Today's lesson comes from my friend, Brittany. Brittany is super talented: she has amazing taste, great style, and lots of fun ideas. She is busy with her four darling children and has deleted her blog....gasp!! I hope to feature more of Brittany's creations here at Jedi Craft Girl!! Here are a few photos I snapped at her house today:
Day #5 Repentance
(You may want to hold up a $20 bill and demonstrate as you read the story.)
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?”
Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him."
Isaiah 1:18 "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."
In this experiment we teach our children how Christ took our sins upon him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Through this activity, we can teach our children how Jesus can help us each individually become clean from our daily sins.
Teach the children that like this glass of water, we come into the world pure, but everyone makes mistakes and everyone sins. When we sin, we become unclean. Add a few drops of red food coloring. (You can use as many colors as you want to create the effect.) By dropping this into the water it represents our sins. Talk about actions that might cause us to become unclean; such as being unkind to others, being dishonest, or using bad language. When we have sinned, it's hard to feel the spirit. The world becomes confusing.
What can we do to become clean again?
We can ask the Savior to help us to overcome our mistakes. During the Atonement, Jesus Christ became the great and eternal sacrifice for our sins.
We can call on Christ to help us and to take away our sins. Add a cup of bleach representing Christ's Atonement. Then add an Alka-Seltzer (repentance) to the water. Watch the change before your eyes. Soon the water will be clear and pure once again. The Atonement really can change us that quickly, but it does take action on our part. We must act in faith by repenting of our sins in the name of Jesus Christ.
Write in your journal how you feel about the repentance process. What does it mean to you that, because of Jesus, you can be forgiven of your sins?