Monday, November 7, 2016

FHE: Blessings


For family home evening, review Elder D. Todd Christofferson's October 2016 General Conference talk, entitled "Abide in My Love." Here are a few highlights about the way God blesses us:
"Some will argue that God blesses everyone without distinction—citing, for example, Jesus’s statement in the Sermon on the Mount: '[God] maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.' Indeed, God does rain down upon all His children all the blessings He can—all the blessings that love and law and justice and mercy will permit. And He commands us to be likewise generous: 
"'I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.'
"Nevertheless, God’s greater blessings are conditioned on obedience. President Russell M. Nelson explained: 'The resplendent bouquet of God’s love—including eternal life—includes blessings for which we must qualify, not entitlements to be expected unworthily. Sinners cannot bend His will to theirs and require Him to bless them in sin. If they desire to enjoy every bloom in His beautiful bouquet, they must repent.'"
Discuss with your family all the ways that the Lord blesses you. Invite family members to write something they're grateful for on a pumpkin each day until Thanksgiving. Then enjoy some delicious, healthy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

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