Build a Time Capsule! Print out my Time Capsule sheets for each member of your family or class focusing particularly on the Gospel Truths You Know sheet. Decide when you want to open your time capsule (the end of the year, next year, 10 years from now), mark it on the label, and place your capsule somewhere safe. You can keep it on a bookshelf or bury it in your backyard (just don’t leave it behind if you move). Remember to set a reminder in your phone to open it later too. Compare this to the gift of prophecy. The gift of prophecy may pertain to the past, present, and future which your time capsule refers to as well. The Gospel Truths sheet focuses on your testimony which is the spirit of prophecy (see Revelations 19:10). What other parallels can you find?
Note: The circle Time Capsule label will fit inside a mason jar lid. You can print out the half sized sheets and fold them to fit inside a large mason jar.
Read “Prophecy” in the Guide to Scriptures as well as the additional scripture references include there. Then read 1 Corinthians 14:3, 31, 39-40. What things do you learn about the gift of prophecy? What particularly do you learn from Paul? Why do we want to covet prophecy?
Plan a time to attend the temple to do baptisms for the dead this month. Prepare names to take with you and go with a prayerful and thankful heart for the Resurrection. Record your thoughts afterward or have a family testimony meeting. You can make your own temple journal cover with my free temple picture download. These are sized to go on a small 3x5 notebook so it’s easy to keep in your car or temple bag. The four temple choices are Denver, Salt Lake City, Prove City Center, and Indianapolis.
If you have someone in your family or class who is preparing to enter the temple for the first time to do baptisms for the dead, watch the video, What Are Baptisms for the Dead?. Answer any other questions they might have and play my game to better understand baptisms for the dead. To play, divide the number of cards equally between everyone. You may need to print additional sets depending on how many people you have. The person next to you gets to draw one of your cards. They then must answer that question. Sometimes there are hints on the cards. If they can’t answer it, they add the card to their hand. Once you are out of cards, you can either sit out or keep picking from your neighbor.
Plan a visit to the grave of one of your ancestors. Clean up their grave, bring flowers, and share stories. Bring some paper to do a gravestone rubbing too. Can’t visit in person? Plan a night telling stories about that person around a campfire (real or fake). Then share with each other why you are excited to see (or meet) this person again. Remind everyone because Jesus Christ overcame death, we can all be Resurrected too.
Help someone else get connected with their ancestors. Using the app Billion Graves, you can take photos of grave stones and help others find their ancestors. This is extremely helpful for discovering dates otherwise unknown as well as keeping these records permanently as stones become unreadable.
Head out on a scavenger hunt. Stay indoors only or head outside. Each team (or person) has to find an object that represent a word on the list. The more you find, the more points you get! Each object can only be used once. Be prepared to back up your choices- other teams may challenge the answers. Discuss these words and what they mean before you start to give everyone a head start.
If you want to do the scavenger hunt at church, bring in a bag full of random items and let your class dig through the piles and make connections. It’s great to see how creative they can be.
Using my carving templates, make three pumpkins or tins to go with the three degrees of glory. Fill up each can with different amounts of tea lights to represent the different levels of glory (I use these battery tea lights). How is a carved pumpkin different from a regular pumpkin? You can compare this to resurrected and mortal bodies (the hollow ones with rot much faster, etc). I know, I know, I’m early on the pumpkin thing so if you don’t want to use a pumpkin try a watermelon or a tin can. It'll still be great!
To punch holes in a tin can, you will need to fill them with water first (all the way full) and freeze them. The bottoms will pop out but don’t worry, you can hammer those back in when you are finished. The frozen water makes it easier and safer to use a hammer and nail to punch holes in your can. The bigger nails work better for letting more light in but you can play around with different sizes and use a combination for a beautiful finished product. And you can keep your tin cans and use them as night lights throughout this week as a reminder. Tip: Do this outside as ice will chip out as you go! Watch my video on this page for more helpful tips too.
Use your carvings or punched tins to discuss the three degrees of glory using different amounts of tea lights inside each one again. Discuss how each of these kingdoms is a place of glory. Each will be amazing and we will be happy there. However, only one is where we can live with God again. You can point out some of the other differences of the Celestial Kingdom by referring to scriptures and the definition in the Guide to the Scriptures. Why do you want to live in the Celestial Kingdom? How can we help each other get there?
In this verse, it mentions how we need to “stand fast” and “be strong.” Tie this into being physically and spiritual strong. Print out my fitness challenge and do the various physical challenges. Then using the print out to discuss how we can be spiritually strong and what exercises are needed to strengthen our spiritual selves.
Set up a family exercise routine for your week- both spiritually and physically. You can even combine the two- listen to scriptures as you run together, have a General Conference talk on while you are doing sit ups together, etc.
What are some other ways we need to be strong? What can we do for our mental or emotional health? For example, the Feelings Wheel can be helpful to identify your feelings and process them better.