He “Has Sealed His Mission and His Works with His Own Blood”
Ideas for Family Scripture Study and Home Evening
“Praise to the Man,” Hymns, no. 27.
What does it mean to “walk in all the ordinances of the Lord”?
How do the ordinances we have received affect our daily lives?
To help family members understand what it means that Joseph Smith “sealed his mission and his works with his own blood,” your family could watch the video “Testimony of the Book of Mormon” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org; see also Jeffrey R. Holland, “Safety for the Soul,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2009, 88–90). What impresses us about these verses? How can we be more faithful to our testimonies, even if we aren’t asked to give our lives for them?
To discuss what is meant by the statement that Joseph Smith did “more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man,” consider reviewing what your family has learned about Joseph Smith this year. You could use pictures from this resource to help them remember what they have learned and invite them to share favorite stories or teachings. Why are we grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and for what the Lord accomplished through him? You could also watch the video “Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Teaching Stripling Warriors Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
- 1 1/2 cups waffle cone crumbs (about 10-12 cones)
- 5 Tablespoons butter melted
- 8 ounces ricotta cheese room temperature (full fat preferably)
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese room temperature (full fat preferably)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Optional: powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom and two sides of 9×9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper if desired.
In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the cone crumbs and butter. Press mixture into bottom of the prepared baking pan to form a thin even crust.
In a large mixing bowl beat together ricotta, mascarpone, and granulated sugar until well combined with an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then beat in vanilla, orange, and cinnamon.
Pour cheesecake filling on top of crust and spread to form an even layer. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of cheesecake filling.
Bake cheesecake at 350 degrees F for about 30-45 minutes or until slightly golden brown around edges and nearly set in center. (This cheesecake should bake in about 30-35 minutes but I have updated time based on reader results. Pan size or recipe changes will also affect baking time.)
Remove from oven, cool then refrigerate for about 4-6 hours or overnight. You can also freeze for easier slicing.
Slice cheesecake into 8 large bars (or any shape/size) and sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Store cheesecake bars in freezer or refrigerator.
- Doctrine and Covenants 136.
When the Lord revealed section 136, the Saints had a long, difficult journey ahead of them, under the direction of Brigham Young (see chapters 58, 60, and 62 in Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 206–8, 211–16, 222–24). As you read section 136 together, think about difficult things your family may have to face. What counsel do we find in this revelation that could help us access the Lord’s help and power?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.