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Coming unto Christ means choosing the right so you can feel the Spirit in your life and be happy. Christ wants us all to be very happy and he gave us a way to find that happiness. He gave us commandments and prophets to teach us what we can do to know Christ more. Check out this great family home evening lesson on getting closer to Christ! Scripture: Moroni 10:30-33 Hymn: Come, Follow Me – Hymn 116 or I Feel My Savior’s Love – Children’s Songbook 74 Lesson: Come Unto Christ Treat: Eggless Cookie Dough or Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Activity: “Choose the Right” Maze or Bike Rodeo •View entire lesson...

Come Unto Christ

FHE Scripture

Scripture

 

Moroni 10:30-33

“30 And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing.
31 And awake, and arise from the dust, O Jerusalem; yea, and put on thy beautiful garments, O daughter of Zion; and strengthen thy stakes and enlarge thy borders forever, that thou mayest no more be confounded, that the covenants of the Eternal Father which he hath made unto thee, O house of Israel, may be fulfilled.
32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.
33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.”

 

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

I Feel My Savior’s Love – Children’s Songbook 74

1. I feel my Savior’s love
In all the world around me.
His Spirit warms my soul
Through ev’rything I see.

2. I feel my Savior’s love;
Its gentleness enfolds me,
And when I kneel to pray,
My heart is filled with peace.

3. I feel my Savior’s love
And know that he will bless me.
I offer him my heart;
My shepherd he will be.

4. I’ll share my Savior’s love
By serving others freely.
In serving I am blessed.
In giving I receive.

He knows I will follow him,
Give all my life to him.
I feel my Savior’s love,
The love he freely gives me.

 

Come, Follow Me – Hymn 116

1. “Come, follow me,” the Savior said.
Then let us in his footsteps tread,
For thus alone can we be one
With God’s own loved, begotten Son.

2. “Come, follow me,” a simple phrase,
Yet truth’s sublime, effulgent rays
Are in these simple words combined
To urge, inspire the human mind.

3. Is it enough alone to know
That we must follow him below,
While trav’ling thru this vale of tears?
No, this extends to holier spheres.

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FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Read or summarize  the following and then discuss what you can do to come unto Christ every day.

What does coming unto Christ mean?
Coming unto Christ means choosing the right so you can feel the Spirit in your life and be happy.  Christ wants us all to be very happy and he gave us a way to find that happiness. He gave us commandments and prophets to teach us what we can do to know Christ more.
Just like when you want to get to know a friend more, you spend more time with them, you do things for them, and you do things that they like to do.  You can know Christ by reading about Him in the scriptures, serving others as He did, and choosing the right like He always did.

What can you do in your life to come unto Christ?christwithchildren

Read The Following Sharing Time Lesson
Think about the choices you make every day. Do you choose what to wear, what to say, what to read and watch, and how to act? The ability to make choices is a gift from Heavenly Father. It is called agency. Using our agency is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us. What helps you choose the right?

Heavenly Father will help you choose the right. You are a child of God, and He wants you to return to live with Him again. Remember, you can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere, and He will bless you with courage to choose the right.

Jesus Christ will help you choose the right. He is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) and the perfect example for you to follow. You will choose the right when you ask yourself, “What would Jesus want me to do?”

The Holy Ghost will help you choose the right. When you are baptized and when you take the sacrament, you covenant (or promise) to keep the commandments. When you do this, Heavenly Father promises that the Holy Ghost will be with you. The Holy Ghost will prompt you to do what is right, warn you, and bless you with peace when you choose the right.

Prophets help you choose the right. The scriptures contain the word of God taught by His prophets. They can help you know what to do. Today, our prophet and other leaders are the servants of God. Listen when they speak in general conference. As you follow their counsel, you will choose the right.

 

 

*For Teenagers or Adults* Summarize or read from “Come Unto Christ” and follow the discussion prompts at the bottom.

“The Lord declared that it is his work and his glory ‘to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.’ (Moses 1:39.) He has established his Church to help in this great work. Accordingly, the Church’s mission is to ‘invite all to come unto Christ’ (D&C 20:59) and ‘be perfected in him’ (Moro. 10:32).” (Melchizedek Priesthood Leadership Handbook, 1990, p. 3.)

I would like to discuss at least in part what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asks people to do when it invites them “to come unto Christ.” (D&C 20:59.)

It should be understood this invitation is not a request to participate in a single event, but to participate in a process.chrlamb

This process leads individuals to eternal life, which “is the greatest of all the gifts of God; for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation.” (D&C 6:13.)

How do we begin this most exciting and important process? The Book of Mormon records the events that occurred when Christ, following hisresurrection, visited the people of Nephi in the land Bountiful. So important was this event that his Father introduced him, saying, “Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.” (3 Ne. 11:7; emphasis added.)

From this introduction we learn the first required action: “hear ye him.” If we are to come unto Christ, we must first listen to him. We must learn who he is. Following his Father’s introduction, he told the people:

“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

“And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.” (3 Ne. 11:10–11.)

He then invited them to come forth, one by one and “see with their eyes and … feel with their hands.” (3 Ne. 11:15.) These people experienced personal knowledge of who he was. However, Jesus reminded them that coming to him through faith is even more acceptable.

“And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words because that ye shall testify that ye have seen me, and that ye know that I am. Yea, blessed are they who shall believe in your words.” (3 Ne. 12:2; emphasis added.)

We are fortunate to have the scriptures, which contain the words of ancient Apostles and prophets, and to have the privilege of listening to modern-day Apostles and prophets testify of Christ.

What were the next words Jesus gave to the people in Bountiful? Think of all he could have said. He is the creator of this earth and countless others; he had just wrought the infinite atonement; he had just broken the bonds of death; he had just visited with his Father in Heaven. He could have discussed many, many wonderful and important subjects, but he chose to teach his doctrine, which is:

“And again I say unto you, ye must repent, and be baptized in my name, and become as a little child, or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them.” (3 Ne. 11:38–39.)

Not only did the Lord teach the need for baptism, but he called special disciples and gave them power to baptize. He also taught them the correct manner of baptism.

Clearly, it is vital, on the journey to eternal life, to exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, and be baptized in the proper manner, by those holding the proper authority and using the proper prayer. After this kind of baptism we can “be visited with fire and with theHoly Ghost, and … receive a remission of … sins.” (3 Ne. 12:2.) However, in order to progress we must yield “to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord.” (Mosiah 3:19.)

As we come unto Christ, we must surrender our worldly ways, our pride, and our selfishness. As we yield to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we should experience a “mighty change in [our] hearts” (Alma 5:14) and become willing to submit to or accept “all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us]” (Mosiah 3:19).

Life is often difficult. There are trials, disappointments, challenges, sickness, unemployment even for the Saints. These must be borne with submissive patience, for often these trials are evidence of the Lord’s hand preparing us to be worthy of living with him. To yield to Christ means to put him and his teachings first. The total submission of our will to his is one of the most difficult obstacles we face on our journey toward eternal life. The rewards of this submission are beautifully described by President Ezra Taft Benson:

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace.” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988, p. 361.)

Self-control and self-discipline are important virtues that need to be developed in the process of coming unto Christ. In my teenage years, when I was going out to an activity, my parents would say, “Son, remember who you are.” Is this phrase familiar to you? This short statement effectively reminded me of the trust my parents had in me, of the expectations of loving grandparents, concerned uncles, aunts, and priesthood leaders. It reminded me of my responsibility to be a good example to younger brothers and sisters.

Heavenly Father provides us with a similar request. He asks us to “always remember him” (D&C 20:77, 79) and “to stand as witnesses of [him] at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in” (Mosiah 18:9).

These reminders provide a simple, but effective, decision-making tool that can help us develop needed self-control and self-discipline.

Any thought, activity, or action that is compatible with the name, the life, or the teachings of Jesus Christ is acceptable. Any behavior that is not compatible with his name, his life, or his teachings is not acceptable and should be avoided.

The process of being perfected requires that we receive special instruction, make sacred covenants, and receive the highest ordinances of the priesthood. These blessings are available only in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Individuals who come unto Christ must come to his temple.

It is my prayer that all of us examine our lives and evaluate where we are in the process of coming unto Christ and being perfected in him. The Book of Mormon promised if we “come unto him, and offer [our] whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, andendure to the end … [we] will be saved.” (Omni 1:26; emphasis added.)

If you have not yet accepted the invitation to come unto him, please do so now. Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are prepared and eager to teach you the doctrine of Christ. They hold the proper authority, baptize in the proper manner, and use the proper prayer.

If you previously began the process of coming unto Christ but lost your way or took a detour, do not despair; begin again. Come back, come back now! Come unto Christ and enjoy the “fruit of the Spirit,” namely, “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” and begin to “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22–23, 25) and to “lay hold upon every good gift” (Moro. 10:30).

I testify that he lives, that he is the light and life of the world, that he is our Savior and our Redeemer, and I do it in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

(After reading talk)

What does coming unto Christ mean?
Brother Wood beautifully explains that Coming unto Christ is giving up our worldly and selfish desires to know him more. The reward will be more than anything in the world can bring. When we come unto Christ we find peace in this life that no other source can give us but the gospel of Jesus Christ. “As we come unto Christ, we must surrender our worldly ways, our pride, and our selfishness. As we yield to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, we should experience a “mighty change in [our] hearts” (Alma 5:14) and become willing to submit to or accept “all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us]” It is also good to remember that he mentions that coming unto Christ is not one single event, but a process.

Why should we give up our worldly desires to come unto Christ?
“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, raise up friends, and pour out peace.” (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1988, p. 361.)
Coming unto Christ will help us be happy with ourselves, our families, and our situations. We can become more patient with ourselves and others. It will give us the courage to change the things in our life to become more like Him. Coming unto Christ brings a happiness that Christ has wanted for all of us since the beginning. 2 Nephi 2:25, “ Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”

What can we do in our life to come unto Christ?
What things can we give up to know Him more?

 

FHE Treat

Treat


Eggless Cookie Dough or Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Eggless Cookie Dough

IngredientsEgglessCookieDo

  1. 1/2 cup soften butter
  2. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1.25 cups flour
  6. 2-4 tablespoons milk (you might not need all of the milk)
  7. 1 cup mix ins, ie chocolate chips, M&M’s, chocolate toffee chips

Instructions:

  1. Cream butter and sugar.
  2. Stir in vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk.
  3. Mix in salt and flour, add more milk if needed.
  4. Gently Stir in chips.
  5. Enjoy. Store leftovers in refrigerator

(Recipes From The Cookie Puzzle)


Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

IngredientsChocolate Chip Cheesecake

  1. 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2 (16.5-ounce) rolls refrigerator chocolate chip cookie dough

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until well mixed; set aside.
  3. Slice cookie dough rolls into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices from one roll on bottom of prepared baking dish; press together so there are no holes in dough. Spoon cream cheese mixture evenly over dough; top with remaining slices of cookie dough.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden and center is slightly firm. Remove from oven, let cool, then refrigerate. Cut into slices when well chilled.Notes:Keep cookie dough refrigerated until just before slicing. You can serve the cheesecake plain, with chocolate sauce, with fudge, or with whipped topping…whatever’s your favorite!!

(Recipes From Mr Food)

 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

 

“Choose the Right” Maze or Bike Rodeo

 

 “Choose the Right” Mazefollow this link

Bike Rodeo– Tee-ha! Cowboys and cowgirls, saddle up and mosey on down to the best little rodeo in town. Leave your Appaloosa in the stable; all you’re gonna need for this kind of bronco bustin’ is a standard-issue kid’s bike. With a little ingenuity and a paved driveway, you can host your own roughstock and timed events. Some words about safety: remember to trade in your ten-gallon hat for a sturdy helmet and to wait for the judge to call riders out one at a time.

How to play

  1. Calf Roping: Each rider must follow a chalked course, pausing at one point to safely set his or her feet on the ground, pick up a hula hoop, and toss it over a stool or other target before continuing to the finish line. Fastest time wins. Or, if you have two hula hoops, draw two parallel chalked courses and have riders race!
  2. Barrel Racing: Like the female rodeo stars, riders must maneuver bikes in a cloverleaf pattern, around three cones or plastic soda bottles. Give points for how close the riders come to the bottles without knocking them over and how many trips they can make around the loops in a set amount of time.
  3. Bronco Saddling: In a real rodeo competition, riders have to stay on the back of a bucking bronco for eight seconds. To make this a bike event, draw a chalked circular course of tight turns and, if possible, hills and valleys. Have a judge time each contestant with a stopwatch. The champion is the rider who follows the course and keeps his or her feet on the pedals of the bike the longest without falling.
  4. Quick Draw: Set three empty soda bottles with a Ping-Pong ball resting on the mouth of each along the riders’ course. You may want to put the bottles on a box or low wall. Give each rider a water pistol. The first rider who manages to shoot the Ping-Pong balls off all three bottles as she rides by wins.
  5. Rodeo Clowning: In a real rodeo, a clown has one of the more serious jobs distracting the bull away from a fallen cowboy to keep the cowboy from being injured. This balloon-popping game captures the spirit of the lighthearted side of rodeo clowning. Blow up round balloons and tape one or two to individual sheets of newspaper. Create a path by placing the sheets on your riding surface (anchor them with small stones if it’s windy). Then have riders try to pop as many balloons as possible by riding over them.

(from Spoonful)

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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 social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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    I love this lesson for several reasons. One is that we will do the part this week for younger children while my grandchild is visiting. We will do the other part next week when we only have adults here. That is awesome.
    Love the maze, nice and simple. I will do the bike rodeo when it’s not so hot outside.
    Both recipes are easy and simple. Def a plus in my book.

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