FHE: Personal Righteousness

Conference Talk:

For more information on this topic read "His Arm Is Sufficient," by Barbara Thompson, Ensign, May 2009, 83.

Thought:

We seek to increase in faith and personal righteousness, strengthen our families and homes, and serve the Lord and His children.

(Barbara Thompson, "His Arm Is Sufficient," Ensign, May 2009, 83.)

Song:

"The Time is Far Spent," Hymns, 226.

Scripture:

But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.

(Alma 17:3)

Lesson: Ask your family what things a runner would do to strengthen and prepare his body to win a gold medal in the Olympics. Include proper food, rest, exercise, and training. Discuss why these things are important to physical strength and how often they should be done.

Explain that just as an athlete must do certain things each day to strengthen himself physically for a race, we also must do important things each day to strengthen ourselves spiritually. The apostle Paul compared our lives to running a race (we are striving to return to Heavenly Father). To win this race they must read their scriptures, pray, and fast regularly. By doing this they will become spiritually strong, they will be able to win the race and claim the prize that Paul described (see 1 Corinthians 9:24).

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Sharing Time, Family Time, Anytime: Book Two, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p.88-89.)

Story:

Early one morning, as a child, I walked beside my father along the irrigation ditch at the lower level of our eighty acres in Alberta, Canada. Then, standing at the edge of the ditch with his shovel in his hand, Dad said, "I'm going to teach you to jump the ditch." And he added, as he often did when teaching me something, ". . . if your attitude is right." I watched him place the shovel in the middle of the ditch and hop over; then he hopped back again the same way. He anchored the shovel in the ditch and pushed the handle toward me.

I looked down at the ditch, which seemed to be getting wider and wider, as the water got deeper and deeper. "But, Dad," I asked, "what if I don't make it?" He smiled and explained, "You'll land in the water and get soaked." "Then what?" I asked. "You'll still need to get to the other side." As I stared at the water skitters on the surface of the water, he provided more encouragement. "See that clump of buffalo beans on the other side? Keep your eye on those buffalo beans and give it all you've got, and you'll make it." Taking a deep breath, I held tight to the handle of the shovel and gave it all I had. I landed right on top of the buffalo beans. Quickly I looked back and saw Dad with both hands clasped in the air and a big smile. "I knew you could do it," he said. Then he jumped across with great ease. I wondered why all the fuss just for me.

Later in the day, eating our lunch in the shade of the elm trees, Dad and I talked about my experience in jumping the ditch. He looked more serious than before as he taught me this greatest of all lessons. "Ardie," he said, "there are many ditches you will have to cross in life and many of them you'll have to cross alone. If you keep your eye on the other side and give it all you've got, you'll make it."

Some people are giving in or giving up because they lack the vision, the faith, and the hope to survive and overcome. But with an understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have not only the vision but also the promises and the blessings and the help. The help comes from our Savior, Jesus Christ. The covenants we make with our Father in heaven secure our safe journey, even a joyful journey. They allow us to keep our eye on the buffalo beans, so to speak, and give it all we've got, knowing that when we do, we will succeed.

(Ardeth Greene Kapp, Joy In the Journey, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1990].)

Activity:

Prepare ahead by writing the letters to spell out F-A-I-T-H and individual sheets of paper. Each family member will need all five letters.

Give each player a set of cards that spell out F-A-I-T-H. Have everyone stand on one side of the living room. Players take turns answering the question for the letter F. When they have answered, they can toss their letter F in front of them and then jump to it. Throw as far as you think you can jump but no farther. If you jump short of the card, you must return to your previous spot and answer the question again. When each person has moved to his or her new position, continue with the A card and so on.

Play until each person has landed on their H card.

Game Questions F: Tell your Feelings about your Family and Jesus Christ. A: Tell what Actions you can do to strengthen your faith. I: Faith is needed In obeying which commandments? T: Share your Testimony about the Book of Mormon and the prophet. H: Tell how faith Helps you in your life.

(Deborah Pace Rowley, Before They Turn Twelve, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2007], p. 97.)

Refreshment

Scotty's Favorite Family Home Evening Treat

  • 1 cube margarine melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • 6 graham crackers, crushed into fine crumbs
  • 1 container whipped topping (9-ounce size)
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding (3.75-ounce size)

Mix margarine, brown sugar, Rice Krispies, and graham cracker crumbs together. Spread in a 9-inch by 13-inch pan and pat firmly. Mix pudding powder and whipped topping until the pudding is mixed in well. Spread topping over cracker mixture. (If topping is hard to spread, dip round end of a spoon into hot water and spread.) Put into freezer for two hours. Before serving, sprinkle with chocolate cookie decorations and cut into squares.

(Karla C. Erickson, Kids in the Kitchen, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1980], p. 32.)

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