Our Stake (Arlington Texas) is studying one scripture a month this year. To help families to integrate the scripture into their homes in meaningful ways, for each scripture we will share the following:
- free printables of the scripture for display in the home
- family home evening lessons for all types of families
- ideas for memorizing the scripture
- the accompanying challenge
The scripture for May is 2 Nephi 2:25.
“Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”
The accompanying challenge is to continue your work in family history.
Experience the joy of the temple and attend Stake Temple Day on May 20.
PreparednotScared shares free printable Temple punch cards for adults and youth to track temple attendance. They also have these printable goal sheets to help youth (even young children) connect with the temple.
LDS Living shares 6 Ideas to Improve Your Temple Experience.
There are a number of MormonAds that focus on the temple available for free download and printing.
To help jump-start or reinvigorate your family history work, consider:
- Watch some of the Ancestry.com how-to videos on YouTube (make sure you are taking advantage of your free membership in Ancestry as a member of the Church). This video is a good place to start if you’re feeling a little unsure about what to do.
- Visit the Family History Library at the Stake Center.
- Print your family history fan chart.
- Use Relative Finder to see whom you’re related to.
If you can’t attend the temple yourself, consider the following:
- babysit for a family with young children so they can attend
- read or watch Elder Nelson’s talk Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings
- read the October 2010 Ensign that focused on the temple
- determine to remain worthy to attend, even if circumstances prevent current attendance
- record in your journal what the temple means to you
- conduct a family home evening on temples
- print out or download free, exquisite pictures of temples from TemplesbyTyler
- participate in indexing records
Click here or the image to download the printable below from TheSmallSeed. It’s also available in white.
Click here or the image to print this free printable from the Church.
Family Home Evening Ideas
This scripture is the perfect topic for a Family Night with Almond Joy as the treat!
- A super easy family night would be to read this sweet story from The Friend
- A Year of FHE shares this lesson on having an attitude of happiness.
- This lesson from MormonShare focuses on how we need each other to do family history work.
- The formatting of this FHE lesson on joy from LDS Living is odd, but the actual lesson is quite good.
- This article on what the Book of Mormon teaches us about happiness from the Church makes a perfect low-prep FHE. To flesh it out into a lesson, put each tip on a link of a paper chain to connect as each one is emphasized. Use the tips as the basis of an individual/family action plan, perhaps setting a goal each week to focus on one aspect and report experiences at dinner or your next FHE.
- Watch this Mormon Channel video called We Can Find Happiness. (It’s 6:18 long.)
Read and compare President Monson’s talk Finding Joy in the Journey with Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk Finding Joy in Life.
- Discuss the similarities and differences between the ideas shared.
- Rate the level of joy you feel in your life on a scale of one to ten.
- Select a few ideas from the talks to implement in your life to increase joy, and record your experiences in your journal.
Because this is a Scripture Mastery verse, memorization helps abound. As it is very short, it makes a great verse for even small children to commit to memory.
- Visit this site to practice the verse.
- Free printables to help memorize the verse are available from BrightlyStreet.
- You can find free downloadable songs of all of the Scripture Mastery verses (including this one) at ScriptureMasterySongs.
If you would like to see the resources for all of the scriptures, visit this page.
Be sure to visit our Scripture Memorizing Ideas page for ideas and general help on memorizing.