Monday, January 18, 2010
Live After the Manner of Happiness
Okay, so I am cheating and using things that I find interesting from my own scripture study as the lessons at FHE. They don't come with cute flannel cut-outs, and they oftentimes don't even have an exciting activity. However, we do have family home evening regularly, and the kids are learning something, at least most of the time.
Tonight we focused on 2 Nephi, Chapter 5, verses 10-18 and 26-27. In it Nephi explains what the early Nephites did to establish peace and prosperity. He teaches them how to be industrious, and how to build, both physical buildings like their homes and the temple (fashioned after Solomon's temple in Jerusalem) and how to build their lives, based on the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also taught them that they were not just to reach towards obedience to the law for the sake of the law, but so that they can find happiness in this life, and the life to come.
President Gordon B. Hinkley said that "The Lord wants us to be happy. Nephi said a great thing: 'And...we lived after the manner of happiness.' (2 Nephi 5:27) What a wonderful things. I want my children to be happy. I want them to do well. I want them to live well and live rightly, properly; and, in the same way, except that my Father in Heaven's love reaches beyond any power of love that I have. I think He wants His sons and daughters to be happy. Happiness comes of righteousness. 'Wickedness never was happiness.' (Alma 41:10) Sin never was happiness. Selfishness never was happiness. Greed never was happiness. Happiness lies in living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ."
As we talked with the children about what selfishness and greed were, and why people might think that selfishness and greed would leave to happiness, it was good to hear the kids be able to go beyond just saying that they needed to follow the commandments. They were able give examples of what they can do to "live rightly" and how that would help them to be happy.
So, our family will continue to try to live after the manner of happiness, one day at a time, one action at a time, one lesson at a time.