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PURPOSE: We live in a society that is rapidly changing where we are constantly in communication with people all over the country and world at the tips of our fingers.
Learning, discussing and teaching basic manners will help us be better connected people in a world that is becoming unconnected socially.

SCRIPTURE:
Luke 6:31

SONG: "Kindness Begins With Me"

LESSON:
Manners are basic rules that a society practices to show respect for one another.

There are different manners used in every country of the world, even different mannerisms used
in different places around the United States.

Japan: Bow to greet. The younger person bows lower than the oldest person when greeting one another. It is also impolite to blow your nose in public or stand with your hands in your pocket. Leaving a little bit of rice in your bowl indicates you want seconds.

Kenya:
Use handshakes to greet one another. Eating is usually done in silence. Kenyans do not like to say
“no” or “yes” and you must ask permission to take pictures of them.

DISCUSSION:


1. Why are manners important?
2. What are some manners that you know?
3. How can work on using our manners better?

Deeper Discussion:

1. What are some ways that we can improve our manners in regards to electronic devices and being at home or in public?

2. How do you see having better manners can help you with your interactions now and in your future?


ACTIVITY:

1. Perform various manners/customs from around the world and have your family/group guess what country practices those manner/customs.

2. Print and do the Manners Matching Game below.

3. Get with 1-2 other families and have an Etiquette Night.

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Purpose: If your Spring or summer days are dragging on and you’re wondering what adventure you can do next, then pack up your sidewalk chalk and go for a little service stroll for Family Home Evening!

Lesson: Service is a trademark attribute of the followers of Jesus Christ. There are many, many ways in which we can serve others. At times we may have the thought that someone could use a visit, but do we choose to go and visit them?

The Lord uses us to help his children here on earth. He has entrusted each of us to serve one another, as He would serve us as if He were here. 

Service helps us to set aside our selfish thoughts and desires by putting others first. Doing kind acts help each of us grow in character, as well as in testimony of the importance of serving and being served.

Discussion:
Serving others doesn’t have to be a huge under-taking. Review these questions with your family, group or ward.

– How does it feel to serve others?

– Why is important to serve others?

– Have you ever received service from someone else? How did it feel to be served?

– What are some ways you can serve someone this week?

Activity:

Think of 2-3 people or families that you can create a “Sidewalk Service” to. Be sure that adults supervise and OK which homes you visit and where you draw your pictures. 

Create a happy message to let the family/individual know how much they are loved and appreciated. 

You can leave a note on their door so that they can find your drawing.  

Treat: 
Check out this fun, easy and delicious treat for Family Home Evening! It would be simple to have as you walked around doing your Sidewalk Service as well!
(photo from Ziplock)

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Purpose: To reinforce some of the topics that each person learned from watching/attending General Conference.

Hymn: “Teach me to Walk in the Light”

Scripture:
Doctrine & Covenants 19:23

Lesson: Twice each year we are able to gather as a world-wide church and listen to the prophet of the Lord and his Holy Apostles. In each conference session we are filled with knowledge, help and inspiration to make better choices, live better lives, be kinder people and to be true followers of Christ.

We have been taught to study the teachings of the church leaders often. They are indeed our living scriptures today.

We are likewise counseled to continually to study from the ancient prophets in the Holy Bible, Book of Mormon and of course, the latter-day revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.

The teachings and principles that we learn during conference help each of us in our day. How are we taking these teachings into our lives? Who are these men and women giving these talks?

General Conference: Click HERE to view talks from the current General Conference.


Activity:

1– Take a few minutes and talk about some of the things that were taught in this past conference that stuck out to you.

Each session (including Relief Society General/Young Women meeting and the Priesthood session) are all available online.

2- Name all those in the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. If available, use or print individual photos of each leader, then write their names on other pieces of paper, tear individually and play a name/face matching game.

3- Write down 2-3 goals that you want to improve on from something you learned during General Conference. Post these goals somewhere where you can see them every day.
Remember– it’s not a goal if it isn’t written down— it’s just a thought.


Personal Progress Idea:

General Conference Journal: Watch the General Women's session, plus all 4 sessions of General Conference (Saturday and Sunday). Keep a journal of notes from each of the talks - include at least 3 things that you learn from each speaker in your journal. The 10 hours of watching conference and keeping your journal will help you with your Knowledge project. Be sure to write about your testimony of General Conference as well.