We all feel better when we do service for others! This Family Home Evening on service is chalk full of great ideas! SIster Oscarson and President Eyring shared some awesome insights in the October 2017 General Conference on serving in our own homes and communities.
Song: Have I Done Any Good In The World Today (Hymn #223)
Scripture: Mosiah 2:17, Luke 9:24
This is an awesome object lesson on how we serve- with a smile or a grudge-as well as some other GREAT service ideas! Thanks Young Women Inspiration!
ALSO, another easy object lesson is to call 2 people up, give one of them a comb and ask them to comb their hair. There is one caviat-you have to keep your arms straight, you CANNOT bend your elbows! How can you get your hair combed? Often they figure out on their own that if they comb each other’s hair, they can make it happen.
A favorite quote:
The comb object lesson goes well with the quote from Sister Oscarson’s talk, President Spencer W. Kimball taught: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.” I based my mission farewell talk on this quote. I firmly believe that it is up to us to meet each others needs. Thus, the important need to be able to “hearken” to the voice of the Spirit. (See lesson on Holy Ghost)
Serve Close By:
In the October 2017 General Conference, Sister Bonnie Oscarson gave a talk “The Needs Before Us.” she stated, “I have tremendous love for and faith in those of you who are in your teen and young adult years. I have seen and felt of your desires to serve and make a difference in the world. I believe that most members consider service to be at the heart of their covenants and discipleship. But I also think that sometimes it’s easy to miss some of the greatest opportunities to serve others because we are distracted or because we are looking for ambitious ways to change the world and we don’t see that some of the most significant needs we can meet are within our own families, among our friends, in our wards, and in our communities. We are touched when we see the suffering and great needs of those halfway around the world, but we may fail to see there is a person who needs our friendship sitting right next to us in class.”
How easy is it to see the need hundreds or thousands of miles away and miss the needs for service and compassion right in our own homes and communities.
Service changes us:
Sister Oscarson said, “The Savior taught, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” President Thomas S. Monson said of this scripture: “I believe the Savior is telling us that unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives. Those who live only for themselves eventually shrivel up and figuratively lose their lives, while those who lose themselves in service to others grow and flourish—and in effect save their lives.”
- See object lesson from Young Women Inspiration as well as the Comb Object Lesson (I used this at a Girls Camp EFC-Especially For Camp- Talk)
- Discuss HOW we serve-what is our attitude of service
- Discuss how service can be helpful at home
- Help them remember times they have served others and the feelings they had-have them share.
- 3 things you can do this week to meet the need of a friend, visiting teachee, home teaching family, neighbor
- 1 thing each day you can do in secret, to make home life easier
- write these things down on a post it note and put on a bathroom mirror or a visible place you will see often.
For smaller children:
- Build a domino wall, as you push the first domino and the rest fall, discuss way service impacts everyone around. It has a “domino affect.” When we do something nice for someone else, they often want to pass it on.
- Sing the Primary song “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Songbook pg. 61) Discuss the good feelings that come from serving others.
- Help them think of examples of times when they have served and the feelings they had.
- Buy yellow t shirts from Hobby Lobby or a similar craft store. As children serve, reward them with wearing a “yellow angel” shirt. Share with them from President Eyrings talk.
From President Eyrings talk, Fear Not To Do Good, “I have heard a report that some have started calling the Latter-day Saints who are wearing yellow Helping Hands T-shirts “The Yellow Angels.” One Latter-day Saint took her car in for service, and the man helping her described the “spiritual experience” he had when people in yellow shirts removed trees from his yard and then, he said, they “sang some song to me about being a child of God.”
President Eyring again, “Earlier that day, as we pulled away from another site, a man had walked up to the car, taken off his hat, and thanked us for the volunteers. He said, “I’m not a member of your church. I can’t believe what you have done for us. God bless you.” The LDS volunteer standing next to him in his yellow shirt smiled and shrugged his shoulders as if he deserved no praise.”
- See Young Women Inspiration SNEAKY SERVICE for fun ideas on serving in secret.