My life circumstances this year have me mulling over the same set of inspirational messages in all aspects of life (work, church calling, family). I think the Lord is trying to tell me something here. If there's a specific message for me in all of this I haven't discerned it yet, but I'm still trying to get to it.
Meanwhile . . . I hope some of my thoughts and reflections will be of use to you, my online colleagues, if for no other reason than to connect us all again to our Home Office Theme for this semester: Disciple Leaders--Strengthening Testimonies of the 21st Century Student.
Elder Ballard's entire talk "The Opportunities and Responsibilities of CES Teachers in the 21st Century" is worth reading and studying.
It seems to me that this talk -- given by an apostle of Jesus Christ -- opened the way for all related inspiration that has followed after it this year, including:
- Sheri Dew's BYU-I devotional, "Will You Engage in the Wrestle?" -- May 2016
- Dean Rex Butterfield's keynote address at the OLT Conference -- June 2016
- Which is the foundation piece of our Online Learning Home Office Theme this Semester --September 2016
- Disciple Leaders: Strengthening Testimonies of the 21st Century Student, which led to
- Our own Announcements, Discussion Board posts, related feedback, etc. in each of our online classes-- Oct - Dec 2016
(pretty cool trickle down effect, eh?)
And what an exciting year to be involved with education, with helping to build the kingdom of God on the earth.
Key Quotes from Elder Ballard's talk:
"It was only a generation ago that our young people’s access to information about our history, doctrine, and practices was basically limited to materials printed by the Church.
Few students came in contact with alternative interpretations. Mostly, our young people lived a sheltered life.
"Our curriculum at that time, though well-meaning, did not prepare students for today—a day when students have instant access to virtually everything about the Church from every possible point of view.
"Today, what they see on their mobile devices is likely to be faith-challenging as much as faith-promoting.
Many of our young people are more familiar with Google than they are with the gospel, more attuned to the Internet than to inspiration,
and more involved with Facebook than with faith."
He also reminded us:
"James did not say, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him Google!”8
ASK of God.
The ASK is part of "Doctrinal Mastery" for seminary, but very pertinent to us and our online students.
For those of you who are studying the Home Office Minute (theme) additional resources this semester, what have you learned from Elder Ballard's talk? What key points would you add to this discussion?