Dec 27, 2014

The Family can be Eternal (FHE)

Last week for Family Home Evening, I taught June about how the family can be together forever.  I based my lesson on the Gospel Principles manual, chapter 36: the Family can be Eternal.

Song: We sang "Families can be Together Forever," song #188 from the Primary Children's Songbook.  This song is special to me as it was one of my Mother's favorite Primary songs.  She would sing it to us often, especially before bed.  Now that she has passed on, it is even more significant to me as I remember with each reiteration that our family will be together forever.  It goes as follows:

1. I have a fam'ly here on earth.
They are so good to me.

I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
2. While I am in my early years,

I'll prepare most carefully,

So I can marry in God's temple for eternity.
Chorus: Fam'lies can be together forever

Through Heav'nly Father's plan.

I always want to be with my own family,

And the Lord has shown me how I can.

The Lord has shown me how I can.

Lesson:  Families can be together forever. To enjoy this blessing we must be married in the temple. When people are married outside the temple, the marriage ends when one of the partners dies. When we are married in the temple by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood, we are married for time and eternity. If we keep our covenants with the Lord, our families will be united eternally as husband, wife, and children. Death cannot separate us.

Husbands and wives should be thoughtful and kind to each other. They should also try to do everything possible to make each other happy.  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.

President Harold B. Lee taught, “The most important of the Lord’s work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes."  All of us want to have happy, successful families. The following things will help us achieve this:

1. Have family prayer every night and morning (3 Nephi 18:21). Pray together as husband and wife.
2. Teach children the gospel every week in family home evening.
3. Study the scriptures regularly as a family.
4. Do things together as a family, such as work projects, outings, and decision making.
5. Learn to be kind, patient, long-suffering, and charitable (Moroni 7:45–48).
6. Attend Church meetings regularly (D&C 59:9–10).
7. Follow the counsel of the Lord in D&C 88:119: “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”
8. Keep a family history, perform temple work together, and receive the sealing ordinances of the temple.

Our family can be sealed in the temple for time and eternity
Activity:  I had two envelopes.  One signified civil marriages and the other eternal marriages.  The eternal marriage envelope had a picture of June's favorite temple on it, the Oakland temple.  Then, I cut out pictures of each of our family members.  I asked June, "Do you like being with our family?"  She responded with an enthusiastic "Yes!"  I then took the family paper dolls and placed them into the civil marriage envelope.  I told her that while we're on this earth we are a family, but when we pass on (I tipped the envelope over and the dolls all came out) we are not bound to each other as a family anymore.  June didn't like that one bit.

June wants to have a forever family!
Then, I placed the family paper dolls into the temple envelope.  I explained that when we are married in the temple, we are sealed together for time and all eternity--and this means to our children as well and every generation that continues as long as they are sealed.  I licked the envelope and sealed it shut.  I told her that we are a family while on the earth, and after we pass on (I tipped the envelope over and shook it), we are still sealed together as a family forever!  That made June much happier.  I told her this is why temple marriage is so important, because we want to be with our loved ones forever.

Salt Lake City Temple

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