FHE – Preparing to serve a mission

Tonight, it was one of those rare occasions in that our family had the opportunity to sit down and have our Family Home Evening. A program that encourages family’s to spend Monday night as a family. While there are a variety of things families can do for Family Home Evening, one of them is having a gospel related topic and discussion.

As agreed upon, we have adopted to do our family home evening while eating dinner (something that we are trying out for the moment). The topic that I chose came from the First Presidency‘s message about the need for more missionaries.

I read through the message and jotted down some key questions to ask my step-son. He is at that age where decisions are going to be tougher to make. And, one of them is about going on a mission and serving a faithful rewarding mission.

The difficult part was actually getting him to take part in the conversation and topic. However, it is something important that we need to discuss as a family.

One of the questions I asked him was what could he start doing to prepare for the mission. His first answer was to go to the temple. After much prodding, we got to the part about saving money for his mission and what he can do to earn money.

Rebecca and I have also adopted that if he does his chores consistently each week, without having to be reminded in doing them, then we would pay him an allowance that is according to his age. We also discussed other means in which we could look to in order for him to save up a mission. I suggested that he should ask if there are members in the ward that need some yard work done. Summer is coming up, he will be out of school, and it would be great to get him out to do some yard work.

I then asked my wife what we could do in helping him save for his mission? At length, we discussed many means that money could be raised so that David could go on his mission. One idea, is that the money we make at our up-coming garage sale is split. Half goes to pay off some bills, while the other half goes into David’s savings account where he can save for his mission.

After discussing the financial aspect of him sacrificing and saving for his mission, we discussed types of habits and behaviors that need to be developed now for him to serve a rewarding mission. This brought up having consistent scripture reading and prayer. The challenge is for our family to make the necessary sacrifice to come together and read the scriptures, have family prayer, and then have some quiet time devoted to ourselves for our own person scripture study and prayer. And, since Rebecca and I are new Sunday School teachers for the 15/16 year olds, we are starting to find a way where both of us are able to settle down and prepare the lesson.

While it could have been better and a lot more interactive, the attempt and sincerity was there to have a good Family Home Evening on how we as a family can help and encourage David to save for and prepare for an opportunity to serve a full-time mission. Something that I regret not having done when I was a young man.


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