A Teacher in the Priesthood
    Footnotes

    “A Teacher in the Priesthood,” Liahona, Feb. 2005, 46

    A Teacher in the Priesthood

    When Darron Moller and his family moved to the East Coast Bays Ward in the Auckland New Zealand Harbour Stake, Darron was assigned Scott Cobbett, a teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood, as his home teaching companion.

    “I didn’t know who Scott Cobbett was, and when I asked, I was told, ‘Just look for someone taller than you.’ I soon found him,” Darron remembers.

    Scott, 15, is a counselor in his teachers quorum presidency, and like Nephi, one of his heroes in the Book of Mormon, Scott is large in stature. He also has Nephi’s determination to follow the Lord’s commandments.

    “At school I listen to people in my class congratulating each other about doing crazy things, and I just think, ‘I’m so glad I don’t do that,’” Scott says. “Ever since I was small it’s been in my mind that those things are wrong, and knowing the consequences makes it easier not to do wrong things.”

    As a member of the teachers quorum, which has the responsibility to prepare the sacrament, Scott was faced with an unfortunate situation one Sunday: there weren’t enough sacrament cups for his large ward.

    “I felt bad—feeling that we hadn’t fulfilled our duty,” Scott says. “We decided that the teachers had to be more organized, and now our quorum presidency meets the hour before sacrament meeting for our presidency meeting to make sure everything is in order for the sacrament and to prepare for the next few weeks. I like the order in the Church. When there is order, you don’t have to worry.”

    As his home teaching companion, Darron has found that Scott adds a new dimension to his calling. “I resolved to be 100 percent in visiting our families, and Scott definitely makes that possible. He calls me to make sure I’ve made the appointments. And when he taught the lesson the first time, he asked me to go early so I could hear what he’d prepared. Even the little children we taught listened to him.”

    And how does Scott feel about being a home teacher? “I like going home teaching with Brother Moller. If it were two teachers going together, we just wouldn’t know as much. But by having someone older than me, I get to hear different viewpoints from different age groups. Sometimes it’s scary giving a lesson to just a few people—you don’t know how you’re going to be received. But it feels good when they listen.”

    • Pamela Reid is a member of the Birkenhead Ward, Auckland New Zealand Harbour Stake.

    Photography by Rosalyn White