Sunday, March 13, 2011
Song: The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden, page 237 Children’s Songbook
Scriptures: (Share any or all of the following scriptures:)
Gardening has spiritual lessons. It teaches that, in every aspect of life, “whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap” (D&C 6:33). Growing a garden fulfills the command given to Adam and Eve and their posterity, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Genesis 3:19). Gardening is work, an important principle of the gospel; “He that is idle shall not eat the bread…of the laborer” (D&C 42:42). Obedience to seeming temporal laws are important since all commandments are spiritual (see D&C 29:34).
Lesson Title: “Seeds of Self-Reliance”
As President of the Church, Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) encouraged members “to grow all the food that you feasibly can on your own property. Berry bushes, grapevines, fruit trees—plant them if your climate is right for their growth. Grow vegetables and eat them from your own yard. Even those residing in apartments or condominiums can generally grow a little food in pots and planters. Study the best methods of providing your own foods. Make your garden … neat and attractive as well as productive.” For more information, go to Seeds of Self-Reliance. It gives personal stories about gardening from different areas of the world, gardening on a budget, sharing a garden, finding space, using containers, learning by doing, never giving up, and reaping the blessings.
Activity: (Pick one method of gardening that works best for your family situation)
Start your own garden or sprouts. For gardening, go to the following websites for information on supplies needed: Star Nursery or Life 123. If this is your first time planting a garden, you may need to visit your local plant nursery for more information regarding how to do this properly. For sprouts, see the sprouting guide.