Forever Families

h3. Song: "Families Can Be Together Forever," Children's Songbook, p. 188. h3. Scripture: The Prophet Elijah was to plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to their fathers, Foreshadowing the great work to be done in the temples of the Lord in the dispensation of the fullness of times, for the redemption of the dead, and the sealing of the children to their parents. (Doctrine and Covenants 138:47-48) h3. Object Lesson: *Materials needed:* Strips of paper for a paper chain. Form half of them into circles by stapling them together. *Procedure:* Pass each family member a circle made out of a paper strip. Point out that these links represent each person. Explain that if they were to try and make a chain they couldn't because there is nothing to bind the links together. Now pass around the additional strips of paper and a stapler. These additional pieces of paper represent love. Use these strips of paper to loop through two links and bind them together. Allow the family to fashion a chain after this pattern. Explain that love is a powerful way to bind ourselves as a family. (Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, More Power Tools for Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 44.) h3. Story: I Am Her Child (Melvin S. Tagg) Mrs. Newlun from Portland, a convert to the Church, was in a sealing room [of the Alberta Temple] to be sealed to her dead husband and to have their dead children sealed to them. Friends were to act as proxy for the husband and children. As President Wood was ready to seal the children to the parents, he said he felt impressed to ask if the information on the sealing sheet was complete. After being assured that the record was right, he again began the ceremony. He said he again felt impressed to ask if she had other children whose names should be on the sheet. She said she had other living adult children who were not members of the Church and hence their names should not be included. The third time the President started the ceremony, whereupon he stopped and said, "I heard a voice quite distinctly saying 'I am her child.'" He again asked the mother if she had another child that was not on the sheet. She answered, with tears running down her face, "Yes, I had another daughter who died when twelve days old and she was overlooked in preparing the information." When the group learned how the President knew of the other child, "all in the room shed tears of joy to know of the apparent nearness of our kindred dead." A very similar incident to the above was also related by Edward J. Wood. He told of a widow who came to have two living children sealed to her and her dead husband. The two children, ages nine and twelve, were standing just inside the sealing room door to witness the sealing of the parents, when a peculiar light appeared over the two children and President Wood said, "I saw another child standing with the two." He asked the mother about a third child and found there had been such, but by neglect, the information was not recorded. "As I told her how I knew," said President Wood, "the child disappeared from the other two." (Edited by Jay A. Parry, Jack M. Lyon, Linda Ririe Gundry, Best-Loved Stories of the LDS People, Volume 2, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1999], 365) h3. Activity: Using a piece of masking tape, make a line at one end of the room. This will be the starting line for the players. Put a set of children's blocks (different shapes if possible) in a box at the other end of the room, next to a hard, flat surface (a hardbound book, a little table, etc.). Ask someone to be the timer. He will give the "go" signal and, after exactly one minute, he will call "stop." Form two teams behind the line. On the word go, the first person in team one runs to the box of blocks, picks up one block, and places the block on the hard surface. Once he has picked up a block, he cannot put it back in the box. He then runs back to the line and the next team member does the same thing. This continues until one minute is up or the blocks tip over. The team scores one point for each block the team stacked if the stack did not fall. There is no score if any blocks fell. The play then rotates to the next team. The game continues until both of the teams have had the opportunity to stack the blocks a specified number of times. (Allan K. Burgess and Max H. Nolgard, Fun for Family Night, Book Two, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1992], 117-8.) h3. Refreshment Pumpkin Cheesecake 1 1/4 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs (about twenty 2-inch cookies) 1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1 can (16 ounces) pumpkin 4 eggs 2 tablespoons sugar 12 walnut halves 3/4 cup chilled whipping cream Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cookie crumbs and margarine. Press evenly on bottom of springform pan, 9 x 3 inches. Bake 10 minutes; cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. Beat cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in a 4-quart bowl on medium speed until smooth and fluffy. Add pumpkin. Beat in eggs, one at a time, on low speed. Pour over crumb mixture. Bake until center is firm, about 1 1/4 hours. Cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours but no longer than 48 hours. Cook and stir 2 tablespoons sugar and the walnuts over medium heat until sugar is melted and nuts are coated. Immediately spread on a dinner plate; cool. Carefully break nuts apart to separate if necessary. Remove cheese cake from pan. Beat whipping cream in chilled 1 1/2 quart bowl until stiff. Pipe whipped cream around edge of cheesecake; arrange walnuts on top. Serves 12. (Betty Crocker Sunday Dinner Cookbook, [Hoboken NJ: Wiley Publishing and Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2007], p. 168.)
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