Time for Families – Warm Fuzzies FHE
President Monson spoke on service in his conference talk this past October. He said the following:
“A few years ago I read an article written by Jack McConnell, MD. He grew up in the hills of southwest Virginia in the United States as one of seven children of a Methodist minister and a stay-at-home mother. Their circumstances were very humble. He recounted that during his childhood, every day as the family sat around the dinner table, his father would ask each one in turn, “And what did you do for someone today?” The children were determined to do a good turn every day so they could report to their father that they had helped someone. Dr. McConnell calls this exercise his father’s most valuable legacy, for that expectation and those words inspired him and his siblings to help others throughout their lives. As they grew and matured, their motivation for providing service changed to an inner desire to help others.”
I love this! This is such a fabulous way of helping our children see how important it is to serve others. If we asked them every night what they did to help someone today, they would always have service on their minds. President Monson went on to say that many primary children around the world did a service for him for his birthday. He said,
“One very creative Primary sent a large jar containing hundreds of what they called “warm fuzzies,” each one representing an act of service performed during the year by one of the children in the Primary. I can only
imagine the happiness these children experienced as they told of their service and then placed a “warm fuzzy” in the jar.”
You can use his talk “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” to introduce a fun way for your family to serve one another. Start by discussing the conference talk and what he said about service. Then give them each a baggie of warm fuzzies. The first week or two ask them serve each other. Following that ask them to serve those around them. When your jar is filled with warm fuzzies, they will have a new perspective and will always be looking for ways to serve. When we lose ourselves in service, we become more Christlike.
This talk was also the inspiration for our primary activities and theme this next year. The theme for 2010 is “I Know My Savior Lives”. In our primary we are choosing to focus on serving others the way He did when He was on Earth and the way He serves us now as He lives in Heaven. Jesus Christ is always there for us. He is always watching out for us. For our Savior service is an inner desire to help others because He genuinely loves each one of us. When plan to give each primary child a baggie of warm fuzzies to fill our jar in primary. We are planning to have them write down what they did, then place it in a separate jar that we will randomly pick out of to share their experiences. Hopefully this will keep their interest and give them ideas as well! 🙂
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