Monday, March 3, 2014

March Family Home Evening Lesson

Introduce Monthly Conference Talk:  Ye Are No More Strangers by Bishop Gerald Causse.

Quote 1:  During His earthly ministry, Jesus was an example of one who went far beyond the simple obligation of hospitality and tolerance. Those who were excluded from society, those who were rejected and considered to be impure by the self-righteous, were given His compassion and respect. They received an equal part of His teachings and ministry.

(Tell in own words)

A passage from the novel Les misérables illustrates how priesthood holders can treat those individuals viewed as strangers. Jean Valjean had just been released as a prisoner. Exhausted by a long voyage and dying of hunger and thirst, he arrives in a small town seeking a place to find food and shelter for the night. When the news of his arrival spreads, one by one all the inhabitants close their doors to him. Not the hotel, not the inn, not even the prison would invite him in. He is rejected, driven away, banished. Finally, with no strength left, he collapses at the front door of the town’s bishop.
The good clergyman is entirely aware of Valjean’s background, but he invites the vagabond into his home with these compassionate words:
“‘This is not my house; it is the house of Jesus Christ. This door does not demand of him who enters whether he has a name, but whether he has a grief. You suffer, you are hungry and thirsty; you are welcome. … What need have I to know your name? Besides, before you told me [your name], you had one which I knew.’
“[Valjean] opened his eyes in astonishment.
“‘Really? You knew what I was called?’
“‘Yes,’ replied the Bishop, ‘you are called my brother.’”7
Quote 2:  Whoever enters our meetinghouses should feel at home.
  • Two Stories
    • Bishop disguised as a Homeless Man
    •  yesterday in Relief Society the teacher shared an experience I believe from L. Tom Perry's 1st wife and how she welcomed a lady into the congregation in jeans and a sweatshirt.  The following Sunday, Sister Perry showed up to church in jeans and a sweatshirt to help the lady feel welcome.   So cool!  I couldn't find the reference so I'm hoping I got the details right, but I think she got it out of the book, The Power of Everyday Missionaries by Clayton M. Christensen.  It has a great message nonetheles
In Celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, I will share  a quote  from him:  (And some others just for fun:

"Unless Someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not."

Treat:  In celebration of Dr. Seuss, Fish Treats!  

          Basically it's blue jello in cups with Swedish Fish.

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