Monday, March 21, 2016

There are no piranhas in Africa - Green Hills, Tennessee

So this week a pretty awesome thing happened. We got to have a meeting with Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Our whole mission was there. People drove from over four hours away to get there at 7AM. Fortunately, we are the center of the mission and it only took us a half hour. Elder Torres and I got to sit in the front row. It was absolutely incredible!

The best part of the meeting was how he taught us. I had assumed he would give a talk, much like General Conference or a CES fireside. Instead, all he did was ask us questions. They weren't test questions or anything like that. All he ever asked was, "what did you learn?" We had read a few talks beforehand and then we all just talked and listened and learned together. He didn't come to teach us something; he came to help us learn for ourselves. Everyone was able to learn something completely unique to them. The Spirit was able to give personal, specific revelation to everyone who listened. It was a lot different from one speaker covering one topic for everyone to hear. Afterwards we each got to shake his hand. It was a great experience and I am so glad to have been there. It has completely changed my view of teaching.

Today we went back to the escape experience. They opened up a new puzzle. This time, instead of being stuck in prison, we were locked in a crazy dead uncle's study. We had to find the "inheritance" and then escape. It was so cool. There was the most epic surprise ever and the inheritance ended up being an extremely hilarious allusion to an 80s movie. Although this puzzle was so much harder than the prison escape. We finished with only 2 minutes left. This escape game idea is completely amazing. The next puzzle will be a zombie apocalypse survival. It opens in about two months. I wonder if I will be transferred by then. If so I guess I'll just have to come back and try it on a vacation some day. Unfortunately there were no pictures this time.

In accordance with Elder Bednar's new teaching method, and because I am out of time, my spiritual thought this week will be simple. What did you learn from this talk?

Bednar - Ask in Faith

Have an amazing week! Love,
Elder Basham

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