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Eighth Article of Faith

August 29, 2005

In this day when the Bible is being down-graded by many who have mingled philosophies of the world with Bible scriptures to nullify their true meaning, how fortunate that our eternal Heavenly Father, who is always concerned about the spiritual well-being of his children, has given to us a companion book of scriptures, known as the Book of Mormon, as a defense for the truths of the Bible that were written and spoken by the prophets as the Lord directed. (Harold B. Lee, "Plain and Precious Things," Ensign, Aug. 1972, 2)

Song: "Book of Mormon Stories" (Children's Songbook, p. 118.)

Scripture: Article of Faith 1:8

Quote:

In this day when the Bible is being down-graded by many who have mingled philosophies of the world with Bible scriptures to nullify their true meaning, how fortunate that our eternal Heavenly Father, who is always concerned about the spiritual well-being of his children, has given to us a companion book of scriptures, known as the Book of Mormon, as a defense for the truths of the Bible that were written and spoken by the prophets as the Lord directed. (Harold B. Lee, "Plain and Precious Things," Ensign, Aug. 1972, 2)

Lesson:

Obtain a yardstick and four other items that could be used to measure a line (a piece of paper, string, elastic thread, yarn, and so forth). Measuring items should be smaller than the line and of differing lengths. Draw an eighteen-inch line on a chalkboard or large piece of paper.

Have volunteers use the four assorted items to measure the line. Write their answers underneath the line. For instance, 2 and 2/3 sheets of paper, 5 lengths of string, 2 lengths of stretched elastic thread, and so forth. Point out the varying measurements and how they differ.

Help your family understand how difficult it would be to use these measurements in recreating the line. Now use the yardstick and measure the line. Explain how much easier it is to measure the line. Liken the yardstick to the scriptures. Help your family understand that the scriptures are an unwavering measurement of truth.

Discuss how the scriptures can be a tool to help us discern and discover truth.

(Beth Lefgren and Jennifer Jackson, Building Blocks for Better Lessons, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1998], p. 59.)

Activity:

Here is a list of some of the books found in the scriptures, but they are all mixed up. On the line next to each book, write OT if the book is found in the Old Testament. Write NT if the book is found in the New Testament. Write BM if the book is found in the Book of Mormon.

____ Alma ____ Jonah ____ 1 Peter ____ Ruth ____ Enos ____ Acts ____ Genesis ____ 2 Thessalonians ____ Mark ____ Jude ____ Revelation ____ 2 Nephi ____ Amos ____ Habakkuk ____ Mosiah ____ Psalms ____ Esther ____ Numbers ____ Words of Mormon ____ Jacob ____ Luke ____ Titus ____ Omni ____ Helaman

(Ann Laemmlen and Jackie Owen, Articles of Faith Learning Book, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1990], p. 107.)

Extras:

Have each family member tell what their favorite Bible or Book of Mormon story is.

Refreshment:

Fruit Dip

1 8-ounce tub strawberry or pineapple soft-style cream cheese

1 7-ounce jar marshmallow cream

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon lemon juice

In a mixer bowl, beat together cream cheese, marshmallow cream, orange juice, and lemon juice. Beat until smooth. Refrigerate before serving. Serve with fresh fruit. Makes about 2 cups.

(Lion House Entertaining, [Salt Lake City: Eagle Gate, 2002], p. 25.)

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