What’s your plan? (10/30/2019)


Elder Jorge M. Alvarado of the Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints delivered a discourse titled “After the Trial of Our Faith” in the 189th Semiannual General Conference at the beginning of the month.  You can watch or read his and many others at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/general-conference?lang=eng.  I am picking on him for a story that he uses to illustrate a point.  I have the soap box, so you get to hear it in my words.

A mother was at wits end; most children will do this to parents.  She had told him over and over again to stop eating so much candy.  He kept eating too much candy.  Totally frustrated, she hauled him off to go to see a man that she felt could get through to her son!

Upon reaching her destination, she approached him and said, “Sir, my son eats too much candy.  Would you please tell him to stop eating it?”

The wise man listened intently and after pondering told them that they should go home and to come back in two weeks.  She left with son in tow, somewhat perplexed as to why he had not told the boy to stop eating too much candy.

          The allotted time past and they made their return.  The man then looked directly at the boy and said, “Boy, you should stop eating so much candy.  It is not good for your health.”  At which time the boy nodded and promised that he would; out of deep reverence and respect for the man.  Now, somewhat more perplexed the boy’s mother demanded to know why the man had not made his statement two weeks earlier?

The man simply smiled.  “Two weeks ago I was still eating too much candy myself.”

I am excited to learn that the two youngest of the Girls and all those attending schools in the Pierce Joint Unified School District will have financial education added into their instruction.  It won’t be soon enough for some, but it is on the way.  I heard that staff were polled as to how to make this possible; what was determined was that they felt they wouldn’t be able to teach something that they were not sure of themselves.  The solution, make training available to the teachers and do that with Dave Ramsey curriculum.

This is a decent step in the right direction.  This tickles me and helps to alleviate some frustration I have been experiencing with My Girls education.  Ramsey’s instruction is a good foundation and has been a blessing to many people.  I disagree in a few areas; one is that it is too passive.  This action increases my confidence in and builds stronger trust in good ol’ PJUSD.  I look forward to watching this unfold. ■

— Scott Arens is a lifelong resident of Arbuckle. To contact Scott email scott@arenscp.com