Saturday, June 29, 2013

Why Are Ordinances Important In My Life?

Get this week's lesson here and here.

This week I'm combining two lessons.  Elder Dennise B. Neuenschwander of the seventy once said at a BYU Fireside, "Ordinances and Covenants can hardly be understood apart from each other."

PART ONE: ORDINANCES

This week we'll get the room with the whiteboard!!!  As you can tell, my life is pretty eventful when whiteboards are the most exciting part of my week.  I'm trying to decide how I want to set it up...


I think I'll post the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Articles of Faith,
have the girls list some saving ordinances in the middle and review them, 
and put up a picture of the story of the Waters of Mormon,
and a picture of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies.  BAM.  SOLID.

When we talk about baptism, I want to read the story about the Waters of Mormon...
(Mosiah 18:1-17)

This is one of my favorite baptism stories!  We have a family Book of Mormon that we read from at home and in the footnotes it shows a picture of what this place might have looked like.  It makes me want to take a trip to Guatemala!

This story's great for reviewing TEMPLE ORDINANCES

The winter of 1845–46 was a difficult one for the Saints in Nauvoo. Many of them were forced to leave their homes and businesses. Yet the work of completing the temple and doing temple ordinances continued with the work of building wagons and gathering provisions.
The Saints were so eager to receive the temple ordinances that they thronged the temple night and day. On 3 February 1846, assuring the assembled Saints that the temple had served its purpose and that they would build temples in the West, President Brigham Young suggested that they pack their wagons and leave Nauvoo.
He walked to the door, put on his coat and hat, and left the temple. When he was some distance away, he turned and looked back. Not a soul had followed him.
Like the Savior, who took pity on the throngs that pleaded with him to stay, President Young turned around and walked back. He found the temple “filled to overflowing,” and, he recalled, “We continued at work diligently in the House of the Lord.” That day, 295 Saints received temple ordinances. (History of the Church, 7:579.)




PART TWO: COVENANTS
Think of a time when someone made a promise to you but never kept it.
One time, my friend sent me an email with some fantastic news!!!  Take this online survey and we will send you a FREE SNUGGIE!!!  I was ecstatic.  I was so excited to tell Mitchell when he came home from work.  He just laughed at me and said it was a scam.  "BUT THEY PROMISED I'D GET A FREE SNUGGIE, MITCHELL!"  It never came.  I was shattered.  All I ended up getting was a lot more junk mail.  Stupid scammers.  So, Mitch gave me one for Christmas.
The people around us can't always keep their promises, but it's a comfort knowing the Lord will ALWAYS keep his promises.  By eternal law he CANNOT break them.

"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."
D&C 82:10

Heavenly Father has many gifts for us and wants us to receive them.  To get these gifts, we need to keep the covenants we make with him. 
Got this idea from Sugardoodle.  Each "gift" contains a piece of paper, a picture, or an item that explains the gift we receive when we keep that covenant.  Have the girls take turns choosing gifts to open.

BAPTISM = CLEAN OF SINS
SACRAMENT = COMFORT OF THE HOLY GHOST



TEMPLE ENDOWMENT = WE CAN ENTER HEAVENLY FATHER'S KINGDOM

OK, I know this one's a stretch, but I didn't know what else to do.  Heavenly Father's kingdom has a princess theme-ish, right?

TEMPLE SEALING = WE CAN BE WITH OUR FAMILIES FOREVER

This is one of the temple picture from the LDS website with a little bit of editing.  I printed it and bought a little frame for the temple sealing gift.


Now they're wrapped and ready for opening.




Last thing I want to do is read the story from Alma chapter 24


I ran to Home Depot and grabbed a couple paint stirring sticks and spray painted them silver.  Then after painting some jumbo popsicle sticks black I glued them together and made little swords.  My father-in-law asked me why they weren't sharpened... Yeah right!!!  If the primary kids/young men get their hands on any of these after class I would probably get fired from my calling.  LoL.  "Yes bishop, I am responsible for arming the deacons with weapons.  Tell Billy's mother I'm sorry again about the stitches."


  My challenge for the girls this week is to think of a sin they're struggling with and like the Anti-Nephi-Lehites who buried their swords and covenanted with the Lord that they would never fight again, have the swords represent their sin they are working on to help them let it go and "bury it."  Not literally!  Well, I guess it's just wood, it wouldn't really hurt the environment, right?  

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