I have had some amazing experiences in the last month as I have had the opportunity to serve my husband’s Grandmother while she has gone through some really tough health issues. The small and simple opportunities to serve have been so numerous that I have not been able to keep track of every one. I have had so many testimony builders during this hard time for our family it has been amazing. This last week my own Grandpa has come to a point in his life where he is now under hospice care. I have thought back on my life with him and how many times I have been able to serve him with small and simple things. Just last week I was able to drive to Idaho Falls and sit with my Grandpa in the hospital for 2 hours and just listen to him talk. How simple and yet how sweet my time with him was as we enjoyed each other’s company. He has been a guiding influence throughout my whole life and the Priesthood holder in our home, as I come from a divorced family. My aunt told me the next day how much he couldn’t stop talking that I would drive 3 hours to just see him and visit with him. It was such a simple thing to do and yet the blessings that came to the both of us and the treasures that were laid up in heaven were overflowing. I encourage everyone to re-evaluate their lives as you study this lesson, to see where you can serve someone else by “small and simple things” and then watch how “great things come to pass” because of it.
Preparation: Print out the “By small and simple things” Service Tokens for your family. Follow the instructions in the document to put it together before your FHE. Be sure there is enough for your whole family to use for the time frame you set as your goal in the lesson below.
Print out the Service Journal sticker front and place on small size notebook. Sticker size is 3.5 x5.
Opening Song: “Scatter Sunshine” Hymn 230 or “I Feel My Savior’s Love” CS 74
Scripture: Alma 37:6-7. Read this and discuss with your family what it means to them. Remember to point out that, the gospel of Jesus Christ is simple, no matter how much we try to make it complicated. We should strive to keep our lives similarly simple, unencumbered by extraneous influences, focused on those things that matter most.
Read through the Conference Talk included in this packet. I have highlighted important points that would be good to discuss with your family. The overall goal for this FHE is to help your family realize that by small and simple things, great things happen. Too many times in our lives we try to focus on what BIG and GREAT thing we can do. Oftentimes these are done so as to receive praise from the world around us instead of for the purpose of serving others. This is the backwards way of how our Heavenly Father wants us to perform service in His name. We skip over and forget the simple ways to serve in life that bring about a much greater influence and blessing to those around us. We forget, as the young merchant did in the Conference talk, that in order to fill our pouch with treasures laid up in heaven, we have to perform those small, and sometimes what would seem menial acts of service, throughout our whole life.
Each morning in prayer we should be asking Heavenly Father, “Where can I serve today? What can I do for the Lord?” By listening and being in tune with the Holy Ghost, it will lead us to those small ways to serve that will have the greatest impact in the lives of others.
Bear your testimony about how service has made a difference in your life.
Give each member of your family a small service journal. In the front write the questions they should be asking Heavenly Father each morning in prayer.
- Where can I serve today?
- What can I do for the Lord?
This journal is to be used to write down the promptings of the Holy Ghost as they receive them during prayer and or during the day as the Spirit talks to us.
As each person performs an act of service, let them put a Service Token into a Service Jar that you have designated for the family. Have them do this quietly and without fan fare. Help them to understand that service is not about bragging to others of the things we did, but about quietly going about “our Father’s business.” In this, is the true act of service and charity shown to our Heavenly Father. Set a goal with your family to reach a certain level in the jar and plan a Service party afterwards when the goal is met. You could set it for a week or two weeks or even a whole month, to give the family time to really have the lesson sink into their hearts. During the Service Party let the family talk about ways in which THEY were served by OTHERS. Remember to keep away from the bragging end and focus on the blessings the person who was served received because of someone else.
This is an outline for daily devotionals that begin on February 1st and end on Valentines Day. The idea is to teach from the scriptures about love each day. The scriptures are full of ways that we can share and learn about love. There is a single verse each day and the reading is quick but there are many lessons to be learned. You can either print the hearts, if you feel enough energy to cut them out or you can print the cards if you just like straight cuts. There are extra hearts and cards to use for other things if you want.
Tracey and I worked really long and hard on this and we hope you enjoy our time and effort. If you read through the lesson plan you begin to realize how much time Tracey put behind searching the scriptures, coming up with questions, issuing the challenges your family has everyday. Please be sure to thank her for her effort in creating such a wonderful lesson. I did the easy part creating the cards and hearts for you with the scriptures and challenges on them. We are soooooo excited for you to do this with your family. We would LOVE to hear back from you on how it’s going and what a difference it has made for you and your family.
I was just talking to Tricia about what a FABULOUS job Tracey did and she gave me an AH HAH moment. She said this would be a GREAT thing to give your people for Visiting Teaching!!!! Then you could have it done EARLY in the month and plus it brings a great spirit into the home. (singing AH HAH!!!) Yes, thank you Tricia for pointing that out! I am soooo printing multiple copies.
On February 14th you can use our Valentine’s Heart Attacks Love Notes to decorate their door. Watch for the upcoming post where we will make these available.
This is one of my favorite traditions I like to do for our FHE close to Christmas. It is also great for Visiting Teaching too. We hang a white stocking that belongs to Jesus among our other stockings. You can even hang it on the tree if you would like. If this is your first year, then give everyone a small paper and have them write what their gift to Jesus will be for the next year. Fold them up and place them in the white stocking to hang during the Christmas season. Next year, on a Monday night, or even on the Eve of Christmas, take out the gifts and let everyone read what their gift is and then talk about if they were able to truely give this gift to Christ. I love this idea because it puts the focus on giving and also on Christ.
We have made some papers you can write on, and also if you want to use this idea for a great Visiting teaching idea, there is a small letter as well that your family to sign their name to.
Merry Christmas to all our My Heart & Home friends and family!