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What Experiment are You Trying in Your Home?

Years ago, a book called All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten became popular.  While the author recounted many good lessons, I believe that most of those ideas were initially introduced at home, rather than at kindergarten.

Children learn from their parents what an inside voice sounds like. They learn to talk instead of hit.  They learn to take turns, to share, and to be loving and kind.  All of those lessons start long before kindergarten.

The visiting teaching message for August is "Nurturing Families Together."  One quote by President Russell M. Nelson particularly caught my attention:  "The home is to be God's laboratory of love and service."  The idea of the home as a laboratory was intriguing, but the idea of the home as God's laboratory was especially exciting.  Home is the place where we can try out the Golden Rule. Home is where we learn that "a soft answer turneth away wrath." (Have you ever tried whispering to an angry toddler?) Home is where we come to realize the love God has for us.  


Photo:  A handout, sized for 4x6 paper, with 3 copies of Russell M. Nelson's quote
An idea for a handout came readily to mind. The laboratory quote made me think of beakers.  I found some little measuring beakers (inexpensively purchased at Walmart), filled them with Hershey's kisses (for love) and an Almond Joy (for service).  


Photo:  5 oz. beaker filled with candy
Next I printed the quote and taped it around the glass.  I hope this will serve as a reminder that our homes are laboratories for us to treat each other as children of God.  Love and service go hand in hand, and both really do make life sweeter.  



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I'm thankful for my family, and for the gospel, which strengthens family bonds.

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  1. Now that is a cute and tasty handout!

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  3. I tryed to delete so I could do it over with my name? O well.....Thanks again for your fun ideas......Nancy

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