We are committed to a Happy, Successful Family by ‘establishing and maintaining principles of faith, prayer repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work and wholesome recreational activities.’
· Opening Song: “Families Can be Together Forever”
Could anyone be more deserving of respect than a literal child of God? Each of us—husband and wife, parent and child—has that marvelous heritage and potential. Sometimes we lose sight of each other’s true worth. But as we give respect, our love deepens, potential blossoms, and eternal relationships grow stronger.
(LDS Church Website-Respect)
Happiness abounds when there is genuine respect one for another. Wives draw closer to their husbands, and husbands are more appreciative of their wives, and
children are happy as children are meant to be” (President Thomas S. Monson)
· Showing Respect, Honor, and Love for Parents (tell)
92967_000_When we respect, honor, and love Heavenly Father, we are showing reverence for Him. And Heavenly Father is pleased when we respect, honor, and love our parents. One of the Ten Commandments tells us to honor our parents (see Ex. 20:12). Nephi begins the Book of Mormon by telling us that he was “born of goodly parents” (1 Ne. 1:1). They were “goodly” because they taught him to love the Lord and obey His commandments.
Chieko Nishimura Okazaki had goodly parents too. Her grandparents moved from Japan to Hawaii. Her parents worked hard on a plantation. They were Buddhists, Buddhism being the main religion in Japan. They did not know about Jesus Christ. But they knew about goodness. What did they teach Chieko?
She said, “They taught me to be kigatsuku (key-got-sue-koo). That means to do good without being asked. When my mother was sweeping the floor, she would say, ‘Chieko, what would a kigatsuku girl do now?’ I would think for a minute, then run to get the dust pan and hold it for her. Or when she was washing dishes, I would pick up the dishtowel and begin to dry them. She would smile and say, ‘You are a kigatsuku girl.’
“My parents taught me other things. They taught me to work hard and to always do my best. That’s why I could work hard in school, go to the university, and become a school teacher and even a principal. They taught me to always love the truth. That is why, when I found the Church, I loved it and was baptized a Latter-day Saint.”
Chieko respected, honored, and loved her parents by helping without being asked and by following the righteous principles that they taught her. Now she is the first counselor in the General Presidency of the Relief Society. Her father is dead; her mother is still a Buddhist. Sister Okazaki says, “I know that she is proud of me because I still try to be kigatsuku, and I love her very much for teaching me good things.”
(Virginia Pearce, July 1992 Friend)
· Discussion: ( I placed these questions and thought questions in a bowl and each went around the table and talked about it.)
1. Tell about an example in the scriptures where someone showed respect for their family. Other examples?
2. Think of any example when someone showed respect in the family.
3. What scripture example should we display this month?
4. What does “kigatsuku” mean?
5. What is Respect?
6. What is the difference between courtesy and respect?
7. What is the difference between honor and respect?
After our discussion we put index cards with each person’s name on it. One person drew a card out of the bowl and say one way they could respect that person.
Show Pure and Simple Faith Mormon Message. This video is about faith but I also believe it is about a young girl honoring her parents in helping out her family.
· Closing Prayer