For more information on this topic read "Preparation Brings Blessings," by Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, May 2010, 64-67.
When you were confirmed a member of the Church, you received the right to the companionship of the Holy Ghost. He can help you make good choices. When challenged or tempted, you do not need to feel alone. Remember that prayer is the passport to spiritual power.
(Thomas S. Monson, "Preparation Brings Blessings," Ensign, May 2010, 64-67.)
"Seek the Lord Early," Children's Songbook, p. 108.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6)
Ask the family what things a runner would do to strengthen and prepare his body to win a gold medal in the Olympics. Encourage everyone to share their ideas. Write "Physical Strength" on one side of a paper or poster and write their answers under this column. Include "proper food," "rest," "exercise," and "training." Discuss why these items are important to physical strength and how often they should be done.
Explain that the four sons of Mosiah were strong, faithful missionaries. Have them read Alma 17:2-3 to find out what three things the sons of Mosiah did to prepare to be spiritually strong.
Write "Spiritually Strength" on the opposite side of your paper and write down "scripture study," "prayer," and "fasting." Discuss why each of these thing would give you spiritual strength.
(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Sharing Time, Family Time, Anytime, Book Two, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 88.)
Story: (Ruth Hardy Funk)
Last year, standing in the wings behind the curtain moments before a magnificently inspiring young artists' music festival, I witnessed a performance that touched my heart - maybe even more than the performance on the stage, but certainly as much.
A prayer had been offered in behalf of each of the young performers that their hard weeks - yes, even years - of conscientious preparation might be drawn from at this moment to ensure a masterful performance. Eyes were moist; hearts were touched as strength and unity of family members lent confidence and encouragement to each performer. At that moment a father, appearing proud and grateful, quickly leaned forward, gave his beautiful young daughter a tender kiss on the cheek, and whispered, "You're ready, my dear." And her next step was on stage, alone - a solo flight.
Oh, that our preparation at each step in our lives might be such that, as we approach that hour of challenge (and there are many), we might have that quiet whispering of the Spirit in our ears: "You're ready, my dear." Readiness implies so much and demands much more. Just a few of the requirements are discipline, teachableness, understanding, humility, faith, and practice.
Each one of us has a specific destiny, which God intends we shall receive according to our faithfulness. He has a place for each of us and prepares us each day to receive it if we are worthy. Everything in our lives is there for a purpose, and that purpose is to prepare us. Preparation precedeth all readiness. Are we ready to receive the sacrament, the companionship of the Holy Ghost, a comprehension of the Lord's atoning sacrifice? Our Father in heaven is anxious to open the windows of heaven to us just as soon as we are prepared and ready.
(Leon R. Hartshorn, Remarkable Stories from the Lives of Latter-day Saint Women, vol. 2, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book 1975], p. 98.)
1. Draw or copy a picture on one side of a piece of paper. On the back of the picture, draw six puzzle pieces.
Write one of the following questions and scripture reference in each of the puzzle pieces:
- A. Blessed are the meek for they ____? (Matthew 5:5)
- B. What did Jesus tell the fishermen Peter and Andrew when he wanted them to follow him? (Matthew 4:19)
- C. What did Jesus say about judging people? (Matthew 7:1)
- D. What did Jesus feed to the five thousand people who had come to hear him speak? (Mark 6:41)
- E. Where was Jesus born? (Luke 2:11)
- F. What did Jesus compare to a temple? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
2. Run off enough copies of the picture-puzzle for each team.
3. Cut each copy of the picture into individual puzzle pieces and place the sets of pieces for each puzzle in separate envelopes.
4. Give each team one of the envelopes containing the puzzle pieces. On the word go, each team takes one puzzle piece from their envelope, looks up the scripture, and writes the answer to the question on the back of the puzzle piece.
5. Once the question is answered they can lay it face up on a flat surface so that they can start putting together the puzzle. They then take out another piece of the puzzle.
6. Teams continue to answer their questions and put their puzzles together until all of the teams have completed their puzzles. Younger children can be working on putting the puzzle pieces together while older family members respond to the question on the next puzzle piece.
7. The team to complete their puzzle first is the winner, but everyone will learn something and have a good time.
(adapted from Max Molgard and Allan Burgess, The Best of Fun for Family Night, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003], p. 102.)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup applesauce
- 1 12-ounce bag chocolate chips
(Janene W. Baadsgaard, The LDS Mother's Almanac, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2003] p. 330.)