I know you THINK this is a Toaster

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After teaching for years at church and in homes, I have decided to compile a list of my objects lessons which I feel are useful in teaching family and Christian themes. My intent is that this book would be helpful in Sunday school, family devotionals, youth camps, family counseling and family home evenings. Below is a list of chapter headings and subject matter. There are at least two object lessons per theme though sometimes there are more. Thank you

Chapter One: The Ten Commandments—Thou Shalt

“Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.”; “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.”; “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” ; “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” ; “Honor thy father and thy mother.”

Chapter Two: The Ten Commandments—Thou Shalt Not

“Thou shalt not kill.”; “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”; “Thou shalt not steal.”; “Thou shalt not bear false witness”; “Thou shalt not covet”

Chapter Three: Attributes for the Family

Showing proper appreciation to our loved ones; Virtues of the Senior Citizens; The value of having a savings account; respecting the property of others; Personal hygiene

Chapter Four: Being True to Ourselves

The importance of rules and commandments ; Abstinence ; The Value of Keeping a Journal ; Importance of Scripture Study ; Treating your body with respect

Chapter Five: Cause and Effect

Tithes and Offerings; Wisdom can be obtained in ways other than personal experience; Helping Others; Strength in Adversity; Generosity

Chapter Six: Developing Positive Personal Traits

Humility; Good Manners; Talents and Gifts; Choosing Our Priorities; Overcoming Challenges

Chapter Seven: Involvement in the Community

Obeying and supporting the laws of the land; Self-reliance for the present and the future; Stand up against threats toward the family; Choosing Leaders of Integrity

Chapter Eight: Preparing for the Future

The Value of Education and Knowledge ; we are stewards of everything God had blessed us with; Dependability; Recognizing others’ positive attributes; the value of thrift

Chapter Nine: Responding to Life’s Challenges

Avoiding procrastination; the influences on our opinions; Setting and Achieving Goals ; Balancing Your Life; Being Honest in Our Words and Actions

Chapter Ten: Strengthening Our Relationships

The value of a nurturing positive relationship ; Joy In Life ; Building a positive esteem for others ; Handling Anger ; Choosing Good Friends

Chapter Eleven: Strengthening Our Spiritual Foundation

Faith; Gratitude for God’s Blessings; Prayer; Repentance; Service

Chapter Twelve: The Business of Life

The value of work ; Budgeting Wisely ; Avoid Debt ; Patience ; Developing good communication skills


I have attended Melva Gifford’s classes that featured many of her object lessons and she teaches the subject in a way that is fun and exciting and you can learn. I love her lessons. Her objects works with her subjects and it’s a great way to learn more than just through always talking.

-Andrea Rowley

I have been able to observe and enjoy the teachings of Melva Gifford. It has always been enjoyable to listen to her lessons as she applies them to everyday life. She is energetic, prepared, and excited when she teaches. I looked forward to her lessons each month and always knew one thing it would be entertaining. For example, one week she used salt water and sugar water. The fact that things can look exactly the same but have different consequences. We need to be prepared, find all the facts before we make decisions. I have reflected back on her object lessons in my life. It has given me strength and guidance during difficult times.

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