I continue to enjoy digging up gems from the New Testament as I use the Come, Follow Me Study Guide. This week I finally remembered to print out the study sheets made by David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman and give one to each family member to help us study the last chapters of each of the four gospels. This was the assigned reading for last week, over here.
I was met with mass resistance as I gave them out but hopefully, as I continue to do it every week they will catch the vision and not groan when I ask them to fill in the blanks. You would think I had been asking them to walk 12 miles uphill in a snowstorm. I wish I had done this before the two big boys left for the spring/summer. They would have set a more cooperative example. I also hope the kids will keep them in their journals and refer to their notes as scholars do. (You can find the study sheets on this page here, just scroll down to the week you want and click on “download study sheet.”)
I love the questions that Emily and David pose in their videos and on these study sheets. They are different from the ones in the Come, Follow Me Study Guide, which I use as well. (I use those questions for mealtime conversations. You can read how I do that here.)
I like cutting up the pieces of the study sheet and gluing them into my notebook/journal/planner so that they fit, since my notebook/commonplace journal is not 8 1/2 by 11. (I use a $3 lined notebook from Ross like a Girl Power journal from my Eternal Warriors training, where I write my letters to God. I also write my study notes from Come, Follow Me in it. I also use the notebook as a planner. Once a week on Sunday I divide a two-page spread into six columns for Mon-Sat and plan my weeks, then every day I make a plan as well, referring to the weekly plan.)
One of the gems I gleaned from this week is about the word “wonder” from the incident where Peter found the Savior’s clothes lying in the tomb and was left “wondering in himself” at this miracle.
“Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.” Luke 24:12
I looked up “wonder” in Hebrew and it is “pelah.” I’m not going to take the time today to spell that word out in the ancient Hebrew pictograms, I’ll just tell you that pelah in the pictogram symbols means “to speak and lead with the strength of a leader” or “to speak and lead to the strength of the leader.” How fascinating! In other words, a wonder isn’t a wonder unless we speak of it and use it to lead us to the source of strength of all leaders, which is God the Father, and God the Son, Jesus Christ, who are one in purpose. I love this! So all wonders are to lead us to Christ, who leads us to the Father.
We took the kids to the zoo over the weekend and beheld some wonders there.
Like, why is this rhinoceros drawing a line in the dirt?
How did the Persian silk tree (pictured below) miss being in a Dr. Seuss book? I absolutely love the delicate, feathery blossoms, that seem out of place on a tree.
How do butterflies come from caterpillars? What exactly happens in the cocoon?
Why is there only one kind of bear that lives in South America, the Andean bear?
Why are otters sooooo cute?
Why is it so dang hot in Tucson? This is the first time I’ve been to a zoo where it’s 100 degrees after 7 PM! Normally I would not go to anywhere outdoors in Tucson on a summer night but it was free and my husband begged us all to go.
Why is that the first thing a little boy says when he sees a flamingo is that he wants to snap the animal’s spindly, delicate legs in half?
Such imponderables. I really love, love, love this article about wonders that appeared in the Ensign. So much to ponder!