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Reverence is Love and Respect for God

March 27, 2014 in Grateful, Lessons, Prayer by LDSguy

Lesson: Reverence is Love and Respect for Godgirl praying
from I Know the Scriptures Are True By Kimmiko Hammari
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Opening Song: I Want to Be Reverent (Children’s Songbook 28a)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
 
Illustration Ideas: Child praying, kids raising their hands, reading scriptures, sitting reverently
 
Lesson: Imagine your family is having fun playing a board game at the kitchen table. Your friend walks in the front door, comes over to the table, and throws the game and the pieces on the floor. Then he starts yelling at everyone and ruins your perfect evening. How would you feel? What would you do? Most likely, you would be very upset and ask him why he did that. You might explain to him that your family was enjoying time together and that he disrupted it. You might also explain to your friend that your feelings are hurt because he did not respect you and your family. Heavenly Father feels the same way when we are not reverent at church. Being reverent means sitting quietly and listening. It means keeping our hands still and not making noise. By being reverent, we show our love and respect for Heavenly Father. When we are not reverent, our actions tell Heavenly Father that we don’t love Him enough to quietly listen to the lesson. We show Him that talking to a friend or misbehaving is more important than His gospel. What can you do this week to show reverence?

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Living the Gospel with Joy

March 6, 2014 in Blessings, Lessons, Relationships by LDSguy

Lesson: “Living the Gospel with Joy”smiling
Lesson from Dad’s Night By Trina Boice
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Opening Song: I‘m Trying to Be Like Jesus (Children’s Songbook #78)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
Quote: “As disciples of the Savior, we are not merely striving to know more; rather, we need to consistently do more of what we know is right and become better. We should remember that bearing a heartfelt testimony is only a beginning. We need to bear testimony, we need to mean it, and most important, we need consistently to live it. We need to both declare and live our testimonies” (David A. Bednar, “More Diligent and Concerned at Home,” Ensign, Nov. 2009, 19).

Art/supplies: My Gospel Standards (GAK 618), picture of the solar system, paper, crayons
 
Lesson: Religion isn’t just something we believe, but truly the blueprint for how we live our daily lives. The gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t about learning interesting scriptural facts or debating doctrine, but rather, it is about applying those principles to our behavior and becoming Christlike in all that we say and do. Heavenly Father cares more about who we are than what we know.

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January 24, 2014 in Contests by LDSguy

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When I Serve My Neighbors, I Serve God

January 17, 2014 in Family, Lessons, Service by LDSguy

Lesson: “When I serve my neighbors, I serve God.” from I Know my Savior Lives By Kimiko Hammariservice
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Opening Song: A Happy Helper (Children’s Songbook #197)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
Scriptures: Matthew 25:40
Art: The Good Samaritan (218 in the Gospel Art Picture Kit)
 
Lesson: Read and discuss the parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:25–37.
• According to the parable, who are our neigh­bors?
• How did the good Samaritan help his neighbor?
• How do we love our neighbors as ourselves? How can we serve them?

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Standing for Truth and Righteousness

January 2, 2014 in Lessons, Missionary Work, Plan of Salvation by LDSguy

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From Dad’s Night By Trina Boice
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Opening Song: “Choose the Right Way” (Children’s Songbook #160)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation

Quote: “Ancient prophets looked with enthusiastic anticipation to our dispensation when the fulness of the gospel would be restored and preached among all nations, and when final preparations would be made for the Second Coming and ultimate reign of the King of Kings, our Savior. Great eternal blessings, keys, and secrets of the gospel, which have been kept ‘hid from before the foundation of the world,’ were reserved to come forth in this final dispensation to bless our lives. How privileged we are to live in these momentous times!” (J. Lewis Taylor, “I Have a Question,” Ensign, June 1975).
 
Supplies: Salt shaker, lazy Susan or plate
 
Principle: These are the last days! We have much to do to prepare the world for the Savior’s Second Coming. Wickedness is increasing at a rapid pace, and our homes and values are being assaulted on every side. Still, the positive influence we, as members of the Church, can have on those around us can be powerful if we are not afraid to stand as witnesses of Christ. We can help the pure in heart feel secure as we offer them an anchor against the storms howling around us. We can prevent the adversary from having any power over our homes and hearts by obeying the Lord’s commandments, which have been designed to protect us. There is safety and power in following the Prince of Peace!

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Christmas Tree of Life

December 5, 2013 in Atonement, Holiday, Lessons by LDSguy

Lesson: Christmas Tree of Life lehi_s_dream_large
 
What you will need:
  • Christmas Tree
  • Gold Ribbon with 1 Nephi 11:13-23 written on it 
  • Sugar Cookies frosted with Royal Icing (or simply white sugars) with ornament hooks in them to hang on the tree (Butter Cream frosting makes the cookies too heavy to hang)
  • Picture of the Nativity  and a picture of the Tree of Life in Nephi’s Vision 
  • Scriptures – 1 Nephi 8:10-12, 1 Nephi 11:14-15, 18-23 and John 3:16
 Preparation: Hang the sugar cookie ornaments on the tree to represent “the fruit of the Tree of Life”
 
Opening Prayer:
Opening Hymn:  Away in a Manger (Hymn 206)
 
Introduction:
With the family gathered around the Christmas Tree, ask the following questions:
  • Why do we celebrate Christmas?
  • Whose birth do we celebrate?
It’s such a special time of year that we decorate our home to help us remember Jesus’ birthday every day as we get ready for Christmas.  Do you know that before Jesus was born, prophets testified that the Savior of the World would be born to the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, and they told the people to prepare for his coming.
 
Look at our Christmas Tree.  It is so beautiful with all the lights and ornaments on it.  And when I look at it, the Christmas tree helps me remember Jesus’ birth.

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Spiritual Blessings- Thanksgiving Lesson

November 21, 2013 in Blessings, Holiday, Lessons by LDSguy

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Lesson: Spiritual Blessings
Lesson from Tiny Talks Vol. 13 By Heidi Doxey
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Opening Song: Can A Little Child Like Me? (Children’s Songbook #9)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
Scriptures: Moroni 10:17–18
 
Lesson: There’s an expression that goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.” It means that when you can’t see something, it’s easy to forget all about it. This can be true for us too.
The world around us is filled with beautiful and exciting things. When we see the blessings around us, it’s pretty easy to thank Heavenly Father for them. But what about the blessings and talents we can’t see? These are called spiritual blessings or gifts of the spirit. They include things like being able to teach others, having a lot of faith, and working miracles.
We can’t see spiritual gifts like we can see physical gifts, but they are still great blessings in our lives. We need to remember to thank Heavenly Father for our spiritual blessings, just like we thank him for all of the other blessings he gives us. And one of the best ways to thank Heavenly Father for your spiritual gifts is to share those gifts with others.

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We are to Feast Upon the Words of Christ

November 7, 2013 in Lessons, Scriptures by LDSguy

Lesson: We are to Feast Upon the Words of Christscriptures2
From I Know the Scriptures are True by Kimiko Hammari
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Opening Song: As I Search the Holy Scriptures (Hymn #277)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
 
Art: Joseph Smith Seeks Wisdom (Gospel Art 89)
 

Lesson: Imagine you are outside playing all day and when you come inside, you are very hungry. But instead of feeding you a nice dinner, your parents decide that you can only look at all your favorite foods they have put on the table. How would you feel? Imagine that they sent you to bed after that and when you woke up the next morning, you were even hungrier, but your parents only gave you a small bite of toast.

Luckily, parents love their children and understand that they need to eat. And luckily, Heavenly Father understands that our spirits need a type of food as well and has given us the scriptures. When we read our scriptures, we feed our spirits with power—power to choose the right, power to carefully listen to the Holy Ghost, and power to love those around us. But we must study the scriptures carefully in order to feed out spirits with this power. Nephi called this feasting upon the words of Christ. Just as we need to eat more than just a bite of food to keep our bodies alive, we need to do more than just read a few words from the scriptures. We need to ponder them and think about how they apply to our lives. Then put them into action.

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Heavenly Father’s Plan Is a Plan of Happiness

October 15, 2013 in Lessons, Plan of Salvation by LDSguy

“Heavenly Father’s Plan Is a Plan of Happiness” council
By Kimiko Hammari From I Am a Child of God 
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Opening Song: He Sent His Son (Children’s Songbook #34) 
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
 
Art: Jesus the ChristCreation—Living Creatures 
Scriptures: Acts 4:121 John 1:2

Lesson: When we lived in heaven before we were born, Heavenly Father presented a beautiful plan to us. It is called the plan of happiness because we will find great joy if we follow it. Heavenly Father loves us very much and wants us to live with Him eternally (forever). In order to fulfill the plan of happiness, we had to come to earth to receive a physical body like Heavenly Father’s. Here on earth we have families and make choices. Doing these things helps us become more like Him. If we live righteously, we will return to live with Heavenly Father after we die. But we won’t always make the right choices. Sometimes we will sin. Because Heavenly Father loves us, He provided a way for us to repent and be forgiven. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can become clean from sin and return to live with Heavenly Father someday.

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Love Thy Neighbor

October 10, 2013 in Lessons, Relationships by LDSguy

Lesson: “Love thy neighbor as thyself”keep-calm-and-love-one-another-6-257x300
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Song:  Love One Another (Children‘s Songbook, pg. 136)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
 
Visual Aid: Serving One Another (Gospel Art Picture Kit 615)
 
Principle: How can you tell a true disciple of Jesus Christ? By the way he treats other people! One way we show the Lord how much we love Him is by serving His children, our brothers and sisters. When we feel God’s love deep inside our soul, we feel a desire to reach outside ourselves and bless others. A true understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ compels us to love and serve.

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