Jun 9, 2014

The Lord's Covenant People (FHE)

Today's family home evening lesson was based on the Gospel Principles manual, chapter 15: The Lord's Covenant People.  I already did a basic family home evening lesson over the Abrahamic Covenant during our Follow the Prophet FHE series, so I decided to take a different spin on this lesson by focusing more on how we become a covenant making people through out baptismal and temple covenants.

Song: We sang song #95 from the primary Children's Songbook, I Love to See the Temple.  This is June's favorite song!  She was so happy to be singing it.  It goes as follows:

I love to see the temple.
I'm going there someday
To feel the Holy Spirit,
To listen and to pray.
For the temple is a house of God,
A place of love and beauty.
I'll prepare myself while I am young;
This is my sacred duty.
 
I love to see the temple.
I'll go inside someday.
I'll cov'nant with my Father;
I'll promise to obey.
For the temple is a holy place
Where we are sealed together.
As a child of God, I've learned this truth:
A fam'ly is forever.

Lesson: A covenant is a sacred agreement or mutual promise between God and a person.  In these covenants, we are promised special blessing through obedience to particular commandments.  From the very beginning, the Lord has made covenants with His children on earth.  When His people make these special promises with Him, they know exactly what He expects of them and what blessings they can expect from Him.  These covenants help us to better carryout out His work on the earth and give us strength, guidance, and peace.  Those whom the Lord makes covenants with are known as the Lord's covenant people.  We make covenants at baptism, in the temple, and we renew these covenants every time we take the sacrament.

God also makes covenants with particular persons or groups of people, like Adam, Enoch, Noah, the children of Israel, and Lehi (Moses 6:31-36, 52; Genesis 9:9-17; Exodus 19:5-6; 2 Nephi 1).  Concerning Abraham, the Lord promised him that he would have numberless decedents who would be entitled to receive the gospel, blessings of the priesthood, all the ordinances of exaltation, and would carry the gospel to all nations to bless all families on earth as long as they remained obedient to the commandments (Abraham 2:11; Genesis 17:4-8).  Actual descendants of Abraham are promised these blessings as well as adopted decedents through baptism (Abraham 2:10).

The fulness of the gospel is called the new and everlasting covenant which includes covenants made at baptism, during sacrament, in the temple, and at any other time.  When we accept the new and everlasting covenant, we agree to repent, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, receive our temple endowments, receive the covenant of eternal marriage in the temple, and follow and obey Christ to the end of our lives.  As we keep these covenants, Heavenly Father promises us that we will receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom (D&C 132:20-24).  The greatness of that promise is hard for mortals to understand.  All commandments the Lord gives us are for our benefit.

Activity: I set up 5 paper cups in a row.  I labeled them:  baptism, sacrament, temple endowment, temple marriage, and celestial kingdom.  That is the order I placed them as well, with baptism being first.  I then placed a piece of tape in front of the first cup and I dumped a bunch of coins by the tape. To top it off, I placed pictures of the temple and Christ at the end of the row.  With this set-up, we played Covenant Coin-Toss.  June had to toss a coin into each cup, but she had to do so in the order presented.  So, first she had to make a coin in the "baptism" cup before she could try for the "sacrament" cup, and so forth.  As she threw her coins, I told her that this is the order we receive our covenants.  She could continue making coins into the cups she already scored in because once we receive our own ordinances and covenants, we can go back and receive them vicariously for the dead.  As for sacrament, we take sacrament every Sunday, so she could score in the sacrament cup as much as she wanted.

June is pretty skilled at coin toss.
June loves games, so this one was a hit with her.  I do recommend playing on a hard surface as the cups kept falling over on the carpet.  Once each cup had a few coins, they stood better.

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