The Godhead Family Home Evening

The principle of the Godhead is a core doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. This is one of the first principles taught in our missionary discussion. Although there are many commonalities between our church and other Christian religions, this is one that differs with most other Christian religions. It is something that we must teach in our homes. It is our responsibility as parents to make sure our children leave home knowing and understanding the core principles of the gospel.

I always need help with ideas for family home evening!

 

With our second to last child leaving home in a few months, I recognize that those weekly teaching opportunities are coming to a rapid end. I believe that each parent has the opportunity to receive revelation and inspiration for their family. For our family this is what I feel has been important to teach these last few months. As a previous seminary teacher, I also have a strong testimony of the Core Doctrinal Principles. If you are not familiar with these, here is some background. This is taken directly from the Introduction in The Doctrinal Mastery Manual for seminary.

Doctrinal Mastery focuses on two outcomes:

  1. Learning and applying divine principles for acquiring spiritual knowledge

    Heavenly Father has revealed principles for acquiring spiritual knowledge. These principles include acting in faith, examining concepts and questions with an eternal perspective, and seeking further understanding through divinely appointed sources. We develop doctrinal mastery as we practice implementing these principles and learn to seek answers to doctrinal and historical questions in a way that invites the Holy Ghost to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and His doctrine.

  2. Mastering the doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the scripture passages in which that doctrine is taught

    This outcome of Doctrinal Mastery is achieved by:

    1. Developing a deeper understanding of each of the following topics and the key statements of doctrine identified with each topic:

      • The Godhead

      • The plan of salvation

      • The Atonement of Jesus Christ

      • The Restoration

      • Prophets and revelation

      • Priesthood and priesthood keys

      • Ordinances and covenants

      • Marriage and family

      • Commandments

    2. Knowing how the statements of doctrine are taught in doctrinal mastery scripture passages and being able to remember and locate those passages.

    3. Explaining each statement of doctrine clearly, using the associated doctrinal mastery passages.

    4. Applying what we learn in our daily choices and in our responses to doctrinal, social, and historical issues and questions.

These basic core principles can never be taught enough. These are so much of what makes up the gospel of Jesus Christ.

One of the keys I have found with teenagers learning, is getting them involved in discussion. The more they can be involved, the more they will learn. Good discussion requires asking inspired questions…and re-wording those inspired questions.

Our last two Family Home Evenings have been very successful with discussion. The first was our lesson on The Godhead. Last week was The Plan of Salvation. These 9 principles are ones that they should be totally familiar and comfortable with explaining by the time they are in High School. This is not new material and has been taught to them and church and hopefully at home their entire lives.

The Godhead

(The following information can be found in the seminary Doctrinal Mastery Manual.)

There are three separate personages in the Godhead: God, the Eternal Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and the Holy Ghost. The Father and the Son have tangible, glorified bodies of flesh and bone, and the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit (see D&C 130:22–23). They are one in purpose and are perfectly united in bringing to pass Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation.

God the Father

God the Father is the Supreme Being whom we worship. He is the Father of our spirits (see Hebrews 12:9). He is perfect, has all power, and knows all things. He is also just, merciful, and kind. God loves each of His children perfectly, and all are alike unto Him (see 2 Nephi 26:33). His work and glory is to bring about the immortality and eternal life of man.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Firstborn of the Father in the spirit and is the Only Begotten of the Father in the flesh. Under the Father’s direction, Jesus Christ created the heavens and the earth. He is Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Messiah of the New Testament.

Jesus Christ does the will of the Father in all things. He lived a sinless life and atoned for the sins of all mankind (see 3 Nephi 11:10–11). His life is the perfect example of how we are to live (see 3 Nephi 12:48). He was the first of Heavenly Father’s children to be resurrected. In our day, as in ancient times, He stands at the head of His Church. He will come again in power and glory and will reign on the earth during the Millennium (see D&C 29:10–11). He will judge all mankind.

Because Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Mediator with the Father, all prayers, blessings, and priesthood ordinances should be done in His name (see 3 Nephi 18:15, 20–21).

The Holy Ghost

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. He is a personage of spirit and does not have a body of flesh and bone. He is often referred to as the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, and the Comforter.

The Holy Ghost bears witness of the Father and the Son, reveals the truth of all things, and sanctifies those who repent and are baptized. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, we can receive spiritual gifts, which are blessings or abilities given by the Lord for our own benefit and to help us serve and bless others.

Great family home evening on the Godhead!

Who Am I Game:

Cut out statements about the Godhead and place on a whiteboard. Make sure they are mixed up. Across the top of the board write: God the Father, Jesus Christ, Holy Ghost. Use magnets or tape to place the statements under the correct name.

I love this game to teach the concept of the Godhead in family home evening

 (Print game here)

Questions to ask:

What is Jesus Christ’s role in our prayers?

When was the last time you listened and obeyed the Holy Ghost’s prompting?

What is one thing you have learned about the Atonement of Jesus Christ in YOUR life?

Name one thing you can do to improve your relationship with Heavenly Father.

How often do you HEAR and OBEY the Holy Ghost in a regular day?

What can you think about during the sacrament that relates to the Godhead?

God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are one in purpose. How can we follow that example in our family interactions?

How is the Godhead different from the Trinity concept?

Challenge:

Keep track of and report back next week on how often you feel the presence of a member of the Godhead in your life this week. Include the times you ACTED on any promptings.

Memorize:

Article of Faith 1

We believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost.

Songs:

I am a Child of God, Oh My Father, I Know That My Redeemer Lives, I believe in Christ, Listen To The Still Small Voice

Pray this week:

To listen and act on the promptings and to recognize that they ARE promptings.

Strengthen your relationship through prayer and personal study with all three members of the Godhead.

I have always had a testimony of Family Home Evening. I cannot say that we have done it every single week but we have been very consistent. I know that regular, consistent family home evening can strengthen our homes and families. I also believe that we need to teach clearly, the doctrines of Christ in our homes and family home evening is the perfect place to do that!

 

 

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