Christmas is just around the corner! I know your mind is probably on college football and Halloween costumes but here’s something special that’s worth some thought and planning. It will help your family have a Christmas more focused on Jesus Christ.
Last year my son was serving as a missionary in Hungary. His inspired mission president and wife invited the missionaries and families to participate in this nine week experience. This is what the invite said:
BECOMING MORE LIKE HIM- Striving to become more like Christ as we draw near to Christmas.
“We want to become like Christ by learning of Him, following his righteous example and seeking to become like Him. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, we plan to work together to become more like Christ. Each week we will work on one of the Christlike Attributes as outlined in Chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel. At Christmas we will celebrate the process of learning and becoming more like Christ.”
The following list of activities may be of help as you focus on becoming more like Christ. We’ve also included links to articles and ideas for studying with children for each attribute. There are printables ready for you to print off and put around your home as you focus on each attribute each week. Carefully consider additional items which you might add to your list — to make this a personal experience for you.
— Read about the attribute in Preach My Gospel (introduce in Family Home Evening)
— Study the scriptural references in Preach My Gospel that go with the attribute
— Look for examples and stories of the attribute in the life of Christ. Share with family members.
— Read conference talks relating to that topic. Share stories with children. See ideas listed below posters.
— Record your thoughts, feelings, and impressions in your study journal.
— Every morning, ask the Lord to help you better develop that attribute in your life that day. Pray as a family about it too.
— Every morning commit to live that attribute.
— At dinner time discuss the attribute with your family or share any experiences you’ve had striving to develop that attribute.
— Every evening, report to the Lord on your progress.
— Write about your experiences and what you have learned in your personal journal.
— Share your experiences with others.
Schedule for 2015:
October 25 – October 31: Faith in Christ
November 1 – 7: Hope
November 8 – 14: Charity and Love
November 15 – 21: Virtue
November 22 – 28: Knowledge
November 29 – December 5: Patience
December 6 – 12: Humility
December 13 – 19: Diligence
December 20 – 26: Obedience
This was an uplifting spiritual experience for our family. I hope it will bless your life this Christmas season.