The main principle covered in Come Follow Me lesson, 2 Corinthians 8-13 "God Loveth a Cheerful Giver" (September 16-22) is being a cheerful giver. There are so many different ways you could cover this, the biggest being actually doing it, of course!
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“A Hallmark of the Lord’s True and Living Church” by Elder Patrick Kearon
"The Joy of Unselfish Service" by Sister Cristina B. Franco
52 Weeks of Fun Family Service is a great book to help you put service into action with your whole family. It gives ideas as well as discussion tips and activities ideas. The best part? The ebook is included in your Deseret Book PLUS subscription.
Videos to Share
“Are We Not All Beggars?” (about 16 minutes)- Talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
“Is Not This the Fast That I Have Chosen?” (about 17 minutes)-Talk by President Henry B. Eyring
“I Was a Stranger”- (about 10 minutes) Talk by Sister Linda K. Burton
Welfare Facilities- Bishop’s Storehouse (about 2 minutes)
The Labor of His Hands (about 3 1/2 minutes)
Thanks Be to God (about 3 minutes)
Fast Offerings: Are We Not All Beggars (about 2 1/2 minutes)
Refuge from the Storm (about 5 minutes)- from Latter-day Saint Charities
I Was a Stranger: Love One Another (about 3 1/2 minutes)
Questions to Ponder
How do you think serving God shows our love for Him?
What can we do to focus on others needs more than our own?
What motivates your acts of service?
How can we share our talents in service? Are we hiding our talents because we are fearful to use them?
What could you give up in your life to allow you to serve more?
What are examples of unselfish service have you seen in your life?
When we serve, are we asking, “What’s in it for me?” or “Whom can I help today?” or “How can I better serve the Lord in my calling?” or “Am I giving my all to the Lord?” When we get stuck in the selfish mode, what can we do to snap out of it and get our focus straight again?
What are some necessary sacrifices as we go about to serve? Why are they necessary? How do these sacrifices help our service?
Why do you think loving God involves loving our fellow man?
How do you use your time at Church to serve (beyond your calling)? What things can you start doing to be more service oriented at Church?
How can you make serving others a way of life? How has service brought you happiness?
How can you and your family reach out and serve more?
What blessings has Church service brought into your life? How does this attitude of service change the way you approach your calling?
What keeps you from giving? What distracts you from giving? How can we overcome those obstacles?
What types of service have been meaningful for you to receive? Why?
How can we encourage children to serve and know that it matters?
How can we recognize those in need of service? How can we know the best way to serve them?
Usually when we think of service we think of taking cookies over or grabbing a shovel. Go through “Service You Didn’t Think Was Service” by David Dickson from a past New Era then brainstorm some more ways you can serve. If you want, you can write all your ideas on strips of paper and put them in a jar then draw one a day to get in the habit of giving service.
“The Favorite Ball” is a good story for young children about sharing. After you read it, play with a ball and practice sharing it. You can also discuss how sharing is service and the difference between being a happy sharer versus a reluctant one. You can then color I Can Share with Others or find another sharing activity.
Thank a cheerful giver in your life. Who has given you service when you have needed it most? Who do you always see quietly going about doing good works? Use my sunshine tag to give them a quick Thank You.
Head back to my July lesson helps and do the Giving Calendar Activity. It focuses on giving things like a listening ear or compliment.
There are all sorts of printables and ideas to help you serve and help lift others on this blog. Here are few highlights that you may want to implement this week:
Share a Compli-”mint” with three different mint candy labels
Give someone a much needed “break” with a KitKat printable wrapper. See if there is anything you can do to give them a real break too (like watch the kids, help keep an elderly person company, etc).
Take a little off their plate or blow some well wishes their way with this gift idea and printable tags
Warm up the cold, visit the lonely, cheer up the sad, help the sick, and love your neighbor with this service packet of ideas and notes
Sister Cristina B. Franco’s talk, “The Joy of Unselfish Service,” she talks about not just serving someone but doing the best thing for that person. Before you get out and serve, think about what would really be the best way to serve someone. Print my bookmark to help you go through the process. Not only would we be helping another better, but we’d be using our own time more efficiently.
Giving can be as simple as shairng encouraging words. Are you one of my newsletter subscribers? If not, sign up! Each month I share textables you can share with your ministering families, friends, neighbors, etc. Plus when you subscribe, you download pages of great text message ideas to send to check up on someone, send a laugh, or send a hug.
Print my Steps to Service or Forget Yourself and Go to Work poster to help your family keep a daily focus on service.
Show the Lift video to your family or class. Discuss how these members changed over time with their selfless service. What helped these members to not grow weary in well doing? How can we do the same? Why is it hard to give continual service? What sacrifices are we willing to make? How can we make sure we don’t simply forget those that need our constant or long-term service?
Use my 4 Weeks of Thanksgiving Challenge to help you be a cheerful giver. Yes, I know, it’s not Thanksgiving yet but there is nothing wrong with getting a head start on focused gratitude and giving. The Challenge will take you through different blessings you are thankful for and give you ideas on how to show thanks by giving to others. The printables are fall themed so you can start using them now.
2 Corinthians 11
This chapter warns us about false prophets and teachers looking to deceive us.
Additional Study Suggestions
“Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge” by Elder Richard G. Scott
“Beware of False Prophets and False Teachers” by President M. Russell Ballard
“Listen to the Prophets” by President Spencer W. Kimball
“Prophets and Spiritual Mole Crickets” by Elder Neil L. Andersen
Videos to Share
“Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge” (about 17 minutes)- Talk by Elder Richard G. Scott
Questions to Ponder
How can we weed out the false prophets?
How do you know President Russell M. Nelson is a true prophet today?
How can you protect yourself against attacks from false prophets?
How can the scriptures guide you to true prophets? What else can help?
What will you do when you discover false prophets or teachers?
What are the true prophets today telling us?
In 1 Corinthians 11:13-15, it talks about how false prophets can disguise themselves. I represented that with a wolf in sheep skin in the Seek and Find above. After you read or discuss this chapter, find all the wolves in sheep skin as well as the Bibles. What can we do to avoid falling prey to false prophets? How can the scriptures keep us strong and safe from the wolves?
Tell the story about the crickets from Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk “Prophets and Spiritual Mole Crickets” then discuss how we can be careful watchers and keep our lawn’s cricket free.
Play Hide and Seek. Relate this back to find the false prophets and tagging them out of your life.
2 Corinthians 11:3; 13:5-8
These verses ask us to examine our own faithfulness in the gospel and make any necessary changes.
Additional Study Suggestions
“It Works Wonderfully!” by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
“Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus” by Elder Quentin L. Cook
Videos to Share
It Works Wonderfully! (about 18 minutes)- Talk by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus (about 15 1/2 minutes)- Talk by Elder Quentin L. Cook
Questions to Ponder
What are some things in your life currently that distract you from Christ?
How do you know when your focus has shifted off Christ? What helps you get back on track?
What is one way you could be more Christlike? What goals can you make for yourself?
How can you examine your faith? What markers can you set for yourself?
What are things you do to keep your faith strong and rooted in Christ?
- Grab a tray and put a bunch of objects of different shapes and textures on it. Then give everyone a magnifying glass. You can create your own with this simple trick or buy some cheap ones like these (they are small but do the trick and you don’t have to worry about kids breaking glass). Let your family or class examine the items on the tray for awhile. Then bring out a blank tray. What can we put on the tray to examine our faithfulness? You might want to put physical objects like your scriptures or draw actions on pieces of paper like doing service. Why might we want to examine our faithfulness from time to time?
- Do the same thing with the tray but start with objects that would represent our faithfulness. After your family or group examines the objects for awhile, ask what we might be able to tell from these objects leading them into the conclusion of examining our faithfulness.
- Head to Preach My Gospel and take the Christlike Attribute Activity- it's at the very end. How can this help you examine your faithfulness? What changes do you want to make?
If you have young kids, get out the dress ups or your doctor kit. Don’t have some? Just use funny items from your kitchen drawer. Pretend to give each other a doctor’s check up. You can pretend you have chicken pox or you broke your arm and have the doctor fix it. Then share how you stay healthy in the gospel. What can you do when you spiritually break an arm.
If you are looking for ideas and articles about Grace, be sure to check out the resources included in the Ensign every month.
Remember to print out your Weekly Recap One Sheet as well. Great for planning your week as well as reviewing what you’ve learned. You can also print out all the Questions to Ponder so you can use them as you study throughout the week.
- If you are looking for something different, head over to The Red Headed Hostess and grab one of her lesson packets. They include Bedtime Scripture Stories, Study Pages, and more.
- If you want more on Grace, check out the lesson packets from Love Pray Teach. She has packets for Junior and Senior Primary too.