If you’re like me, it can be challenging to find appropriate activities for your children to do on Sundays. Perhaps it gets easier as children get older… or perhaps not. (Please tell me it does.)
In any case, I thought it’d be a good idea to highlight some requirements from the various LDS and scouting programs which I think make for good Sunday activities.
The goal with most of these is not simply to be able to check them off our list, but to build faith and inspire spiritual growth. So take your time.
I’ll post a collection of these Sabbath activities (one from each program) every Sunday until I run out. When we’re all done, we should have a nice collection of ideas to draw on the next time our kids are bored on a Sunday and we’re wondering what to do with them.
Faith in God:
Duty to God:
The second requirement in the Family Activities section of all three Duty to God programs (Deacon, Teacher and Priest) involve reading For the Strength of Youth and discussing it with parents.
Faith requirement 1: “The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Learn about faith from the scriptures and living prophets. Read Hebrews 11, Alma 32:17–43, Ether 12:6–22, and Joseph Smith—History 1:11–20. Read two general conference talks on faith. Exercise your own faith by establishing a habit of prayer in your life. Begin by saying your morning and evening prayers regularly. After three weeks of following this pattern, discuss with a parent or leader what you have learned about faith and how daily personal prayer has strengthened your faith. In your journal express your feelings about faith and prayer.
Wolf cub scout requirement 11a; Bear cub scout requirement 1a and Webelos requirements 8a-8c: “Complete the Character Connection for Faith. Know: What is “faith”? With your family, discuss some people who have shown their faith – who have shown an inner strength based on their trust in a higher power or cause. Discuss the good qualities of these people. Commit: Discuss these questions with your family: What problems did these faithful people overcome to follow or practice their beliefs? What challenges might you face in doing your duty to God? Who can help you with these challenges? Practice: Practice your faith while doing the requirements for “Duty to God.”
Genealogy merit badge requirement 2b: “Keep a journal for 6 weeks. You must write in it at least once a week.”