I was caught completely off guard by her knowledge and familiarity with such deep religious doctrines. Fortunately my young 16 year old student corrected my many misconceptions and explained to me that those on the show were not affiliated with the church, and that Mormons are Christian, they celebrate Christmas and she kindly convinced me that she had only one mom in her home!I was curious about whether there were any other Mormon students in our inner-city school.She was one of the most remarkable young women I had ever met.I had not only taught her as a student but she also became one of my student aids.As she continued to rattle off a list of about a dozen names, I was shocked to realize that they were all on my favorite student list! Some liked music, some were athletes, while others were into acting or dancing.In the days ahead I kept trying to find some exceptions to my shocking discovery that the most outstanding students in the school were LDS.I was impressed enough after the first lesson that I asked them to return. I was baptized on July 30, 2010, and now serve as a teacher in our ward Relief Society.
My inability to get to know more about the students’ backgrounds changed several years ago when the school administration started a new counseling program that allowed me to interview different students for about 20 minutes each day.
Finally I identified one favorite student who was half Asian and half White.
I erroneously assumed that I had finally found a non-LDS favorite student.
The purpose was to allow teachers to get to know the students better so that we could then offer suggestions and provide help where assistance was needed.
One of the students I had admired for several years was Amanda.
I told them that I knew only one thing about the Mormon Church, that they raised wonderful kids!