21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
The book of James is filled with ways we can more fully live the truths of the gospel.
Ask of God (James 1:5-6)
If we have questions, we can ask God for wisdom. If we have faith that he will answer our prayers, we will receive an answer. Joseph Smith read this scripture, and he said “Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine.” Joseph decided to go to a grove of trees and pray to know which church was true, and that’s when Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father appeared to him, beginning the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will probably not receive an answer to our prayers in the same way Joseph did, but we Heavenly Father will answer our prayers.
Patience (James 5:7-11)
Sometimes life gets difficult, but if we are patient we will be blessed. We should be patient with others and in times of trial.
Faith and Works (James 2:14-18)
James explains that our faith is shown by our works. It’s not enough just to say that we have faith. It is important to do the things that we believe are right. We show our faith in Jesus Christ by following His teachings.
Love All People (James 2:1-9)
James says that we should love all people, including the poor and needy. Are there times when we might judge people because they are different, or because they live in different circumstances? Jesus taught us to love one another, even our enemies.
Be Careful of How You Speak (James 1:26,3:9-10)
It doesn’t make sense to praise God with our words, and then say unkind things about our fellow men. We are asked to be careful of the way we speak. Unkind or thoughtless words can be hurtful, and even dangerous.
As we learn these truths, how can we commit to do them, and not just hear them?
“We live the gospel and become ‘doers of the word’ by exercising faith, being obedient, lovingly serving others, and following our Savior’s example. We act with integrity and do what we know is right ‘at all times and in all things, and in all places’ no matter who may or may not be watching.
In our mortal condition, no one is perfect. Even in our most diligent efforts to live the gospel, all of us will make mistakes, and all of us will sin. What a comforting assurance it is to know that through our Savior’s redeeming sacrifice, we can be forgiven and made clean again. This process of true repentance and forgiveness strengthens our testimony and our resolve to obey the Lord’s commandments and live our life according to gospel standards.” Ann M. Dibb
How do we receive answers to our prayers? Is there a time your prayers were answered? (Discuss ideas)
How can we be more patient? (Discuss ideas)
How can you show your faith in Jesus Christ? (Discuss ideas)
How can we show love to others – even when it’s difficult? (Discuss ideas)
How can you bless others with your words? (Discuss ideas)
How can we be “doers of the word, and not hearers only”? (Discuss ideas)
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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