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Friday, March 27, 2009

Hallmarks of A Happy Home

This is a Family Home Evening Lesson that we created for a Primary Activity my ward will be having. We took it from: First Presidency Message: Hallmarks of a Happy Home, By President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor in the First Presidency, Ensign, Oct 2001, 2–8

Almost all the lesson comes straight from the article.

Hallmarks of a Happy Home

Song: Families Can Be Together Forever (Children's Songbook, 188)


Scripture: “…Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. …” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World, paragraph 7)

Quote: Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of Great Britain, expressed the profound philosophy: “The family is the building block of society. It is a nursery, a school, a hospital, a leisure center, a place of refuge and a place of rest. It encompasses the whole of the society. It fashions our beliefs; it is the preparation for the rest of our life.”

Lesson: “…We are responsible for the home we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. The thoughts we think, the deeds we do, the lives we live influence not only the success of our earthly journey; they mark the way to our eternal goals.”

Start by showing the page with the different types of families. Ask the family. How are all of these families the same?
Happy homes come in a variety of appearances. Some feature large families with father, mother, brothers, and sisters living together in a spirit of love. Others consist of a single parent with one or two children, while other homes have but one occupant. There are, however, identifying features which are to be found in a happy home, whatever the number or description of its family members.”

Show the picture of the Home with the Hearts and pictures on it. (Hallmarks of a Happy Home)
The features of A Happy Home, that President Monson refers to, are:
1. A pattern of prayer.
2. A library of learning.
3. A legacy of love.
4. A treasury of testimony.

A Pattern of Prayer - Prayer is the passport to spiritual power.
“Family prayer is the greatest deterrent to sin, and hence the most beneficent provider of joy and happiness. The old saying is yet true: “The family that prays together stays together.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley, has stated: “Fortunate, indeed, are the boys and girls, including those in their teens, in whose homes there is the practice of morning and evening family prayer.”
Show picture: Angel coming to Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah.
How do you think Alma the Younger felt knowing that his parents and other people of the church, who love him, where praying for him.
How do you feel when you hear your parents or other members of your family praying for you?
“As we offer our family prayers and our personal prayers, let us do so with faith and trust in Him…. I can then assure you that any misunderstanding that develops during the day will vanish as you pray. You simply can’t pray together and retain any but the best of feelings toward one another.”

A Library of Learning - Doctrine and Covenants 88:118 (And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.)
The scriptures offer the library of learning to us and to our children. Let the Lord be our Guide for the family—even the home—we build.

Story: Several years ago we took our grandchildren on an escorted tour of the Church printing facilities. There, all of us saw the missionary edition of the Book of Mormon coming off the delivery line—printed, bound, and trimmed, ready for reading. I told the grandchildren, “The operator says that you can remove one copy of the Book of Mormon to be your very own. You select the copy, and it will then be yours.”
Each removed one finished copy and expressed his or her love for the Book of Mormon.
I really don’t remember other events of that day, but I shall never forget the honest expressions of love for the Book of Mormon—expressions which came from the hearts of those children.
An essential part of our learning library will be good books.
Books are keys to wisdom’s treasure; Books are gates to lands of pleasure; Books are paths that upward lead; Books are friends. Come, let us read.
Reading is one of the true pleasures of life. It is mind-easing and mind-inspiring to sit down privately with a congenial book. Young children also enjoy books and love to have their parents read to them

** Parents, we should remember that our lives may be the book from the family library which the children most treasure. Are our examples worthy of emulation? Our lives cannot be closed. Parents, we truly are an open book.

A Legacy of Love - 1 John 4: 7-8, 21
President Monson, as a small boy, enjoyed visiting the home of his grandmother on Bueno Avenue in Salt Lake City. Grandmother was always so happy to see us and to draw us close to her. Seated on her lap, we listened as she read to us.
Seemingly little lessons of love are observed by children as they silently absorb the examples of their parents.

Story: My own father, a printer, worked long and hard practically every day of his life. I’m certain that on the Sabbath he would have enjoyed just being at home. Rather, he visited elderly family members and brought cheer into their lives.
One was his uncle, who was crippled by arthritis so severe that he could not walk or care for himself. On a Sunday afternoon Dad would say to me, “Come along, Tommy; let’s take Uncle Elias for a short drive.” Boarding the old 1928 Oldsmobile, we would proceed to Eighth West, where, at the home of Uncle Elias, I would wait in the car while Dad went inside. Soon he would emerge from the house, carrying in his arms like a china doll his crippled uncle. I then would open the door and watch how tenderly and with such affection my father would place Uncle Elias in the front seat so he would have a fine view while I occupied the rear seat.
The drive was brief and the conversation limited, but oh, what a legacy of love! Father never read to me from the Bible about the good Samaritan. Rather, he took me with him and Uncle Elias in that old 1928 Oldsmobile along the road to Jericho.

May our home reflect a legacy of love.

A Treasury of Testimony - A love for the Savior, a reverence for His name, and genuine respect one for another will provide a fertile seedbed for a testimony to grow.
Show picture of the seed. Testimonies are like seeds. They need to be planted and nurtured on a regular bases to grow. We gain a testimony one step at a time. One lesson at a time. One experience at a time. Over time our testimonies grow big and strong.
“The first and foremost opportunity for teaching in the Church lies in the home,” observed President David O. McKay. “A true Mormon home is one in which if Christ should chance to enter, he would be pleased to linger and to rest.”
What are we doing to ensure that our homes meet this description?
Learning the gospel, bearing a testimony, leading a family are rarely if ever simple processes. Life’s journey is characterized by bumps in the road, swells in the sea—even the turbulence of our times.

“My brothers and sisters, let us determine, whatever our circumstance, to make of our houses happy homes. Let us open wide the windows of our hearts, that each family member may feel welcome and “at home.” Let us open also the doors of our very souls, that the dear Christ may enter. Remember His promise: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.” (Revelation 3: 20)

Activity: As a family take the My Eternal Family booklet of the Primary 2009 monthly themes, and either draw pictures or write goals for the month of March that would help each family member fulfill their responsibilities in the family a little better. If you want take the booklet out every month and review how you did with the goals you set, then make some new one for the coming month.

Activity: Give each member of the family a house to color and put together. As a reminder to actively participate in creating a “Happy Home”.

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