Family Night: Words and Thoughts Have Power, Part 2

Family Home Evening

Words Have Power, Thoughts Have Power

Part 2

Song:

Let us Oft Speak Kind Words to Each Other

https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/let-us-oft-speak-kind-words?lang=eng

 

Talk about science experiment

 

Object lesson:

How Do Words Feel?  Get a cotton ball and a rough brush or sand paper.  Ask someone to come to the front of the room and close their eyes.  With their face towards the family/group rub the cotton ball on their cheek and ask how it feels.  Talk about it, rub it all over their face.  Ask them if you rub it a little harder if they think it would hurt.  Then lightly rub the sand paper on their cheek.  Ask how it feels. Talk about it.  Ask if they would like you rub it all over their face? Or if you rub it a little harder, do they think it would hurt?

Sometimes the way we say things is just as important as what we say.  Try yelling in an upset voice to someone in the room, “I love you!”  Now try saying super soft and kind and even loving, “I hate you.” The importance of your words matching your emotions and energy.  This is what being a genuine person is about.  People can feel that. You can feel that.

 

Scripture:

Article of faith 13 "...If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

 

Video:

https://youtu.be/pfahoLfrddU

Watch Jonny Lingo

The way we love others starts inside of us. Creating positive energy, positive self talk, and allowing our rituals to bring love, gratitude and peace into our lives then shapes what we give to the world.

 

Quote:

Thomas S. Monson, “The Master’s Blueprint,” Ensign, Jan 2006, 2–7

Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, “They do not love that do not show their love.” We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us.

Send that note to the friend you’ve been neglecting; give your child a hug; give your parents a hug; say “I love you” more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. Friends move away, children grow up, loved ones pass on. It’s so easy to take others for granted, until that day when they’re gone from our lives and we are left with feelings of “what if” and “if only.” Said author Harriet Beecher Stowe, “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”

 

Activity:

Write a note or write in journal and express your words / thoughts. Or simply write down a simple goal on a way you can express your positive thoughts toward someone or your thoughts.