· Play some games to encourage unity within your family (this is also a great activity to invite your ministering families or neighbors to). Print off my Unity Game Cards if you need ideas and try some out! There are eight ideas in total. The one pictured above is Silly Story.
· Looking more games to play? Try these games great for youth groups and older children. You can even use it for this week’s youth activity night and discuss these verses together.
· Have a secret family member week. Each day, you must do one nice thing for a specific family member. You can pick one person’s name to do for the whole week or draw a new name every day. How has doing kind things for one another strengthened your family’s unity?
· Instead of doing secret family member, surprise your ward members with acts of kindness. You could mow their lawn, pull weeds, roll up their trash cans, visit with them, etc.
· Weave! You can make a quick loom with cardboard or use a weaving loom. As you put each string through, think of one thing you can do encourage unity within your family or ward. Give your finished product to someone who could use some extra love or hang it in your house as a reminder.
· Read the Ministering Principle for August in the Ensign and pick one way you are your family will commit to be welcoming and more inclusive at church this week.
· Research some of the schools that your children (or you) want to attend. What makes each one special? What are some of the classes they teach? Why should we receive an education? Discuss how this worldly knowledge defers from God’s wisdom as well as how they might go hand and hand. Why does it benefit us to learn more? (See D&C 130:18-19) Where can you learn things of God?
· Discuss the story “Multiplication Master” by Jessica Larsen in the August 2019 Friend. What must we do if we expect to have wisdom and help? Why isn’t it enough to simply pray?
· Print my Secret Message cards. Can your family read them as is? What might they use to better understand what is written on the card? I grabbed a red viewer we had from our game of Outburst but all you really need is red cellophane. It may still be a little tricky but it will be clearer than before. How can you compare this to needing the Holy Ghost to understand the things of God?
· Study the scriptures in a different way than you usually do as a family. Invite the Holy Ghost to be apart of your session and study this chapter or another together. I recommend using the Seminary or Institute manuals as they are full of insights. Also remember to use the footnotes, Bible Dictionary, etc.
As a family discuss some of the seeds that may be planted in people’s hearts as we share gospel experiences and teachings with others. You can write your answers on my blank garden tags as well as use some my labeled ones to get your minds thinking. Now plant some seeds! You can do an herb indoor garden, lettuce, or even a grass house. OR add the labels to your existing garden. As you water and watch your plants grow, ponder how the things you do and share can be having the same effect on other’s hearts.
· Every time you share something about the gospel with someone, plant a seed. What does it take for that seed to grow? How can you help the people you have shared with grow their seed as well? How can you nourish your own seed?
· Gather a few different objects to build with such as blocks, sponges, clothes, cards, etc. The blocks will represent the firm foundation while the rest represent something else that people may build their testimonies on such as a person. Then use the cups that discuss the restoration of the gospel to build upon the different foundations. Which foundation is easiest to build on? Which is most sturdy? Discuss how our testimonies need to be built upon Jesus Christ to be firm.
Watch or sing “How Firm a Foundation” Hymn #85 then review the words again. What else can you learn about building your testimony from this hymn?
· Discuss how are bodies are like temples. Print out my bodies as a temple handout. There are several phrases that talk about our bodies, the temple, or both. Draw an arrow from the phrase to the correct drawing.
· Decorate the person on your handout to look like you. Young kid may enjoy gluing on ribbon, yarn, googly eyes, etc. or simply color them. Hang them up in their room or on the fridge so they can remember how their bodies are like a temple.
· Cut my handout into puzzle pieces. On the back of some of the pieces, write down the quotes from our Church leaders about our bodies. You can hide the pieces around the room for an extra challenge. As you assemble the puzzle, read and discuss the quotes.
· If you have a younger group, try out the activity in this month’s Friend that talks about how great our bodies are.
· If you have an older group, this is a great opportunity to discuss some topics such as pornography, chastity, eating disorders, cutting, the choking game, and other difficult but important topics. The online edition of the Ensign has additional articles about eating disorders. There are a lot of great articles in this issue to read and discuss as a family. Chastity: What Are the Limits is a great video to help you revisit the topic with your children as well.
· Review the For Strength of Youth book this week and commit yourselves to certain decisions now.
· For Word of Wisdom activities, see free Swat it game printables from my Primary 6 Lesson 40 handouts or feed your own puppet with my Primary 3 Lesson 14 handouts.