Monday, November 14, 2016

FHE: Love, Serve, Forgive

For Family Home Evening tonight, read or listen to Elder Robert D. Hales' general conference talk, "Come, Follow Me." The following is a brief summary of his message:

"When the Savior called His disciples to follow Him, they were living the law of Moses, including seeking 'an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,'  but the Savior came to fulfill that law with His Atonement. He taught a new doctrine: '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.' 
"The disciples were taught to turn from the ways of the natural man to the loving and caring ways of the Savior by replacing contention with forgiveness, kindness, and compassion. The 'new commandment' to 'love one another' was not always easy to keep. When the disciples worried about associating with sinners and certain classes of people, the Savior patiently taught, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.' Or, as a Book of Mormon prophet explained, 'When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.' 
"As the Savior’s latter-day disciples, we come unto Him by loving and serving God’s children. As we do, we may not be able to avoid tribulation, affliction, and suffering in the flesh, but we will suffer less spiritually. Even in our trials we can experience joy and peace. 
"Our Christian love and service naturally begin in the home. Parents, you are called to be loving teachers and missionaries to your children and youth. They are your investigators. You bear the responsibility to help them become converted. In truth, all of us are seeking to be converted—which means being filled with our Savior’s love."

Review the counsel given in Elder Hales' message and discuss how you can apply the principles of love in your family relationships by giving service and forgiving others. Discuss how Elder Hales' counsel relates to the message our stake president gave last weekend in stake conference about work and forgiveness. Then have each family member think of someone they need to forgive and encourage them to do an act of service for that person some time during the week.

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