Family Night Awesomeness: Imagine Couch cushions and blankets lying on the floor like a path to a big cardboard box. Yep, steps of the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel: Faith in Christ, Repentance, Baptism by Immersion for the Remission of Sins, and Laying on of Hands to receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
At first I thought it might be too much for a 2/3 year old, but it turned out really great. First he stood up on the couch and we talked about how Faith is like taking a step forward without being able to see what's there, but having trust in Jesus that he knows what's best for us and will help us. Then I told him to close his eyes and jump off the couch and I'd catch him. There were some nervous giggles but he did it!!
Then he landed on the Repentance cushion. Mom and Dad modeled saying we're sorry and giving hugs, emphasizing how repentance makes us HAPPY!
Then he was on to the baptism spot- a blue blanket, where I asked Jared to show Lukas how he'll hold him when he gets baptized and what he'll say, and pretended to lay him backwards as if he would go under water. Lukas was of course thrilled, since he thinks getting baptized it PRETTY cool.
Then the Holy Ghost spot, where Lukas pretended to have hands on his head, and then the last step was jumping into his 'little house' (cardboard box) which had the temple poster on it, since baptism isn't the end goal, but getting to the temple to make more covenants with God, including receiving promises about families being bound together even after this life. Then we sang the I Love to See the Temple song and talked about how glad we are that we got to adopt Lukas and be together as a family in the temple and how happy we are to be together now.
From a previous lesson we're still practicing the first Article of Faith:We believe in God the Eternal Father, and in his Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
It's up by the table where Lukas sees it (He helped make it), and it's SO funny to hear him all of a sudden put on his announcer voice in German and recite it.
In preparation for being 3 and being a working member of Team Loehrmann, the kid is happy to have chores, and it was music to my ears this week to hear him say "Yay! I get to do a job!" Ten smiley faces gets him a half hour with Mr. Rogers. He doesn't ask to watch all the time, AND he helps around the house. Not bad. My favorite is watching him be SO careful about setting the table, holding glass plates and cups with both hands. And so serious with the responsibility. Adorable and awesome. And if he doesn't do em, then I get the smiley face which makes him furious, so we both try not to go there :).