There were so many juicy and uplifting messages shared during General Conference this fall. Due to traveling I missed some sessions and had to catch up afterward. When I caught the Women’s Session during the following week, the very first talk hit home for me. Bringing the light of the gospel into my home is something I am trying to work on every day. This topic is also wonderful to share with our youth and adult classes: how can we be bringing the light of the gospel into our homes, communities, workplaces, and schools? It’s easier said than done, but Sister Jean B. Bingham hit the nail on the head. This is a lesson outline for the October 2016, General Conference talk “I will bring the Light of the Gospel into my Home”.
The other day the cutest video came up on my Facebook feed. My friend was recording her little girl (3 yrs old) reciting a few of the LDS Article of Faith verses. Her pronunciation was so sweet and her running dialog very impressive as she spouted off doctrine about the beliefs of the LDS church with very little help. I felt guilty as I realized that I couldn’t remember more than 2 of the Article of Faith scriptures and my children had never even heard of them. The idea came to me to make these scriptures the focus of our weekly Family Home Evening (FHE) lessons to learn and (ideally) memorize the Article of Faith scriptures. I have decided to start with the first Article of Faith.
LDS General Conference is close upon us yet again, how exciting! I always enjoy fun and interactive notetaking while I listen and attend the conference. There are always SO many wise words spoken, but sometimes listening to and remembering 8+ hours worth of information is daunting. I am sure many others, like myself, need a more hands-on, creative approach to remain alert and attentive. While brainstorming for a youth activity for our 12 and 13 year old girls in the youth program, I came across the idea to create a General Conference journal. Our end product has enough pages to dedicate notes from each prophet and apostle’s talks for several years- along with plenty of room to take notes from other speakers. The journals were finished within an hour and a half, and the girls had so much fun personalizing them.
Why IS chastity important? That is the question I pondered as I tried to figure out how to present this vital and sacred information to the Young Women who would attend my Sunday lesson. There are so many different aspects of chastity that are incredibly important and I had to narrow it all down into a 40 minute (which turned into a 25 minute) lesson. In my preparation, I created a printout for the girls to fill out during and after the lesson. This worksheet is intended to help the youth contemplate the material discussed and set personal goals. While using the material from the LDS manual lesson “Why is chastity important?” I selected a few key concepts to focus on.
Living in Canada, our summers seem to race by before we get a chance to warm ourselves in the sun or even dip our toes in an unfrozen lake. Crossing activities off of a bucket list is a great motivator to plan adventures and squeeze them into our limited time slots; ensuring everyone is satisfied and sun-kissed before the snow hits the ground again. I created a Summer Bucket List (updated 2017) printable to help you do just that!
I love our dear Prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I loved his short and sweet message Sunday morning during General Conference. What a powerful testimony of what is important in life. He simply stated we need to know where we are going, and make wise choices to accomplish our goals. I want my children to understand the importance of the prophet’s words, so I created this short and sweet Family Home Evening lesson (target audience for toddlers).
The following is a suggestion on how to organize your Family Home Evening. Feel free to make adjustments as needed to suit your family…