May 7, 2014

Scriptures (FHE)

We enjoyed an extra-special Family Home Evening this Monday because June's grandpa and uncles joined us!  The lesson was based on the Gospel Principles manual chapter 10, Scriptures.

Song:  We all sang from the primary Children's Songbook, song #109:  Search, Ponder, and Pray. It goes as follows:

1. I love to read the holy scriptures,
And, ev'ry time I do,
I feel the Spirit start to grow within my heart-
A testimony that they're true.
2. So, prayerfully I'll read the scriptures
Each day my whole life through.
I'll come to understand.
I'll heed the Lord's command
And live as he would have me do.
Chorus: Search, ponder, and pray
Are the things that I must do.
The Spirit will guide, and, deep inside,
I'll know the scriptures are true.
Lesson:   The scriptures are available to us today.  When the Lord's servants speak or write under the influence of the Holy Ghost, their words become scripture (D&C 68:4).  The Lord has always commanded His prophets to keep a record of His revelations and His dealings with His children so we can all benefit and learn from them (2 Nephi 29:11).  There have been scriptures even in Adam's time.

The Bible is a collection of sacred writings that cover many centuries, from the time of Adam through the time when the Apostles of Jesus Christ lived.  The Bible contains the records of prophets and apostles in the eastern hemisphere.  It contains the Old Testament, which is writings before Christ's birth and contains many revelations about the coming of our Savior.  The New Testament tells of the life of that Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Book of Mormon is a sacred record of some of the people who lived on the American continents between about 2000BC and 400AD.  It contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ (D&C 20:9).  The Book of Mormon also tells of the visit Jesus Christ made to the people in the Americas after His Resurrection.  Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon into English through the gift and power of God.  The Book of Mormon is the keystone to our religion in three ways:  it is the keystone in our witness of Christ, it is the keystone of our doctrine, and it is the keystone of testimony.  The Book of Mormon teaches truth and bears testimony of Christ.

The Doctrine and Covenants is a collection of modern revelation.  It contains the revelations regarding the Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored in these latter-days.  Several sections explain the organization of the Church and define the functions and offices of the Priesthood.  Some sections contain glorious truths that were lost to the world for hundreds of years (D&C 76, D&C 88).  Some sections contain prophecies of what is to come (D&C 133).

The Pearl of Great Price contains the book of Moses, the book of Abraham, and some inspired writings of Joseph Smith.  It clarifies doctrines and teachings that were lost from the Bible and gives added information concerning the Creation, the gospel, the nature of God, and the Priesthood.

In addition to these four books of scripture, the inspired words of our living prophets become scripture to us.  These come from conferences and are published in the Liahona and the Ensign magazines.  "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and all we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God" (Articles of Faith 1:9).

We should study the scriptures every day and share these truths with our family.  We must feed our minds with the truth and righteousness found in the scriptures to avoid the evils of the world.  As we read, ponder, and pray about the scriptures seeking for understanding, the Holy Ghost will bear witness to us of the truth of these things.

Side 1

Side 2

Something is missing...
Activity: I made a 6-piece puzzle.  One one side was a picture of the Savior.  On the other side, I put a picture of each book of Scripture in each piece:  Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, and the General Conference Ensign.  I then hid each piece in their respective actual book of scripture and marked a passage (I just have each person pick their favorite from that particular book of scripture).  I game each book of scripture to family members.  June had to search the scriptures and have the designated passage read in order to obtain the puzzle piece.  She found that the picture of Christ became more complete as she searched more books of scripture.  The picture wasn't complete, however, without the modern day revelation we receive from the living prophets, which was represented by the Ensign.  Once she searched all 6 books and received all 6 pieces did she have a complete picture of Christ.
Reading the Book of Mormon with Aunt Linzy to get her puzzle piece.

She put the whole puzzle together after searching all the scriptures.

June loves puzzles, and she loves playing with her uncles and grandpa, so this activity went well.  She really enjoyed having to search the scriptures to find the pieces.  She already loves reading the scripture so this activity was perfect for her.

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