Sunday, 29 July 2012

31: Your Attitude Makes a Difference

Look at these Mormonads on the theme of Attitude. Once we have learnt about why it is important to have a positive attitude, you are going to create your own mormonad to encourage others to have a positive attitude. Enjoy :) 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

30 The Blessings of Work

All of us have work to do in life. Whatever we achieve, we must first work at it. There would be no achievement without work, because something achieved without work wouldn't be much of an achievement. Work increases our self-esteem because through working to achieve something we learn that we can accomplish many worthwhile things when we put our minds to it.

Sometimes work can be hard or unpleasant. However, there are things that we can worked towards that can be fun or at least seem less of a chore if we do them with a postive attitude.

For example:

President Spencer W. Kimball sang, counted and memorised the Articles of Faith while he was doing his chore of milking the cows. This made the chore seem shorter, but also helped him practise his singing, his maths and learn the Articles of Faith at the same time. Imagine how miserable the chore would have been had he spent the time complaining or sulking about it rather than getting on and doing whilst practising other skills at the same time. Perhaps there are similar things you can do to make your work go faster, and learn other things at the same time?

As a missionary I used to recite the discussions and scriptures I was learning over and over in my head in between speaking to people door to door. It made the day go quicker and I passed off all the things I needed to memorise really quickly and I was more prepared to teach people with the Spirit when we did get in to be able to teach people because my mind was already on the lessons.

Work can help us to increase our talents and abilities. The video below gives us an example of how one young man in U.S.A set a goal and worked hard to accomplish it.

As you watch, think about the following questions:

What goals would you like to achieve in your life?

Do you work as hard as he did to achieve them?

Is there anything you can do to work harder to achieve your goals?

Saturday, 14 July 2012

29 Paying Tithing with the Right Attitude

 As part of this week's lesson we will watch a video called Windows of Heaven, a film about a miracle that took place when Lorenzo Snow was President of the Church. The video is not available anywhere online so if you would like to familiarise yourself with the story click here to see an excellent storyboard version of the story. The pictures could even be printed out and used as part of the lesson instead of the video.

The story of Lorenzo Snow shows us that the Lord directs his Church through revelation to the living prophet. The Church has been blessed because of the people's willingness to follow the prophet's counsel and obey the law of tithing. We have all been blessed because of the things that the Church provides for us by using our donations, but as we pay our tithing we increase our faith and reduce our greed and selfishness as we contribute to building up the Lord's kingdom.

Before you come to the lesson, think about how the Lord has blessed you or your family because of obedience to the law of tithing. Come prepared to share some of these things with the class.

There are some videos relevant to this lesson that you may wish to use from the Lorenzo Snow: Financing the Lord's Kingdom lesson in the Presidents of the Church part of this blog.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

28 Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy

 In this lesson we will discover that Sabbath Day activities are for our physical renewal, spiritual strength and to show our love for God.

There are some activities that are provided for us to meet these purposes, such as sacrament meeting, Sunday school, or youth firesides. However, most of our time on the Sabbath is for us to direct.

What activities do you enjoy doing on the Sabbath to meet (at least) one of the three purposes mentioned above (in bold)?

As part of the lesson we will be making a list of appropriate activites, but you can begin the list here in the comment section below, or add a sticky note to the wall I have created on Wallwisher.

Elder L.Tom Perry spoke in April 2011 General Conference about The Sabbath and the Sacrament. You can view an excerpt here, or the full talk here.
Below is a recording of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing the hymn "Sabbath Day". Listen carefully for activities at home or at church that are suggested for the Sabbath.