Thursday, July 16, 2009

Family Home Evening Lesson #7: I WILL STRENGTHEN MY FAMILY

1. Opening Prayer

2. Sing "Home" Children's Songbook pg. 192

3. Read Mosiah 4:13 And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably.

4. Read and discuss the following from "Our Family Will Be Strong" in the July 2009 Friend.

A rope is made up of many strands that are tightly woven together. If one strand is broken or cut, it weakens the rope. Your family can be compared to a rope. Each member can represent a strand. When you work together for good, the whole family becomes stronger. Every family member has a responsibility to help strengthen one another.

Think about Nephi and how he helped strengthen his family. While they were traveling in the wilderness, Nephi’s bow broke. They couldn’t get any food, and they were all tired and hungry. Many family members were angry with Nephi, and they murmured against the Lord.

Nephi didn’t murmur or get angry. He made another bow out of wood and an arrow out of a straight stick. He asked his father, Lehi, where he should go to hunt for food. Nephi was then able to get food for his family. They were happy, and they humbled themselves and gave thanks unto the Lord. (1 Nephi 16).

You and your family members can help each other be strong by praying together, helping each other, showing kindness and love, reading scriptures together, enjoying activities together, and having family home evening.

Then read and discuss the following quote from Thomas S. Monson:

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. The thoughts we think, the deeds we do, the lives we live not only influence the success of our earthly journey, they also mark the way to our eternal goals.

5. Closing Prayer

Additional Resources: I Will Be a Strong Link (Friend, Feb. 2009)
Love At Home (FHE Resource Book, Lesson 17)
Family Unity (FHE Resource Book, Lesson 21)
Gospel Art Picture Kit: Family Togetherness

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