Many of you reading this will have been blessed by being able to attend seminary growing up. Like me, you may not have realized as a teenager, how blessed you were to be able to study daily with peers the scriptures. I realized years later the impact seminary can have. I realized it because during my senior year I was not diligent in attending seminary. I did the necessary make up work in order to graduate from seminary, but I definitely didn't value seminary like I should have. Near the end of my senior year I faced some difficulties that I know came about because I did not have a full measure of the Holy Ghost in my life to help guide and direct me. Maybe that's why when I became a seminary teacher I was passionate about students coming and making the most of their time in seminary. Plus, as an adult I understood that it's not every day that you get to have gospel discussions and feel the spirit as your testimony grows. But that's the thing, it was every day for me while I was a teacher. I think that's what I miss--being in an environment where I felt the spirit daily and witnessed the strength that the youth today carry with them. The Lord really is sending some pretty choice spirits in these last days. I had that witnessed to me time and time again. If you have a second, you should watch the beginning of the broadcast starting just after the 5 minute mark. You'll see for yourself in the short video the church produced about seminary how strong the youth are.
I'm grateful for the Lord's hand in guiding me towards teaching seminary. I'm grateful for the youth and faculty of Mountain View that I rubbed shoulders with for four years. And I'm grateful to now have the chance to use my teaching skills on my daughter. I just hope I don't get rusty :)