I love this picture and can hear The Savior's perfect voice of mildness in my mind as He speaks.
Christ with Martha and Maria by Henryk Siemiradzki 1886
This work is in the public domain in the United States, and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 100 years or less.
Based off the talk The Words We Speak by Sister Rosemary Wixom, from April 2013 General Conference.
Question: Where in the scriptures can we find Heavenly Father or Jesus saying, "Hey you weirdos! What on earth are you thinking!! Shape up NOW!!"?? Check the topical guide, are there any references to weirdos ?
NO!! And why not. Sister Wixom says, "We can learn from that voice from heaven. It was not loud, scolding, or demeaning; it was a still voice of perfect mildness, giving firm direction while giving hope."
(As a sidenote we do see times in the scriptures when the voice of God or Jesus is referenced to as "thunder", which we know is pretty loud. But Sister Wixom is focusing on words we use in family relationships. Talk about words you can remember when it comes to Jesus and His family.)
"The store was crowded with shoppers when it became obvious to everyone that a mother was panicked because she had lost her young son. At first, she was calling his name. “Connor,” she would say as she briskly walked around the store. As time passed, her voice got louder and more frantic.
Soon the store
One patron, after saying a silent
prayer, had the thought that Connor may be frightened as he listened to his mother scream his name. She mentioned this to another woman involved in the search, and they quickly made a plan. Together they began to walk between the tables of fabric, quietly repeating the words “Connor, if you can hear my voice, say, ‘Here I am.’” As they walked slowly toward the back of the store repeating that phrase, sure enough, they heard a timid, soft voice say, “Here I am.”
Connor was hiding between the bolts of fabric under a table. It was a voice of perfect mildness that encouraged Connor to respond."
Question: Where in the scriptures can we find examples of Heavenly Father being too busy to answer our prayers? What about Jesus being to busy to heal or help others?
There are none!! Heavenly Father and Jesus are always there for us. But are we always there for each other? Sister Wixom gives us a challenge!!
Challenge: "Why not choose a time each day to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other? Simply turn everything off. " Decide as a family what time of day to choose! Write it down and make a special sign to put somewhere to remember!! Follow through for a whole week and see what happens!!!
Scripture: 2 Nephi 25:23 "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do."
"President Thomas S. Monson shared the experience of Jay Hess, an airman who was shot down over North Vietnam in the 1960s: “For two years his family had no idea whether he was dead or alive. His captors in Hanoi eventually allowed him to write home but limited his message to less than 25 words.”
President Monson asks: “What would you and I say to our families if we were in the same situation—not having seen them for over two years and not knowing if we would ever see them again?
Wanting to provide something his family could recognize as having come from him and also wanting to give them valuable counsel, Brother Hess wrote [the following words]: ‘These things are important: temple marriage, mission, college. Press on, set goals, write history, take pictures twice a year."
Question & Activity: Sister Wixom asks, "What words would you write to your children if you had 25 words or less?" Get a piece of paper and write them down!! Share with each other. If children would prefer, they could write 25 words to their parents!
In conclusion: Ask family members to share something they liked or learned from this family home evening. Bear testimonies as a family. Don't forget the week challenge and to go over your findings next week!