Thursday, October 9, 2008

BECAUSE I AM HIS CHILD, I WILL SERVE GOD WITH ALL MY HEART, MIGHT, MIND, AND STRENGTH. October 2008, week 2

I Can Serve Heavenly Father by Serving Others

What is Service: Service is giving to the Lord whatever he requires of our time, our earthly possessions, and our energies to further his work. People have always been tried and tested to see if they will put the things of God first in their lives.

In the Scriptures there are many stories of people serving. In Mosiah 2:17-18, King Benjamin, in his address to his people, told them to serve one another, just as he had served them.

Those who are baptized covenant to take the name of Jesus Christ upon themselves. The prophet Alma explained this covenant to a group of new converts who wanted to be baptized. He observed that their desire to "come into the fold of God" included a willingness to give meaningful service—to "bear one another's burdens, that they may be light," to "mourn with those that mourn," and to "comfort those that stand in need of comfort" (Mosiah 18:8–9).

If we are to be a living sacrifice, we must, if asked, be willing to give everything we have for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A rich young ruler asked the Savior, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.” And the rich man said, “All these have I kept from my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said, “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this, he was sorrowful. He was very rich and had his heart set on his riches. (See Luke 18:18–23.)
The young ruler was a good man. But when he was put to the test, he was not willing to sacrifice his worldly possessions. On the other hand, the Lord’s disciples Peter and Andrew were willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the kingdom of God. When Jesus said unto them, “Follow me, … they straightway left their nets, and followed him” (Matthew 4:19–20).

Discuss some things that the children could do to serve others. (play happily with siblings, help clean a room, set table, as a family go and help clean up the chapel when it is your wards turn)

Activity: Read the following scriptures Mosiah 2:18; John 15:12; 1 Jn. 3:18; Matt. 6:3, 4).
Give each child a certain about of hearts to decorate then leave when they do service for another person. Leaving their names off the heart. This helps them understand servig without receive a reward or recognition, but to serve to make you feel happy inside yourself.

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