And it came to pass that they did repent, and inasmuch as they did repent they did begin to prosper.
1. Come unto Jesus, ye heavy laden,
Careworn and fainting, by sin oppressed.
He’ll safely guide you unto that haven
Where all who trust him may rest.
2. Come unto Jesus; He’ll ever heed you,
Though in the darkness you’ve gone astray.
His love will find you and gently lead you
From darkest night into day.
3. Come unto Jesus; He’ll surely hear you,
If you in meekness plead for his love.
Oh, know you not that angels are near you
From brightest mansions above?
4. Come unto Jesus from ev’ry nation,
From ev’ry land and isle of the sea.
Unto the high and lowly in station,
Ever he calls, “Come to me.”
Gather together a number of large disposable aluminum pans, dirt, flour, honey, and crunchy cereal. You’ll also need a large bowl of warm soapy water and plenty of paper towels. Fill each pan with a different material and line them up in this order: flour, dirt, honey, cereal. You can add other things after the cereal if you’d like. To begin the activity, pick a volunteer from your family or group and instruct them to cover their hands with flour. Make sure they get as much flour on their hands as possible. Give them one paper towel to try and clean their hands. Repeat the activity with each material. Finally, make them stick their sticky hands in the cereal. Give them only a paper towel to clean it up. Ask them how they feel they are doing. Then instruct them to clean their hands in the warm, soapy water.
Ask: What does this activity teach us about repentance? (Here are some other questions if the discussion lags: What do the materials represent? What does the soapy bowl of water represent? How did having all of the stuff on your hands make you feel?)
Read aloud: Repentance is one of the core principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From the beginning, we have been commanded to repent and come unto Christ. Repentance is the process by which we have a change of mind and heart; we have a fresh view about God, ourselves, the world, and do our best to turn away from sin and ask God for forgiveness. We commit to living an obedient life.
Ask: Why is repentance important?
Read aloud: Sin brings anguish and suffering to the soul. In order to have peace in this life and to return to live with Heavenly Father, we need to be made clean. This is only possible through Jesus Christ. We do the best we can, but just as in the activity, we need help. Christ stands ready and willing to help us at all times when we are willing to change and do better. Repentance is often seen as a very unpleasant thing. This can be true. Repentance can be very hard and require us to make some uncomfortable changes. But any cost of repentance is ultimately swallowed up in the joy of forgiveness. Elder D. Todd Christofferson said:
“Repentance is a divine gift, and there should be a smile on our faces when we speak of it. It points us to freedom, confidence, and peace. Rather than interrupting the celebration, the gift of repentance is the cause for true celebration.”
Ask: How has repentance been a gift in your life? How can we use the gift of repentance more effectively?
If time permits, you can study the story of Alma the Younger in Mosiah 27 to discuss the joys that comes with repentance. Finish by bearing your testimony and answering any questions your family or group may have about repentance.
Zucchini Fritters or Waffle Cone S’mores
-3 cups grated zucchini
-1 cup diced onion
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp. chili powder
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1/4 tsp. pepper
-vegetable oil for frying
-1 cup mayo
-juice of half a lime
-1/2 tsp chili powder
Pour vegetable oil into a skillet so that it is a half an inch deep and turn the heat to medium.
Combine zucchini, onion, and egg in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 1/2 tsp. of chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add the dry ingredients to the zucchini mixture and fold it all together. When the oil is hot enough, drop heaping tablespoons of batter into the oil. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Take the fritters out and let them drain on a dinner plate lined with a paper towel.
For the dip, mix the mayo, chili powder, and lime juice together.
(Courtesy of Family Feed Bag)
-Waffle cones (or cake cones if you prefer)
-Chocolate Chips, chunks of your favorite candy bar, etc.
-Peanut Butter Chips
-Anything else you love!
Fill the waffle cone with your favorite yummy ingredients. Wrap in tinfoil and place it in a 350 oven for 8 to 12 mi nutes.
(Courtesy of Mother’s Niche)
Rainbow Bubble Snakes or No-Sew Heating Pad Craft
-Empty water bottles
Cut the bottom of the water bottle off and slide the sock over the bottom. Use the duct tape to hold the sock in place. Pour some dish soap into a shallow container and add a bit of water and gently mix. Drop a few drops of food coloring onto the sock, then dip it in the bubble solution. Gently blow to create your snake!
(Courtesy of Housing a Forest)
-Baby leg warmers or knee socks
-2 cups white rice
-Empty toilet paper roll
-10 drops of essential oil (optional)
Tie up one end of your sock with bakers twine, if you are using leg warmers. Mix rice and any essential oils. Use the toilet paper roll as a funnel to add rice into your sock. After filling, tie off your new heating pad. To use, place the heating pad in the microwave along with a cup of water for 1-3 minutes. Remove, shake, and use! You can also chill it.
(Courtesy of Unsophisticook)
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.