Year 02 / Lesson 47: Financial Responsibility

11.19.2011


What You'll Need: LDS hymnal, printed copy of the Monthly Money Game.


Quote:  "Money in the lives of Latter-day Saints should be used as a means of achieving eternal happiness...God will open the windows of heaven to us in these matters if we will but live close to Him and keep His commandments". - Elder Marvin J. Ashton

Opening Song: Count Your Blessings (PCS #241, vs. 3)

Lesson:

Heavenly Father has blessed us with everything we have. Our home, our family and all of our blessings.  To live as a family we have to make and use money.  Heavenly Father has told us to use our money wisely so our family can be happy, healthy and prepared for emergencies.
The Prophets council us to get a good education so we can earn a living. We must work hard and do our best at all times in order to provide for our families.  They have counseled us to use our money wisely. Here are some of their suggestions.


- Pay an honest tithing. We have been commanded to pay 10% of our income to the church and to also pay Fast Offerings. When we pay these things we will be blessed.

- Live on less than you earn. We should try to keep our expenses (amount of money we spend each month) to less than the amount of money we make. President N. Eldon Tanner said, "I am convinced that it is not the amount of money an individual earns that brings peace of mind as much as it is having control of his money."

- Learn to distinguish between needs and wants.  Sometimes we really want something because it would be fun to have, but that doesn't mean that we need that thing.  We should spend money on things we need before spending money on things we want.

- Develop and live within a budget. A budget means you write down how much money you make and how you want to spend that money. Then you must only spend the money you decided to spend and keep track of it carefully.  "...successful people have learned that a budget makes real economic freedom possible." (President N. Eldon Tanner)

- Save for the future. We never know when we will need extra money. Sometimes things break or someone gets sick and we need to have some money saved to make it possible to still pay our other bills.  "How blessed is he who learns to spend less than he earns and puts something away for a rainy day." (President N. Eldon Tanner)

- Stay out of debt when you can.  Debt is when you borrow money to get something you need, but when you pay it back you have to pay back even more than you borrowed.  The Prophets have said it's okay to use debt to buy a home or pay for college, but we should be careful not to go into debt for things we don't really need.  Gordon B. Hinckley said,“Set your houses in order. If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts”

Bear your testimony about the hard work, energy and blessings that provide your family income and the responsibility we have to use our money wisely.You may choose to include your testimony of paying an honest tithe, even when it is hard or share a time when your savings helped you in an emergency.

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

Activity: 

The Entire Family // Monthly Money Game


A Year of FHE // Your kids will have SO MUCH FUN playing this game that teaches them about finances and learning about WANTS vs. NEEDS. This is such a great activity for the entire family! This is part of an entire FHE about Financial Responsibility that is a free download! #lds #mormon


Teens and Adults // Read "One for the Money" by Marvin J. Ashton


A Year of FHE // THis is a great resource for teens and adults to learn about how to better manage their finances.  This is part of an entire FHE about Financial Responsibility that is a free download! #lds #mormon

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A Year of FHE // Your kids will have SO MUCH FUN playing this game that teaches them about finances and learning about WANTS vs. NEEDS. This is such a great activity for the entire family! This is part of an entire FHE about Financial Responsibility that is a free download! #lds #mormon

10 Way Righteous Comments:

Anonymous said...

Great lesson for adults and children.

Emily Foley said...

We're doing this lesson tonight, I can't wait to see how the boys do. I know they're going to spend all their money on McDonald's and toys.

Meredith said...

We did this tonight and my 5 year old loved it! The game was perfect. Thanks!

Family Times said...

Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge. It is obvious you care about teaching what is important. I especially appreciate that you use quotes directly from our church leaders. Thank you! Thank you!

The Wyler Family said...

Thank you!

momof4 said...

I am going to use this lesson for my Bear Den cub scouts to learn about saving money

Thanks

love bug momma said...

Thank you for the fun lesson about learning the importance of spending wisely. I am planning on using it for an Activity Days lesson.

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Chelsea said...

Where is the link to the game? It just pulls up a jpg for me?

Emilie // A Year of FHE said...

Chelsea, It's in the lesson download at the top of the post. The orange button! :)

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