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"Man was also in the beginning with God."   D&C 93:29

":And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters." Mosiah 5:6

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Prayer, Baptism, Death and Immortality, Creation, Temples, Genealogy

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Quotes:

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Songs:

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Scripture Stories:

Once the Syrian army came against Israel. The King of Syria sent his men to a place where he thought they could capture the king of Israel. But Elisha was inspired to warn Israel's king so he was not there. The King of Syria made new plans to capture the their king and again Elisha gave his warning. The Syrian king thought one of his men was warning the Israelites. He asked his men who was a traitor and they told him no one. But Elisha the prophet is in Israel and he is the one who warns Israel's King. So the Syrian King sent his armies to Dothan to capture Elisha and during the night they surrounded the city.

The next morning Elisha's young servant got up and saw the Syrian army surrounding the city. He was very afraid and went right to Elisha and asked, "What shall we do?"

Elisha said, "Fear not, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." Then Elisha prayed that the young man's eyes would be opened. The servant now saw the area full of horses and chariots of fire around Elisha. When the Syrians came near, Elisha asked the Lord to blind their eyes.

The prophet then went to the Syrians and offered to take them to the man they looked for. (The did not recognize him) They soldiers followed Elisha. He took them to the capital city where the king of Israel was. When he led them all inside the city, where the soldiers of Israel were on guard, he asked the Lord to restore their sight. As they opened their eyes they were surprised to find that they had been captured.

If we follow our prophet, he will help because "they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

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Object Lessons:

This object lesson goes with this scripture "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matt. 6:19-20)

Can of spray paint, mothballs, and padlock. The only treasure that can always be kept is a relationship with Jesus Christ. We must be careful to safeguard our relationship with God

Object Lesson: Banana and monkey story from President Kimball

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I am reminded of an article I read some years ago about a group of men who had gone to the jungles to capture monkeys. They tried a number of different things to catch the monkeys, including nets. But finding that the nets could injure such small creatures, they finally cam upon an ingenious solution. They built a large number of small boxes, and in the top of each they bored a hole just large enough for a monkey to get his hand into. They then set these boxes out under the trees and in each one they put a nut that the monkeys were particularly fond of.

When the men left, the monkeys began to come down from the trees and examine the boxes. Finding that there were nuts to be had, they reached into the boxes to get them. But when a monkey would try to withdraw his hand with the nut, he could not get his hand out of the box because his little fist, with the nut inside, was now too large.

At about this time, the men would come out of the underbrush and converge on the monkeys. And the men coming, they would shriek and scramble about with the thought of escaping; but as easy as it would have been, they would not let go of the nut so that they could withdraw their hands from the boxes and thus escape. The men captured them easily.

And so it often seems to be with people, having such a firm grasp on things of the world -- that which is telestial -- that no amount of urging and no degree of emergency can persuade them to let go in favor of that which is celestial. Satan gets them in his grip easily. If we insist on spending all our time and resources building up for ourselves in worldly kingdom, that is exactly what we will inherit.

In spite of our delight in defining ourselves as modern, and our tendency to think we possess a sophistication that no people in the past ever had -- in spite of these things, we are, on the whole, an idolatrous people -- a condition most repugnant to the Lord.

. . . It may seem a little difficult at first, but when a person begins to catch a vision of the true work when he begins to see something of eternity in its true perspective, the blessings begin to far outweigh true perspective, the blessings begin to far outweigh the cost of leaving "the world" behind.

Herein lies the only true happiness, and therefore we invite and welcome all men, everywhere, to join in this work. For those who are determined to serve the Lord at all costs, this is the way to eternal life. All else is but a means to that end.

President Spencer W. Kimball, "The False Gods We Worship," Ensign, June 1976, First Presidency Message, pages 5 and 6.************************

canning food to preserve them -- what they are exposed to can spoil.

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Gather Several Objects that are of Fine workmanship.   It doesn't matter
what object you use, but it is preferable that the object be factory made,
of fine workmanship, and something that the most people would not have seen
made.  You can use several objects or just one object.

Ask several questions such as:

Would you believe me if I told you I found these in these objects in the
woods? Why not?  Would you believe that these just made themselves?  Why
not?

Have you ever seen these being made?  Why then would you only believe that
they are made by a factory and not just created or grown in the woods?

The idea is that although we have not seen many objects specifically made ourselves, we know that such objects were certainly made by someone, because such fine workmanship could not have simply appeared and been created by accident.  The analogy is that our human bodies are even more incredible and of much finer workmanship than any other object that we could bring in to
display.  How then could believe anything other than that there certainly is a Creator, a God.  The world around us is full of  miracles and evidence that God exists.  The fact that we have not seen the factory or seen an object made does not change the fact that it could not have been created
otherwise and we can know with certainty that the creator does exist.  The same applies to Jesus Christ -- although we have not seen Him, we can know he exists and is our Savior and Redeemer.

ninetieth birthday party -- beautifully wrapped gift to remind you that your life is a gift of God

raisins in water a change in our lives in the long run can make a big difference.

Science: Center of gravity -- Friend April 1997 page 35

Activity: Special night with parents with the parents writing or telling special things about the girls.

 

Game: Match funny stories from when parents were younger to whose girls parents.

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Other Stories:

Heroines For Today

A heroine is a woman of great courage and noble qualities; she is a role model or ideal for others to look to and emulate. Heroines can be good women of all circumstances -- older, younger, married or single. Some may play seemingly minor rolls, yet women who help preserve Godly values and virtues, protect the home, and take the noble calling of motherhood seriously are heroines. It is important to remember that motherhood is a calling, rather than just a head count of children. It is a responsibility of loving, caring, nurturing, and teaching those around you. While there are many heroines, including several women from our own ward, I thought I would share a little of Corrie ten Boom's life as it recounted in The Hiding Place.

In the too often forgotten background of many great people are found great mothers and Corrie's mother was no exception. Prayer, scripture study and service were a regular and major part of their home. Her mother took baskets of food to others, made things for others, took in and cared for extended family, etc. Corrie described her as a woman who loved everyone and showed her love in everything she did. She brought peace to all who knew her. Even after she was paralyzed and no longer able to even speak, she still enlisted her daughters' help so that she could continue to bring cheer to the neighborhood.

Corrie and her sister Betsie continued their mother's service in the community, including taking in foster children and working with the mentally handicapped. This love and concern for others eventually caused them to willing risk their own lives to help save Jews during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

They did save many, but they were also captured and ended up in a concentration camp. After months of incarceration, they arrived at their final barracks. Here is Corrie's description: "Betsie and I followed a prisoner-guide through the door at the right. Because of the broken windows the vast room was in semi-twilight. Our noses told us, first, that the place was filthy: somewhere plumbing had backed up, the bedding was soiled and rancid. Then as our eyes adjusted to the gloom we saw that there were no individual beds at all, but great square piers stacked three high, and wedged side by side and end to end with only an occasional narrow aisle slicing through.

"We followed our guide single file--the aisle was not wide enough for two--fighting back the claustrophobia of these platforms rising everywhere above us. The tremendous room was nearly empty of people; they must have been out on various work crews. At last she pointed to a second tier in the center of a large block. To reach it we had to stand on the bottom level, haul ourselves up, and then crawl across three other straw-covered platforms to reach the one that we would share with--how many? The deck above us was too close to let us sit up. We lay back, struggling against the nausea that swept over us from the reeking straw. [Within a few minutes they discovered that the straw was swarming with fleas.]

"Barracks 28 was designed to hold four hundred, but now fourteen hundred were quartered here with more arriving each week. Eight acrid and overflowing toilets served the entire room; to reach them we had to crawl not only over our own bedmates but over those on the other platforms between us and the closest aisle, always at the risk of adding too much weight to the already sagging slats and crashing down on the people beneath. It happened several times, that first night.... Even when the slats held, the least movement on the upper platforms sent a shower of dust and straw over the sleepers below--followed by a volley of curses.... Here there was not even a common language and among exhausted, ill-fed people quarrels erupted constantly.... Brawls were starting all up and down... we heard scuffling, slaps, sobs." Anger penetrated the air; Corrie wondered how they could even survive in such a place. Together Betsie and Corrie prayed for help. (Ten Boom, The Hiding Place, New York: Bantam Books 1974 p. 197- 199)

By nothing short of several miracles on their behalf, they had been able to keep a Bible. With scriptures and prayer as their strength and guide, they found help not only for themselves, but help for those around them.

The teachings of their youth played an important role. They had seen peace and love in their home, they had witnessed their own mother continue in a life of love and giving even in a body with great physical pain and handicaps. Like their mother, they could not change many of their physical circumstances, but they could control their own emotions and how they influenced others. They chose to lift rather than be contributors of more hate and anger. They were led by their faith, not pulled by their emotions.

It is natural to react to cruelty with anger and hate. Hunger, physical exhaustion and great physical discomfort have natural negative emotions that accompany them. These two women did not let these natural feelings take over. Instead they chose to have feelings of love and compassion. They allowed the spirit of God to be with them and leaned on His spirit and their faith in His teachings. By using these, they found that Jesus Christ is truly the Prince of Peace. They looked for ways to bring others to Christ so that as many as possible would have peace in midst of such abomination.

Although the world in the concentration camp was a literal hell on earth that continued to worsen by becoming increasingly cruel and cold, and their physical conditions got worse -- the atmosphere inside Barracks 28 slowly changed to a heaven on earth. Each night they held worship "services" with hymns, Bible reading and prayer. Soon so many wanted to join them that they held a second service after evening roll call. During the services, the Bible was read in Dutch, but translations were passed on in German, French, Polish, Russian, Czech, etc. After a while, the yelling, slapping, crying, and words of anger changed to "Sorry!", "Excuse me," and "No harm done."

They changed the atmosphere by inviting others to join them in scripture reading and prayer, then they set the example of peace and love. Others saw the great positive difference Christ made in the lives of these two women and desired to join them. Eventually all the women living in this crowded room were feasting on the word of God together and entering His presence through prayer.

The physical conditions did not change: the guards were still cruel, the fleas still bit, the straw was still rancid, and the hunger pains and exhaustion continued; yet peace and harmony prevailed and the very crowded conditions were now seen as a blessing because so many were able to join them in coming unto Christ.

In praying to our Heavenly Father, Jesus said, "I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. . . .Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." (John 17:15-17, 20-21)

To bring such peace and harmony to our homes, to have such a positive influence on those around us, to be able to be in the worst of circumstances and still choose to have joy and peace is the result of putting God above all else. This is what makes the greatest of all heroines. This is what saves souls, the most precious of all God's possessions.

No matter what our circumstances, we can all serve others in a similar fashion. This is especially important for those of us with children still at home. If these children are to weather their future storms of life, they must see our examples of turning to God for strength and putting His word first in our lives.

May we all be women of great faith who know that we are daughters of God and that through His help we can help lift ourselves and others.. Although we live in this world, I hope we will all keep ourselves from the evils of our day and partake instead of the wonderful fruit God so willingly offers us.

Debra Coe (c) all rights reserved

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Poems

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He Giveth More

by Annie Johnson Flint

    

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,

        He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;

To added affliction he addeth his mercy,

        To multiplied trials, his multiplied peace.

    

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,

        When our strength his failed ere the day is half done,

When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,

        Our Father's full giving is only begun.

    

His love has no limit, his grace has no measure,

        His power no boundary known unto men;

For out of his infinite riches in Jesus

        He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

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The following poem speaks of a good friend at Christmas time and should be a reminder that Jesus Christ is our Greatest friend ; He is the kind of friend we should become.

A FRIEND'S GREETING
by Edgar A. Guest
    
I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have
        been to me;
I'd like to be the help that you've been always
        glad to be;
I'd like to mean as much to you each minute
        of the day
As you have meant, old friend of mine, to me
        along the way.
I'd like to do the big things and the splendid
        things for you,
To brush the gray from out your skies and
        leave them only blue;
I'd like to say the kindly things that I so oft
        have heard,
And feel that I could rouse your soul the way
        that mine you've stirred.
I'd like to give you back the joy that you have
        given me,
Yet that were wishing you a need I hope will
        never be;
I'd like to make you feel as rich as I, who
        travel on
Undaunted in the darkest hours with you to
        lean upon.
I'm wishing at this Christmas time that I could
        but repay
A portion of the gladness that you've strewn
        along my way;
And could I have one wish this year, this only
        would it be:
I'd like to be the sort of friend that you have
        been to me.

 

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To Say My Prayer

Author Unknown

To say my prayer is not to pray,

Unless I mean the words I say,

Unless I think to whom I speak,

And with my heart his favor seek.

Then let me, when I come to pray,

Not only mean the words I say,

But let me strive with earnest care,

To have my heart go with my prayer.

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More like Jesus Would I Be
By Fanny Crosby
    
More like Jesus would I be,
Let my Savior dwell in me;
Fill my soul with peace and love,
Make me gentle as a dove;
More like Jesus, while I go,
Pilgrim in this world below;
Poor in spirit would I be;
Let my Saviour dwell in me.
If He hears the raven's cry,
If His ever-watchful eye
Marks the sparros when they fall,
Surely He will hear my call
He will teach me how to live,
All my sinful thoughts forgive;
Pure in heart I still would be;
Let my Saviour dwell in me.
More like Jesus when I pray,
More like Jesus day by day;
May I rest me by His side,
Where the tranquil waters glide;
Born of Him, through grace renewed,
By His love my will subdued,
Rick in faith I still would be;
Let my Saviour dwell in me.

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WHEN I SAY I AM A CHRISTIAN

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I am saved"
I'm whispering "I was lost!"
That is why I chose this way."

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble
and need someone to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak
and pray for strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed
and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect,
my flaws are too visible
but God believes I'm worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartaches
which is why I seek His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I do not wish to judge.
I have no authority.
I only know I'm loved.

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