Change: It’s Always A Possibility! No, I’m not talking about President Nelson. I’m talking about a 1998 BYU Devotional address given by a BYU marriage and family therapy professor who said: “I love change! I love it. I’ll admit it. I’m passionate about it. Actually, I’m just plain wild about change! I’m professionally committed to it—and personally enamored by it.” Her name was Wendy Watson. It’s heart-warming to think that eight years later, in 2006, this change-loving woman would become the second wife to an apostle who, in January of 2018, would become the President and Prophet of the Church and would set us on a path of breath-taking changes. Watch, listen, or read Change: It’s Always A Possibility!
Keeping up with President Nelson became the most challenging for me when he said “lds” was not an appropriate name for the church and suggested changes to websites. I was horrified! He was right, of course, but how could I change my website after so many years? As I approached my 78th birthday in November, I though this might be a good time to retire. Our family has grown wonderfully large—63 of us so far—and I need to focus on us. I have come from the days of long-distance phone calls and typewritten newsletters to a day of social media and multitudes of options for families. The homeschool movement is growing well, and would continue well without me.
For the homeschooling movement, our greatest blessing may well be the Come, Follow Me program. I love the paragraph at the end of the February 18-24 lesson, Improving Our Teaching, on page 32:
- Be observant. As you pay attention to what is happening in your children’s lives, you will find excellent teaching opportunities. Your children’s comments and questions throughout the day can also lead to possible teaching moments. (Teaching in the Savior’s Way, page 32.)
Does that statement
presuppose that families are together in the daytime? Do we now have a
higher reason for moms to be at home?
I’ve noticed that in Church, parents and children are testifying that their families are becoming closer. It seems only logical, then, that many families will reject the god-less schools in favor of gospel-based Home Education as part of their Home Church. Originally, education for Latter-Day Saints was under the umbrella of the church and the family. Maybe now it is being restored. Maybe part of our ministering might include helping those families who are ready to homeschool.
My Computer Nightmare
Earlier this month my hosting platform and website address were scheduled to expire. I had spent many hours trying to decide what to do with all my on-line outlets: my website, newsletter, subscription service, YouTube channel, Facebook page, and WordPress blogs. Finally my daughter and her husband, who are both computer-wise, came over to help me figure out what to do. The only logical choice was to continue with ldshea.org. Since the Church was still using lds.org (or so I thought), I decided to forge ahead with that address for now. My son-in-law suggested I move to a smaller hosting package, which would save money. He called my about-to-expire hosting service to negotiate the matter, but the needed department was closed until 8:00 in the morning. That meant I would have to make the call myself, which terrified me.
The representative was very nice. He said that to move to a smaller service I would have to make some changes. I did not understand; there wasn’t anything on my single-page website that I wanted changed. He explained that it was like moving my things from a large storage shed to a smaller one. I still didn’t get it. I didn’t want anything of mine changed. Finally he graciously said he would do it for me. I put my phone on speaker, as he asked, and fixed my breakfast, then went back to my desk. I could hear quiet noises as he continued working. Then suddenly a pop-up appeared in the lower corner of my screen. It said what? I looked again! “LDS.org will become ChurchofJesusChrist.org.” I considered yelling “Stop!” into my phone, but there was no stopping now. The website would expire the next day and I had no backup. I am now in non-compliance! Or maybe not. When you come to my website, ldshea.org, think: LastDayStudentsHomeEducatingAmerica! I am serious about that—at least the last three words.
Home Educating America!
I actually really wish somebody would start a website for Home Educating America! Somebody should. Homeschooling teenagers could do it and reclaim our country’s foundational beliefs and documents and protect our heritage of freedom. When the idea first came to me, I searched youtube for a short clip from David Barton’s Capitol Tour. It’s very old, but if you watch it you will be inspired. The full program, “A Spiritual Heritage Tour of the United States Capitol,” is available, with some updates, on dvd or mp4 at Barton’s website, Wallbuilders.com. As President Benson said, “The longer we wait, the heavier the chains, the deeper the blood.”
Once a HomeSchooler…
A few weeks into the current school year I took in a friend’s son who was experiencing a horrid situation in jr. high, thanks to Common Core. I take care of the basics, and his family takes care of other things. My goal is to help him become a self-directed learner, as my own children were naturally. I have a lot to learn, and I will share as I go, as far as I can without infringing on his privacy. Yes, it takes a few hours of my day, but I consider those hours well-spent, ministering times. Maybe there are other “semi-retired” people who could help a student or two escape from a God-less school situation.
As for retiring, I still have a few things to say before I do. My current target date is my 80th birthday, in November of 2021.