LDS Family Home Evening // Jesus Asks Us to Clothe the Naked

12.10.2017

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 200/GAB 30: The Birth of Jesus, GAK 240: Jesus the Christ, GAK 512: Heber J. Grant, maze page, crayons, scripture match-up, pen or pencil.


Scripture: "[I was] naked, and ye clothed me." - Matthew 25:36

Opening Song: Kindness Begins With Me (PCS #145)

Lesson:

When Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, Heavenly Father gave them clothes made of animal skins.  Clothing Adam and Eve was one of the first acts of service the Lord extended to His people on earth.  There are many times in the scriptures when we learn that clothes are more important than they seem.

(display The Birth of Jesus)


The baby Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes before he was laid in the manger.  Joseph in Egypt was given a Coat of Many Colors by his family.  A very sick woman was healed when she touched the very bottom of Christ's robe.  Captain Moroni made the Title of Liberty out of a piece of his coat.  When Jesus comes again he will wear a red robe.

(display Jesus the Christ)


Clothes protect us from harsh weather and keep us safe, but having the clothes we need can also make us feel worthy and not forgotten.  Those who cannot buy the clothes they need are often embarrassed and ashamed, even though it is not their fault.

(display picture of Heber J. Grant)



I'm going to tell you a true story from the life of Heber J. Grant, who was a Latter-day Prophet of our church.

When Heber was young his family was very poor. Young Heber J. Grant worked hard in his thin, worn jacket. His family didn’t have money to buy a new coat. Heber’s mother surprised him when she gave him a new, warm winter coat. She had worked hard to sew it for him. Heber thanked his mother and rushed out the door to play. His coat was so warm he hardly noticed the cold weather!

As Heber raced down the streets, something caught his eye as he ran past an alley. Heber slowly peeked around the corner. He watched as a young boy in a thin, ragged sweater touched in front of an exhaust grate to try to get warm. Heber knew how cold that boy must be. He knew the boy needed help. When Heber came home, his mother immediately noticed he was not wearing his coat. "Heber, where is your coat?” she asked. Heber told his mother that he gave the coat to the boy in the alley. He began to cry. He didn’t want his mother to be sad that he gave away the coat. Heber’s mother was not sad. She hugged Heber. She was proud of him.

Share the Mormon Channel's video The Coat.  If you cannot view it below click here.


When Heber gave the little boy his coat he gave him more than warm hands.  Heber helped him feel important and that somebody loved him.

Along with things like food and shelter, clothing is a basic need. It covers us and can keep us warm. We can share with people to help them get the items they need. We can help clothe others just as Jesus taught and as Heber J. Grant did.  When we help clothe others we bless them and we are also blessed.

This week our family is going to work together to follow the Savior's instructions to clothe the naked.

WE CAN:
- Collect clothes we no longer need that are still nice and donate them to a charity.
- Purchase new winter coats, gloves, socks, or hats and donate them to a shelter.
- Tie small, fleece, blankets for a local NICU.
- Buy preemie sized sleepers and donate them to a local NICU.
- Donate to a local charity that supplies clothing for those in need.

NOTE: If you are participating in the 2017 Light The World campaign the day for this prompt is Saturday, December 16th.

Bear your testimony about how blessed we are when we follow the Saviors commandment to clothe others.  Share a certain piece of clothing from your life and why it was so special to you (wedding dress, baby blessing dress, baptism clothes, baby blanket, etc).

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Activity: 

FOR SMALL KIDS // Mittens Maze 
(included in Lesson download)



FOR OLDER KIDS & TEENS // Sacred Clothing Match-Up
(included in Lesson download)



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A Year of FHE // A free Family Home Evening about "Clothing the Naked" that goes along with the #LightTheWorld Christmas campaign. This lesson talks about how important clothing is to our bodies and our spirits. Inlcudes a song, scripture, lesson, video, and two free downloads; a maze for kids and a scripture match-up for older kids and teens! #lds #familyhomeevening #charity

LDS Family Home Evening // Jesus Taught Us to Visit the Sick

12.03.2017

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 215/GAB 41: Jesus Blessing Jairus’s Daughter, GAK 516: Harold B. Lee, coloring page, crayons, pen or pencil.


Scripture: ...I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as...visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants. - Mosiah 4:26

Opening Song: I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus - BOTH VERSES (PCS #78)

Lesson:

In the Bible we learn that Jesus often visited the sick.  One story, found in Luke chapter 5 tells of a time when Christ raised a girl from the dead.

A 12-year-old girl lay in her bed, growing sicker and sicker. Her parents watched helplessly. They could do nothing to save her. Then they remembered amazing stories they had heard about a man living among them named Jesus. People said He could heal the sick and make blind people see. Maybe He could save their daughter’s life!

The girl’s father, Jairus, ran to find Jesus. He begged Jesus to heal his daughter. Then a messenger came with terrible news. It was too late. The girl had already died. “Be not afraid,” Jesus said to Jairus, “only believe” (Mark 5:36).

When Jesus and Jairus arrived at Jairus’s house, they went into the room where the girl was lying. Jesus took the girl by the hand and told her to arise.

(display Jesus Blessing Jairus’s Daughter)



When she stood up, her parents were amazed. Jesus had brought their daughter back to life! That day Jesus showed how much He cared for the girl and her family by taking the time to go and visit them.

We can be like Jesus and visit the sick.  We may not be able to heal them physically, but we can make them feel better by visiting with them.  Sick people often spend a lot of time in bed, away from pother people. That can make them feel lonely.  A visit makes them know we care about them and takes away their loneliness. You have the power to help them feel better!

There are a few things to remember when you visit the sick:
1. Let them talk more than you talk.
2. Always visit with a smile and a happy attitude.
3. Don't stay too long.
4. Leave them with an uplifting message or a prayer.

This week our family is going to take the opportunity to be more like the Savior by Visiting the Sick. We will bless others by lightening their burden and also fill our own hearts with the spirit! 

(display the picture of Harold B. Lee)



The Latter-day Prophet, Harold B. Lee, said: “The greatest miracles I see today are not necessarily the healing of sick bodies, but the … healing of sick souls, those who are sick in soul and spirit and are downhearted and distraught...We are reaching out to all such, because they are precious in the sight of the Lord, and we want no one to feel that they are forgotten.”

(Plan a visit to a local nursing home, to visit an ill ward member, a friend who is ill, or to donate new coloring books to a children's hospital.  Make sure to plan a specifi date and time and put it on your calendar for this week.)

NOTE: If you are participating in the 2017 Light The World campaign the day for this prompt is Saturday, December 9th.


Bear your testimony about how important it is to visit the sick. You may share an experience from your own life when you were ill and how a visit from a friend made you feel.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Activity: 

FOR SMALL KIDS // Coloring Page 
(included in Lesson download)



FOR OLDER KIDS & TEENS // Visiting the Sick Crossword Puzzle
(included in Lesson download)



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A Year of FHE // This is a perfect Family Home Evening to go along with the #LightTheWorld calendar this year (2017).  This teaches about how Jesus visited the sick and then shares how we can visit the sick and why it's important.  This free download includes a song, scripture, lesson, and two acitivities you can print at home. A coloring page for small children and a crossword for older kids and teens! #lds #illness #sick

LDS Light The World 2017 Service Calendar for Young Mens and Young Womens (great for TEENS)!

11.28.2017


Last year's Light The World Children's Service Calendar that I made took on a life of its own! This year I made an updated version for the 2017 Advent (find the Kid's version HERE) and many of you asked for a version for Young Men and Young Women! So I made those too!

PLEASE NOTE: I have provided this calendar as a free download for anyone to use and print, as many times as they want. I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO change the colors, change the fonts, email you a copy directly, make this file editable for you, change any of the daily prompts, or customize this file for you in any way. Please enjoy it exactly how it is.



The Light the World campaign for 2017 is very similar to the 2016 version.  Instead of simple phrases for each day, this year has scriptures that guide us to light the world with the light of Jesus Christ!  Christ, himself, taught with repetition and these calendars do the same.

{{ CLICK HERE to see the official mormon.org calendar for adults. }}

Feel free to print as many of these as you want for friends, families, and your Ward or Stake.

Please tag me on social media as you share your photos of your families, primarys, grandchildren, and children using this calendar. It makes my heart burst with happiness and makes the time and effort I put into this freebie so worth it!

READ THIS BEFORE YOU DOWNLOAD: My heart has truly been broken this year as I have seen sisters from the church copying my calendar and offering it in Facebooks Groups as their own download. This is stealing. Period. YOU CANNOT make this black and white, shrink it to one page, change its formatting, change the colors, drag and drop it onto your own background, or offer it as a download in any way, shape, or form.  I would love it if you would share the link to this blog post with your friends and neighbors.  Please start off the Light The World campaign with an honest heart.



For more Light The World inspiration and  service ideas, go to MORMON.ORG!




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