President Hinckley has counseled parents: “Read to your children. Read the story of the Son of God. Read to them from the New Testament. Read to them from the Book of Mormon. It will take time, and you are very busy, but it will prove to be a great blessing in your lives as well as in their lives. And there will grow in their hearts a great love for the Savior of the world, the only perfect man who walked the earth. He will become to them a very real living being, and His great atoning sacrifice as they grow to manhood and womanhood, will take on a new and more glorious meaning in their lives” (quoted in Church News, 6 Dec. 1997, 2)

Friday, July 24, 2009

An Apology

I am so sorry that I haven't had this blog up to date recently. If you would like some excuses, you can click here, or here, here and here.

But if you aren't interested in excuses, please know that I am back on track and I will definitely do my best to go back to posting once a week.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Week 18: Chapter 18 - Alma the Younger Repents

Book of Mormon Stories
Chapter 18: Alma the Younger Repents

This is one of my favourite stories in the Book of Mormon. I guess I have a bit of a soft spot for wayward children, having been one myself. I know that Heavenly Father looked out for me during that difficult period of my life. I can only imagine the pain I put my parents through, but I am so grateful that regardless of what I did, my mum would always be ready with a hug.

So to read of Alma, King Mosiah and the many people who were being persecuted actually praying for those wayward boys just warms my heart. But enough about me... let's talk about:
  • Forgiveness
  • Repentance
  • Prayer and Fasting
  • Heavenly Father's Love for ALL His children
All good things to talk about to your toddler as you read this story to him/her. Some activities to go along with these themes include:
  • Create flashcards of things Heavenly Father has blessed us with (ie. house, family, etc). As you show each card say "Heavenly Father loves you. He has given you a ..." If possible have your child name what is on the card.
  • The lesson from the Nursery Manual "Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Love Me" has some very good activities to reinforce this particular topic.
  • Explain that when Alma the Younger repented he said "I'm Sorry". Practice saying "I am Sorry"
  • Sing "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" (Children's Songbook pg 228)
  • Sing "I Pray in Faith" (Children's Songbook pg 14)

Activities from the Friend
Any suggestions? I have a bad case of vacation brain and would love some help!