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Bury Our Weapons . . . Show Our Kindness
Read through story so you are familiar with it. Gather pens andpencils for family members. Dig a hole in your yard for the activity. If this is notfeasible, you could plant the paper swords in dirt in a pot and throw the pot in thetrash. Prepare the Dirt Cups for refreshments.
Learn the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehis in the Book of Mormon (Alma23-24). Identify weaknesses we have that could be improved upon. Show the Lordwe are willing to abandon them in exchange for His help. Practice showing kindnessto family members.
“Kindness Begins With Me” Children’s Songbook, 145
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love oneto another. “ John 13:35
Read “The Buried Weapons”.
What do we learn from this story? (The things we say can be hurtfulto others) It is important to remember there are also things we do that can hurtother people. What are some actions that might hurt others’ feelings? (hitting abrother or sister, not including other kids in a game at recess, making mean faces,etc) We can follow the Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s examples by thinking of what we may say or do that is not following Jesus’ example. We can than make a promise to changeand do better. When we try to change and become more Christ-like, the Lord willhelp us in our efforts.
Have family members take two or three swords and write some word oraction that they would like to abandon. After all the family has written on theirswords, go to the backyard and find a place to bury the swords.Now that we have buried the bad things we may say or do, let’s practice showingkindness by playing this fun game!
Kindness Toss Toss a beanbag or balled up sock around the circle. The person who catches it sayssomething kind about the person who threw it to them. Then they toss it tosomeone else who compliments them.
“Love One Another” Hymns 308
Make chocolate pudding and place in paper cups – one for eachperson. Bury a gummi worm down inside the pudding. Cover the top of the puddingwith Oreo Cookie crumbs.