Hello, my newfound sisters! I'm so excited that Andrea invited me to be part of this. I've thought and thought about what my first post should be, and today I finally settled on it. (I try not to be too perfectionist, but you know. . . :) Hope it is uplifting and/or helpful to you.
Our second son will be turning 8 in a few months, and we're going to start again what has become a tradition for our family. In the year before one of our children is baptized, we teach Family Home Evening lessons from Preach My Gospel, the same lessons that missionaries teach investigators, but adapted for our children and their needs / attention spans. We loved doing our FHEs this way when we were preparing our oldest son for baptism! Preach My Gospel is just amazing. It is the most accessible way of teaching and learning the gospel of Jesus Christ I have ever seen. I am so grateful for our modern-day prophets and apostles who prepared it for us!
We take months to do it, because each lesson is chock-full of principles to teach. We plan a FHE lesson for each principle--for example: lesson 1 is "The Restoration", and the first heading at the beginning of the lesson reads "God is Our Loving Heavenly Father." So that will be tonight's lesson. It's only 3 paragraphs long in the Preach My Gospel manual, but I've fleshed it out using old Sharing-Time ideas. Hope you like it!
I know that I am a daughter of a loving God. He weeps with me when I suffer and rejoices when I do what's right. He has sent me to earth to gain experience, to learn to be like Him. I want more than anything to return to Him, and be with Him and my family forever and ever! I thank Him with all my heart for sending His Son Jesus Christ to redeem me from this fallen state of mortality. I know that Jesus Christ is my true Friend. I love that tonight I will have the chance to teach these things to my sons!
Lesson 1 Heading 1 "God is Our Loving Heavenly Father"