Family Home Evening: Service

This week’s family home evening was a little more normal because we started using our new chart and assignment rotation. family home evening service

Opening Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Prayer

Scripture: Matthew 18:23-35

Lesson: Service

What is service? Things people do for me. Oh wait, we’re talking about serving others. So that would be things we do for others that is often a sacrifice.

Why do we do service? We serve people because we love them and want to help them. Sometimes we serve for the blessings that come from serving.

When do we serve? Any time.

Where do we serve? Any place.

Who can we serve? Any one.

How do we serve? Service can be almost any action – giving rides, cooking cleaning, visiting. It’s usually in the small things, but can be in the big things like saving someone’s life. I shared part of Mike Rowe’s talk at the 2012 National Annual Meeting for the BSA. He shared the conversation where he learned his brother had saved someone’s life. Service is doing the small stuff everyday. It’s also about be prepared and willing to do the big stuff when necessary.

Service is important to LDS people – It’s something we are known for. A recent study showed that LDS people donate more money and time per capita than other religions. I’m grateful for Jesus’ example of love and service and it’s reassuring to associate with those who put their money (and time) where their mouths are, not only because they are living with integrity. We are happy when we serve and I like hanging out with happy people.

Activity: Spoons

Closing Song: Popcorn Popping

Prayer

Treat: Ice cream

How do you teach your family to serve?

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