I got asked to give the lesson yesterday for deacon’s quorum and look forward to sharing.
There are a few topics I’m considering:
- How does Heavenly Father want me to use my spiritual gifts?
- How can I prepare to establish a Christ-centered home?
- How can I help my less active friends return to Church?
I think I’m going to go with “How can I prepare to establish a Christ-centered home?”
Some initial thoughts:
I want to share the Glorious video.
Hand out paper and have them take notes of what they FEEL while listening to the song, both the words and the melody.
As you watch/listen to this video, think about how it relates to this image:
What do you feel?
What does it mean to have a Christ-centered home?
How can this message help you live a Christ-centered home?
How does music effect the feeling in our homes?
What other things that we do in our homes effect the feeling in the home?
14 And ye will not suffer your achildren that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye bsuffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and cquarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the devil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness.
What does the scripture mean that says, “…ye can’t serve two masters”?
Who are the two masters?
How can we love one and hate the other?
If my home is centered on sports, what will it look like?
If my home is centered on work, what will it look like?
If my home is centered on music, what will it look like?
How do we practice “walking in the ways of truth and soberness?”
How do we practice “loving one another?”
How do we practice “serving one another?”
Here I could share the story of us trying to focus on GIVING this year instead of RECEIVING.
What I hope this is going to accomplish is that the kids are so excited to see the reaction from their siblings when they open the gift they thought about to give them. This is showing love for one another.
What are other examples you’ve seen of loving one another, serving one another, etc.?
I like this suggestion:
Read the section titled “Please Help My Husband Understand” from Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “The Powers of Heaven.” Ask the young men what they think it means to be a priesthood leader in the home.
How are we, as priesthood holders, getting distracted?
What distracts us from doing our duty in the home to preside and protect?
Who were some of the best examples of fathers in the Book of Mormon? Why?
What are some qualities of a righteous father that you’d like to practice in your life as a future father?
When is the time to start preparing and practicing to become a father?
How do we establish a Christ-centered home now?
What can you do to help?
What goal can we set and follow up on next week regarding establishing a Christ-centered home?
Now some other thoughts.
I’m so grateful for today. I feel so connected to Becky and to my family.
I look forward to a great day at Church.