Good Works

by | Oct. 06, 2007


Most of us are modest enough to think that our small candle of example might be too dim to be noticed. But you and your family are watched more than you may realize. (Henry B. Eyring, "A Voice of Warning," Ensign, Nov 1998, 32) h3. Song: "I Am Like a Star," Children's Songbook, p. 163 h3. Scripture: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16) h3. Object Lesson: *Materials needed:* One large box filled with several heavy objects. *Procedure:* Have a family member try to lift the box. (Be sure he does not hurt himself.) Ask how it feels. Instruct two other family members to help the first lift the box. This will be easier. Explain that the box is like the burdens we might carry in day-to-day life. Discuss what some of these burdens can be. Discuss how we can be of service and help others with their day-to-day burdens. (Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, More Power Tools for Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 99.) h3. Story: I'd like to share with you part of a letter I received from [a young woman named] Karen of her discovery about the joy found in good works. She wrote: "Last year in my junior year of high school, I set a goal to try to help someone in some little way every day, whether it was something I said or did or an example I set. I decided to do this prayerfully. So every day before I went to school, I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to let me have the influence of the Spirit, to know what he wanted me to do or say. I began to see how everything we do affects others. The longer I did it, the happier it made me and the more I wanted to continue. "I began to feel better about myself and at the same time more humble. I feel so much closer to my Heavenly Father. Through my actions, I began to have a different outlook on all my brothers and sister around me. I began to realize that everyone, everywhere, no matter what the circumstances, is great in worth to the Lord and so should be to me. We all have the potential of perfection, with traits given through our Father in heaven. And everyone should be treated with respect. I feel as though I am beginning to understand what love can really be, and it makes me feel better inside to feel that love." Karen did what Christ has invited each of us to do. . . . Karen applied a gospel principle and now has a personal testimony of the promised blessings that come through good works. (Ardeth G. Kapp, I Will Find Joy in Service, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1990], p. 6-7.) h3. Activities: Play "Do This and More." One player begins the game by doing something, such as putting the thumbs to the ears and wiggling the fingers, then he points to another player who must repeat that action and add one of his own, such as putting his hand under his chin and wiggling his fingers. The next player adds another action and each successive player must repeat, in order, all of the actions of the other players and add another. Liken this to doing more than we are asked. Do more service than that which is asked of you. Go the "second mile." (Alma Heaton, The LDS Game Book, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968], p. 108.) h3. Refreshment Just Peachy Bruschetta 8-ounce loaf baguette bread 8 ounces cream cheese 1 tablespoon honey 2 cups peaches, sliced 1/4 cup peach jam Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut bread into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Place in a single layer on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until light brown. Mix together cream cheese and honey; spread on one side of each slice of bread. Arrange peach slices on the cream cheese, Heat jam in saucepan over low heat until melted. Brush jam over peaches. (Holley Eckman and Heather Higgins, All that Jam, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2003], 43.)
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