Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission, Children’s Songbook Pg #169
1. I hope they call me on a mission
When I have grown a foot or two.
I hope by then I will be ready
To teach and preach and work as missionaries do.
2. I hope that I can share the gospel
With those who want to know the truth.
I want to be a missionary
And serve and help the Lord while I am in my youth.
*Especially for Children*
Begin the lesson by showing your children pictures of family members who have or are currently serving LDS missions. For those who have recently joined the Church or have not had any family members serving missions, you can show photos of the missionaries who baptised you or talk about the missionaries in your ward/area.
Read aloud: When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He asked everyone to be a missionary. Today, there are thousands of missionaries around the world teaching other people about Christ and inviting them to follow Him.
Ask: What do you know about missionaries?
Read aloud: One day, you may decide to serve a mission. [Should you have young sons, you may determine based on your personal feelings and needs how to discuss the priesthood duty of serving a mission.] A mission is a very special and very hard experience. There are many things we can do to help us learn what it is like to be a missionary and to help us be missionaries now, whether we have a name tag on or not.
Go through the following list. After describing each one, ask “What can you do now?” Then read the answer after getting thoughts from your children.
Missionaries Exercise! Missionaries need a lot of energy to do the work. Each morning, missionaries exercise. They walk or run. They play games like soccer or basketball. They also ride bikes.
What can you do now? Find a physical activity you enjoy and will help you be healthy and active. Having a healthy body is important for a healthy spirit! What ways do you like to exercise?
Missionaries Have a Companion! MIssionaries have a companion that is with them wherever they go. Missionaries can have many different companions over their mission. Missionary companions support each other, teach each other, and help the other choose the right.
What can you do now? Do your best to be a friend to everyone, especially your siblings and parents. Practice patience and listening. Find ways to serve the people around you. What do good friends do?
Missionaries Study and Pray! Missionaries study and pray every day so they can have the divine help they need to teach and serve others. They study and pray alone and with their companions. They use the scriptures to teach lessons and always pray with them.
What can you do now? Create good habits of gospel study and prayer. Ponder the scriptures and talk about what you learn with your family. Make it a priority to say prayers every morning and every night. If your children are old enough, consider giving them a copy of Preach My Gospel to use and study.
Missionaries Get Rejected. Missionaries get told no all the time. Some people do not want to hear what they have to say. This is hard. But it helps missionaries understand what Christ went through. People rejected Christ. Like Christ, we should still love those who say no or are mean to us.
What can you do now? Pray for strength when difficult times come. Talk with your parents about things you can do to feel better. Try to be kind to those who hurt you.
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony about missionary work and inviting your family to ask any questions about missionaries or missionary work.
This lesson was inspired by I Hope They Call Me on a Mission, a special children’s book by Benjamin Hyrum White.
S’Mores Hot Chocolate or Banana Open Sandwich
-2 cups milk, any kind
-1 cup water (or use 3 c milk)
-¼ cup cocoa powder
-2 Tbsp light chocolate syrup
-2 Tbsp sugar
-1/4 tsp non-bitter stevia (or add 1-2 Tbsp more sugar to taste)
-graham crackers, crushed (for lining rim)
-½ cup marshmallows
Preheat oven to low broil and move oven rack to the second from the top (high enough up to broil your marshmallows). Place baking sheet on rack.
Heat milk and water in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed through – about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overheat or scald.
Add cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, sugar, stevia and salt and whisk vigorously until thoroughly combined.
Meanwhile, take a few marshmallows and rub them around the top of your mugs so the graham crackers will stick. Then, dip mug in graham cracker crumbs until well lined. You could also add some graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of your mug for extra graham flavor.
Pour in hot chocolate and top with ¼ cup marshmallows each. Carefully set mugs on the baking sheet in the oven and broil marshmallows until browned, watching carefully as to not let them burn.
Carefully remove from the oven with a towel and serve with holders or a small towel to protect hand from heat (they should cool quickly for handling). Top with a drizzle of chocolate syrup and extra graham cracker crumbs for serving (optional).
(Courtesy of Minimalist Baker)
This recipe serves 2. Double or triple recipe as needed.
-1 big banana
-2 TBSP almond butter
-1 TBSP raw honey/agave/maple syrup
-1 TBSP tahini
-Toppings of choice: walnuts, raisins, almond flakes, sesame, chia seeds
Slice your banana lengthwise.
Mix almond butter with tahini and sweetener of choice.
Layer it all up!
Click on the picture or the link below to see six awesome spice combinations for your pumpkin seeds!
(Courtesy of Tales of a Kitchen)
Write a Letter to a Missionary
Write a letter to a missionary you know. Encourage your children to share what they learned in the lesson and express their gratitude. Share missionary experiences you’ve had lately. You can also have them draw pictures.
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.