1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
In Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians, he encourages them to be faithful, even though they are being persecuted. He encourages the saints in Thessalonica by reminding them that Jesus will come again someday, and everything will be made right. In the meantime, they just need to try their best to become holy and live righteously. The hope that Jesus Christ will come again can bring them peace.
In our day we can still follow the advice of Paul to the Thessalonians. Even though we may be persecuted for trying to live the gospel, we can love those that persecute us and try our best to be faithful. We can find hope in the truth that Jesus Christ will return someday to the earth. We can prepare ourselves for His coming by trying our best to become holy and live righteously.
“It’s all in the holy scriptures, and of all the great events of the history of the world, as far as the prophets have foretold, the greatest is the preparation for the coming of the Savior in the latter days, when He will come in power and great glory, with all the holy angels, as King of kings and Lord of lords.” LeGrand Richards
Do you ever feel persecuted for trying to live the gospel? (Discuss ideas)
How can we remain faithful if/when we are persecuted or made fun of for our beliefs? (Discuss ideas)
Do we need to prepare for the Second Coming?
The Lord instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh.” (D&C 1:12.)
What can we do to prepare for the Second Coming? (Discuss ideas)
Paul gives counsel to the saints in 1 Thessalonians 5-14-22. Print a poster of Paul's counsel to display in your home. For the activity pass a beanbag or ball between family members and discuss what each piece of counsel means and how you can live it in your family.
These bright and tasty “sun treats” (Lemon Chiffon Cream Tarts) will remind your family to look forward without fear to that bright and glorious day when the “Son of Man” returns.
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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