Monthly Archive: January 2015

Complete the Circuit to Heaven

For Family Home Evening the other night, we used Elijah’s snap circuit set that he received for Christmas. The kit is genius. Elijah just turned 7 but with the directions, he can build all kinds of cool things, like a little radio, a fan, a buzzer, etc.

To start the lesson, Joseph assigned each person a piece needed to complete the circuit- this time, a flashing light, a fan, a noise maker and an alarm all with an on/off switch. Following the directions, each person snapped the piece on the circuit board that represented them. (For example, Elijah was the alarm) Then he had the boys add the connectors (which he explained are prayer and revelation) to complete the circuit.


Before he could go on, Isaac jumped in and said, “Jesus is the on/off switch and God is the batteries.”

Joseph and I looked at each other. The lesson has just been taught….by the 5 year old.

God is the source of all power. Jesus Christ and His perfect Atonement turns on God’s power into each of our lives.


Then we read John 15:5:

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Without the connection to the source of power, the light won’t turn on. But once the circuit is complete then we can have God’s power in our lives. This little set up on Elijah’s circuit board represented this truth perfectly.

What does a life powered by God look like? As you study the scripture smore below, I hope you feel evidence of God’s power in your heart and in your mind!

And a few #keepingitreal notes about what came before and what happened after this really nice teaching moment with our children– Dinner was rocky, two children decided to think soup is disgusting and a teething baby fussed the whole time. During the closing prayer of this really great Family Home Evening, another child went bananas when he remembered he was going to have to finish his soup before he could join the family for after-FHE treats. I’m pretty sure we ended the prayer…but I can’t be positive. He was kind of loud. And, the treat was supposed to be cookies, but someone turned off the timer on my phone (!) so I burnt the whole pan. We had ice cream instead. Life!

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S: (Prayer/Ask) How can you know you have God’s power in your life?

M: (Study)

  • Read the first half of John 15. Think about the relationships between The Father and The Son, Jesus and you and I, You and I and our neighbors, etc

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

  • Read the following from Preach My Gospel. Consider how these points of being a successful missionary can also give us guidance for if we are living with God’s power in our lives.

You can know you have been a successful missionary when you:

  • Feel the Spirit testify to people through you.
  • Love people and desire their salvation.
  • Obey with exactness.
  • Live so that you can receive and know how to follow the Spirit, who will show you where to go, what to do, and what to say.
  • Develop Christlike attributes.
  • Work effectively every day, do your very best to bring souls to Christ, and seek earnestly to learn and improve.
  • Help build up the Church (the ward) wherever you are assigned to work.
  • Warn people of the consequences of sin. Invite them to make and keep commitments.
  • Teach and serve other missionaries.
  • Go about doing good and serving people at every opportunity, whether or not they accept your message.

When you have done your very best, you may still experience disappointments, but you will not be disappointed in yourself. You can feel certain that the Lord is pleased when you feel the Spirit working through you.

  • Click here for the link to “power of God” from the triple combination index. Read through this great list of scriptures. Mentally classify (or write a list in your journal) the different ways God manifests His power. (I really LOVE reading the scriptures from topical guide and index- I love the breadth it offers)

O: (Ponder)

  • Why is it hard for us sometimes to recognize God’s power?
  • What does Satan do in our lives to confuse us from seeing God’s power clearly?
  • What are you usually doing when you feel God’s power? What patterns do you notice?

R: (Write) your thoughts, what you learned, impressions you received, and anything else in your scripture journal (include your thoughts on the study session question: How can you know you have God’s power in your life?) Also consider writing down the following:

  • Write down an experience you had when you knew God was directing your path.
  • Think of two scripture prophets who you think exemplify living by God’s power. In your scripture journal, write down their names, scripture reference and why you chose them.

E: (Prayer/Thank)- thank God for what you’ve learned and ask if there is anymore.

The Challenge: Create an opportunity to share with someone why you believe in the power of God.

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