Thought: As a special witness of the Only Begotten Son of our loving Heavenly Father, even Jesus Christ, I testify that . . . He lives. I promise that if you and those you love will seek Him in all humility, sincerity, and diligence, you will know with a surety too.
(Robert D. Hales, "Seeking to Know God, Our Heavenly Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ," Ensign, Nov 2009, 29-32.)
Song: "I Feel My Savior's Love," Children's Songbook, p. 74.
Scripture: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)
Lesson: Have each family member give a name or title for Jesus Christ. Go around as many times as needed until no one can think of any more names.
Divide your family into two groups and give each a blank sheet of paper and a pen. Invite them to read 3 Nephi 9:15–18 and write down as many names and titles of the Savior as they can find there. After they have completed their lists, ask:
- What are some of the important roles Jesus Christ plays in Heavenly Father's plan?
- Are there any of the names or titles that you do not understand?
- If we combined our lists and then added the important roles, how many names, titles, or roles would we come up with?
Ask your family to share which role of the Savior means the most to them and why. Invite family members to share their feelings about the Savior.
(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. 282.)
Story: Elder Marion D. Hanks
This story . . . occurred some years ago, at a naval training center. The man opposite me in the room had the many stripes on his arm that signified long and distinguished service; I was an apprentice seaman in boot camp. Nonetheless, Commander Hamilton, as he greeted me at the door, was most gracious--called me "Mr. Hanks," seated me with cordiality, and we talked as equals. He had invited me to discuss the possibility of a chaplaincy. I was quick to tell him that because of a mission, I had not finished an academic degree and didn't qualify under the Navy's standards. He as quickly responded that he felt he could do something about getting that requirement waived, all things else being favorable. After a little more conversation, this rangy, fine looking man, who had been over the bow of the Yorktown on a line when she was sunk shortly before, who had everything about him that was manly and attractive to a man and was a chaplain and servant of the Lord, not of our faith, said to me, "Before I recommend you to the Chief of Chaplains, do me a favor, please. Talk to me about your experience in your Church, about what you think may help me recommend you as qualified to represent the Lord in the military chaplaincy."
And so I began, and, I want to protest, with earnestness and honesty, to try to tell him what I felt, out of our common experience in the Church, might qualify me to serve in that very significant role. He who had been so courteous and so kind began to be fidgety, and I quickly knew, as we do when we seek to communicate person-to-person, that I wasn't making it, that I was losing. And I became a little more anxious, trying to tell him what there is, this stage-by-stage opportunity in the Church for a young person to develop the quality to be a servant of God. I told him from the beginning--the early two and a half minute talks, the scouting, the deacon opportunity, the Sunday School teaching, and the mission.
After a time his demeanor completely changed. He finally interrupted me. He said, "Say, Hanks, do you believe in Jesus Christ?"
I said, "Yes, sir. Everything I believe relates to Jesus Christ. The name of the Church that I belong to is his name. My faith revolves around him as my Savior."
He, looking at his watch, said, "Well, you have been talking seven minutes and you haven't said so." I think I have not made that mistake again.
(Leon R. Hartshorn, Outstanding Stories by General Authorities, vol.1, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1970].)
Activity: Play "I'm Thinking."
"It" says, "I'm thinking of something that begins with 'A.'" This can be anything, an animal, fish, person, flower, etc. The other players ask leading questions and try to guess in turn. "It" can answer only "yes" or "no" to the questions. The one who guesses correctly wins and is the next "it."
We should be aware of all the creations Jesus Christ has made for us.
(Alma Heaton, The LDS Game Book, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968], p. 105.)
Refreshment Apple Presents
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 1 (11-ounce) tube refrigerated bread stick dough
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Place in prepared pan. Brush melted butter over the presents and then sprinkle with cinnamon-zest mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Serves 6 to 8.
(Jill McKenzie, 52 Weeks of Proven Recipes for Picky Kids, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2008], p. 114.)