This week the dinner discussion topics are based on lesson forty-five from the manuals. You may need to adjust the topics if your ward is on a slightly different schedule. It is important to use the discussions to reinforce the lessons they are learning in church. It is also important to have the discussions be a positive experience for every member of your family.
If you have a child in Nursery or Sunbeams he had no lesson planned for this week. They may have used the topic from last week, which is “We Can All Help at Church.” Next week you will want to ask your child’s teacher what topic they covered in class. The manual has one more lesson for Christmas planned.
If you have a child between the ages of four and seven she did not have any specific lesson planned either. They may have covered last week’s topic, “I Can Show Love to Animals.” Next week you can ask your child right after Primary or your child’s Primary teacher what the lesson was about. The last lesson in the manual is the Christmas lesson.
If you have a child between the ages of eight and eleven, he did not have a specific lesson assigned. They may have discussed last week’s topic, which was on Malachi and tithing. There is a Christmas lesson planned, and a lesson, which talks about preparing for the Priesthood. You may want to have your child share with you what he learned in his Primary class on Sunday, so you can discuss it later in the week.
If you have a child who is thirteen or fourteen he learned about the importance of temple work. The lesson focused on Malachi 4:5-6, John 3:5 and Doctrine and Covenants 138:30. They discussed the importance of family history work, and the importance of going to the temple and doing the work for your ancestors. You may want to share a personal or family experience involving temple work.
For all members fourteen and older the lesson was based on the books of Daniel and Esther. The lesson discussed Daniel standing up to king’s servant in order to eat healthy food. It discussed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the example they set when they refused to worship an idol and were cast into a fiery furnace. The lesson also talked of Daniel continuing to pray in spite of the new law, and how he was cast into the Lion’s Den. The lesson then discussed the bravery of Esther as she saved her people. The focus of the lesson was standing up for your beliefs in the face of opposition.
The young women learned about the importance of work. The young men learned about the sacred power of procreation. Since it was the first Sunday of the month, each presidency chose the topic for discussion in Priesthood or Relief Society.