The lesson was based on the September 2014 first presidency message, Are We Prepared?.
"We should remember that the best storehouse system would be for every family in the Church to have a supply of food, clothing, and, where possible, other necessities of life."
" We urge all Latter-day Saints to be prudent in their planning, to be conservative in their living, and to avoid excessive or unnecessary debt. Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had a supply of food and clothing and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have a supply of debt and are food-free."
"We urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt. Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from this bondage. Save a little money regularly to gradually build a financial reserve.”
"Are we prepared for the emergencies in our lives? Are our skills perfected?"
Are our skills perfected?
Do we know everything we need to to be competitive if we lost our job?
Do we know evening we need to about emergency preparedness, like first aid, or how to shut off the gas? Do we have a plan of where to meet if we are separated in an emergency?
Do our families know how to do these things?
What does it mean to be sacred. We hold our patriarchal blessings sacred and our temple experiences and promptings from the Holy Ghost.
We don't talk about any of these things lightly, but when the spirit tells us on special occasions we do speak about them with reverence.
What about our repentance? Is it sacred? Are our sins that we have repented of sacred? We don’t talk about them lightly, but when the spirit tells us on special occasions we do speak about them with reverence.
From the Church’s emergency preparedness website:
Family Emergency Planning
Church members are encouraged to prepare a simple emergency plan. Items to consider may include:
- Three-month supply of food that is part of your normal daily diet.
- Longer-term supply of basic food items.
- Medication and first aid supplies.
- Clothing and bedding.
- Important documents.
- Ways to communicate with family following a disaster.
My youth lesson on using objects and experiences to teach.
How was your week this week?
Any questions from your other class?
Who is not here that should be in our class?
How did the Savior compare gospel truths to familiar objects and experiences?
" We can use stories to teach like the Savior as we relate our personal experiences and relate gospel principles to the world around us." - from the lesson outline
" Which of the parables of Jesus are most memorable to you, and why?" - from the lesson outline
1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Jesus took a child from the group. Maybe it was a child he knew, we don't know.
He placed the child in the midst of them. What does in the midst of them mean? Maybe it means he placed the child where they could all see it?
Are there things in the modern church where children are placed in the midst of us to show us an example to teach us something?
What about when the bishop calls a child to the pulpit and the child for graduating primary? It is to show the child that they have done something important and let the child perhaps share with us an article of faith
Is this just about the child? Or is it also about us being reminded that something important happened? And reminding us of our articles of faith and of when we were little children, before we became caught up in our friends, our technology, our school, our jobs.
What about when a child stands and is recognized for being baptized? Is that placing a child in our midst and Heavenly Father giving us the opportunity to remember and be taught by that child?
What about the part in Matthew 18 where he talks about offending a little child? Is this just about being mean to kids or acting in a way you should act in front of a child? Or is it a symbol of offending that which is innocent, like the spirit. Or is it about being a grown up, but not forgetting that we need to come to Father as a little child and if our behavior prevents that then we will not have lasting happiness and joy.
If a person does not have boundaries on their behavior they will not have not joy.
Sacrament ServiceThe Primary children presented a program to us.