8th Article of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”

This week, after an opening song and opening prayer, we reviewed the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith (Josh’s favorite), the 3rd Article of Faith, the 4th Article of Faith, the 5th Article of Faith, the 6th Article of Faith, and the 7th Article of Faith.

I the used the 8th Article of Faith Poster  from A Year of Family Home Evening.  We practiced the 8th Article of Faith.  Amanda liked this picture a lot, and had Josh hang it on the wall so the kids could practice it all week.  We then talked about the Bible and the Book of Mormon and how they were both collections of writings of prophets.  We talked about how over time during the translation of the Bible, words were changed.  Some of them were done on accident, or because the writers were trying to help people understand the message.  I also told them how Jesus appeared to the people in America after His death and resurrection.  We watched a 2 1/2 minute video clip from Living Scriptures on when He appeared to the people.

Finally, we played the telephone game.  I took Mikey to a different room and told him “The red dog jumped over the river”.  He told Josh, who told Amanda, who told Hannah, who told us “The red dot jumped over the wall.”  We discussed this, in relation to the Bible translations.  Mikey then wanted a turn.  He told Josh “I like eating popcorn at the movie theatre.”  Mikey told Josh, who told me, who told Amanda, who told Hannah, who said “Mikey likes eating popcorn at movie theatres.”  Josh admitted to changing it to Mikey so that we knew it was it was Mikey (not Josh) who liked to eat popcorn.  We also discussed this and how well meaning people tried to help improve our understanding of the Bible, but how that can cause problems if their understanding was incorrect.

After closing with another song and prayer, we had a nice treat.

(Thanks LDSFamilyFunA Year of FHE, and SugarDoodle for the ideas).

This is the eighth post in the Mike’s World News series
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The Book of Mormon on Self Defense

“And they were doing that which they felt was the duty which they owed their God; for the Lord had said unto them, and also unto their fathers, that: Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be slain by the hands of your enemies. And again, the Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed. Therefore for this cause were the Nephites contending with the Lamanites, to defend themselves, and their families, and their lands, their country, and their rights, and their religion.”

Alma 43:46-47

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Forest Fires & Preparedness

Over the last 12-days, the Spring Mountain ranges west of Las Vegas have been on fire (“Carpenter 1 Fire”). Nearly 28,000 acres have been burned. Hundreds of families have been displaced as their neighborhoods have been under mandatory evacuation.  My company owns and operates The Resort on Mt Charleston, which is currently closed due to the fires and evacuation orders.  I can better speak of what happened at the Resort, but I assume similar facts happened all over the mountain.  At about 10:30 PM on Friday, July 5, 2013, as guests were winding down for the night, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the property and said the hotel needed to be evacuated due to the smoke and potential for the fire to the hotel.  Metro Police walked the hotel with hotel staff and knocked on each door, making sure that everyone left, with basically no notice.  The residents up in the area had a similar time frame.  There was some rain the last 2-days, which helped fire crews get the fire from 10% contained to 50% contained.  Without the help from the rain, crews might still have the fire at 10% containment. Continue reading

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Obama’s Gun Violence Report

A few months ago, after the Connecticut School Shooting, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence, in the hopes of “saving one child”.  As with many politicians, the President hoped to have a report coming back showing how evil guns are and that he needs to immediately disarm the law-abiding American public.

Instead, the report (available from the National Academic Press at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18319 (or you can download a PDF version of Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence) painted a much different picture.

As you read it, you will plainly see why the media has been ignoring it. It doesn’t fit their template as it contains important truth such as: Continue reading

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7th Article of Faith

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“We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.”

Since all 3 kids were home last night, we were able to move forward on a new Article of Faith.  First we reviewed the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith, the 3rd Article of Faith, the 4th Article of Faith, the 5th Article of Faith, and the 6th Article of Faith.  Next we read the 7th Article of Faith.  I tried to explain what each of the 6 listed gifts of the Spirit were, but was hard with the attention span of 3 little kids (and the Wife also).  Next, we moved into activities.  Mikey loves word searches, so we did a simple 7th Article of Faith Word Search.  Finally, as we moved into a second activity, I said how all of us have things we are good at, gifts or talents.  Mikey said “Yeah, like Josh is really good at running.  He is one of the fastest kids in his class, but I am one of the slowest in mine.”  I told him that I was glad he could recognize the gifts or talents of other family members and that this was our next activity.  We took turns talking about the talents and gifts that other people in our family have.  After our closing song and prayer, we each had a cookie that Mommy made.

(Thanks to SugarDoodle and LDSLiving for the ideas)

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3rd Article of Faith (review)

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3rd Article of Faith

We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

7-year old Mikey is spending part of the week up at Grandma’s house.  As a result, I decided not to go ahead with the 7th Article of Faith that we were scheduled to do.  It seems like the kids are having trouble with the 3rd Article of Faith, so it seemed like a good day to review.  We sang an opening song, which Hannah picked.  We practiced the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith (Josh‘s favorite), the 4th Article of Faith, the 5th Article of Faith, and the 6th Article of Faith.

Next, I proceeded told them the 3rd Article of Faith.  I asked if they remembered the lesson from a few weeks ago when we first did the 3rd Article of Faith.  At first neither kid did, but as I explained it, they remember.  We practiced the 3rd Article of Faith several times.  I then had the kids come sit on my lap.  (Josh will be going into Kindergarten in a fall and just finished a 3-week summer school.  He is very interested in math right now).  I had a little white board.  I used the marker and wrote 2 + 2 = 5.    As I was writing it, I told the kids that sometimes in our life we can make mistakes.  When we do, what can we do. Josh said “repent”.  I said told him that was correct.  I asked him if 2 + 2 equals 5.  He said that is such an easy question and that 2 + 2 = 4.  I told him that just like on this white board, I can take an eraser and remove the mistake, in our life, we can remove the mistakes we make, by having faith in Christ and repenting.  And, because of the Atonement, I continued, we are able to forgiven of our sins.  We did several other math problems, then Josh took the white board and wrote a bunch of questions with the right answers.  We then sang a closing song, which Josh picked.

(Thanks to LDS Living for the idea)

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6th Article of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE - 13 Articles of FaithWe believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

As is our weekly tradition, we started family home evening by having the kids recite the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith, the 3rd Article of Faith, the 4th Article of Faith, and the 5th Article of Faith, with varying degrees of success.  I then asked them what the full name of our Church is.  “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” came back the response from both Mikey & Josh.  I told them I wanted to break the name up.  “The Church of Jesus Christ“.  What does this mean?  We discussed how it is The Church of Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ started the Church and is the head of the Church. “Of Latter-day Saints’ is to distinguish it from the Church that the Savior started during His life.  We talked very briefly about the Great Apostasy, and I told them we would talk about that more in the future.

With all this background completed, Amanda was able to recite the 6th Article of Faith from memory.  We talked about the priesthood offices mentioned.  We then got on the ground and used wood blocks and “built” the Church with these priesthood offices.  The kids each built a Church also.  We practiced the 6th Article of Faith a few times and sang the 6th Article of Faith Primary Song.

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5th Article of Faith

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We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

We started this week by having the kids recite the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith, the 3rd Article of Faith, and the 4th Article of Faith.  None of them (nor The Wife) could remember the 3rd Article of Faith, without me helping them start it.  Guess we will need to do that one again.  I then read the 5th Article of Faith to them and then we all practiced it a few times.  I then passed out a 5th Article of Faith Coloring Sheet and had each of the kids color it.  After they were done (or at least partially done) coloring, we talked about the 5th Article of Faith and what it means.  I asked them, for example, do you think that our Bishop decided one day to be the Bishop.  All the kids said no.  I explained that the Stake President, after praying about it, called and set him apart to be Bishop.  I asked them if they think Mommy just one day decided to become the Primary Music leader.  No, the Bishop, after praying about it, called and set her apart.

We then played a game called “Bishop Says” (Simon Says).  After me being “the Bishop” for a while, 5-year old Josh wanted to be Bishop.  One of the times, he said “Bishop says Have a Pillow Fight”.   Finally, the kids then turned their coloring pages over and wrote a letter to the Bishop (well, at least MIkey did; Amanda wrote one from Josh and I wrote one from Hannah) to the Bishop thanking him for being our Bishop.  I addressed an envelope and we took it outside and put it in the outgoing mail.

(Thanks Sugardoodle for the idea)

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What do they call you?

My 5-year old son Josh recently finished preschool.  He will be starting Kindergarten in August at Discovery Charter School, where 7-year old Mikey recently finished 1st grade.  The school is holding a 3-week summer school session where the kids can go to school for 4-hours a day, 4-days a week.  Returning students were invited to attend.  The school invited Josh to attend also.  Tonight as I was putting him in bed, I said to him:

“I wonder what the school calls you.  You’ve finished Preschool but you haven’t started Kindergarten yet.”

Without missing a beat, he said “I think they call me Josh.”

I sure love this kid. 🙂

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