What You'll Need: scriptures, GAB 38 / GAK 211: Christ Ordaining the Apostles, GAB 87 / GAK 401: The Prophet Joseph Smith, photos of converts within your family, strips of colored paper, clear tape, markers for writing names.
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Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 115:4-5 - For thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations;
Opening Song: The Church of Jesus Christ (PCS #77)
( show GAK 211: Christ Ordaining the Apostles)
When Jesus Christ lived on the earth he called Prophets and Apostle, taught people simple truths and organized His church. After the death of Jesus Christ and the Apostles many of those truths were lost and the Church of Jesus Christ was no longer on the earth.
(show GAK 401: The Prophet Joseph Smith)
Then in 1830 Joseph Smith restored the gospel truths and established Jesus Christ's church upon the earth again. When he did that, Joseph and others who believed were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
For that time until now, people who heard about the church and prayed about it's truthfulness have been baptized and become members of the Church. A lot of people join our church after Missionaries find them and teach them. Some members of the church have ancestors who were baptized at the beginning of the church and others are the very first one in their family to join the church. Today we are going to talk about our family's LEGACY OF FAITH.
The word legacy means something that is given to us from one generation to the next. So a LEGACY OF FAITH means talking about the person in our family who first joined the church and then passed that to their children by teaching them the Gospel too.
(Now take some time, using photos if you have them, to talk to your children about the conversion stories of one or two of your ancestors or about your own conversion story if you're the first convert in your family).
Just like our family member passed a knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ down to us, we can pass it along to our children and keep the Legacy of Faith continuing. By staying active in church, growing and nurturing our testimonies and choosing the right we can become a part of our very own Legacy of Faith.
Bear your testimony about your gratefulness at being introduced to the restored Gospel. How has being a member of the church changed your life for the better. Share you hopes and desires for your own children to continue on the path of righteousness.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the JANUARY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
Activity: Legacy Chains
Start with any branch of your family. Write the name of the first convert to the church on a strip of colored paper. Tape paper strip into a loop. Write the name of their child (also your ancestor) on a strip of paper (of a different color) and loop it through the first to create a chain. Continue through your ancestors until you reach yourself and then your child. You may repeat this activity for different branches of the family.
Share with your children your hope that they remain faithful to the gospel's teaching so the Legacy Chain continues to grow in faithfulness and happiness.