Decisions for Eternity

I will admit, the Sunday Afternoon Session is usually the session of conference I fall asleep in (please don't judge) but this year I was ever so glad I stayed awake! Elder Nelson began is talk with the phrase "each day is a day of decision". This really struck me and I felt myself sit up straighter in my seat as he continued
"The wise use of your freedom to make your own decisions is crucial to your spiritual growth, now and for eternity. You are never too young to learn, never too old to change."



When I heard those works they just echoed in my head- especially about being 'never too young to learn'. I started thinking about all the lessons I have give to children because in my mind they are 'too young' to fully understand or the FHE lessons I had scrimped on feeling justified because my 'boys are just so young'. I felt the call the become better to make the decision then to use my freedom to make those decision crucial to my families spiritual growth.

I used his talk:Decisions for Eternity as I prepared FHE for my boys and we invited a family over to join us that evening!

(This lesson is planned for 3-5 year olds but this talk offers the opportunity to branch out into many different topics and areas that are concerns for your children or teens.)

Opening Song: I am a Child of God



"We are eternal beings—spirit children of heavenly parents. The Bible records that “God created man in his own image, … male and female created he them.” Recently I heard a chorus of children sing the beloved song “I Am a Child of God.” I wondered, “Why haven’t I heard that song rendered more often by singing mothers or faithful fathers?” Are we not all children of God? In truth, not one of us can ever stop being a child of God!"

"Scripture teaches that the body and the spirit are the soul of a man"

Discussion Questions:

What can our body do?

These are the quotes I used for our discussion

 "Think of your eyes that see, ears that hear, and fingers that feel all the wondrous things around you. Your brain lets you learn, think, and reason."

"Your body protects itself. Pain comes as a warning that something is wrong and needs attention."

"Your body repairs itself"

Elder Nelson then went on to say "How you use your body affects your spirit. Some of the decisions that will determine your eternal destiny include:

How will you choose to care for and use your body?

What spiritual attributes will you choose to develop?"



What do our spirits do?

These are the quotes I used for our discussion

"You were chosen NOT for you bodily characteristics but for your SPIRITUAL attributes, such as bravery, courage, integrity of hear, a thirst for truth, a hunger for wisdom, and a desire to serve others. You developed some of these attributes premortally. Others you can develop her on earth as you persistently seek them.

We then discussed was we can strengthen our spirit- family/personal scripture study, family/personal prayer, attending church, FHE, doing service for others, etc.

We also talked about self control-

"A strong human spirit with control over appetites of the flesh is master over emotions and passions and not a slave to them. That kind of freedom is as vital to the spirit as oxygen is to the body. Freedom from self-slavery is true liberation!"

As my boys are young, we talked primarily on anger, frustration, and cooperation.

This part of the lesson allows room to discuss a vairity of topics based on your families personal needs.

What spiritual attributes will you choose to develop?"

Closing Quote:

" Each day is a day of decision, and our decision determine our destiny. We will account for decision that we made about our bodies, our spiritual attributes, and how we honored God's pattern for marriage and family."
 
 Bear Testimony and Close

Activity:

I traced each boy's hands on a sheet of paper. When then labeled one as our body and one as out spirit (they look the same).

The boys then wrote, drew pictures, (I wanted to used magazine's pages but ran out of time) to show what good things we can do for our bodies and spirits.

 My 3 year olds artwork


It was fun to hear what each boy remembered and what messages really spoke to them! This was such an amazing talk and it's simplicity yet depth really astounded me! The message really is about the decisions we make for eternity and we make them everyday! I hope that this outline can help your family discover, strengthen and find those decisions and attributes you are making and desire.

I have a testimony that we do have a living prophet with apostles today and these messages are for everyone, young and old. Jesus is the Christ and His gospel is for everyone- we just have to live it!

 



 




 

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