Repentence

Conference Talk
For more information on this topic read "Clean Hands and a Pure Heart," by David A. Bednar, Ensign, Nov 2007, 80-83.

Thought
Our sincere desire should be to have both clean hands and a pure heart. (David A. Bednar, "Clean Hands and a Pure Heart," Ensign, Nov 2007, 80-83.)

Song
"Repentance," Children's Songbook, p. 98.

Scripture
Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. (3 Nephi 27:20)

Object Lesson
Materials needed: A small chest with a padlock and a key (lock the padlock).

Procedure: Show the chest and state that inside is the eternal joy that we all seek. Explain that you will not be able to reach that eternal joy because a sin has locked the box. Show the key. Explain that Heavenly Father has given us a way to rid ourselves of sin and unlock the box so we can achieve eternal joy. This key is called repentance. State that we can see the key or hold it or even put the key into the lock, but until we use the key the box will remain locked and the treasure we seek will be unavailable. Demonstrate with the key and the padlock as you speak.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, More Power Tools for Teaching, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 59.)

Story
It was only a fruit dish of white china with gilt bands around it, but little Vie admired it very much and called it "Mamma's gold basket."

One afternoon Aunt Emily came to make a call, and Mama brought in the basket filled with nice Florida oranges. After everybody had eaten an orange, and Aunt Emily had gone, sister Anna set the basket on the kitchen table, and that was the way the trouble began.

Little Vie went out there alone to play with the cat. She chased her around and around the room till kitty, growing tired of the sport, jumped into a chair, and got up on the table.

"Come down! Come down!" said little Vie. "You must not smell those oranges with your nose. Come down!"

But kitty did not come; she was trying to decide whether the beautiful yellow balls were good to eat. Then Vie caught her by the tail and pulled her backward. She did not do it roughly, but somehow that gold basket got in the way.

Perhaps kitty's paw touched it, perhaps it was Vie's arm; but, at any rate, the basket was overturned. Down it fell, broken in pieces upon the floor!

Vie stared in surprise at the dreadful ruin and then stared at the oranges rolling helter-skelter under the stove.

"Who did that? How did it fall?" thought she.

But, the next moment, it came over her that she was herself the one to blame. Little Vie's forehead was wrinkled, her eyes were full of tears.

"I'll go tell Mamma I did it, and I'm sorry. No, I'll tell her kitty did it -- I guess kitty did do it. Naughty kitty!"

The little girl moved one foot, and then she stood still again. The clock ticked very loud -- you know how a clock does tick sometimes. "No, I won't tell Mamma anything; I won't go into the parlor at all. I'll go out in the yard, and then Mamma will think kitty broke the basket, for kitty will be in here all alone."

Vie took three steps toward the outside door, and then she stood still again, and the clock ticked worse than ever. It seemed as if the clock was watching to see Vie make up her mind.

"Tick, tock -- if you go and leave the kitty in here alone, it will be the same as a lie -- tick, tock -- same as a lie." It wasn't that the clock actually said that, but it sounded just like the clock.

"Will it be the same as a lie, a true lie?" said the child. "I will not tell a lie," said Vie, turning her back to the outside door and putting her foot down hard. "I will not tell a lie." And with that she ran into the parlor. She ran every step of the way as fast as she could run and sobbed out, "Oh, Mamma, it wasn't the kitty; it was I! But I didn't mean to at all!"

And her mamma kissed her and said she knew it was an accident.

(A Story to Tell, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004], p.102.)

Activity
Give everyone in your family a large sheet of newspaper. Challenge them to make a very small, tight ball out of the newspaper. Point out that wrinkling and working the newspaper first will help to soften it and make it more pliable.

Have everyone toss you their newspaper ball. Hold one up and help your family understand how making the newspaper balls is similar to earth life. During our lives we are often exposed to worldliness and wickedness. We may find that we have given in to temptation and sinned. We will feel unclean.

Instruct family members to look carefully at their hands. They will notice the residue of newsprint.

Pass out pre-moistened hand wipes and have everyone clean their hands. Ask them how it feels. Explain that the relief of repentance brings us joy.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Building Blocks for Better Lessons, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1998], p. 53.) Refreshment
Strawberry Whip

2 cups sliced strawberries
1⁄4 cup sugar
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1⁄2 cup pineapple juice
1 cup crushed ice

Sprinkle berries with sugar. Place in blender or food processor with yogurt and pineapple juice. Blend well. Add crushed ice. Blend. Makes two generous, frosty drinks.

(Julie Badger Jensen, The Essential Mormon Cookbook, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004], p. 12.)

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