Arm your family against the fiery darts of the adversary with these small and simple daily devotionals that will help them make good decisions and strengthen their testimonies.
We are raising our children in a volatile world. The lines between right and wrong, good and evil continue to fade. We worry about our children and pray that they are strong enough to handle it all.
They absolutely are. But we can fortify them even more.
One way we can strengthen our families is to share 5-minute messages or theme-based devotionals with your family. These messages should be quick and simple, yet very powerful.
Each week, offer a scripture, thoughtful questions, quotes, or a video. You can use each mini-devotional as a guide to engage your children in conversations that draw them closer to Heavenly Father through the scriptures.
Although each daily devotional can be customized to your family’s needs or concerns, here are five such devotionals that you can use in your home this week:
We are used to different styles of teaching in the Church because we emphasize the doctrine rather than the ability of whoever happens to be teaching. But we can learn something from every teacher and get something out of every lesson with these five questions to ask ourselves during Sunday School.
Let’s be honest. Not all Sunday School lessons are created equal. Some are thought-provoking and stay with us for weeks, and some leave us feeling unsatisfied.
In a church with a volunteer and everchanging “clergy,” we are simply going to connect with some teachers more than others. Some personalities click differently with others, so it’s quite normal to be sitting in a lesson that leaves us bored while our neighbor is practically glowing in rapt attention. It’s a great experience when the lesson grabs us, and the teacher expresses things in a way that really hits home, but how can we get the most value from any lesson or talk?
Actively molding our participation and expectations can help us get the most out of any Sunday School lesson. As we listen to a lesson, here are five questions we can ask ourselves that create a more positive and beneficial learning experience for each of us.
1. Who is this lesson intended for?
It is helpful to remember that even if what the teacher is saying or the way they are saying it doesn’t sit perfectly with us, it may be exactly what someone else needs to hear.
If a teacher says something that seems contrary to the way we think about things, chances are the underlying doctrine is the same, even if your perspectives are different. There are often different angles of looking at a specific topic, and it’s important to remember that though the teacher may be emphasizing one angle, they are not invalidating others. Often, it’s helpful to cut the teacher a little slack and give them the benefit of the doubt.
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When we have half a dozen meetings outside the standard three-hour block, sometimes Sundays don't feel restful. Diagnose your meeting woes with this handy list of common meeting time-wasters and how to fix them.
On Sundays, some members see the inside of a Church building more than the inside of their own homes! And even if we're not in a presidency or on twelve different ward and stake committees, nobody wants to spend more time in meetings than necessary.
Get Sunday back and spend more time with family by understanding these 8 common problems with additional Church-related meetings--and then learn how to solve them.
Problem #1: Too many meetings
Talking face-to-face is a fantastic tool for figuring out complex problems and holding lengthy discussions. However, when meetings will be more simplistic--filled with announcements, making assignments, or just checking in on progess--holding an actual meeting might be overkill. Note: There are some specific meetings Church handbooks encourage be held weekly. You should always defer to official Church instruction when debating cancelling a meeting.
Fix: Meetings with simple objectives can reasonably be taken care of with a phone call or an email instead.
Bonus: Calling or emailing also saves travel time for everyone, not just in-meeting time!
Problem #2: Meetings where only a few people talk while the rest of the group waits
We brought you 5 ways not to start a talk (and what to do instead). Now, ramp up your testimony-bearing skills with these 5 easy tips for bearing a more powerful testimony.
Sitting in the back of the chapel during Fast and Testimony meeting feels like a safe bet--until we get the spiritual prompting to stand up and bear our testimonies. For several minutes, we struggle with whether or not we really should. We rationalize. We're teaching Gospel Doctrine this week. We just bore our testimony last year, right? We don't have anything special to say. We're scared.
Unlike a talk, which is usually prepared in advance, testimonies are usually given spur of the moment, and that makes them a whole different kind of difficult. But a personal testimony, accompanied by the Spirit, is one of the more powerful teaching tools we have. When we testify of truths, even ineloquently, others' spirits can recognize that they've heard this truth before. Bearing testimony is foundational to our faith.
So the next time you feel prompted to share your testimony--we hope this Sunday!--don't panic, and remember these guidelines and tips shared by members of the Brethren: