Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday's Matter: 10 Commandment Hopscotch

At our house, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family time. A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Besides making FHE fun and silly we discuss important gospel principles that will draw us closer to our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ.  All of these things help turn our FHE into something we look forward to each week.

A Little Scripture Study and Discussion:

    Mosiah 3:7. So Great Was His Anguish

  • Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles referred to the suffering experienced by Jesus Christ as “the awful arithmetic of the Atonement”:
    “Imagine, Jehovah, the Creator of this and other worlds, ‘astonished’! Jesus knew cognitively what He must do, but not experientially. He had never personally known the exquisite and exacting process of an atonement before. Thus, when the agony came in its fulness, it was so much, much worse than even He with his unique intellect had ever imagined! No wonder an angel appeared to strengthen him! (See Luke 22:43.)
    Christ praying in Gethsemane
    “The cumulative weight of all mortal sins—past, present, and future—pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul! All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement. (See Alma 7:11–12Isaiah 53:3–5;Matthew 8:17.) The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from Him, but with this relevant citation. ‘And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me’ (Mark 14:35–36).
    “Had not Jesus, as Jehovah, said to Abraham, ‘Is any thing too hard for the Lord?’ (Genesis 18:14). Had not His angel told a perplexed Mary, ‘For with God nothing shall be impossible’? (Luke 1:37; see alsoMatthew 19:28Mark 10:27Luke 18:27).  He has been there.  He can help YOU.

ACTIVITY: 10 Commandment Hopscotch

If Jesus can atone for our sins then we can remember the Commandments.  Here is a fun activity to help you memorize them.  Plus, Jesus said we should become as little children (Matt 18:3).  What's more child-like than hopscotch? Can't you just imagine the hubby and I trying to play hopscotch? Bonus, it is silly and fun!!

10 Commandment Hopscotch - With sidewalk chalk make a 10 space hopscotch or if you are VERY CRAFTY and have time on your hands, make a reusable hopscotch mat, like the one in the picture. As each person throws the rock or bean bag (or rolled up sock) on the numbered space they have to say the commandment that corresponds with that number. If your right you get to keep going if wrong you have to keep trying. Each time you move to the next number up you have to say the previous numbers.

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