A stereotypical view of Heaven might include harp playing, but we will be the same people there that we are here and our relationships will reflect that. This Doctrine and Covenants FHE lesson helps us better understand the nature of our eternal families.
When the Savior shall appear we shall see him as he is. We shall see that he is a man like ourselves. And that same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not now enjoy.
1. I have a fam’ly here on earth.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
Through Heav’nly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.
2. While I am in my early years,
I’ll prepare most carefully,
So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.
Song: Families Can Be Together Forever (above) OR watch this video of the song.
Ask: What do you think Heaven will be like? What will it look like? How will it feel?
Explain: Some of the things in Heaven will be different than how they are here. We won’t have any sickness. We won’t have pain. [Use examples of friends or family members who won’t need their glasses, or won’t need an inhaler to breathe, etc.]
While many things will be different, some things will stay the same.
Read: D&C 130:2 (found above).
Ask: What does this scripture tell us about what will be the same in Heaven?
Teach: The love we have for each other now and the relationships we have now will be the same in Heaven. What are some ways you feel loved by our family? How can our family better show our love for each other? What can we do as a family to show kindness and love to our neighbors and friends?
Video: Watch this video about children finding ways to serve and show kindness to others.
Testify: I know families can be together forever and that ours can be glorious as we strive each day to love and serve each other the way Jesus does.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Listen and Sing: “Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth” Hymns, 298 or watch the music video here.
Read: D&C 130:2 (found above)
Teach: How we treat each other in our family and among our friends is how we will treat them when we pass through this life. Are we treating each other in a heavenly way? How committed are we to loving and serving each other, no matter what?
Optional Video: How one Latter-day Saint family navigates some heavy differences between parents and their child (the parents learn to change their judgments and show more love for
a son that is gay). They are committed to loving each other and maintaining their family relationships no matter what.
Teach: The temple provides an opportunity for us to be a family forever—to be sealed to our ancestors who have gone before, and to connect ourselves to future generations. But how we treat one another here on earth will truly determine the strength of those relationships. Often family relationships struggle because we don’t take the same care of them like we would do with others. We may even take one another for granted. Instead, consider how precious and important the family is, and recommit to showing the family at least as much love, attention,
and respect we would give to our friends and acquaintances.
NOTE: If your family has not yet been sealed in the temple, still focus on what your family can do to be stronger and more prepared for eternity.
Quote: Henry B. Eyring has said, “For some, that eternal joy may seem a faint or even a fading hope. Parents, children, brothers, and sisters may have made choices that seem to disqualify them from eternal life. You may even wonder whether you have yet been qualified through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
“A prophet of God once offered me counsel that gives me peace. I was worried that the choices of others might make it impossible for our family to be together forever. He said, ‘You are worrying about the wrong problem. You just live worthy of the celestial kingdom, and the family arrangements will be more wonderful than you can imagine.’”
Testify: Families can be together forever. Encourage your family to treat one another in such a way that you’ll want to be together for eternity.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read: D&C 130:1-2 (found above)
Take special notice that while verse 2 is famous and often quoted, we must not forget that it is juxtaposed with verse 1—meeting with our Savior. Above all, it is our relationship with Him, Jesus Christ, that will be the same in Heaven as here on Earth. Keeping our relationship with Him strong is our best preparation for eternal life.
Ponder: How can I strengthen my relationship with the Lord?
Read & Watch: This is an article about great ways to develop a greater relationship with the Lord and includes a video about a ward family who did this through service.
All our family and friend relationships are precious, but none matters as much as our relationship with Deity.
Quote: “To all of those whose personal experience or whose marriage and children—or absence thereof—cast a shadow over their hopes, I offer my witness: Heavenly Father knows and loves you as His spirit child. While you were with Him and His Beloved Son before this life, They placed in your heart the hope you have of eternal life. With the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ working and with the Holy Spirit guiding, you can feel now and will feel in the world to come the family love your Father and His Beloved Son want so much for you to receive.” – The Hope of Eternal Family Love by Henry B. Eyring
Easy DIY Caramel Apples
- 4 apples of any kind, Granny Smith recommend
- 1 cup brown sugar packed light or dark
- 7 Oz. heavy cream
- 1/2 cup corn syrup light
- 2.5 Tbsp. butter softened
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract pure
- 1/4 Tsp. salt
To prepare the apples you must first remove the wax coating, one way to do this is to rinse in very hot water and rub away the wax with a towel. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then remove from heat. Very carefully take one apple and let it sit in the hot water for 15 seconds, then use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove it and place it on a towel. Use the towel to rub the apple vigorously until the wax is gone. Repeat until all the apples have been de-waxed.
Remove the stems from each apple then push a stick into the center of each apple where the stem was – making sure it’s stuck in there really good.
Prepare a cookie tray by lining it with parchment paper and lightly spraying it with oil. You will use this tray to set your freshly dipped apples on.
In a medium pot mix together the cream, butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla.
Over medium heat bring the mixture to 240 degrees F. Do not stir the mixture during this time.
Remove from heat and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes until the Carmel is thin enough to still dip but thick enough that it will coat and stick to the apple.
Dip each apple into the caramel and let the excess caramel drip off then place onto your prepared tray. Do this for each apple. If your caramel gets too hard to dip you can warm it up a little on the stove.
Let apples cool before serving.
Best served the same day but can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
(Courtesy of xoxobella.com)
Come up with one way you can better serve one another within the family (immediate or extended) OR, come up with how you can serve someone else in need as a family or individual. Maybe even bring them one of your delicious caramel apples!
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