“4 And your home shall be at your father’s house, until I give unto you further commandments. And you shall attend to the ministry in the church, and before the world, and in the regions round about. Amen. ”
Now let us rejoice in the day of salvation.No longer as strangers on earth need we roam.Good tidings are sounding to us and each nation,And shortly the hour of redemption will come,When all that was promised the Saints will be given,And none will molest them from morn until ev’n,And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,And Jesus will say to all Israel, “Come home.”
We’ll love one another and never dissembleBut cease to do evil and ever be one.And when the ungodly are fearing and tremble,We’ll watch for the day when the Savior will come,When all that was promised the Saints will be given,And none will molest them from morn until ev’n,And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,And Jesus will say to all Israel, “Come home.”
In faith we’ll rely on the arm of JehovahTo guide thru these last days of trouble and gloom,And after the scourges and harvest are over,We’ll rise with the just when the Savior doth come.Then all that was promised the Saints will be given,And they will be crown’d with the angels of heav’n,And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,And Christ and his people will ever be one.
*For Younger Children* Read or share The Big Move and discuss the different churches you have attended and they way you felt in each one, or if you have only ever attended just one, talk about what you can do to recognize that the spirit is there.
Seth loved going to church. He enjoyed singing in Primary and learning about Jesus. Seth knew attending church was important. It was one way to show Heavenly Father how thankful he was for the gospel.
One Sunday morning, Seth was getting dressed for church. Mom and Dad appeared in the doorway.
“May we talk to you, Seth?” Dad asked as he and Mom sat down on the bed.
Seth finished buttoning his shirt. “Sure.”
“Do you remember how far Dad has to drive to get to work?” Mom asked.
“Yes, it takes forever,” Seth said.
“Mom and I have been praying about it,” Dad said, “and we’ve decided it’s time for us to move closer to my job.”
“Where is our new house going to be?” Seth asked. “Will I be able to ride my bike to Aunt Spring’s house?” Aunt Spring lived just a few blocks away, and Seth couldn’t wait until he was old enough to ride over to play with his cousins.
“No,” Dad said. “I’m sorry. Our new house will be too far away for that, but our family and friends can come visit us and we can visit them.”
“Oh,” Seth said quietly.
“This will be a big move,” Mom said. “You’ll make new friends, and we’ll live in a new neighborhood. It’s important for our family so that Dad can be home more.”
Seth knew his parents wanted the best for him and his little brothers. “I guess it’s all right if we move.”
Dad gave him a big hug. “We’re glad you agree.”
Several months later, Seth’s family began packing boxes. Seth was excited. His new house had a big backyard, and there was a playground down the street. Seth was also looking forward to going to kindergarten.
Just one thing worried Seth. How would he learn about Jesus? They would live too far away for him to go to church.
“What’s wrong, Seth?” Mom asked, noticing the gloomy look on his face.
“I don’t want to move anymore,” Seth said as his eyes filled with tears.
Mom put her arms around Seth. “I know it’s hard to move away from your friends and cousins.”
“It’s not just that. How will we get to church?” Seth asked.
“Our new church will be right down the street,” Mom said.
“But I don’t want a new church, Mom. I like our church.” Seth knew there were a lot of good churches, but he knew The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the only true church.
Mom smiled. “After we move, we’ll go to a new building on Sundays. We’ll have new teachers and meet new people, but it will still be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And we’ll learn the very same lessons.”
Seth smiled. He was happy he could still go to the same church and learn about Jesus.
Soon Seth and his family were busy unpacking boxes in their new house. Seth picked out the clothes he wanted to wear for church the next morning.
“Are you sure church is going to be the same?” Seth asked Mom.
“Absolutely,” Mom said. “Don’t worry, Seth. When we get to church tomorrow, listen for the Spirit to tell you if we’re at the right church.”
Seth awoke early the next morning, excited to go to Primary. He asked Heavenly Father to help him know if he was at the right church. Then, Seth got ready to go.
At church, Seth heard someone playing a familiar song on a piano. Seth felt a warm, happy feeling. He was glad to still be able to attend the true church, even after moving far away.
*For The Whole Family* Read through and share some from On Sunday We Attend Church. Discuss about the things that you look forward to on Sunday when you go to church.
As I struggled to comfort the fussy baby in my arms and quiet the restless toddler at my feet, a sister walked by on her way to Sunday School. She had seen me in the halls many times because that was where I spent the majority of my time during church.
“I don’t know why you even bother to come!” she laughingly said, echoing my own feelings of frustration. I, too, often wondered what was to be gained from attending church alone with my six small children. I rarely heard a complete talk or lesson. Since my husband served on the high council and sometimes went out of town on business, he was often gone for our ward meetings.
Just getting all six children ready for church was usually cause for exasperation. By the time I had put the last ribbon in place, the baby had invariably spit up on my dress or one of the boys had lost a shoe. Once we arrived at church, it was only a matter of minutes before the baby would need to be changed or the two-year-old would begin crying because there was no room left for him on my lap.
As I considered what that sister had said about why I even bothered, I thought of my childhood. My father was not a member of the Church and never went to meetings with the rest of us. Even though my mother was alone, she always took my three siblings and me to church. Not having a spouse with her never stopped her from worshiping at church and doing her best to participate.
Reflecting on my own situation, I realized I would never neglect to meet my children’s physical need for food each day. So why should their spiritual nourishment be neglected because my husband couldn’t be with us all the time?
It also became easier to go to church when I didn’t make the decision week by week. The decision was made once and for all—every Sunday we attend church. I knew it and the children knew it, so they didn’t waste time trying to find excuses not to go. They also knew that being unruly in the meetings was not a way to get me to let them stay home the next week.
As the years went by, though some Sundays were still difficult, the children began to learn how to sit quietly and listen to some of the talks. Occasionally one of the children would even quietly whisper, “I liked that story.”
Eventually my children grew up and moved away to start their own families. My daughter called once after a particularly trying day in church with her own toddler. “Sometimes I wonder why I even bother to go,” she lamented.
But really she knew why. From lessons learned when she was small, she knew—on Sunday we attend church.
My LDS Quiet Book
The Ready Resource for Relief Society (2014)
A Dinosaur Goes to Church
S’mores Dip and Crispy Creamy Ice-Cream Sandwiches
- 1 1/2 Cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
- 1-14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup Marshmallow Cream (Recommended 3/4 cup)
- 1 box of gram crackers
1. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and condensed milk on High 1 to 2 minutes (A full 2 minutes is recommended) , stirring occasionally, until chips are melted. Stir to mix well. Pour into 9-inch glass pie pan, spreading evenly…(You can use any kind of decorative plate or bowl of your choosing, just make sure it is microwavable.)
2. Drop marshmallow creme by tablespoonfuls randomly over chocolate mixture. Microwave on High about 30 seconds or until marshmallow creme is softened. Immediately with knife, make several small swirls through marshmallow and chocolate, creating a marbled appearance.
3. Serve immediately with the graham crackers, sticks, teddy grahams of your choice.
(From Lets Get Cookin)
Crispy Creamy Ice-Cream Sandwiches
- 4 tbs butter
- 1 bag of marshmallows (10 ounces)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 6 cups crisped rice cereal
- 1/2 cup decorating sprinkles or mini candies
- 1 quart ice cream or frozen yogurt
1. Coat a 9- by 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set the pan aside. Coat a medium saucepan with nonstick cooking spray and melt the butter and marshmallows in it over medium-low heat, stirring continuously. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add the cereal.
2. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the mixture until it forms a large ball. Add the sprinkles or candies, if desired. Spoon and press the mixture into the 9- by 13-inch pan. Chill the pan for 10 minutes. Then cut the crisped rice treats into twelve 2-inch squares.
3. Peel the container away from the ice cream. Working on a waxed-paper covered surface, slice the ice cream into six 2- by 2- by 1-inch blocks with a warm knife (a parent’s job). Sandwich each one between 2 crispy squares and lightly press the layers together. Makes 6 sandwiches.
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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.