Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Family Home Evening Lesson # 54: STANDING FOR SOMETHING--OPTIMISM

1. Opening Prayer

2. Sing "Smiles" Children's Songbook pg. 267

3. Read 2 Nephi 2:25  Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

4. Read and discuss the following from Gordon B. Hinckley:

Let us not partake of the negative spirit so rife in our times. There is so much of the sweet and the decent and the beautiful to build upon. We are partakers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel means “good news!” The message of the Lord is one of hope and salvation! The voice of the Lord is a voice of glad tidings! The work of the Lord is a work of glorious accomplishment!

In a dark and troubled hour the Lord said to those He loved: “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

These great words of confidence are a beacon to each of us. In Him we may indeed have trust. For He and His promises will never fail.

I am asking that we stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. I am suggesting that as we go through life we “accentuate the positive.” I am asking that we look a little deeper for the good, that we still voices of insult and sarcasm, that we more generously compliment virtue and effort.

What I am suggesting is that each of us turn from the negativism that so permeates our society and look for the remarkable good among those with whom we associate, that we speak of one another’s virtues more than we speak of one another’s faults, that optimism replace pessimism, that our faith exceed our fears.

5. Closing Prayer

Additional Resources: Words of the Prophet: The Spirit of Optimism (New Era, July 2001)
Hope Ya Know, We Had a Hard Time (Ensign, Nov. 2008)
Sense of Humor (FHE Resource Book)

Monday, February 8, 2010


1. Opening Prayer

2. Sing "He Sent His Son" Children's Songbook pg. 34

3. Read John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

4. Read and discuss Jesus Christ: Our Savior and Redeemer from the May, 1992 Friend:

The first principle of our religion is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He can provide the hope and strength we need to rise above our human failings.

Jesus Christ was and is the Lord God Omnipotent. He is the Only Begotten Son of God in the flesh. He was the all-powerful creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the source of light and life to all things. His word is the law by which the universe is governed.

Even though He was God’s Son, Jesus was subjected to all the difficulties of mortality, such as “temptations, … hunger, thirst, and fatigue” (Mosiah 3:7).

He suffered the pains of all men in Gethsemane. “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;

“Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit” (D&C 19:16, 18).

He submitted Himself to humiliation and insults from His enemies without complaint or retaliation.

Finally, He endured flogging and the brutal shame of the cross. Only then did He voluntarily submit to death.

“No man taketh [my life] from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:18). Because He overcame death, all mankind will be resurrected.

I humbly testify that He is the same loving, compassionate Lord today as when He walked the dusty roads of Palestine. He is close to His servants on this earth. He cares about and loves each of us. He lives today as our Lord, our Master, our Savior, our Redeemer, and our God.

God bless us all to accept Him, worship Him, and follow Him.  (Ezra Taft Benson)

5. Closing Prayer

Additional Resources: Jesus Made Repentance Possible (FHE Resource Book, Lesson 10)
Jesus the Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit)
Jesus Praying in Gethsemane (Gospel Art Picture Kit)
The Resurrected Jesus Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit)
Jesus Christ is My Savior and Redeemer (Friend, Feb. 2010)