Apr 2, 2015

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ (FHE)

This Family Home Evening lesson is based on Chapter 44: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ, from the LDS Gospel Principles Manual.  It goes along well with last week's lesson on Signs of the Second Coming.  To save time, both could be merged together for one lesson.

Song: We sang song #82 from the Primary Children's Songbook, When He Comes Again.  It goes as follows:
I wonder, when he comes again, Will herald angels sing?
Will earth be white with drifted snow, Or will the world know spring?
I wonder if one star will shine Far brighter than the rest;
Will daylight stay the whole night through? Will songbirds leave their nests?
I'm sure he'll call his little ones Together 'round his knee,
Because he said in days gone by, "Suffer them to come to me."
I wonder, when he comes again, Will I be ready there
To look upon his loving face And join with him in prayer?

Each day I'll try to do his will And let my light so shine

That others seeing me may seek For greater light divine.

Then, when that blessed day is here, He'll love me and he'll say,

"You've served me well, my little child; Come unto my arms to stay."

Lesson: Forty days after His Resurrection, Jesus and His Apostles were gathered together on the Mount of Olives. The time had come for Jesus to leave the earth. He had completed all the work that He had to do at that time. He was to return to our Heavenly Father until the time of His Second Coming (Acts 1:11).

When Jesus Christ comes again to the earth, He will do the following things:
1. He will cleanse the earth (D&C 101:24–25).
2. He will judge His people (Matthew 25:31–46, Revelation 20:4–5), FHE in two weeks will be on Judgement.
3. He will usher in the Millenium (D&C 88:96, Revelation 3:12), and next week's FHE will be on this.
4.  He will complete the first Resurrection.  Those who have obtained the privilege of coming forth in the resurrection of the just will rise from their graves. They will be caught up to meet the Savior as He comes down from heaven. (See D&C 88:97–98.)
5. He will take His rightful place as King of Heaven and of Earth (Zechariah 14:9; Revelation 11:15; 1 Nephi 22:24–26).

When Jesus Christ was born, very few people knew that the Savior of the world had come. When He comes again, there will be no doubt who He is. No one knows the exact time that the Savior will come again. “Of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36; see also D&C 49:7).  The best way we can prepare for the Savior’s coming is to accept the teachings of the gospel and make them part of our lives. We should live each day the best we can, just as Jesus taught when He was on the earth. We can look to the prophet for guidance and follow his counsel. We can live worthy to have the Holy Ghost guide us. Then we will look forward to the Savior’s coming with happiness and not with fear.

Activity: I found this cute lamp about the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13).  I just set the lamp paper out and told June the parable.  I then explained how we need to make sure we are prepared for the Second Coming by filling our lamps with oil now.  I asked June what she can do to prepare herself.  With the help of my Dad, she listed off things we can do to prepare for the second coming and as she did I handed her a paper oil drop to put in her lamp.

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