Thursday, February 17, 2011

Morning Devotional

I’ve mentioned before that we are Christian (more specifically, we are Latter Day Saints – or “Mormons) and this affects how we parent, and our curriculum.

One thing we do in our home is a morning devotional. It’s really short and simple right now, since our children are still so young. Right now we are following the LDS Primary themes and songs from the 2011 Sharing Time Outline. (it is also available in several other languages here)

We actually do the exact same thing for morning devotional every day for an entire month. Sing the same song, read the same scripture, and pray (of course, the prayer is different each day, but we pray each morning together).  

DSCN4434In January, we sang this song
And read this scripture:
“Banqueteai-vos com as palavras de Cristo; pois eis que as palavras de Cristo vos dirão
todas as coisas que deveis fazer” ( 2 Néfi 32:3 )
“Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.” (2 Nephi 32:3)

Then we pray together. Sometimes I pray in Portuguese, sometimes I pray in English. Sometimes I help one of the kids pray, sometimes they both help!

DSCN4435For February, we are singing this song
And reading this scripture:
“Eis que esta é minha obra e minha glória: Levar a efeito a imortalidade e vida eterna
do homem” ( Moisés 1:39 ) “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39)

And then, of course, we pray together. So far I’ve been praying a lot in Portuguese. I can’t say a whole lot, so the prayers are frequently very similar, with a little variation in sentence order. But I’m getting to where I’m comfortable “making stuff up” – at least when I pray. Heavenly Father knows all languages, so I’m sure that he understands my feeble attempts at Portuguese.


Sometimes we read stories from the Friend for story time (rarely at devotional – song, scripture, and prayer is about as much attention as I can get from my kids before they are clamoring for breakfast – yes, we usually do devotional before breakfast. It makes for a really great start to our day!)

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