Objective: Have family members share their favorite stories of Jesus
General Conference Talk: April 2010 Elder Neil L. Anderson
This morning we directed our five older children’s attention to a few paragraphs in Elder Anderson’s talk that referred to different stories about Jesus. Their assignment for Family Home Evening was to choose one of their favorites, read about it in the scriptures and then be ready to share it this evening. (The Ensign/Liahona has the scriptural references listed for each story briefly mentioned by Elder Anderson at the end of his talk.)
WOW! What a wonderful night!
We started with our eight year old and went up to the oldest. Then, we invited our three younger children to share their favorite stories of Jesus. We had a copy of Gospel Art pictures for our children to use.
I was impressed with the stories that were picked: the feeding of the 5,000; the healing of a leper; the First Vision; the calming of the sea; Peter walking on water; the parable of the Lost Sheep; Jesus’ crucifixion.
During the course of our sharing, we recognized and discussed the peaceful feeling that came into our Family Home Evening as we shared the stories of Jesus. Why?? Because most of the time “peace” is NOT a word that would best describe our Monday nights! But tonight we felt it for a few minutes, thanks to the wonderful, inspiring stories of Jesus!
After each family member shared their stories and their thoughts we ended with this invitation from Elder Anderson:
"To the youth and children: Live up to your important responsibilities and great spiritual capacities. Seek to know more about Jesus; open the scriptures. One idea would be to read again the book of John and then discuss it with your parents, teachers, and each other.
"To fathers and mothers: . . . . my counsel is to speak more frequently about Jesus Christ. In His holy name is great spiritual power. “There [is] no other name given nor any other way … whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ.”