Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Great Lesson...

Abby did the lesson for family night a week ago, and it was such a great lesson, one that is mentioned several times in the scriptures. We talked about Elder Kevin Pearson's April conference address called "Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ". You can click on the title to read the whole message, but here are a few quotes that I absolutely loved:

We can give our children education, lessons, athletics, the arts, and material possessions, but if we do not give them faith in Christ, we have given little."

“Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith”. Do your children know that you know? Do they see and feel your conviction? “Strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

"Faith and fear cannot coexist. One gives way to the other. The simple fact is we all need to constantly build faith and overcome sources of destructive disbelief. The Savior’s teaching comparing faith to a grain of mustard seed recognizes this reality (see Matthew 13:31–32). Consider it this way: our net usable faith is what we have left to exercise after we subtract our sources of doubt and disbelief. You might ask yourself this question: “Is my own net faith positive or negative?” If your faith exceeds your doubt and disbelief, the answer is likely positive. If you allow doubt and disbelief to control you, the answer might be negative.

He goes on to talk about things that can erode our faith, and mentions specifically 6 D's that can destroy our faith in God. I think these are probably as important as President Hinckley's B's!

"These Six Destructive Ds—doubt, discouragement, distraction, lack of diligence, disobedience, and disbelief—all erode and destroy our faith. We can choose to avoid and overcome them."

Then we did an object lesson that Abby was in charge of, where we planted our own "seeds of faith". We set the seeds in a little baggie on top of a wet paper towel, and hoped that they would grow. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical, but my children must have great faith, because those seeds grew and grew within just a few days--with no oxygen, and no sunlight, just sitting on the counter. It was a great visual reminder of a great principle! I really felt like my children grasped the idea, and it was a great lesson! It doesn't always work out that way at our house--(ask my children about the lesson on "Reverence and Respect" a few weeks ago that ended in weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth--yeah, it was THAT bad)so I was grateful! Thanks Abby for a great night!



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