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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October Mentor Meeting

I. Mentor Training

1) We discussed how the most important preparation we can do as mentors is our own personal preparation.
2) We also discussed about being open to inspiration as a mentor, really listening to the youth and answering their needs, and prayerfully seeking how to give them the attention they need...even if we don't get to everything that we, as mentors, wanted to prepare. We should always make time for sharing inspirements.

II. Calendar of Upcoming Events
25 10-12 Master Class for Week 1 at Johnsons
      6 PM Temple Trip to SLC Temple, meet at Biesinger’s home to carpool
26    8:30 AM Breakfast and Planning Meeting for Temple/Service    Committee at Tindall’s home
30    Week 1-Leadership Academy CORE and Journeyman

1 10-12 Master Class for Week 2 at Johnson’s
6 Week 2-Geo-conquest CORE and Journeyman
8 10-12 Master Class for Week 3 at Johnson’s
     Activity Night (TBA)
9 Parent Mentor meeting at Biesinger's
13 Week 3-Eureka CORE and Journeyman
15 10-12 Master Class for Week 4 at Johnson’s
16 8 AM Temple Trip to Bountiful Temple
20 Week 4-Imaginative Arts CORE and Journeyman

During the month of December, there will be no classes held, however there may be a family social/service activity.

III. Start, stop, and continue

1) start, stop and continue feedback in class; let the kids submit feedback anonymously about how they thought the day went.

2) being open to inspiration as a mentor, really listening to the youth and answering their needs, and prayerfully seeking how to give them the attention they need...even if we don't get to everything that we, as mentors, wanted to prepare. We should always make time for sharing inspirements.

3) report on the success of dividing up into smaller discussion groups to share inspirements to help with the time factor, and also ease the discomfort of presenting and sharing of the quieter ones in class.

4) reconfiguring the desks and mentor position so that students aren't too far away from the mentor

5) having a discussion with the youth about "discernment"

6) having a discussion with the youth about the problem of using electronic devices as a distraction (not a learning tool...we want that :)!), and allowing them to help come up with solutions to the problem

7) stay on time table, with the priority on making sure the youth get time to share their inspirements

8) use scriptures in the "know" section or in memorization

9) make sure the work that is expected for them to do is clear, consistent with the format of "Know, Understand, and Intelligence" and that the expectations are clearly set-forth. We expect them to do everything we ask them to do, and then give them the opportunity in class to share what they have done. If we have asked them to do it, there should be some opportunity to display what they have done. Of course, if they don't get to everything for CORE done, despite their best efforts, we still want them to come to CORE class, but will encourage them to succeed the next time :). I am happy to help mentor them to give them planning tips to get everything in that they are working toward, and the other mentors and I would love to answer any questions people might have about inspirements.

10) youth can create their own inspirements, but we ask that they check with the mentor of that class, or at least let them know.

11) make sure inspirements are posted in a timely manner and are not changed several days before class --getting the inspirments significantly ahead of time, but the newsletter should take care of that.

12) Use the youth to lead out and plan activities: E.D.G.E. Method (check out this is a great way to look at it!)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Follow-up on Joan and her voices by Tracy Ressa

Here is some interesting information from Tracy Ressa...thanks, Tracy!

Who were Joan's "Voices?"
Joan herself stated at her trial that an angel she later learned was the Archangel Michael first visited her when she was thirteen on a summer day in her father's garden. Joan went on to explain how the Archangel Michael instructed her to "be good and go habitually to church." The Archangel Michael also gave her instructions as to her mission:
"The Voice told me, two or three times a week, that I, Joan, must go away and that I must go into France. Joan responded to the Archangel Michael with a certain astonishment later saying at her trial: "I answered that I was just a poor girl who knew nothing about riding or leading in war." The Archangel reassured Joan that other Voices would come to help and counsel her: "Saint Michael, when he came to me, told me that Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret would come to me and that I should act by their advice, that they were bidden to lead me in what I had to do and that I should believe in what they would say to me and that it was by God's order." 
As we look at who these saints were and what strong defenders of the faith they were, we nod our heads and think how appropriate that these are her counselors:
St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael is one of the principle angels;  his name was the war cry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against the enemy and his followers.  (See Daniel 10:13, Daniel 12, Rev 12:7)
St. Catherine of Alexandria
Catherine of Alexandria is said to have been born the daughter of Cestus, wealthy man of Alexandria in Egypt. She was noted for her wealth, intelligence, and beauty. She is said to have learned philosophy, languages, science (natural philosophy), and medicine. She refused to marry, not finding any man who was her equal.
She is said to have challenged the emperor (Maximinus or Maximian or his son Maxentius are variously thought to be the anti-Christian emperor in question) when she was eighteen years old. The emperor brought in some 50 philosophers to dispute her Christian ideas -- but she convinced them all to convert, at which point the emperor burned them all to death. She then is said to have converted others, even the empress.
This infuriated the emperor and she was tortured on a spiked wheel, which miraculously fell apart and the parts killed some who were watching the torture. Finally, the emperor had her beheaded.
In about the 8th or 9th century, a story became popular that after she died, St. Catherine's body was carried by angels to Mount Sinai, and that the monastery there was built in honor of this event.
St. Margaret of Antioch
Margaret was a virgin and martyr from Antioch, where her father was a pagan priest. Having embraced Christianity and consecrated her virginity to God, she was disowned by her father and adopted by her nurse.  (Her mother died shortly after Margaret’s birth.)
One day while she was watching sheep, a Roman prefect named Olybrius caught sight of her, and, attracted by her great beauty sought to make her his concubine or wife. When nothing could succeed in moving her to yield to his desires, he had her brought before him in a public trial at Antioch. Threatened with death unless she renounced the Christian faith, the holy virgin refused to adore the gods of the empire and an attempt was made to burn her, but the flames, we are told in her Acts, left her unhurt. She was then bound hand and foot and thrown into a cauldron of boiling water. Miraculously, at her prayer, her bonds were broken and she stood up uninjured. Finally the prefect ordered her to be beheaded.