For tonight's Family Home Evening the topic in which I have chosen is:
Based on the FIRST PRESIDENCY MESSAGE: Stand as a Light
Preparation: I hope and pray that you can use these ideas as a guideline and adjust them to the needs of your own specific family. Our prophet President Monson says, "We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. It can bring spiritual growth to each member of the family, helping him or her to withstand the temptations which are everywhere. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest." On Lds.org there are resources available in helping to make your Family Home Evenings successful, here is a link to that site on Family Home Evenings.
Invite a member of the family member say the prayer
Discuss any family business
Follow-up with last weeks FHE.
Scripture: Read: Isaiah 2:5
Family Home Evening Instruction:
Ask your family to think about a time when they were in the dark. It could have been at night in the bedroom, outside when the sun had gone down, or maybe even on a family vacation in the mountains when it became night time. Show the children a flashlight/lantern/or candle. Ask your family what these objects do. (answer: they give light) Ask your family why it would be important to have light in darkness? (answers might include, so you can see your way; to see; etc.)
Read the following from President Monson, in August 2015 First Presidency Message,
"I would like all of the youth of the Church to know that they are children of light. As such, they have a responsibility to be “as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15). They have a duty to share the truths of the gospel. They have a calling to stand as a temple beacon, reflecting gospel light to an increasingly dark world. They have a charge to keep their light aflame and burning brightly." (2015 August Ensign; First Presidency message: Stand as a Light)
We live in a world full of darkness, why would it be important to be a light? (answer: When we are a light we help show they way. We are examples. We open opportunities for the Holy Ghost to testify and touch hearts)
Give each family member the printable with the light house.
Read the rest of the First Presidency Message,
"In order for us to be “an example of the believers” (1 Timothy 4:12), we ourselves must believe. We must develop the faith necessary to survive spiritually and to project a light for others. We must nurture our testimony until it becomes an anchor to our lives.
Among the most effective ways to gain and keep the faith we need today is to read and study the scriptures and to pray frequently and consistently. To the youth of the Church, I say, if you haven’t done so, develop now a habit of daily scripture study and prayer. Without these two essential practices, outside influences and the sometimes-harsh realities of life can dim or even extinguish your light.
The teenage years are not easy. They are prime years when Satan will tempt you and do his utmost to entice you from the path which will lead you back to your heavenly home. But as you read and pray and as you serve and obey, you will come to know better “the light which shineth in darkness” (D&C 6:21), our Exemplar and our strength—even the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Light we are to hold up to dispel the gathering darkness (see 3 Nephi 18:24).
With a strong testimony of the Savior and His restored gospel, you have limitless opportunities to shine. They surround you each day, in whatever circumstances you find yourselves. As you follow the example of the Savior, yours will be the opportunity to be a light, as it were, in the lives of those around you—whether they be members of your own family, classmates, co-workers, mere acquaintances, or total strangers.
When you are a light to the world, people around you will feel a special spirit that will make them want to associate with you and follow your example.
I plead with parents and leaders of our youth to help them stand firm for truth and righteousness. Help open wide to their view the gates of learning, of understanding, and of service in the kingdom of God. Build within them strength to resist the temptations of the world. Give them the will to walk in virtue and faith, to be prayerful, and to look to heaven as their constant anchor.
To our youth, I say, our Heavenly Father loves you. May you feel also the love which Church leaders have for you. May you ever have a desire to serve your Heavenly Father and His Son. And may you always walk in truth and stand as a light among God’s children." (2015 August Ensign; First Presidency message: Stand as a Light)
Invite your family to write on their paper some ways they can be a light to the world. Invite each family member to share some ideas. Share ways you can help each other in your family share their light. Evaluate how each member is doing with
"• Share the gospel
• Develop faith
• Be a light to others
• Nurture your testimony until it becomes an anchor to your life
• Read and study the scriptures
• Pray frequently and consistently
• Obey" (2015 August Ensign; First Presidency message: Stand as a Light)
Also how the family is doing with Family Prayer, Family Scripture Study, and Family Home Evening. Make a plan to SHINE BRIGHTER in these areas.
Close by sharing your testimony of the need and importance of Standing as a light.
Close with a Family Prayer.
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