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Letting Go of Worldly Things

The Lord has asked us to set aside the things of the world. Living in a fallen world, it can be difficult to let go of worldly things. In D&C 30 the Lord pointed out that his followers were doing just that, worrying more about worldly things than the things of God. As your family uses these lesson materials we hope they will lift and inspire your families and begin a great discussion on how we can put aside the things of the world and embrace the things of God.

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➤ L E S S O N

Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.

🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "I Know My Father Lives"

➤ P R E P A R A T I O N


You will need a jar and a ball (or some other round object) that is slightly smaller than the opening of the jar.

➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N


Invite a volunteer to attempt to reach into the jar and remove the ball with their hand. (They should be unable to remove their hand from the jar unless they let go of the ball). Allow other volunteers to try as well.


Once you have finished the activity, discuss the following questions:


1) What happened when you were holding onto the ball? (You couldn’t get your hand out of the jar.)


2) What did you have to do if you wanted to get your hand out of the jar? (You had to let go of the ball.)


3) If you kept holding onto the ball, could you ever get your hand out? (No. Only if you let go of the ball.)


4) Can you think of some things that can trap us when we are trying to follow Heavenly Father? (Discuss things like lying, contention, stealing, being unkind, sin, etc.)