Opening Song: "I hope they call me on a mission" Children's Songbook #169
Opening Prayer : Child
Ahead of time: Make missionary name badges - See Here for Printable Mission Name Tags
Get kids to dress up in missionary attire (optional)
We gave one of our children a packet of lollies (candy)- the type in a roll with several inside.
She came out in front of the others and we asked:
What do you do if you have something special?
(all the other girls immediately said "SHARE!")
How would you feel if she didn't share? (sad, upset etc)
If you didn't see the lollies, how would you know that she had something special? (we wouldn't)
We likened this to sharing the gospel. Talk about missionary work, how we can share what we know with our friends and neighbours. We want all people to know about what we think is special to us. (Share the candy)
Then we gave everyone a candle.
Daddy had the lit candle and said it was like his testimony. He wanted to 'share' it with us.
One by one we lit each others candles 'passing on our testimonies' to one another.
My husband unpacked everything from his mission :)
He showed photos (most amazing 'cause none of us have ever seen him with hair)
We played with his collection of badges
He showed us letters he wrote and his journals
We practiced some of the languages he learnt
He showed us the mission rule book and read some out
He showed Ezra Taft Bensons Signature to them (old I know!)
Make missionary name badges together - See Here for Printable Mission Name Tags
Have adult family members talk about where they served their mission. Show pictures
Make a missionary schedule to look at/follow for a day (or week)
prayer, scripture reading, service, teaching a gospel topic
Hold a mini MTC see July 2016 Friend
Extra for older children:
Inspiration from June 2016 New Era "The Hardest part of being a missionary"
A list of practical experiences
Being Humble without being humiliated
- try things outside your comfort zone, take on extra activities and responsibilities to show you will improve over time
apply for jobs, try out for teams, ask people on dates and activities, learn from setbacks
how to motivate ourselves when bored or stressed, break down problems into small achievable steps
sincerely apologise and take responsibility, look for compassionate explanations for anothers behaviour, ask for help with problem solving, dont stew over it, use a soft voice in conflict and respect others feelings.
Skill of conversation -
set a goal to talk to someone new, smile and be curious about others, notice when others might attempt to start conversations and be open and responsive
Physical wellingbeing- learn about good nutrition, exercise, care for your belongings, money and time. Manage sleep and get the right amount.
Closing Song: "Called to serve" Children's Songbook #174
Closing Prayer: Child
Share Candy with one another