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Family Home Evening: Fear Not

Happy Sunday! I was in charge of this week’s Family Home Evening lesson. Please tell me I’m not the only one who sometimes struggles for the perfect lesson for my family. Usually, I look until something stands out and that message is what I need more than my family. elder-david-a-bednar-lds-190782-gallery

Opening Song: Popcorn Popping


Scripture: Doctrine and Covenants 38:30

Lesson: Fear Not

This lesson is from a talk by Elder Bednar – Fear Not, I Am with Thee. His talk goes right along with my word of the year; determination. There were several amazing quotes in his talk, but my favorite was when he quoted Stonewall Jackson. “Never take counsel from your fears.” How often do we do that? Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I interpret fear as counsel that I might be making the wrong choice. Life is hard, and as part of life’s challenges we have to make choices that are scary – but that doesn’t mean we back down. If we have studied out the solution, asked the Lord in prayer and fasting  if our choice is correct, and received a confirmation; then we need to follow the Lord’s counsel, not our fear!

Elder Bednar goes on to quote President Packer, “Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds in wickedness and depravity that which surrounds us now.” But despite the wickedness, sadness, misery there is hope in Lord.

Activity: Harry Potter Uno

Closing Song: I Am Like a Star


Treat: Cowboy Cookies


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Family Home Evening: Family History

Our family home evening lesson on family history was prepared by one of my younger kiddos.  She had the following list of questions.  The answers we came up with are in parenthesis.

  • What is family history? (The history of our family.  Clever – no?)
  • Why do we do family history? (So we can learn more about our ancestors and where we come from; and we can perform their temple work.)
  • What are some of the consequences of family history? (Blessings; having a forever family; more love for our family; to see if we are related to “important” people.)  I personally think they are all important, even if they are not famous.
  • What do you do after you find a family member? (Temple work)  It also makes it easier to find the next person up the tree or to the side.

She also made the point that even if you aren’t working on your own family history, there are other ways to be involved in family history work.  Elder Bednar shared information about a new website that is specifically geared to helping our youth be involved in family history.

Our activity was a card game I played with my dad’s family when I was a kid called Mille Bornes.  Our treat was Blonde Brownies.

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