13417

FHE: Eternal Progression & New Year's Resolutions

13419

Conference talk: Of Regrets and Resolutions, Dieter F. Uchtdorf, October 2012 general conference

Thought:

13417

Song: “Come, Let Us Anew,” Hymn #217

Scripture: “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” Luke 6:40

Lesson:
Have a family member read Luke 6:40 aloud, and then ask: who is our spiritual “master?” If family members struggle, have them read the Topical Guide entry for “Lord.” List some of the qualities of God the Father and Jesus Christ—include in the list that they are perfect.  

Explain that we are the spirit children of God and spirit siblings of Christ. Then, have a family member read Romans 8:17. Ask how we can become more like God and his Son, referencing the list of their qualities you made earlier. Explain the concept of eternal progression, and that even though we are imperfect now, Heavenly Father still loves us. He wants to help us become perfect like Him someday, which means we need to continually strive to improve. 

Ask family members to brainstorm ways they can be “more perfect.” Encourage them to come up with as many ideas as possible, and write them down as you go. 

Finish by reading Mosiah 4:27, and remind family members that though the task of achieving perfection is daunting, we must try our best to do what we can with the strength we have now. It is only after all we can do that we are saved by Christ’s grace (2 Nephi 25:23). 

Activity: Make Your New Year’s Resolutions

Supplies:
Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils
Paper
Tape

1. Have each family member say 2-3 things they want to accomplish in the next year.  Have children make both an educational and spiritual goal. (e.g. Get a B in math class and read 1 chapter from the Book of Mormon each day.)

2. To make these goals more attainable, older family members can outline and write down several steps that need to be taken to achieve these ends. (e.g. Study math 20 minutes after school each day. Print out a reading chart to keep track of reading progress.)

3. Using the craft supplies, write down each goal and the steps to get there. Then tape the paper somewhere you will see it every day. A bathroom mirror is an ideal location. 

4. Throughout the coming year, check up on each other and see how you’re doing on your resolutions. Help and encourage when you can.