Junior and Senior Primary –
Over the past few weeks we have talked about how important family is to the plan of our Heavenly Father. We know that family is the most important part of His plan.
Last week we talked about what our jobs are in the family. Mom and Dad are here to help you become the best you that you can be. They are here to help you learn the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His plan. Your role as the child is to learn how to be obedient.
This week we want to talk about how we can show love to each member of your family.
Last week was Easter and we remembered the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Who can tell me about when Christ was crucified?
When Christ was taken and put upon the cross He didn’t focus on Himself and that He was hung to wait for His death. Instead He focused on His family…25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
While Christ was suffering on the cross, He took the time to take care of His mother. He made sure she was well take care of by a good friend. What better way for Him to show His mother that He loved her?
Jesus Christ is our big brother. He loves us and showed us His love by dying and then He rose again.
So now it is up to us to show our family that we love them.
Each of us has a family but our families are all different.
Raise your hand if you have a mother. A father. An aunt. An uncle. A grandma. A grandpa. A brother. A sister.
We need to figure out ways that we can show each member of our family that we love them.
We are going to read a few short stories and decide whether they go on the side that shows love or the side that doesn’t show love.
(Take each of these scenarios and put them on the backs of clipart that you can find on Google images)
Write – “DOES show LOVE” and “DOESN’T show LOVE”
My mom asked me to do the dishes, but I saw this show on the television that looked like it was going to be really funny. I watched the show and then my brother asked me to play a game. Then I went to my friend’s house to play. I came home for dinner and then went to bed.
I stayed over night at my grandma’s house for the weekend. It was so much fun. She had lots of fun activities for all of my cousins. When it was time to go home, I left the room a mess and gave her a great big hug and said thank you.
My dad taught me to always look for things to do to help make others’ lives easier. I know that my dad always has to take out the trash early in the morning or the night before the trash man comes. When I came home from soccer, I took the trash out for my dad.
My little sister has a hard time going to sleep without being read to. My mom was sick and she lost her voice so she couldn’t read to her. I had a fun book that I read for school, so I told my mom that I would read to my little sister. It was fun to read to her while she fell asleep.
It was my aunt’s birthday and I wanted to do something special for her. I had my mom help me make her a very special cake. She was so excited when she saw it.
My family went on vacation to visit my uncle. He has a beautiful garden. We were playing basketball on his driveway and the ball kept going into his flowers. My uncle had told us to be careful. But every time I dropped the ball I would run through his flowers to get it. After the game, I realized that I had torn up several of his flowers. I tried to make it look like I hadn’t and I didn’t tell him that I’d done it.
My grandpa lives far away and I don’t get to see him very often. But every Sunday, I draw him a picture of what we did during the week. On Monday my mom sends him the picture in the mail.
My big brother does a lot for me but I don’t do very much for him. I decided that I needed to do more to help him and he had a lot of studying to do for his tests in school. So every morning for a week, I would make his bed while he was in the shower.
With the older children, ask them each to come up with some of their own ways that they can show their mom, dad, brother, sister or grandparents.
In closing, I want you to know that there are wonderful little ways that we can show our family members that we love them. And there are little things that we do that make them feel like we don’t love them. We need to make sure that we are doing more things that show our love. Just like we learned last week that we each have jobs to do in our family, we also have the responsibility to show our family members that we love them. We should tell them that we love them any chance we get. We should give them hugs all the time. And we should try to show them that we love them by our actions all day every day. I love my family with all my heart and I am so grateful for their love and support. I am grateful that I will be with them for time and all eternity through the plan of our Heavenly Father.
I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.