To help family members recognize the righteous daily habits that will enable them fight off the GIANT attacks of the adversary.
- Read 1 Samuel 17:1-51 (The story of David and Goliath).
- Get about 15 plastic cups.
- Get Sharpies – one for each family member.
- Marshmallows – 5 for each family member.
Onward, Christian Soldiers, Hymn 246
2 Timothy 2:3
Invite your family to recount the story of David and Goliath from 1 Samuel 17:1-51. Help your family fill in the blanks by discussing some or all of these questions, scriptures, and quotes:
- What did Goliath of Gath look like? (1 Sam. 17:4-7)
“Now, the Philistines had among their men a great giant of a man named Goliath of Gath. His height was six cubits and a span. If I have figured correctly, that would put him somewhere in the neighborhood of nine feet tall. What a basketball center he might have made!” (“Overpowering the Goliaths in Our Lives,” Gordon B. Hinckley, April 1983)
- What was Goliath’s challenge and how did it make the Israelites feel? (1 Sam.17:8-11)
- David wasn’t part of the army; he was just bringing his brothers a care package from their dad. But after he heard Goliath’s challenge how did he respond? (1 Sam. 17:26, 32)
- What did Saul, the king, think of David’s response to Goliath’s challenge? (1 Sam. 17:33)
- How had God prepared David for Goliath? (1 Sam. 17:34-37)
- How did Saul try to prepare David for his fight with Goliath and how did David respond? (1 Sam. 17:38-39)
- What was David’s weapon of choice? (1 Sam. 17:40)
- What is your favorite part of David’s smack-talk to Goliath in 1 Sam. 17:45-47?
- What was the outcome of the battle? (1 Sam. 17:49)
Read the following quote and have your family listen for what kinds of Goliaths President Hinckley names:
There are Goliaths all around you, hulking giants with evil intent to destroy you. These are not nine-foot-tall men, but they are men and institutions that control attractive but evil things that may challenge and weaken and destroy you. Included in these are beer and other liquors and tobacco. Those who market these products would like to enslave you into their use. There are drugs of various kinds which, I am told, are relatively easy to obtain in many high schools. For those who peddle them, this is a multimillion-dollar industry, a giant web of evil. There is pornography, seductive and interesting and inviting. It has become a giant industry, producing magazines, films, and other materials designed to take your money and lead you toward activities that would destroy you.
The giants who are behind these efforts are formidable and skillful. They have gained vast experience in the war they are carrying on. They would like to ensnare you. (“Overpowering the Goliaths in Our Lives,” Gordon B. Hinckley, April 1983)
- Ask your family what Goliaths they heard listed and write them down on the plastic cups (upside down).
Ask: President Hinckley shared some “Goliaths” around us, do you agree that those are major attacks today? What do you think are some more of the “Goliaths” that are attacking you, your friends, and your peers at school?
- As they list the many Goliaths surrounding, write each one on an upside down plastic cup.
Show your family all the plastic cups with the “Goliaths.” Make a big scene putting them along the long table (or shelf or back of the couch, etc.) and comment on how many there are.
Read and discuss the following quotes and questions:
- There are MANY Goliaths in our lives. How can we prevail? Recall how David won the battle. We know the Lord helped him but what effort did he put forth to be victorious? (1 Sam. 17:40)
“David went to the brook and carefully selected five smooth stones with which he might meet his enemy. He was deliberate in his selection, for there could be no turning back, no second chance—this battle was to be decisive.
Just as David went to the brook, well might we go to our source of supply—the Lord. What polished stones will you select to defeat the Goliath that is robbing you of your happiness by smothering your opportunities?” (Meeting Your Goliath; Jan 1987, Thomas S. Monson)
Give your family each five marshmallows. Tell them these are their “stones” they have gathered from the stream to fight the Goliaths. Ask:
- What polished stones will you select to defeat these Goliaths? What things could you do always (to keep polishing) so you are ready to beat any Goliaths that come to attack?
Have your family write on the marshmallows the things they believe will help them thwart the Goliath attacks of the adversary. Help them write their ideas in such a way that they would be continually “polishing” that stone. For example, instead of just writing “pray,” encourage them to write “Pray every day and night.”
The cups are set up. The marshmallows are “polished” and ready. Let’s go to battle!
Starting with the youngest, have him choose the five Goliaths he thinks threaten him and his friends the most. Then them stand back away from the cups at a reasonable distance and throw his marshmallows against his “Goliaths” and try to knock them over. Record his score on the score sheet.
Repeat with your entire family, including you.
Tell your family that David carefully selected the polished stones from the brook, but when he was running toward Goliath he just reached into his bag, not knowing which stone he would grab. Just like David, we need to always have our stones polished and ready because you never know what stone you’ll need to have handy so that when Goliath attacks, you can hit him clean between the eyes! Challenge your family to pick one stone that might be a little rough and focus hard on polishing it this week.
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