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With Thanksgiving later this week, today’s Family Home Evening is a great opportunity to talk about being thankful. Because I don’t think gratitude is a topic that can be talked about too much. I mean, who has ever said, “Man, that person is way too grateful for what they have”? I know it’s never been said about me.
FHE Theme: Thanksgiving
Scripture: Alma 26:37
Songs: ”Thank Thee for Everything” and “I Am Glad for Many Things” Children’s Songbook
Game: After discussing everyone’s list, have each family member take a turn acting out, without speaking, one of the things they are grateful for (like the game Charades). Don’t let the other family members see their list before guessing. Hopefully everyone paid attention to each other’s lists and can guess.
You can end the lesson by watching this great video from The Mormon Channel:
Being grateful can be hard when you want more in life. A lot of people in the world are struggling these days because of the economy, financial hardship, and personal loss. Sometimes it seems that these things completely overshadow all the good things we have in life, so it’s good to remind your family to look for things to be grateful for. If you get in the habit of being grateful it will become easier to see the good in our lives and not just the bad.
FHE Theme: Getting in the Habit of Gratitude
Scripture: D&C 78:19 and D&C 56:7
Story/activity: Instead of focusing on something huge, teach your family to be grateful for the everyday little things that will help us build a habit of gratitude so that the huge things that happen won’t overshadow all the things there are to be grateful for.
There’s an idea in the 2010 January Friend where you go on a “thankful hunt”. Divide your family into teams and give them a piece of paper with the words “see”, “hear”, “smell”, “touch”, and” taste” on it. Have the teams hunt for things they can write on the paper – things that they can see that they are thankful for, things that they can hear that they are thankful for, and so on. After the teams have had a few minutes to write their answers, share the lists with the whole family.
You can read a story (that goes along with the “thankful hunt”) told by President Monson in the 2010 January Friend. It’s a great example of someone who found things to be grateful for every day.
This is a great video to watch with your family too. It’s really short and to the point, and gives examples of things around us to notice and be grateful for:
And, as always, don’t forget to end your FHE with a prayer of thanksgiving and some treats!
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Every now and then, don’t you just wish you had an extra day of the week? Maybe between Tuesday and Wednesday—a day no one knows about where you can tackle reorganizing the basement, get some genealogy done without interruption, or visit a distant relative. But Tuesday is over and here comes Wednesday, normal as usual, with laundry, work responsibilities, and shoveling the driveway all over again.
Well, I just looked at the calendar and realized we do have an extra day this year—it’s Leap Year!
yourLDSneighborhood News for Friday, 30 December, 2011
Grateful for the Glass
by Cami Checketts
I had been looking down, dealing with the drudgery of sick kids, dirty house, and an intense desire for chocolate (that I was unwisely trying to repress). I realized, for the hundredth time, that focusing on the Savior and turning to him can help me with all my problems, big or small, since he truly is interested in every aspect of our lives. I also realized that I need to be grateful for what I’ve got.
How do you focus on your glass being half-full–and just being grateful for the glass? Leave a comment.
yourLDSneighborhood News for Wednesday, 23 November, 2011
Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life
by Linda Garner
What will I let go of this autumn? Some of my baggage is old and familiar. Shall I be done with it at last? Is it time to move on? Can I let it go, like softly falling leaves, and allow it to gather at my feet, where I can sweep it up and carry it out?
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Read more by J. Tolman at LDS Women of God.
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yourLDSneighborhood News for Friday, 18 November, 2011
Gratitude for the Shepherd of the Flock
by Cindy Beck
We try to remember to show gratitude to parents, friends, and colleagues. However, as Latter-day Saints do we remember to thank our ward leaders—particularly our bishop?
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yourLDSneighborhood News for Wednesday, 12 October, 2011
I Will Stand Still For Youby Lisa Love
It was my last year at girl’s camp. We were on the long descent down from Mt. Ben Lomond, near Ogden, Utah. The mountain is so steep in some parts and so dense in foliage that those who forged the trail many, many years ago, created switch backs to make it more hiker friendly.
Sometimes switch backs can be very tedious and the temptation to just forge your own trail straight up the mountain between the switchbacks is very strong. On this particular day, a group of our girls wanted to get down the mountain faster than normal, so they just started going straight down. You know where this is going…they got lost and almost fell off an unseen cliff. (more…)