One year down!!!! Sorry this post is a little late, I’ve been busy on the blog lately with Christmas stuff. Check out my Have a Merry Kondo Christmas and Light Your Family to Light the World posts, both are intended to help you simplify this season and focus on Christ.
I really hope your family has a wonderful Christmas season and am so excited to start studying the Book of Mormon together in the New Year!
Dec 2-8 God is Love
Song: Stars Were Gleaming pg. 37
Materials: Christmas light display
Take your kids into a room with only a small amount of light (maybe your Christmas tree). Explain that Jesus and His love light the world. But if we are mean to people then we end up in darkness- turn off the light or unplug the tree. Talk about how dark it is, how sad it is, and how hard it is to move around without the light. Then explain that when we show love to people it brings that light of Christ into our lives- turn the light back on. Then if possible load up in the car and go for a drive to see Christmas lights in your neighborhood or other nice light displays. While you drive talk about nice things you could do for people.
Dec 9-15 Glory, and Power be Unto the Lamb Forever
Song: Have a Very Merry Christmas pg. 51
Materials: Picture of Jesus knocking at the door, treats for neighbors
Show the kids the picture of Jesus standing at the door knocking (in the manual at the end of this week’s lesson) and read them the verse “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Talk about how people need to wait until we open the door before they can come in our house, and we do the same when we go to other people’s houses. Explain that Jesus is the same, he can’t come into our house and our lives unless we open the door for him.
Take turns knocking on the door and letting each other in. Then take treats to neighbors and knock and wait for them to answer. Carol to them if that’s something your family feels comfortable doing!!! (Unfortunately my husband doesn’t sing and my kids don’t sing on command, and somehow it’s less cute for me to solo on a doorstep- but MAYBE I can convince them this year!!!)
Dec 16-22 Glad Tidings of Great Joy
Song: Picture a Christmas pg. 50
Materials: Christmas videos (see my list in my Light the World post)
Movie night!!!! Sit back and watch a few Christmas videos! You might want to include the newest video the Church produced this year.
Dec 23-29 He That Overcometh Shall Inherit All Things
Song: When I Am Baptized pg. 103 (emphasize vs. 2)
Review the Plan of Salvation using the printable above or other pictures. Explain that in the Book of Revelation, John tells us more about the Celestial Kingdom and how we get there. John said, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things.” Inherit all things means getting everything Heavenly Father and Jesus have in the Celestial Kingdom. In order to get there we need to overcome, or always work to improve and do things better. The best way to do that is by setting goals or resolutions.
Read Jesus Learned and Grew from the friend. It leaves out wisdom, so explain that he also grew in wisdom which means he learned important things.
Roll the dice and set a goal for each area. You could write the goals down on the charts that the church has recently created for the new Children and Youth program, or you can use the goal setting sheet I created- I like it better for little ones because…pictures!!!! I also like to add a picture to correspond with each goal.