Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Outreach/Family Life (General Conference)

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1. Explain the roles of the father, mother, sister, and brother as given in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy.

2. What is the difference between self-respect and pride? Write a paragraph about some of the things that make you feel good about your family. Include the things you are proud of and your family's good qualities and accomplishments.

3. Do one of the following in your home for one week:

a. Dust and keep the floors clean

b. Wash the clothes

c. Wash the dishes

d. Properly dispose of garbage

4. Care for the younger members of your family or a neighbor's family for at least a couple of hours.

5. Make a list of some of the things your family spends money on. Explain your responsibility to the finances of your family.

6. Make a list of family activities that you think your family would enjoy.

Think of the times you can remember each family member laughing or smiling. What was going on then? Ask your famiy members what they enjoy the most and write that down too. You can also ask them what three things they would like to have if they were stranded on a desert island (supposing it already had everything on it they'd need for survival). Do not accept answers like "a boat and two oars." You're looking for the things they like to do.

7. How would you make a family worship meaningful for preschoolers, juniors, and teens? Plan and conduct a family worship for one of these age groups.

Preschoolers

Juniors

Teens

8. Know what to do in the following circumstances in your home:

a. Accident

If the accident has caused a serious injury requiring emergency medical assistance, call 911. If an injury is serious but not immediately life threatening, it is better to go to the hospital emergency room. Bear in mind, however, that the emergency room staff are trained to treat people according to the severity of their problem rather than in the order they arrive. If the injury is minor but still requires medical attention, call your family doctor - if the doctor believes the situation is serious enough, he will recommend that you go to the emergency room, come to the office, or self-treat.

b. Bad storm

Get inside the house during a storm. In tornado weather, seek shelter in the basement, beneath a heavy item of furniture, or in a doorway. Stay away from the windows.

c. Financial crisis

Cut out uneccessary expenses, and be mindful of waste. Take only as much food as you will eat, and save leftovers for another meal (and eat them!) Turn off lights when leaving a room and lower the thermostat. If the family is in heavy debt, seek credit counseling. Eat at home instead of at a restaurant. To save gasoline, consolidate trips rather than driving to town every day to run errands.

d. Fire

If possible, and only if you can do it safely-locate the fire. Remember to stay calm. Alert any other people that are in the building, preferably by pulling the nearest fire alarm (when in a public building). If the fire is small and a fire extinguisher is handy, an attempt to put the fire out should be made. If the fire is already large, or you fail to extinguish it, you must evacuate the building as safely and as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that fires can spread very quickly so it is better to err on the side of caution by getting the fire department started before the fire is out of control.

Feel any door before opening it, and if it is hot, do not open it. Try to exit the building without going through an area that is in flames, then stop, drop, and crawl. Call the fire department.

e. Loss of a relative

When a loved one dies, it is important that the family grieve. Remember that it is not God's will that people die. His original plan did not include death. Take hope in the resurrection, comfort other family members and take time to cry yourself.

9. Plan and conduct a fire drill in your home.

Arrange this with your family ahead of time. Choose a meeting place well away from the house so that if a real fire occurs, everyone will know to go there, and if anyone is missing, it can be assumed that they are still in the house. Go over the escape routes with everyone.

10. List five ways you can show concern for or interest in your neighbors.

  • Talk to them!
  • Cut their grass without being asked
  • Rake their leaves
  • Shovel their sidewalk
  • Bring them cookies
  • Take their dog for a walk
  • Offer to care for their pets while they are away

11. Study the recreational activities of your family. What improvements, if any, can be made?

Specific areas to consider are sedentary activities versus physical activities. You cannot replace all sedentary activities with physical ones, but most families can improve in this area.

Another area to consider is television viewing. Watching TV does not require any interaction between family members. Instead, everyone's eyes are glued to the tube, and no one is talking to another. If someone does talk during the program, it is often met with glares or a "be quiet!" It is far better to engage in activities that require interaction among family members, such as board games.

Do your families activities require a lot of driving to and fro from one place to another? This is often the case in a large family where one child has ballet, another has soccer practice, and another has piano lessons. Shuttling people from one event to another can be stressful! Why not suggest activities that everyone can enjoy instead of activities that only one person does? It's OK to have personal interests, but be careful that your family activities don't reduce the parents to little more than chauffeurs and taxi drivers.

What other improvements can you think of?

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