The Lord said unto Enoch: As I live, even so will I come in the last days, in the days of wickedness and vengeance…
And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood.
1. Let Zion in her beauty rise;
Her light begins to shine.
Ere long her King will rend the skies,
Majestic and divine,
The gospel spreading thru the land,
A people to prepare
To meet the Lord and Enoch’s band
Triumphant in the air.
2. Ye heralds, sound the golden trump
To earth’s remotest bound.
Go spread the news from pole to pole
In all the nations round:
That Jesus in the clouds above,
With hosts of angels too,
Will soon appear, his Saints to save,
His enemies subdue.
3. That glorious rest will then commence
Which prophets did foretell,
When Saints will reign with Christ on earth,
And in his presence dwell
A thousand years, oh, glorious day!
Dear Lord, prepare my heart
To stand with thee on Zion’s mount
And nevermore to part.
*Suitable For All Ages*
Read aloud: In recent years, the Lord has inspired the leaders of the Church to counsel us on how to use social media. Specifically, they have encouraged us to use social media proactively as a way to spread the gospel.
Watch this video from Elder Bednar and encourage your family to pay attention to the blessings Elder Bednar promises at the end:
Ask: What stood out to you in this video? What blessings did Elder Bednar promise us?
Read aloud: Elder Bednar compared sharing the gospel on social media to sweeping the earth as with a flood. However, he reminded us that it is not our personally job to create the flood ourselves. In fact, if we were to try and flood our social media pages with things about the gospel, it would probably be more harmful than helpful. While we should each pray about what we can do to share the gospel online in an appropriate way, Elder Bendar gave us three ideas. He said we should be authentic, uplifting, and courageous.
Discuss these three points as best suits your family. You can ask their opinions first, then go where the discussion leads, or give the definitions below and then ask for thoughts.
Authentic: Some have called social media a performance, like when we are acting on a stage. Part of this is because we have a lot of control about what we post. So even if we are sad or upset, we can post very happy things that make it look like we are ok. On social media, it can seem like our lives are perfect, when this isn’t true. It is important that we be authentic on social media. This can mean that we ask for help when we need struggles, share good things when they happen, and tell the truth about our testimony and feelings.
Uplifting: There are a lot of fights that happen on the internet. Because they safe at a computer many miles away, many people feel they can say whatever they want if it is online. It is important to remember that we should not start fights or leave nasty comments. We should always ask ourselves, “Would I be proud to say this if I was saying it to a real person?” and “Is this something I would feel comfortable saying in Christ’s presence?”
Courageous: While we don’t want to go looking for fights, it is also important that we stand up for our beliefs. A lot of things we do can be courageous. This includes messaging someone a spiritual quote if they seem down, bearing your testimony on your wall, or sharing a tweet or pin from the Church. There is a lot of darkness and bad things on the internet, but if we are bold and courageous, we can help replace that darkness with things that inspire or make others think.
Ask: What are some ways we can use social media to share the gospel, with these three things in mind? Does anyone have any experiences with sharing the gospel online?
Read aloud: There are many more things to learn! The Church has multiple websites, hashtags, and initiatives to help us share the gospel online. It is important that we always try to remember to use the internet in a good way. It is easy to remember to share goodness for a week or a month, but we often fall back into social media becoming a time waster.
Ask: How can we prevent this from happening?
Finish the lesson by sharing any personal experiences with social media you’ve had and bearing your testimony.
101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online
Fruit Salad or Ranch Oyster Crackers
1 fresh ripe pineapple
1 fresh ripe cantaloupe
4 fresh ripe mangoes
2 pounds of fresh strawberries
4 cups of seedless green grapes
1 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries
3 to 5 cups powdered sugar
Cut the pineapple and the cantaloupe into bite-sized pieces and put them in a large bowl. Peel the mangoes with a potato peeler. Cut the fruit from the mango seeds and cut it into bite-sized pieces, adding it to the bowl. Wash the strawberries, grapes, and blueberries. Cut the strawberries into bite-sized pieces, and add all to the bowl. The amount of powdered sugar you need depends on how much fruit you have, how ripe your fruit is, and personal preference. Start off by adding about 3 cups of powdered sugar to the fruit bowl and stir to combine until the powdered sugar mixes with the juices from the fruits and no longer looks white. Do a taste test and add more powdered sugar if desired.
(Courtesy of Eat a Great Deal)
1 9oz. package oyster crackers
½ package (about 2 Tablespoons) dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
⅛ teaspoon lemon pepper
¼ teaspoon dill weed
3/8 cup vegetable oil
Place all ingredients in a brown paper bag and shake well. Enjoy!
(Courtesy of Live Craft Eat)
Explore Social Media or Review General Conference
Explore Social Media
Have your family spend some time on social media exploring some of the Church’s sites. We’ve got a list below to help you get started! Encourage everyone to find something that interests them and to find one thing to share one thing with the family that they’ve found. Then have them share it on social media.
Review some of your favorite talks from General Conference. Go over what you learned, and then choose a quote or thought you loved and share it on social media.
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.