Monday, July 1, 2013

FHE Lesson {Tree of Life}

AKA: The best family home evening we've ever had!!

A few days back the girls asked if we could do the Best FHE lesson we've ever done again.
I asked and which one was that?? This one of course!

Opening Song: The Iron Rod #274

Scripture: 1 Nephi 9

Earlier Preparation:
- A Tree/bush etc covered in fairy lights
- A rope zig zagged  all throughout your house/garden

 Read through a few of the scriptures from Lehi's dream.
Smaller children can be told/show pictures of the various elements
{Iron rod, path, fountain, mist of darkness, Tree of Life}

When then told the children we were going to follow a similar Iron Rod which was a rope that started from the living room and went out the front door and outside and criss crossed our garden and around fences etc. As it was night time we pointed out that this was like "the mist of darkness".
The children held tight to the rope and followed it.

It ended at a tree lit up with fairy lights with their Dad standing under it to give them some of the 'fruit' of the tree. Talk about what the fruit represents. Share words of scriptures to describe the fruit:
Most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted” (1 Nephi 8:11)
White, to exceed all … whiteness” (1 Nephi 8:11; see also 1 Nephi 11:8)
Desirable above all other fruit” (1 Nephi 8:12; see also 1 Nephi 15:36)
Having “beauty … exceeding of all beauty” (1 Nephi 11:8)
Precious above all”; “most precious” (1 Nephi 11:9; 15:36)
Most joyous to the soul” (1 Nephi 11:23; see also 1 Nephi 8:10)
The greatest of all the gifts of God” (1 Nephi 15:36)

Emphasize that eternal life is the “most sweet” and “most precious” blessing we can receive. Because of God’s love for us, this blessing is available to us through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
We must do all we can to better have the Atonement in our lives - partake in ordinances, live the commandments and be good people.

 Our children really enjoyed this simple activity and wanted to follow the rope again and again

Fruit for The Tree of Life or any special treat that could symbolize it

Closing Song:  Book of Mormon Stories #118

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