Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday's Matter: This Means WAR!

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

Whether you are alone, a freshly married couple, someone with a growing family, if you are sending kids off to college or if you are welcoming grandchildren, Family Home Evening is for YOU!

Don't be intimidated.  You do NOT need a fancy lesson with coordinated handouts, treats and activities.

You DO need a desire to strengthen your family bonds and to set aside time each week to get away from the hustle and bustle and concentrate on what really matters.

Albert Einstein once said, "Failure is success in progress."

So on those Monday nights when you feel like your attempt has fallen short, I hope you remember that only those who fail to try have failed to succeed.

FAMILY HOME EVENING 
DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT, IT JUST HAS TO BE

Read and Discuss:

Speaker and author John Bytheway has published a book entitled Righteous Warriors: Lessons from the War Chapters of the Book of Mormon.

Meridian Magazine published a synopsis of the chapter outlines from his book HERE.

I thought is might be a good idea to start with the first one tonight...Alma Chapter 43.

Read Alma chapter 43 aloud and draw your own conclusions.  Compare them to what John Bytheway says about this chapter.

"Alma 43: Prophets Know Where the Enemy Will Strike
Moroni’s confrontation with Zerahemnah teaches us the value of prophets in times of war and peace.  When Zerahemnah’s army changed course after being frightened by the Nephite army, Captain Moroni immediately issued two orders: First, he sent spies to follow Lamanite army, and second, he sent men to inquire of the prophet Alma where the Lamanites might go.  This is faith and works.  He did everything in his power, and he called on a power higher than his own.

Modern prophets have continually warned that in the latter-days, the adversary will attack marriage and family.  More than thirty years ago, President Harold B. Lee stated, “Satan’s greatest threat today, is to destroy the family and make a mockery of the law of chastity and the sanctity of the marriage covenant” (Church News, August 19. 1972, 3).  In 1995, The Proclamation to the World: The Family was issued.  Prophets tell us where the enemy strike next. The spiritual message is clear: Keep your eyes on the living prophets, they know where the enemy will attack."

If you have more time you can continue with other chapters.

Activity: Water WAR!! It is muggy and hot today in Cali...a perfect day for this activity!



You will need - 
  • A deck of cards you wouldn't mind throwing away
  • 5 or 6 UNBREAKABLE cups per person filled with water
  • A place outside to sit, where water is within arms reach and cards can be placed on the table
  • Clothes that you can get wet in
  • A Camera to document the fun!
How to play -
  • Two players sit across from one another
  • Half the deck face down
  • Each player overturns one card, High Card WINS
  • The winner gets to pour water on the loser
  • Repeat as desired


{WHAT MAKES UP YOUR MONDAY?  MONDAY'S MATTER}

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