And as I said unto mine apostles, even so I say unto you, for you are mine apostles, even God’s high priests; ye are they whom my Father hath given me; ye are my friends.
1. Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
2. There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
‘Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.
Begin with the following activity! Instruct someone to lie on the ground. Then, have another person come and pull them up off the ground. The person on the ground cannot help in any way. Keep adding people to lie on the ground. As more people are added, no one can be pulled up. Have everyone except the original person get up and tell them to lift the original person on the ground as high into the air as they can. Once they are have, safely place the person back on the ground and have everyone return to their seats.
Ask: How does this activity relate to making and being a good friend?
Read aloud: Friendship is a principle of the gospel. As we make friends and strive to be friends to others, we learn how to love and serve. We also are loved and served by our friends. In the activity, we learn about good friends and bad influences. When all of your friends make bad choices, you can easily get caught up in what they are doing. This can cause you to get stuck where they are. When you stand together with good friends, you can help lift others up. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to make good friends.
Ask: What are some things that you value in a friend?
Read aloud: In the For Strength of Youth pamphlet, it talks about being what a good friend is and how we can be one. Have someone read the following paragraphs out loud:
Everyone needs good and true friends. They will be a great strength and blessing to you. They will influence how you think and act, and even help determine the person you will become. They will help you be a better person and will make it easier for you to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Choose friends who share your values so you can strengthen and encourage each other in living high standards.
To have good friends, be a good friend. Show genuine interest in others; smile and let them know you care about them. Treat everyone with kindness and respect, and refrain from judging and criticizing those around you. Do not participate in any form of bullying. Make a special effort to be a friend to those who are shy or lonely, have special needs, or do not feel included.
As you seek to be a friend to others, do not compromise your standards. If your friends urge you to do things that are wrong, be the one to stand for the right, even if you stand alone. You may need to find other friends who will support you in keeping the commandments. Seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost as you make these choices.
Ask: What is something that stood out to you in these paragraphs? Does anyone have an experience they can share about a time when a friend was very good to you?
Read aloud: While it is important to have good friends, that does not mean we can only have friends who are perfect or friends who are in the Church.
Ask: How can we be good friends to those who might not hold the same standards, while still avoiding negative influences?
Read aloud: We should strive to love everyone, no matter who they are or what they believe. By doing this, we become more like our Savior. Jesus Christ is the perfect example of a friend.
Share a personal experience of how Jesus Christ has taught you how to be a friend. Finish with your testimony.
Cookie Bowls or Zucchini Pizza Bites
-Cookie Dough (homemade or store-bought)
-Fillings (Ice cream, pudding, fruit, Cool Whip, etc.)
You’ll also need:
-Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees or as directed. Spray the bottom of the muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray so that each cup is evenly coated. Roll out your dough to about 1/8 thickness. Cut out circles roughly 3 and 1/2 inches in diameter (I use the top of a glass tumbler). Mold each circle to the bottom of the muffin tin. Bake approximately 12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Allow cookies to cool for several minutes before loosening the bowls by running a knife gently around the edge of each bowl. Remove the bowls from the pan and allow to cool completely. Fill with your favorite filling and enjoy!
(Courtesy of The Education of a Stay At Home Mom)
-2 large zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
-Nonstick cooking spray
-Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper
-1/4 cup marinara sauce
-1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
-1/4 cup mini pepperoni pieces, optional
-Italian seasoning, for sprinkling
Spray both sides of zucchini rounds lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil or grill the zucchini rounds (I used a grill pan set to medium-high) for 2 minutes on each side.
Place cooked zucchini rounds on a large lined baking sheet. Top with small amounts of sauce, cheese and pepperoni pieces, if desired. Broil for an additional 1-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted, careful not to burn. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and serve warm.
(Courtesy of The Comfort of Cooking)
Dried Spaghetti or Speed Friend-shipping
-One paper plate for each team member
-A package of dry spaghetti (NOT angel hair)
Use the masking tape to create a handle of sorts on the back side of each paper plate to create a “hand held device”. Place the pasta and the hand held devices on a table. Place a large bucket or tub about 15′ away. You have four minutes to move as much pasta as possible to the bucket. Only one team member is allowed to touch the pasta. The remaining team members will each have a hand held device. Work in pairs to move the pasta to the bucket by holding the pasta end to end between two hand held devices. Each pair may only move one piece of spaghetti at a time. If the pasta breaks, come back for more! You will receive up to ten points each for creativity, cooperation, and communication. You will receive one point for each piece of pasta in the bucket at the end of the allotted time.
(Courtesy of Great Solutions to Team Challenges)
Set up a long table or have everyone sit across from each other on the ground in two even rows. Have one row be designated as the “moving row” and they will move to the left one place each time the timer goes off. Create a list of questions or use the one below to help your family/group get to know each other better.
- What are 5 things you could not live without?
- Who makes you laugh the hardest?
- What TV shows are your favorite right now?
- Favorite book?
- What was the best vacation you ever took?
- If you could have lunch with 1 famous person, who would it be?
- What do you consider to be your strongest character trait?
- What is one habit do you wish you didn’t have?
- What was your most embarrassing moment? Happiest moment? Scariest moment?
- What hidden talents do you have?
- Would you rather win a million dollars or work doing something that you loved?
- If you could re-live any time period in your life, what would it be and why?
(Courtesy of BD Design Blog)
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.