12- But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
4- We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ…
How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?
He sent his Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.
How could the Father show the world the pathway we should go?
He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may know.
How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?
He sent his Son to die for us and rise with living breath.
What does the Father ask of us? What do the scriptures say?
Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.
What does he ask? Live like his Son.
1. I believe in Christ; he is my King!
With all my heart to him I’ll sing;
I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
In grand amens my tongue employ.
I believe in Christ; he is God’s Son.
On earth to dwell his soul did come.
He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
Good works were his; his name be praised.
2. I believe in Christ; oh blessed name!
As Mary’s Son he came to reign
’Mid mortal men, his earthly kin,
To save them from the woes of sin.
I believe in Christ, who marked the path,
Who did gain all his Father hath,
Who said to men: “Come, follow me,
That ye, my friends, with God may be.”
3. I believe in Christ—my Lord, my God!
My feet he plants on gospel sod.
I’ll worship him with all my might;
He is the source of truth and light.
I believe in Christ; he ransoms me.
From Satan’s grasp he sets me free,
And I shall live with joy and love
In his eternal courts above.
4. I believe in Christ; he stands supreme!
From him I’ll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard: “Ye shall obtain.”
I believe in Christ; so come what may,
With him I’ll stand in that great day
When on this earth he comes again
To rule among the sons of men.
*For Younger Children* Tell stories of Jesus. Make a list of things we know about Jesus Christ. Testify of your faith in Jesus Christ.
Stories of Jesus: Tell your children that you are going to talk about having faith in Jesus.
Faith means believing that Jesus lives and loves us and that he will bless us if we do what is right. If we trust him and follow his teachings, we will be happy. Our faith in Jesus can grow by learning about him.
Share some stories about Jesus and what kind of person he is with your children. Choose your favorite stories, and retell their favorites. After each story, tell them what it teaches you about Jesus and why it helps you to have faith in him. Your children may not yet understand what faith is, but they will benefit from hearing the stories about Jesus, and their faith will grow.
The following is an example of a story you might tell your children:
Jesus Blesses the Children
One day Jesus was teaching people. Some of the people wanted Jesus to bless their little children, and they started to take their children to where Jesus was sitting. Jesus’ disciples, who were the men who helped Jesus, tried to keep the people from bringing the little children to Jesus.
Jesus saw this and told the disciples to let the children come to him. He said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).
The children came and climbed on Jesus’ lap, and he blessed them and showed them how much he loved them. (See Mark 10:14–16.)
- How do you think Jesus felt about little children?
Tell your children that during the week you are going to work together to develop more faith in Jesus by learning more about him. Then share stories of Jesus with the children throughout the week at mealtimes or at bedtimes (for example, the story of Jesus blessing the Nephite children in 3 Nephi 17:17–25).Make a list of things we know about Jesus Christ: Why are we sometimes afraid of strangers? (Because we don’t know them and don’t know if we can trust them.) Discuss why it is hard to have faith in someone whom we do not know. Explain that faith comes from knowing and trusting someone. To have faith in Jesus, we have to know him. Use your chalkboard or poster to write down some of the things that your family knows about Jesus, such as—
1. He is the Son of God. 2. He lives. 3. He loves us. 4. He loves everyone. 5. He died for us. 6. He is our Savior. 7. He is patient. 8. He is forgiving. 9. He has power over the elements of the earth. 10. He knows what is best for us. 11. He wants us to be happy. 12. His teachings come from Heavenly Father and will lead us back to him. 13. He and Heavenly Father appeared to Joseph Smith.
Testify of Jesus Christ and express the faith you have in his Atonement.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Discuss the meaning of “Faith”. Have a discussion about how we can each grow our faith in Jesus Christ. Listen to the modern day apostles and prophets testify of Jesus Christ. Testify of your faith in Jesus Christ.
Tell your family that one of the best ways to prepare yourself to face life successfully is to develop faith in Jesus Christ. Have someone quote or read the fourth article of faith. Faith in Jesus is the first principle of the gospel.
- What is faith? (A belief in something that can’t be seen or proved by scientific methods. A trust that is so strong it causes us to act on it.)
- Why is faith in Jesus Christ so important?
- What does way mean?
- What did Jesus mean when he said that he is the way?
- Why can we have faith that Jesus is the way back to Heavenly Father? (Because Heavenly Father sent him to show us the way, because Jesus does and says only what Heavenly Father wants him to, and because of our own testimonies.)
- What can we do to help our faith in Jesus Christ grow?
|Our Faith in Jesus Christ Can Grow|
|1. Pray to Heavenly Father, and ask him to help your faith in Christ grow.2. Learn all you can about the Savior.|
Discuss each step as you read it, using the following ideas:
1. Prayer is important in making our faith grow because the feeling of sureness or testimony of Jesus Christ can come only from Heavenly Father. It comes by revelation through the Holy Ghost. We need help from our Heavenly Father to know Jesus and to understand and have faith in the things we learn about him.
2. We must continue to learn all we can about our Savior. We have the scriptures to teach us about his life and teachings. We have our Church classes and sacrament meetings. We also have seminary, family home evening, and the Church magazines to teach us about him and what he wants us to do.
3. The best way we can develop faith in Jesus is to live his teachings. This is how we learn that they bring good results and joy to us. In fact, faith is believing and trusting him enough to do what he wants us to do even when it is difficult. By using our faith in this way, it will grow. We will also find that we know and understand the Savior better.
If time permits, watch the following video of Modern Day Apostles and Prophets testifying of Jesus Christ
Testify of Jesus Christ and express the faith you have in his Atonement.
Easy Creamy Fruit Mousse or Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
Easy Creamy Fruit Mousse
1 small (3 oz) box fruit flavored gelatin, regular or sugar free
1 cup boiling water
8 ounces cream cheese, divided
1/2 cup cold water
8 ounce container COOL WHIP, divided
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 small orange
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Place in blender and add 4 ounces (half of the package) cream cheese. Process until smooth. Add cold water and pulse blender to stir. Add half of the container of COOL WHIP (about a heaping cup) to the blender and process just until combined and mixture is free of lumps.
Pour mixture into one serving bowl, or several smaller individual sized dishes. Refrigerate until firm, 3-4 hours. Either top with remaining COOL WHIP or continue on with topping recipe.
To make topping, beat remaining 4 ounces cream cheese with powdered sugar, vanilla, about 1 teaspoon orange zest (more if desired) and one teaspoon of the orange juice. Blend until creamy and smooth and then add more orange juice if needed for consistency. Dollop, pipe, or spread topping over chilled mousse just before serving. If you refrigerate the mousse with the topping on, it will harden, so it’s best to whip it up just before serving. Makes about 6, 1/2 cup servings.
Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodles
1 3/4 cups sugar (12.25 oz), divided
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 1/2 cups (12.5 oz) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon table salt*
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter* (not margarine) at room temp
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
2 large eggs
*if using salted butter, just omit table salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in shallow dish and set aside. Whisk flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt together in medium bowl.
Beat butter, shortening, and remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3-6 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed.
Reduce speed of mixer to low and slowly add flour mixture until combined, about 30 seconds. Give dough final stir to ensure that no flour pockets remain.
Working with 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll into balls. Working in batches, roll dough balls in cinnamon sugar mixture to coat and set on prepared baking sheet spaced 2 inches apart.
Bake 1 sheet at a time until edges of cookies are set and just barely beginning to brown, but centers are still soft and puffy, about 10-12 minutes. The cookies should look raw between the cracks and seem underdone. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature. Makes about 2 dozen 3-4 inch cookies.
(Recipes taken from www.OurBestBites.com)
1- “I will increase my faith in Jesus this week by—” – Let every family member write down or draw a picture of what they are going to do this week to increase their personal faith in Jesus Christ
2- Go for a walk and enjoy the warm spring weather! Look for signs of spring around your neighborhood. (If the weather does not permit, stay inside and have fun playing your family’s favorite game.)
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.