Goal: To inspire family members to make themselves teachable and ready for the “good seed” to grow.
Elder Dallin H Oaks gave a talk about the Parable of the Sower during the April 2015 General Conference. He states that “The parable of the sower warns us of circumstances and attitudes that can keep anyone who has received the seed of the gospel message from bringing forth a goodly harvest”. He discusses three different types of ground the seed can fall on: stony ground, thorny ground, good ground.
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Supplies: Three plastic cups,
rocks to fill one cup,
dirt to fill another cup
a rock and dirt mixture to fill the third cup, preferably of poor soil
Three seeds such as beans or peas
As a family, plant the three seeds in the three different mediums. Discuss the soil quality and the chances of each seed sprouting. Discuss how well each plant will grow in each medium. Point out that the root system in the cup of rocks will be hard to establish and even if it grew, it would have little to hold onto. Point out that even if the seed in the poor soil grew, it would be starved of nutrients easily.
Go on a family walk and tour a well-tended garden. Observe the plants at the edge of the garden bed, near the fences or the grass or rocky areas. Look for plants that are obviously growing slower than other plants. Discuss what may have happened to make certain plants grow better than others. Discuss different soil qualities, root depths and nutrient availabilities.
Read the parable of the sower in Mark 4:3-8. As a family, speculate what Christ meant about each seed and the type of soil the seed fell into and then read the interpretation in Mark 4: 14-20. After reading the interpretation, ask the family how they want their seed to grow. Impress on them that they have all felt the spirit through prayers and songs and the Lord is waiting to see if their seed is falling on good soil or poor soil.
If appropriate, challenge your family to come up with specific goals to help make sure their seed grows. Next week we will have a follow up lesson on how to make our soil ready to grow the seed into something that will bring forth good fruit.