out some time and tell you how to do that.

Those hearts are EASY!!! All you have to do is push the ALT button and the number 3. Don't push the number 3 at the top of the keyboard, do it on the side. Have fun. If you push different numbers you get different designs.
Bye bye.♥☺♥

Mechelle said...

Deb, thank you for taking the TIME to post this. I really enjoyed it. Public/private ministry. Never thought of it this way. The story about Elder Faust and Elder Holland was so sweet.

It reminds me of a story about President Monson. I think I will post that tonight. Thanks for the inspiration. m

Jan said...

Love your personal insight of what you learned from Ed week. Thanks. I think we all have excuses. Fear being mine. I love the cookie story. It really does come from little things. I have learned that much. We always think it has to be grand or seen. No No No. It is little and non noticed to everyone. Those are the changers.

Thanks for reminding me about time and duty. Loved this. I guess my daughter has decided to become your friend huh. She is a cutie and very loyal.

Anonymous said...



thanks for sharing that with us!!!!!

Lisa said...

Lovely post! I love BYU Education week. Wish I could have gone but now its likehaving my own personal cliff notes just reading your blog! Woo-hoo! I was just whining last night about too many people needing my time--What a great way to start my day--thanx for sharing

Redhoodoos said...

You are always inspirational to me! I just love your blog and the goodness you exude. Thanks for the great story. It was definitely motivating.

The Motherboard said...

I loved this! Time is what the Lord requires of us, because Time is what we feel nowadays we all have the least of. Thanks for reminding me of this!

Dolly said...

Deb-incredible talks! Thanks for sharing with us- Dolly

Frumpy Luv said...

man i would love to go to this some year - it sounds like so much fun!

Anonymous said...

i have an award for you on my blog!!!!!!!!

da Bergs said...

Oh, Deb, that is a GREAT story!!!! THANK YOU SO much for sharing it!!!! Will you PLEASE post some more of the "stories" told at Ed Week????!!!!

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