· Usually when we think of service we think of taking cookies over or grabbing a shovel. Go through “Service You Didn’t Think Was Service” by David Dickson from a past New Era then brainstorm some more ways you can serve. If you want, you can write all your ideas on strips of paper and put them in a jar then draw one a day to get in the habit of giving service.
· “The Favorite Ball” is a good story for young children about sharing. After you read it, play with a ball and practice sharing it. You can also discuss how sharing is service and the difference between being a happy sharer versus a reluctant one. You can then color I Can Share with Others or find another sharing activity.
· Thank a cheerful giver in your life. Who has given you service when you have needed it most? Who do you always see quietly going about doing good works? Use my sunshine tag to give them a quick Thank You.
· Head back to my July lesson helps and do the Giving Calendar Activity. It focuses on giving things like a listening ear or compliment.
· There are all sorts of printables and ideas to help you serve and help lift others on this blog. Here are few highlights that you may want to implement this week:
o Share a Compli-”mint” with three different mint candy labels
o Give someone a much needed “break” with a KitKat printable wrapper. See if there is anything you can do to give them a real break too (like watch the kids, help keep an elderly person company, etc).
o Take a little off their plate or blow some well wishes their way with this gift idea and printable tags
o Warm up the cold, visit the lonely, cheer up the sad, help the sick, and love your neighbor with this service packet of ideas and notes
o Feed the Hungry
· Sister Cristina B. Franco’s talk, “The Joy of Unselfish Service,” she talks about not just serving someone but doing the best thing for that person. Before you get out and serve, think about what would really be the best way to serve someone. Print my bookmark to help you go through the process. Not only would we be helping another better, but we’d be using our own time more efficiently.
· Giving can be as simple as shairng encouraging words. Are you one of my newsletter subscribers? If not, sign up! Each month I share textables you can share with your ministering families, friends, neighbors, etc. Plus when you subscribe, you download pages of great text message ideas to send to check up on someone, send a laugh, or send a hug.
· Print my Steps to Service or Forget Yourself and Go to Work poster to help your family keep a daily focus on service.
· Show the Lift video to your family or class. Discuss how these members changed over time with their selfless service. What helped these members to not grow weary in well doing? How can we do the same? Why is it hard to give continual service? What sacrifices are we willing to make? How can we make sure we don’t simply forget those that need our constant or long-term service?
· Use my 4 Weeks of Thanksgiving Challenge to help you be a cheerful giver. Yes, I know, it’s not Thanksgiving yet but there is nothing wrong with getting a head start on focused gratitude and giving. The Challenge will take you through different blessings you are thankful for and give you ideas on how to show thanks by giving to others. The printables are fall themed so you can start using them now.
· In 1 Corinthians 11:13-15, it talks about how false prophets can disguise themselves. I represented that with a wolf in sheep skin in the Seek and Find above. After you read or discuss this chapter, find all the wolves in sheep skin as well as the Bibles. What can we do to avoid falling prey to false prophets? How can the scriptures keep us strong and safe from the wolves?
· Tell the story about the crickets from Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk “Prophets and Spiritual Mole Crickets” then discuss how we can be careful watchers and keep our lawn’s cricket free.
· Play Hide and Seek. Relate this back to find the false prophets and tagging them out of your life.
· Grab a tray and put a bunch of objects of different shapes and textures on it. Then give everyone a magnifying glass. You can create your own with this simple trick or buy some cheap ones like these (they are small but do the trick and you don’t have to worry about kids breaking glass). Let your family or class examine the items on the tray for awhile. Then bring out a blank tray. What can we put on the tray to examine our faithfulness? You might want to put physical objects like your scriptures or draw actions on pieces of paper like doing service. Why might we want to examine our faithfulness from time to time?· Do the same thing with the tray but start with objects that would represent our faithfulness. After your family or group examines the objects for awhile, ask what we might be able to tell from these objects leading them into the conclusion of examining our faithfulness.
· Head to Preach My Gospel and take the Christlike Attribute Activity- it's at the very end. How can this help you examine your faithfulness? What changes do you want to make?
· If you have young kids, get out the dress ups or your doctor kit. Don’t have some? Just use funny items from your kitchen drawer. Pretend to give each other a doctor’s check up. You can pretend you have chicken pox or you broke your arm and have the doctor fix it. Then share how you stay healthy in the gospel. What can you do when you spiritually break an arm