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Have you noticed any time in your life when you’ve been so caught up in your emotions and struggles that you fail to see someone else’s, even if they’re right in front of your face? And since you failed to notice, you missed a valuable service opportunity? This seems to happen a lot in our family….and sadly, not just with the kids.
FHE Theme: Being Mindful of Other People’s Feelings
Scripture: Matt. 25:40, Mosiah 2:17
Songs: ”If You Chance to Meet a Frown” and “Love One Another” Children’s Songbook
Story/activity: Have everyone go into the backyard, or meet in a room that has some space to move around, and make sure there’s nothing extremely dangerous around. Blindfold everyone in the family – except maybe not the parents, because you’re probably going to to want one or two people keeping on eye on things to make sure no one is in real danger.
Once everyone is blindfolded, give them specific instructions. Stuff like: walk two steps to the left, now spin in a circle, now find the back door (or an unoccupied chair, or tree, or hidden object, or something else that would be fairly difficult to find when you’re blindfolded and disoriented). Tell them that they are not allowed to help anyone else, and that no one is going to be offering them hints or clues to follow all the instructions.
It probably won’t take long for your family members to get frustrated or possibly even angry, sad, or just really tired of the game. When you feel you’ve reached a sufficient level of negative emotions, tell your family that now you are all going to work together. Tell them to listen for each other’s voices, hold each other’s hands, and to help each other follow the instructions.
Hopefully once everyone pays attention to the needs of the others, and they all work together, they will be able to accomplish the task with more positive feelings and a sense of accomplishment.
Have everyone take off their blindfolds and go back inside, or sit down together, or whatever, and relate to them how if we are only focused on ourselves and how we feel, we miss out on how everyone else is feeling. Because of this, we miss out on opportunities to help those around us. And when we can help other people, a lot of the time, we also help ourselves feel happier and it’s easier to have a positive attitude.
There are a number of good stories and articles that you can read to extend your lesson on noticing other’s emotions and helping those around you through service. If you’d like to pick one (or all) of these to add to your lesson, I like these particular three:
• “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” by President Thomas S. Monson
• “I’m Sorry Bertha” by Sheron S. Gibb
• “Friend to Friend” by Elder Hartman Rectory, Jr.
I suggest having a family discussion about whichever story you choose. Ask questions like, “How would this example have been different if the characters were considerate of other people’s feelings?” or “How did noticing someone else’s feelings and needs make a difference?”
This bingo game comes with four different printable bingo cards, and a set of calling cards. Have some small pieces -or candy!- to mark the squares while you play. Discussing the emotions found in the game will help your young ones understand and identify not only what they are feeling, but what the people around them are experiencing.
End your Family Home Evening with someone’s favorite treat. Pick someone who has maybe had a tough week, or hasn’t had their favorite food for awhile. Then you can say that you made hot fudge lava cake (or whatever it is) because you noticed how they needed a little extra attention because you want them to feel happy!
Mosiah 2:17 - And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
When we serve it shows others that we follow Jesus Christ and want to make things around us more beautiful. When you serve your community you make the world a better place for every one around you.
Not only do those we serve feel happy, but we also feel happy because we are doing what Jesus taught us to do. Heavenly Father also feels happy when we serve each other. When we serve others we are also serving Heavenly Father and following the perfect example of our Savior, who lived a life of service.
Click here for this complete family home evening lesson. Enjoy!
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!
Loving others isn’t just for one day a year; it’s a commandment for us to do always! The Lord has laid the responsibility on parents to teach their families to love and serve each other. It’s a daily challenge, and it’s something we have to keep teaching and re-teaching.
Sometimes I see that homeless man on the corner. He looks cold and is probably hungry. I’m moved to compassion, but I know that handing him money is not the best thing. And even though I contribute to fast offerings, it still doesn’t feel right to just pass by someone in need. I’ve been given much, so I too must give. This goes through my mind: “And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me …” (D&C 42:31).
So I really liked this idea. It’s a “blessing bag,” filled with some things that a homeless person might need, like food and hygiene items. (more…)
yourLDSneighborhood News for Monday, 23 January, 2012
Sweet Is the Work
by Linda Garner
‘Often, the answer to our prayer does not come while we’re on our knees,’ said President Uchtdorf, ‘but while we’re on our feet serving the Lord and serving those around us.’ We had some of those family problems that hadn’t yielded to fasting and prayer. So our hearts rejoiced at the thought that serving a mission might bring the blessings we longed for.
Those considering serving as senior missionaries usually have questions like, Can we afford to serve? Is my health good enough? Can I handle being with my “companion” all the time? How about my family? Pat Huff answers
If you’ve served a mission, how did you find answers to your questions? Tell our readers about it.
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 Monday, December 26, 2011
Advice for Long-distance Grandparents: Handling the After-Christmas Let Down
by Russ Beck
Because of the holidays, we often have increased contact with loved ones. As with all good things though, this too shall pass. Soon we find ourselves back into our normal everyday lives. It can be all too easy to fall into the pit of feeling sad for ourselves and our lot in life of being long-distance grandparents.