This has been my favorite calling in the church. I loved studying the scriptures and helping my students to learn about Jesus Christ and his Gospel.
It also very time consumptive. During my last year teaching, I was going through a particularly challenging time and was overwhelmed by all my responsibilities. I needed to focus on myself and my family, which meant I needed help.
I needed someone to teach seminary for me. But who? The early morning commitment (it often conflicts with work schedules and getting children to school) made it difficult to find a substitute that would be a good match for my students.
After a week of struggling to know what to do, the Holy Ghost brought to my remembrance that a friend in my ward (what we call our church congregation) had offered to help teach for me.
In that moment, I felt peace, joy and relief. Peace that can only come through the Spirit.
She taught my class for me for two weeks, a service and experience I will not forget.