Sep 12, 2014

Sacrifice (FHE)

I know this is late in being posted, I've been under the weather lately.  But still, here it is!  Family Home Evening this week was based off of the Gospel Principles manual chapter 26: Sacrifice.

Song:  We sang song #34, He Sent His Son, from the Primary Children's Songbook.  It goes as follows:

How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?
He sent his Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.

How could the Father show the world the pathway we should go?
He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may know.
How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?
He sent his Son to die for us and rise with living breath.
What does the Father ask of us? What do the scriptures say?
Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.
What does he ask? Live like his Son.

Lesson:  Sacrifice means giving to the Lord whatever He requires of our time, our earthly possessions, and our energies to further His work.  Our willingness to sacrifice is an indication of our devotion to God.  From the time of Adam and Eve to the time of Jesus Christ, the Lord’s people practiced the law of sacrifice. They were commanded to offer as sacrifices the firstlings of their flocks. These animals had to be perfect, without blemish. The ordinance was given to remind the people that Jesus Christ, the Firstborn of the Father, would come into the world. He would be perfect in every way, and He would offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. (Moses 5:5–8.)  Christ’s atoning sacrifice marked the end of sacrifices by the shedding of blood. Such outward sacrifice was replaced by the ordinance of the sacrament. The ordinance of the sacrament was given to remind us of the Savior’s great sacrifice.

Even though sacrifice by the shedding of blood was ended, the Lord still asks us to sacrifice.  “Ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood, … and your burnt offerings shall be done away. … And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit” (3 Nephi 9:19–20). A “broken heart and a contrite spirit” means that we offer deep sorrow for our sins as we humble ourselves and repent of them.  Only through sacrifice can we become worthy to live in the presence of God. Only through sacrifice can we enjoy eternal life. Many who have lived before us have sacrificed all they had. We must be willing to do the same if we would earn the rich reward they enjoy.

Many examples could be given of those who sacrifice for the Lord. Yet a place in our Heavenly Father’s kingdom is worth any sacrifice we have to make of our time, talents, energy, money, and lives. Through sacrifice we can obtain a knowledge from the Lord that we are acceptable to Him (D&C 97:8).

Activity:  I got this activity from LDS Family Fun.  We made up this paper alter, and on the word slips June helped me come up with ways we can sacrifice today to the Lord.  She came up with things like always be good no matter what, be nice, go to church all the time.  I taped them onto the alter with the little fire pieces and June now has it in her room.  She loved giving her own answers and taping the fire pieces to them.

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