I’ve realized that most people have an attention span of about 45 seconds, not just two-year-olds. I would definitely fit into that category. So, I’ve decided to frequently do 45-second life lessons. Most of them will probably come from Family Home Evening lessons. Normally what I teach my son is what I am thinking about that week. (And let’s be honest, I get to kill two birds with one stone). It also helps motivate me to put more thought into my Family Home Evening lessons. It’s a win/win situation (or win/win/win? Anyone watch the Office?:)
This week I asked my son what he wanted to learn about at FHE. He said, “Jesus!” That makes my job easy, only every gospel topic is directly about or related to Jesus. But I actually love that he knows that Family Home Evening means learning about Jesus. So I narrowed it down from there and I taught him about what we call the Plan of Happiness (or the Plan of Salvation). Here it goes, get your stopwatch ready…
Before the earth was created we all lived with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as spirits. Heavenly Father wanted us to progress and be like him by receiving bodies. There was a problem though. If we received mortal bodies we would be subject to mortal weakness and inevitably make mistakes. We would not be able to return to live with Heavenly Father because we would be imperfect and Heavenly Father is a celestial being. Jesus Christ volunteered himself to live a perfect life and to be punished for our mistakes and sins so that we could be forgiven and become perfect beings so we could live with our Heavenly Father and families after our mortal lives were over.
So there’s the 45-second version. But, there’s a lot more to the story. If you are interested to know more you can post a comment and I would be happy to respond, you can go to our ask a question page or check out Mormon.org.