· What’s preventing us from fully living the law of Christ and experiencing the freedom the gospel offers? Print out my chain strips and locks to make your own handcuffs. On the lock, write something that prevents you from experiencing more freedom. Then pretend to be Hulk and break free!
· Speaking of Hulk, get smashing some bubble wrap (you'll want the big bubbles- this is a good roll). Write in sharpie some of the things you want to be free of then stomp and smash away! P.S. You can use the extra bubble wrap to stomp at birthday parties as you wait for the parents to come pick up their kids.
· Use the handcuffs on a person's leg instead and use another object as the "ball" so it's a ball and chain. Discuss how the object can hold us back. Even objects that can be used for good can hold us back when used inappropriately. What are some things that help you soar? When can they bring you down instead?
· If you have older kids that needs something more than paper handcuffs and bubble wrap, try out the Crazy Man's Handcuffs magic trick.
· Use my printable triangle seed box to help explain the Abrahamic Covenant to your family or class. Each side as a piece of the covenant or blessing. I ended up doing a few different ways so use what you think your group would understand most. I made it as a seed to show how we can all be Abraham’s seed as we become Latter-day Saints. You can give it to someone to show that.
· The third seed has the threefold mission of the Church on it instead: Proclaim the Gospel, Perfect the Saints, and Redeem the Dead. Show how this mission goes along with the Abrahamic Covenant. This is sized to go inside the other seeds so you can show how they are one.
· Head to the Bible Dictionary and study the Abrahamic Covenant together. Write down your own simplified definition instead. What else did you learn? How are we living up to our responsibilities?
· Head to the Ensign and go to the Family Study Fun page to do the Nations Blessing Bonanza activity.
· Talk about your baptismal covenants and how they relate to the Abrahamic Covenant. You can read the story Cracking the Code from an old Friend magazine to help.
· Go on a treasure hunt! The treasure hunt cards have blanks for you to fill in where to go. You can do this at home or in a church classroom. Places to hide the fruit could include your shoe, under a sink, inside a book, etc. As they go from clue to clue, they are also looking for the fruit that matches their current clue. You can leave an extra surprise at the end like fruit salad or caramel pears (or apples). Then discuss all the different fruits of the Spirit. If we can’t feel these things, what can we do differently? If we do feel these things, how do we keep those feelings? You can compare your search for the fruit to how we must work to have the Holy Ghost with us. It won’t come automatically. We must seek the Spirit and make right choices.
· Remember to go over the definitions of some of the fruits of the Spirit. Give examples of what it might look like in the lives of those in your group.
· Remember to check out the resources in the church magazines too. The Friend has a Family Night Fun activity based on these verses. There is also a page from an older magazine that shows examples of how we can invite the Spirit into our lives.
· Discuss how we need to put ourselves in the right places and do the right things in order to have the Holy Ghost with us and his fruits. Read the short story from Elder Joseph W. Sitati about an anthill and cell phone to help you.
· Play a game of Tug-a-War. One side the rope is the flesh and the other is the Spirit. Explain how sometimes we are like that on the inside. We have to give way to the things of the Spirit but the natural man in us wants to stay. How can we give more tug to our spiritual sides instead?
· Make an invitation for the Holy Ghost! You can put the time and date (always). For the picture or the what part, write or draw how you invite the Holy Ghost into your lives.
· Sew! Print out my flowers and backgrounds and make your own “sowing” cards. You can watch a video as you sew together. You can show your children how they made the flower grow- they reaped what they sowed. NOTE: I don’t know why they don’t make a simple hole puncher that can go in further than 1/2 inch so you will have to get a little creative with your punching unless you completely cut the background scene to just around the flower. You can use push pins to make a little hole then use a pencils to make it larger. Or if you have one of those other hole punches that poke holes in the paper, that’ll work.
· Work your way backwards. Ask your family or class what things or blessings they would like to have in this life and the next. Then work your way backwards. Do a few steps back along the way until you get to what you can do right now to reap those blessings later. For example, if I want to make it to the Celestial Kingdom then I need to endure to the end, keep my temple covenants, get married in the temple, keep the commandments, be baptized, etc. Use a whiteboard if you can. The point is we must be intentional if we want to reap certain blessings.
· Discuss what goes into harvesting a fruit or vegetable. How long does it take before you can enjoy those benefits? How do we become not weary in well doing as we wait for our promised blessings? You can watch the Law of the Harvest in the videos above to help you discuss this as well as how we won’t reap grapes when we plant carrots