Family Home Evening: What Is Your Soul Worth?

Last week’s busyness made it hard to be consistent with several things. I’m excited my family home evening post wasn’t a victim of the craziness!

Opening Song: Did You Think to Pray?


Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 3:1-3

Lesson: What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul?

This lesson was taken from Elder Robert C. Gay’s talk “What Shall a Man Give in Exchange for His Soul”. He started his talk with the following story.

As I was growing up, my parents assigned me chores around Family home evening moneythe house and paid me an allowance for that work. I often used that money, a little over 50 cents a week, to go to the movies. Back then a movie ticket cost 25 cents for an 11-year-old. This left me with 25 cents to spend on candy bars, which cost 5 cents apiece. A movie with five candy bars! It couldn’t get much better than that.

All was well until I turned 12. Standing in line one afternoon, I realized that the ticket price for a 12-year-old was 35 cents, and that meant two less candy bars. Not quite prepared to make that sacrifice, I reasoned to myself, “You look the same as you did a week ago.” I then stepped up and asked for the 25-cent ticket. The cashier did not blink, and I bought my regular five candy bars instead of three.

Elated by my accomplishment, I later rushed home to tell my dad about my big coup. As I poured out the details, he said nothing. When I finished, he simply looked at me and said, “Son, would you sell your soul for a nickel?” His words pierced my 12-year-old heart. It is a lesson I have never forgotten.

We talked about the things people choose over living the gospel and how we all have our ‘pet’ sins. Those things we don’t want to give up, even though they keep us from being close to our Heavenly Father. For some it could be the movies they watch or the music they listen to, for others it could be the way they keep the Sabbath.

I challenged all of us to record a pet sin in our journal and set a goal to make a small step in living better.

Activity: Bluff

Closing Song: Choose the Right Way


Treat: Fortune Cookies – I love my fortune! “Good news of a long-awaited event will arrive soon.”

What can your family give up to be closer to the Lord? I’d love to hear your experiences with this lesson! Share them in the comments or email me.

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