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"Go the Second Mile"

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When we go the first mile we are doing what is expected of us. This lesson, activity and sweet recipe will help your family explore going the second mile, which is given freely, and discover the joy and happiness that work and service can bring.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

 

VIDEO CLIP:

The Animated New Testament:

The Messiah Comes! ch's 1 & 11

(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLES:
Work

Service


 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #167, “Go the Second Mile”

 

 

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/churchmusic

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 5:41

 

41. And whosoever shall compel thee to ago a mile, go with him twain.

VIDEO CLIP

Watch chapter 11 from the Animated Complete Learning System, The Messiah Comes DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

In Jesus’ day Roman soldiers could force a Jewish male to carry their heavy backpacks for one mile. The path was hot and dusty and many of the Jews resented it, until Jesus taught them to “go with him twain.”

What did Jesus mean when he said “go with him twain”? (The word twain means two. Jesus said to carry the soldiers pack for two miles.)

Why did Jesus teach them to go the second mile? (Discuss ideas.)

“When service is freely given it becomes sweet. In going the second mile, we honor our Heavenly Father by honoring others. ...Those who go the second mile are often blessed with another rare and unique gift—they discover the divine in others. When we consider that every soul who walks the earth may become like our spiritual Father in Heaven, it should humble us in the presence of any human soul.” Vaughn J. Featherstone, New Era, May 1990 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Does the Lord expect us to go the second mile? (Discuss ideas.)

“The Lord expects us to be Latter-day Saints. That isn’t just an appendage phrase on the end of the name of the Church. It signifies something of tremendous importance. ... He expects us as those who have taken upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ to walk in His way, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, to go the second mile.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Woods Cross, Utah, regional conference, Jan. 1998 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

What are some of the things that we can do to go the second mile? (Discuss ideas.
Example: Church duties, family duties, jobs, missionary work and fellow shipping, community service, helping family members, school work and homework, etc.)

Does the Lord bless us when we go the second mile? (Discuss ideas.)

“Most of the blessings of the Lord seem to come in the second mile. The first mile is doing what is expected of us. As we move beyond the first mile in faith and determination, we may draw down the powers of heaven...” Douglas W. DeHaan, Ensign, Nov 1980 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Did the Roman soldier or the Jew gain more from carrying the soldiers pack two miles instead of one and why? (Discuss ideas.)

All of us have work that we have to do. How can we make our work less tedious?
(Discuss ideas.)

“Now, the first mile cannot be eliminated regardless of one’s work ... but the way to conquer it is to get through it as efficiently and effectively as possible. A dull job slackly done becomes twice as dull, whereas a dull job that you try to do just as well as you possibly can becomes half as dull. It’s the little bit extra, the special effort, the second mile, that transforms a tedious duty into a satisfying experience.” Daryl V. Hoole, Ensign, Apr 1975

What are some of the blessings we can gain by going the second mile? (Discuss ideas.)

Share testimony of following the Savior by going the second mile.

Quote:

“The great men and women in history have been those willing to go the second mile.”
Beverly Chiodo, Vital Speeches of the Day, 1 Nov. 1987.

 

STORY

"Going the Second Mile"

 

Mother made her famous Chicken Enchilada casserole to take to the new family who was moving into the house across the street, while Andrea rolled the peanut butter cookie dough into balls and placed them on the baking sheet.

“Their daughter looks like she’s just about my age,” Andrea said excitedly. “Do you think she likes peanut butter cookies?”

“If she’s anything like you, she will,” Mother teased while removing the cookies from the oven.

When the cookies had cooled Andrea placed a dozen of them on a paper plate while Mother put the casserole and a tossed salad in a box with some paper plates and plastic utensils. “Are you ready?” Mother asked Andrea.

Andrea smiled and picked up the plate of cookies. “I’m ready,” she answered. “Let’s go!”

“Someone’s at the door!,” Kati squealed with excitement as she ran to answer the door with Mother close behind.

“Welcome to the neighborhood,” Andrea said, handing the plate of cookies to Kati.

After all the introductions were made the mothers visited while the girls went upstairs to see Kati’s new bedroom. “My bedroom is lavender, too!” Andrea exclaimed. “It’s my favorite color.”

“Mine too!” Kati said. “What’s your favorite food?”

“Tacos,” Andrea answered.

“Me too!” Kati laughed, “And peanut butter cookies are my favorite cookie!”

“Mine too!” Andrea giggled. “I bet we both like all the same things.”

“I’ve got an idea,” Kati said. “Let’s have a tea party!”

Andrea frowned. “I don’t drink tea.”

Kati laughed. “Of course not, silly. We’re too young,” she said. “We’ll just pretend. We’ll really have milk with our cookies.”

“I don’t drink tea because I’m too young,” Andrea explained, “I don’t drink it because it’s against my religion. I wouldn’t feel right even pretending.”

“Well then we’ll just have a milk party instead!” Kati exclaimed.

Andrea breathed a sigh of relief. Together they ran downstairs to the kitchen. Kati filled the toy teapot with milk, while Andrea placed two of the peanut butter cookies on a toy plate. The girls giggled and talked as they had their milk party. Kati told Andrea all about her old home and Andrea told Kati more about the Word of Wisdom.

“My dad smokes,” Kati said solemnly, “I hate it. I’m afraid he’ll get lung cancer and die.”

“Wait here, Kati,” she said. “I’ve got the best idea.” Andrea had been taught in Primary that you should go the second mile and she was going to do it. Andrea ran home and opened the top drawer of her dresser and removed a blue book. “I’ve been waiting for a chance to give this to somebody,” she whispered. “Thank you, Heavenly Father, for giving me this opportunity,” she silently prayed.

Andrea handed Kati the book. “This is The Book of Mormon. I wrote my testimony here,” she said as she opened the cover. “A long time ago a fourteen-year-old boy named Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ...”

Kati got goose bumps as Andrea told her the story of the First Vision. Could this Joseph Smith really be a prophet like Abraham and Moses. She then thought about the things Andrea had taught her about the Word of Wisdom.

“If your family joined the Church your dad would quit smoking,” Andrea said.

“So the Word of Wisdom was written a long, long time ago? Before most doctors knew that smoking and drinking were bad for you?” Kati asked.

“I never thought about it that way,” Andrea said, “But, yes. Long before.”

That night Kati started to read The Book of Mormon. She didn’t understand all she read, but she felt good inside. Then she thought about what Andrea had said about going the second mile. Reading The Book of Mormon by herself was going the first mile, but if she told her parents about the things Andrea had taught her and asked them if they could read The Book of Mormon together, she would be going the second mile too!

by Margie Nauta Lee

     
 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT "'Second Mile' Sundaes" recipe

 

 

 

 

 

“Second Mile” Sundaes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Cool Time: 5 minutes

Directions:

Hot Fudge Topping: Combine sugar, cocoa, flour, and salt in saucepan. Add milk, water, and butter. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until sugar has dissolved and mixture comes to a full rolling boil (approximately 12 minutes). Stop stirring and continue to boil for exactly 5 minutes. Remove Hot Fudge sauce from heat, cool for 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Pour into jar.

Butterscotch Topping: Combine sugar, syrup, and butter in saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until sugar has dissolved and mixture comes to a full rolling boil (approximately 6 minutes). Stop stirring and continue to boil for exactly 1 minute. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. In another bowl, combine evaporated milk, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir into the slightly cooled sauce. Pour into jar. Cool in refrigerator while you prepare the Hot Fudge Topping.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • Optional: chopped nuts, whipped topping and maraschino cherries

Hot Fudge Topping

  • 3/4 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C. brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 C. baking cocoa
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. evaporated milk
  • 1/3 C. water
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla

Butterscotch Topping

Treat Time:

Give each family member a plain scoop of vanilla ice cream. Explain that the vanilla ice cream is good by itself, like doing what is expected of you is good. Then ask who would like to have toppings on their ice cream. Explain that the toppings are like going the second mile. When you go the second mile it makes it the task sweeter, like the toppings makes the ice cream sweeter.

 
  • 1/2 C. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 C. light corn syrup
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1/3 C. evaporated milk
  • 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla or rum flavoring
 
   
 

ACTIVITY

 

Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

Activity:

1. Each player will pick a game piece and place it at the start. Choose a good reader
to be the police officer.

2. Spin to see who goes first (highest number).

3. Play the game by moving game piece the number of miles that you spin on each turn. Follow all traffic signs or the police officer will send you back to the start.

4. When landing on a “Road Work” or “Caution: road slippery when wet” sign the police officer will take the top card and read it to the player. Player will answer the question and move his game piece according to directions on the card.

5. The first player to reach the finish wins.

What you need:

A copy of the “Go the Second Mile” game (artwork included with this lesson),
scissors, tape, (1) brass fastener, cardstock and glue.

Preparation:

1. Cut out artwork along red dotted lines.

2. Glue cardstock to back of spinner face and arrow. Attach arrow to spinner
face with brass fastener.

3. Match up letters on game board pages with cut edges placed over the top of black dotted lines. Optional: Glue to cardstock for added durability.

4. Optional: Glue cardstock to back of cars.

5. Fold cards along solid black line with printed sides out. Glue together.

 
   
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
     
 

 

 

 
     
   
 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 11 from The Complete Learning System The Messiah Comes! DVD.

2. Sing: Children’s Songbook ##167, “Go the Second Mile”

3. Read: Matthew 5:41

“And whosoever shall compel thee to ago a mile, go with him twain."

4. In Jesus’ day Roman soldiers could force a Jewish male to carry their heavy backpacks for one mile. The path was hot and dusty and many of the Jews resented it, until Jesus taught them to “go with him twain.”

What did Jesus mean when he said “go with him twain”? (The word twain means two. Jesus said to carry the soldiers pack for two miles.)

5. Why did Jesus teach them to go the second mile? (Discuss ideas.)

6. Did the Roman soldier or the Jew gain more from carrying the soldiers pack two miles instead of one and why? (Discuss ideas.)

7. Does the Lord expect us to go the second mile? (Discuss ideas.)

“The Lord expects us to be Latter-day Saints. That isn’t just an appendage phrase on the end of the name of the Church. It signifies something of tremendous importance. ... He expects us as those who have taken upon ourselves the name of Jesus Christ to walk in His way, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us, to go the second mile.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Woods Cross, Utah, regional conference, Jan. 1998 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

8. What are some of the things that we can do to go the second mile? (Discuss ideas. Example: Church duties, family duties, jobs, missionary work and fellow shipping, community service, helping family members, school work and homework, etc.)

9. All of us have work that we have to do. How can we make our work less tedious? (Discuss ideas.)

10. What are some of the blessings we can gain by going the second mile? (Discuss ideas.)

11. “Most of the blessings of the Lord seem to come in the second mile. The first mile is
doing what is expected of us. As we move beyond the first mile in faith and determination, we may draw down the powers of heaven...” Douglas W. DeHaan, Ensign, Nov 1980 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

12. Quote: “The great men and women in history have been those willing to go the second mile.” Beverly Chiodo, Vital Speeches of the Day, 1 Nov. 1987.

13. Share testimony of following the Savior by going the second mile.