Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday's Matter: The Gifts We Give

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

During this most sacred of weeks leading up to Easter Sunday I hope that you and your families are sharing the joy of the Atonement, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.  Below is a link to an amazing activity for Easter week.

8 Day Walk with The Savior complete with Scriptural References for each day of the week leading up to Sunday.

Read, Watch and Discuss:  The Story "Dog Food and Other Gifts" illustrates the gifts, intentional or unintentional that we give to those around us and our love for others.  The video is a wonderful talk about God's love for us and the gifts He gives to us.

1 John 4:10

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins

  • John 15:9

    9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
  • John 13:34

    34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another
Dog Food and Other Gifts

"You Matter to Him" Dieter F. Uctdorf October 2011

"The Lord uses a scale very different from the world’s to weigh the worth of a soul."

"And while we may look at the vast expanse of the universe and say, “What is man in comparison to the glory of creation?” God Himself said we are the reason He created the universe! His work and glory—the purpose for this magnificent universe—is to save and exalt mankind.8 In other words, the vast expanse of eternity, the glories and mysteries of infinite space and time are all built for the benefit of ordinary mortals like you and me. Our Heavenly Father created the universe that we might reach our potential as His sons and daughters.
This is a paradox of man: compared to God, man is nothing; yet we are everything to God. While against the backdrop of infinite creation we may appear to be nothing, we have a spark of eternal fire burning within our breast. We have the incomprehensible promise of exaltation—worlds without end—within our grasp. And it is God’s great desire to help us reach it."

Activity:  Ponder the Beauty of this Earth and Universe.  Learn about Tonight's Lunar Eclipse (and if you can, stay up and watch it)!

Tonight there is a total Lunar Eclipse visible from our home in California and I, for one, am uber excited!

Funny story! We watched a lunar eclipse from our apartment balcony a few years ago and the young woman who lived below us was also watching from her balcony, talking on her cell phone, telling everyone she could call that they should look outside because Mars was SUPER close to the earth.  This drove my hubby crazy but it made us both laugh. :)

Lunar Eclipse Timings: Late this evening and early Tuesday (April 15th 2014) morning, Earth's shadow shall fall across the face of the full Moon, causing a total lunar eclipse.

Tuesday 14 April 2014, 22:58 PDT: Partial eclipse starts.
Wednesday 15 April 2014, 00:07 PDT: Total eclipse starts.
Wednesday 15 April 2014, 01:25 PDT: Total eclipse ends.
Wednesday 15 April 2014, 02:33 PDT: Partial eclipse ends.

{Family Home Evening Doesn't Have to Be Perfect, It Just has to BE}

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