The Race of Life – President Thomas S. Monson
Choose the Right - Hymn # 239
I got this idea from one of my best friends at church yesterday and the kids loved it! I also think it would go really well with teenagers, even if they roll their eyes a little.
Ask a volunteer to come up in front of everyone and start handing them things. Start with maybe a hand held game and insist that it’s really important so they need to play it. Then, hand them some ear phones and tell them that they really need to listen to this important song, but they can’t stop playing the game – then hand them a book (make them hold it in the crook of their elbow) and tell them they have to read this book because it’s a really good book, finally call someone (really call one of the parents in the other room) and tell them to listen hard to the important message the person on the phone is telling them.
Take away all the stuff and ask them what the important message was. They probably won’t be able to tell you. Ask the parent to come back in the room and deliver the important message: Our Heavenly Father rejoices for those who keep his commandments
Talk about why the child didn’t hear the message and discuss how sometimes we are so busy we forget to stop and think about the important things in life.
Discuss what you as a family think are the important things in life. After the discussion make paper boats and decorate the boats with what you’ve decided as a family is important in life. Put the boats in the gutter and watch them go. Ask where the boats will go – downstream – why not up? Because they don’t have any rudders. Discuss what kind of rudders will help your family stay close to the things you decided were important (prayer, family time, church attendance)
We Have Been Born Children’s Hymn Book # 172
End with a prayer
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 :)