Song: Hold to the Rod
Discuss how recognizing the hand of the Lord in all things can bring us strength and help us "Hold to the iron rod."
Scripture: 1 Nephi 15:24 and/or 1 Nephi 8
Watch the following video clip and start a family home evening (FHE) journal wherein you and your family take turns recording your answers to the question, "Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us?"
"O Remember, Remember"
From the July 2010 Ensign Article "Strengthening at Every Opportunity"
“Each of us is in a different family situation. Some families have a mother and father with children at home. Some couples no longer have children at home. Many members of the Church are single, and some are single parents. Others are widows or widowers living alone.
“No matter what our family looks like, each of us can work to strengthen our own families or help in strengthening others.
“[Once] I stayed in the home of my niece and her family. That evening before the children went to bed, we had a short family home evening and a scripture story. Their father told about the family of Lehi and how he taught his children that they must hold fast to the iron rod, which is the word of God. Holding fast to the iron rod would keep them safe and lead them to joy and happiness. If they should let go of the iron rod, there was danger of drowning in the river of dirty water.
“To demonstrate this to the children, their mother became the ‘iron rod’ that they must cling to, and their father played the role of the devil, trying to pull the children away from safety and happiness. The children loved the story and learned how important it is to hold fast to the iron rod. After the scripture story it was time for family prayer. …
“Scriptures, family home evening, and family prayer will strengthen families. We need to take every opportunity to strengthen families and support one another to stay on the right path.”
Treat: "Dirty Water" Fondue and Pretzel "Rods"
Chocolate "Dirty Water" Fondue
¾ cup of heavy cream
12-oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate pieces
2 tbsp of corn syrup
Take a saucepan and heat the cream in it, without allowing it to boil. Take it off from the heat and add the chocolate pieces into it, and let them soften for a few minutes. Then add the corn syrup and whisk them all together. Pour this chocolate syrup into a fondue pot (if you have one or you can dip right from the pan), using its heating element to keep it warm.
Serve w/ Pretzel Rods