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Tag Archives: service
Opening Song: Give Said the Little Stream
Scripture: John 3:16
Lesson: Love at Home with Service
How do we serve our family?
- Cook for them
- Do their laundry
- Drive them (these were my answers)
- Give gifts
- Play games together
- Help each other
- Work out problems without arguing
We’ve used Love One Another charts before and it’s time for another one. It’s a great way to help your family be aware of all the little acts of service that are being performed, usually unnoticed. Once we start noticing them and thinking about them, they increase! Talk about a win win.
Activity: Mormon Ads. We searched quotes about families and chose one to make our own Mormon Ad. I chose “Individual progression is fostered in the family which is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.” by Russel M. Nelson.
Closing Song: Old McDonald Had a Farm (just for my grandson)
Treat: Red Cake
Happy Sunday! Enjoy this week’s family home evening. We’ve had a service focus this month.
Opening Song: We’ll Bring the World His Truth
Scripture: John 10:10
Lesson: Helping Each Other
This lesson came to me while I was reading Lighten Up by Chieko N. Okazaki.The goal is to help others because we love them, but we are blessed as we serve.
- Being willing to help can put us in the position to gain understanding.
- Helping builds character, makes us dependable, and able to help others further.
I love that as we serve, we grow spiritually, mentally and physically. This cycle is another reminder that we will always be indebted to the Lord.
Activity: We played ‘Fortunately / Unfortunately’ while making designs from plastic mosaic shapes.
Closing Song: I Hope They Call Me On a Mission
Treat: Panda Patties (homemade ice cream sandwiches)
Here on Easy As PIE, Sunday is our Family Home Evening day, where I share what we did last week.
Opening Song: Book of Mormon Stories
Scripture: 2 Nephi 2:25
Lesson: The Good Samaritan
We started off by reading Luke 10: 30-37, the story of the Good Samaritan. Then we talked about how we can act like the Good Samaritan today. Here’s the ideas we came up with:
- Treat others like they are a child of God (because they are).
- Be unselfish.
- Be humble.
This story is even more meaningful when we understand the relationship between the Samaritans and the Jews at the time Christ was on the earth. The Jews disliked the Samaritans so much, they would add days onto their journey just to avoid passing through Samaria. What a powerful message that it was a lowly Samaritan that helped when the priest and the Levite wouldn’t.
My kiddo took this lesson from the Faith in God book. We discussed service projects we could do as a family to complete the requirement and put what we learned in action.
Activity: Apples to Apples Jr.
Closing Song: Follow the Prophet
Treat: Hot Chocolate Cookies
What stands out from the story of the Good Samaritan lesson for you?
This week’s family home evening was a little more normal because we started using our new chart and assignment rotation.
Opening Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam
Scripture: Matthew 18:23-35
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.
Closing Song: Popcorn Popping
Treat: Ice cream
How do you teach your family to serve?