Sunday, July 25, 2010

Today's Lesson

so i get a little into my lessons. 
i get to teach the Gospel Essentials class each week (which i know is VERY rare in Utah family wards to get to teach each week). and i LoVe all those that voluntarily come and participate. we have had incredible discussions. 

the next two week's lessons are on families. i really really really like this topic. so, i thought i'd share: 
 
The Family Can be Eternal

Julie B. Beck, Teaching the Doctrine of the Family, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion Satellite Broadcast, August 4, 2009
As I’ve met with young single adults around the world, I ask these questions: Why does the First Presidency care so much about the youth of the Church, and why do they invest so much? In their focus groups and their firesides, these are the answers I get, and you should be interested in these answers. You might ask your own students these questions. They say: “Well, we are the future Church leaders.” “Education is the key to success.” “We need training so we can stay strong.” “Our testimonies are strengthened in our
classes.” “We need to meet other great Latter-day Saint youth.” “We are the hope of the future.” One said, “We appreciate it.” Another one said, “Well, they spend so much money on us because we’re worth it.”
 
I was very interested in those answers. You have to know that after pushing hard and receiving response after response, I have rarely heard, “So I will someday be a better father, or a better mother, or a better family leader.” Family is rarely on their minds. Their responses are generally about self, and of course we know this is the time of life they’re in. They’re living in a very self-interested time of life, but they aren’t thinking about family.
 
The Creation of the earth was the creation of an earth where a family could live. It was a creation of a man and a woman who were the two essential halves of a family. It was not about a creation of a man and a woman who happened to have a family. It was intentional all along that Adam and Eve form an eternal family. It was part of the plan that these two be sealed and form an eternal family unit. That was the plan of happiness.
 
The Fall provided a way for the family to grow. Through the leadership of Eve and Adam, they chose to have a mortal experience. The Fall made it possible for Adam and Eve to have a family, to have sons and daughters. They needed to grow in numbers and grow in experience. The Fall provided that for the family.
The Atonement allows for the family to be sealed together eternally. It allows for families to have eternal growth and perfection. The plan of happiness and the plan of salvation was a plan created for families. I don’t think very many of the rising generation understand that the main pillars of our theology are centered in the family.
 
Without the family, there is no plan; there is no reason for it.
 
Korihor was an anti-Christ. Anti-Christ is antifamily. Any doctrine or principle our youth hear from the world that is antifamily is also anti-Christ. It’s that clear. They need to know that if it’s antifamily, it’s anti-Christ. An anti- Christ is antifamily. We are in danger of getting a generation like we see described in Mosiah 26, where many of the rising generation don’t believe in the traditions of their fathers, and they become a separate people as to their faith and remain so ever after. Despite all the money, all the effort you put in, they could be led away if they don’t understand their part in the plan.

From the Manual
  • The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children
  • Parents are partners with our Heavenly Father.
  • President David O. McKay said, “With all my heart I believe that the best place to prepare for … eternal life is in the home” (“Blueprint for Family Living,” Improvement Era, Apr. 1963, 252). At home, with our families, we can learn self-control, sacrifice,loyalty, and the value of work. We can learn to love, to share, and to serve one another.
  • If we keep our covenants with the Lord, our families will be united eternally as husband, wife, and children.
  • As family members we can help each other feel confident by giving encouragement and sincere praise. Each child should feel important. Parents need to show they are interested in what their children do and express love and concern for their children. Children should likewise show their love for their parents. They should be obedient and try to live the kind of life that will bring honor to their parents and to their family name.

2 Ne. 25: 26
And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission their sins.
Jacob 3: 7 
Behold, their husbands love their wives and their wives love their husbands; and their husbands and their wives love their children;
and their unbelief and their hatred towards you is because of the iniquity of their fathers; wherefore, how much better are you than they, in the sight of your great Creator?
Enos 1: 1 
Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—

  • Why did our Heavenly Father send us to earth in families?
    • Why is the home the best place to prepare for eternal life?
  • What is a successful family?
    • What can parents do to encourage their children to be each other’s best friends?
    • What has helped your family get through difficult times?
    • How has family prayer, family scripture study, family councils, family meal times, and family home evening made a difference in your home?

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