Courage

Song: "Dare to Do Right" (Children's Songbook, 158)

Scripture: Deuteronomy 20:1

Quote:

Let us resolve, all of us, both young and old, to develop the courage to be true to ourselves and to our Maker in all things in our lives.

(Marion G. Romney, "We Need Men of Courage," Ensign, May 1975, 72)

Lesson:

Show your family the picture of Abinadi before King Noah (Gospel Art Kit 308). Allow each family member to look carefully at the picture as you recount the story form Mosiah 13:1-9. Ask the following questions:

Why was Abinadi sure he would not be "destroyed at this time"? (See verse 3.)

How was Abinadi protected from King Noah's men? (See verse 5.)

How might this story give you courage when you face difficult tasks?

(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Book of Mormon, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003], p. 129.)

Activity:

Play "Obstacles." Explain that many things in life will try to lead us astray. It takes courage to keep going on to your goal. For this game you will need dry beans and a knife. Place the beans on a plate. Very young children could use a spoon instead of the knife. The leader then instructs the player to scoop up three beans with the knife, doing it without using his other hand. Then he is to carry the beans without spilling them to a table or chair about 10 feet away. Warn him that others will try to get him to drop his beans or to stop or disobey the instructions. Part of the test is to see if he can disregard them and reach his goal. You may place a low stool or box and chair in his path and tell him he has to step over the stool and walk around the chair. As the player walks toward his goal, family members may heckle him and persuade him to disobey instructions. However, they may not touch him. If he succeeds in reaching his goal in spite of the heckling and without spilling his beans, clap for him and give him a small treat. Let each person have a turn.

(Alma Heaton, The LDS Game Book, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968], p. 48.)

Refreshment

Pumpkin Spice Dessert

For crust: Mix biscuit mix, rolled oats, brown sugar, and margarine until crumbly. Press into a 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

For middle layer: Beat pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, and spices until well mixed. Pour over crust. Return to oven and bake 25 minutes longer.

For topping: Mix chopped pecans, brown sugar, and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over pudding. Return to oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer. Cool. Serve with whipped cream.

Makes 24 servings.

(Lion House Classics, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2004] p. 123.)

Crust

1 cup prepared biscuit mix

1/2-cup quick rolled oats

1/2-cup brown sugar

1/4-cup margarine

Middle Layer

1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin

1 tall can evaporated milk

2 eggs

3/4-cup sugar

1/2-teaspoon salt

1-teaspoon cinnamon

1/2-teaspoon ginger

1/4-teaspoon cloves

Topping

1/2-cup pecans, chopped

1/2-cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons butter

Whipped cream

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