LDS “Faith in God” Ideas
For quite a while, I had been planning to write a post with activity ideas to be used in connection with the LDS “Faith in God” program…and then I read this on the church website: “New Initiative for Children and Youth Development… Beginning January 1, 2020, activity and achievement programs may be affected, including Faith in God for Girls and Boys, Activity Days for Girls and Boys, Personal Progress, and Duty to God.”
After this past general conference, nothing surprises me anymore! From relief society lessons to visiting teaching and more, so many programs have experienced a shift in focus recently. I am excited to discover what kind of updates will be applied to the primary achievement programs.
Whatever they may be, I have decided that instead of creating companion ideas to go with a soon-to-be-remodelled program, I’d like to share some ideas of good habits and principles taught within the framework of “Faith in God”—because regardless of how the program changes, those gospel truths will remain the same.
Without further ado, here are 3 great ideas we can glean from the “Faith in God” program:
1: Learning and Living the Gospel
This section of the “Faith in God” program encourages our children to learn more about various gospel topics, and then to cement that new knowledge by sharing it with others, such as their friends, family, or primary leaders. The added responsibility and expectation of teaching back what they have learned gives the kids more motivation to pay attention and internalize these gospel principles.
Within the “Faith in God” award program, there are several recomended topics to choose from, but even without this list we can still implement these ideas. By making each child in the family responsible, twice a year, for the spiritual thought or lesson portion of family home evening, we can encourage them to learn the gospel thoroughly enough to share it with those around them. And by teaching them to set goals and extend invitations during their family lessons, we can all strive to live the gospel more thorougly in our lives.
2: Serving Others
The next section of “Faith in God” includes a variety of ideas for ways to serve in our homes, wards, and communities. Service project ideas are easier than ever to find, with the speed and availability of google—but carrying out a project is only half the story. As Linda K. Burton taught, the greatest miracles are brought about when we “first observe, then serve.”
As parents, we should encourage our children to serve the people around them in meaningful and mindful ways, including both kind everyday acts and occassional organised projects. One way we can help grow a love of service within our children’s hearts is to let them identify needs and chose their own service projects to pursue. We can help this process along by increasing oir own ability to recognise the needs of others, and point them out to our children whenever we see those needs in our everyday lives. With our gentle encouragement, our children should be able to serve others in frequent, meaningful ways that meet and exceed the requirements of “Faith in God”.
3: Developing Talents
I know that many of my readers are homeschooling parents, so for those of you who are, this last section of “Faith in God” should be easier than easy to accomplish. When school is happenning at home, every day is about developing talents—it’s not just a twice-a-year effort. For those of you who are not homeschoolers, however, do not underestimate your own ability to be a teacher to your children (even if it’s not an all-day every-day gig).
From budgeting, to music, to housework, to trades, there are many ideas for helpful skills within the pages of “Faith in God”. There is no greater place to learn these skills than in the home. Sure, some of these topics might be covered in school or from other sources, but as children learn these talents from their own parents and see them modelled in their own homes, they will come to a greater appreciation of their worth. And, of course, the most important lesson we learn from “Faith in God” is how we can use these talents to bless others and help in Heavenly Father’s work; they certainly don’t teach that in school.
Bonus: Idea for Homeschool Families
One more idea from “Faith in God” that I would like to mention is that of encouraging our children to memorise the Articles of Faith. Now, I know that memorisation can be quite the tedious pursuit… but those of us who homeschool have some secret weapons at our disposal. Namely: we are already responsible for teaching writing and language arts anyway, so why not be strategic in our choice of source literature. Whether your kids are working on letter formation with copywork, or listening skills with dictation excercises, you can use the Articles of Faith as your base literature to help your kids learn (and possibly memorise) them as they do their regularly required languege work. How is that for hitting two birds with one stone?
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