Doctrine and Covenants 41–44
“My Law to Govern My Church”
Ideas for Family Scripture Study and Home Evening
“I Want to Live the Gospel,” Children’s Songbook, 148
What would help your family “live together in love”? (see also Mosiah 4:14–15). Consider writing or saying positive things about one another or singing a hymn about love within the family, such as “Love at Home” (Hymns, no. 294).
What are some examples of civil laws, and how do those laws benefit us?
How do Heavenly Father’s laws or commandments bless us?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Teaching Stripling Warriors Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
For the Batter
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Filling
- 8 ounces marshmallow fluff
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- ½ cup vegetable shortening
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Approximately 1 tablespoon milk (to get filling to good consistency)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine cocoa, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Stir to mix. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the shortening and sugar. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix well.
- Slowly add dry mixture to the mixing bowl with the wet mixture and mix well.
- Using a medium (1½ ounce) scoop, place scoops of the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets (about 12 per sheet).
- Bake one cookie sheet at a time for 6-7 minutes (they may look a little bit wet on top but that is OK). With a spatula, remove immediately to cool on a wire cooling rack.
- Once the cake mounds have cooled completely, prepare the filling by combining the marshmallow fluff, confectioners’ sugar, shortening and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until completely combined. Add milk as necessary to get to a soft (but not too soft consistency.)
- Using a scoop, place a dollop of the filling in the center of the flat side of one cake. Place a matching piece of cake against the filling and push to spread the filling evenly between the two halves. Repeat until all of the pies have been filled.
- Doctrine and Covenants 42:61.
Maybe you could read this verse while putting a puzzle together. Use the puzzle to teach how God reveals His mysteries—“revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge.” Family members could share how God has revealed truth to them a little at a time.
- Doctrine and Covenants 43:25.
Perhaps there is something your family could use to create the sounds of a thunderstorm as a way to introduce a discussion about verse 25. How is the Lord’s voice a “voice of thunderings”? Search the verse together for ways the Lord may call on us to repent. How can we be more responsive to the Lord’s voice?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
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