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Family Home Evening: Scriptures

Welcome to this week’s Family Home Evening! I’m glad you could join us!Family Home Evening Scriptures

Opening Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Opening Prayer

Scripture: Enos 1:27

Lesson: Scriptures

Our instructor (my daughter) held up her scriptures and introduced them, “These are the scriptures. Use them!” She went on to say that they help us to ponder and apply the gospel to us personally. We were asked to open our own scriptures to a random page that was an actual scripture (as opposed to the topical guide or dictionary) and turn to the nearest page that was divisible by four. We were to read the forth full verse on the second column and think about why that verse is important and how it applies to us personally. We took turns sharing our scripture with the rest of the  family. Here’s some of what we came up with.

Activity: We made cards for upcoming birthdays.

Closing Song: Once There Was a Snowman

Closing Prayer

Treat: Chocolate Cookies

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Family Home Evening: Missionary Work

If it’s Sunday, it must be time for another Family Home Evening!Family home evening missionaries

Opening Song: Popcorn Popping

Opening Prayer

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:6-7

Lesson: Missionary Work

We were asked what missionary work is to us. The answers included:

  • Sharing the gospel
  • Going places to share the gospel
  • Searching out those who are ready to hear the gospel
  • Showing how amazing the gospel is by how we live

“Missionary work isn’t the only thing we need to do in this big, wide, wonderful church. But almost everything else we need to do depends on people first hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ and coming into the faith… With all that there is to do along the path to eternal life, we need a lot more missionaries opening that gate and helping people through it.” ~ Jeffrey R. Holland

My son threw scraps of paper on the floor. (I think he really liked that part.) Then he challenged one person to see how much of the paper they could pick up in five seconds. He threw the scraps back on the floor, (see what I mean), and invited two people to pick up as much as they could in five seconds. He continued this until we were all involved – that time we were able to pick up almost all the papers. We can accomplish much when we work together.

Activity: Fortunately / Unfortunately

We found quotes from some of our random favorite movies and used those to make a ‘Hollywood version’ of silly fortunately, unfortunately stories. If you aren’t familiar with them, one person starts the story with a statement and the next person picks up the story by starting with “unfortunately” The next person takes a turn, but starts with “fortunately”. This usually goes on until the main character of the story dies – because there’s not really anywhere to go with the story at that point.

Closing Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Closing Prayer

Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The Old Testament

After 1 3/4 years, I finally finished reading the entire Old Testament this morning!  The Old Testament is challenging, not just because of the language and the customs, but the chronology.  I get so confused when the story hops time periods , and then the Israelites split into two groups.  But reading the whole thing through helped me to start recognizing the jumps because the names became more familiar.

Once I got past the language and the chronology, I could see the numerous symbolism to Jesus Christ and his constant and unwavering love for us.  I’ve always known that studying the scriptures is a process, that’s why we read them over and over again.  It has been especially clear to me as I read the Old Testament.  Once I gained a little understanding, my knowledge base grew, then my knowledge grew – and the cycle continues.

I am grateful for the scriptures.  I know they bring us knowledge and understanding.  I also know that those gifts don’t come without a price, you actually have to read them.

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