Anh ca Tu taught a hilarious lesson in Sunday school yesterday. Just a few minutes before class, someone realized no one had prepared the lesson, so they told Anh ca Tu to teach lesson 12 from the Doctrine and Covenants Sunday school manual on the gathering. Of course, Anh ca Tu had no time to prepare or even read over the lesson, but he figured if we were going to talk about the gathering of Israel, we had better first talk about how they got scattered. Anh ca Tu then attempted to explain the Jewish Diaspora in Vietnamese to a room of mostly uneducated adults who had no idea what he was talking about - although they did truly believe it was important and wanted to hear what Anh ca Tu had to say. I tried to help by finding scriptures he thought of off the top of his head, writing the tribes on the board, clarifying the involvement of the Assyrians and the Babylonians, holding up a map when he felt it was necessary, and smiling a lot because he was getting kind of stressed. I tried a few times to advise him under my breath in English to skip the Diaspora and just talk about the tenth Article of Faith, but he wasn't sure what to do with that. At the very end when everyone was lost and confused, he finally tried it. After the lesson, I told him that the purpose of the lesson on the gathering in the D&C curriculum was to talk about how the saints are spiritually and physically gathered in temples and stakes all over the world in the latter days. It finally dawned on him what I had been trying to get him to do, and he said he knew I had been trying to help, but he couldn't see where it was going while he was in the middle of it and kind of stressed out. I told him it was okay. Some days all you can do is face palm and laugh, and we agreed that it was definitely one of those days. We thought it was hilarious and laughed a lot. Anyone who didn't think it was funny...well, too bad for them. Anh ca Tu and I had a great time being dorks in front of nearly all the active adult members of Branch 3 including a member of the district presidency, and just in case it ever matters, we are totally game to teach that lesson when we get to it the the Old Testament next year. Too bad we'll both be done with our missions by then.
I love this mission so much, especially on the days when all we can do is face palm and laugh.