Teaching my kids has always been a challenge. They always want to know stuff, just not that much. My wife likes to say to them, for example, ok if you are asking your father a question remember it might go on for a while. Sigh, sadly she knows me too well.
So when I sat them down on Sunday they knew they were not getting off early. While I would never force them to go on a mission if they did not want I do want them to have all the knowledge they would need regardless. I find that talking about things can build an interest in them.
However, as they sat down, skeptical of the whole idea, I brought out Preach My Gospel for them. I talked about it to them, they still looked skeptical. I would love to say we sat down, poured over scriptures and achieved a state of spiritual sharing which built all of our testimonies. Of course I would be lying.
What did happened however was that I gained a great appreciation for the role of this new manual. When I went on my mission we had the very uninteresting Missionary Guide to read. This document may make a 12 and 10 year olds glaze over but I can see how much of a difference it makes.
I can now understand why my missionary nephews had nothing but good to say about the manual. I would appreciate how much leeway it gives, especially when so much of missionary life is structured to the hilt. My boys may be still befuddled, I may struggle all year to get some of the concepts across, and yet I still think it is a great way to prepare them.