26 Weeks of FHE – Week 1

Ready for week 1 of 26 weeks of Family  Home Evening? Me too! I’m so excited :)

Preparation:

As We Gather Once Again – President Monson

As We Close This Conference – President Monson

Don’t Crash – April 2012 New Era/Adam C Olson

Snack:

Peanuts/pretzels/m&m’s mix (or something you would be served on an airplane)

Opening Song:

Because I Have Been Given Much  Hymn # 219

Attention Getter:

For families with little kids: Set up chairs as if you are on an airplane – with mom and dad at the front  pretending to “steer” the plane. Decide on a destination together and then point out the things you “see” as you go along. Get the whole family involved. Then have mom and dad start talking about things that are going wrong with the plane. Have everyone act like you are crashing! Finally, have everyone fall off their chairs as you crash-land somewhere. Ask your children what happened, why did you crash? Probe and fish and maybe drop some hints until you come up with the answer that whatever went wrong with the plane could have been prevented by proper maintenance.

For others: Have a picture of a church, a picture of the temple, the scriptures, and a bar of soap (for clean thoughts) on the table. Ask family members what all of these things have to do with an airplane. Well, not much in reality – Tell the story from the New Era article Don’t Crash making sure to read the paragraph towards the end of the article that says:

“Meet together [at church] oft” (3 Nephi 18:22; emphasis added). Pray always (see 3 Nephi 18:19). Search the scriptures diligently (see 3 Nephi 23:1–5). “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly” (D&C 121:45; emphasis added). Visit the temple regularly.1” 

Use the items to help you give examples of how we can maintain our faith.

The Meat:

Talk about Andrei from the New Era article Don’t Crash and discuss how he has to do constant maintenance on airplanes so that they don’t crash. Relate it to the gospel and discuss how our faith is the same way. We need to be constantly performing spiritual maintenance to avoid a crash landing. Brainstorm what you can do as a family to maintain your faith: church attendance, prayer, scripture study, family home evening, and listening to the words of the prophets.

Talk about how in General Conference this month we were blessed to listen to the prophet speak. Some of the council he gave us includes the following excerpts from his opening and closing talks.

There is much that is difficult and challenging in the world today, my brothers and sisters, but there is also much that is good and uplifting. As we declare in our thirteenth article of faith, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” May we ever continue to do so. – President Monson

My dear brothers and sisters, may your homes be filled with love and courtesy and with the Spirit of the Lord. Love your families. If there are disagreements or contentions among you, I urge you to settle them now. Said the Savior:

“There shall be no disputations among you. …

“For verily, verily I say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.

“[But] behold, this is not my doctrine … ; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away.” – President Monson

and finally – one of the last things he did was bless us:

“Now as we leave this conference, I invoke the blessings of heaven upon each of you” – President Monson

Sometimes it’s hard to maintain our faith. Sometimes we feel we are too tired to read our scriptures, or too busy to say our prayers, sometimes we don’t want to be bothered with the words of the prophet, but we have the blessings of heaven with us, and our Heavenly Father won’t ask us to do these things without giving us help. I hope and pray that we can all be like Nephi  who said,

“…I awill go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no bcommandments unto the children of men, save he shall cprepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.” 1 Nephi 3:7

Closing Song:

We Thank Thee Oh God For a Prophet Hymn # 19

Disclaimer: I’m not an official representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everything here is my opinion. I’m just a normal Mormon mommy hoping what I post can help myself and others as we seek to reach our potential :)

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