Sunday, May 24, 2015

FHE Lesson {Be spiritually Full}

Opening Song: Teach Me to Walk in the Light #177

Opening Prayer: child


As soon as I heard this object lesson in the General Womens Conference I knew we would do it as a FHE lesson. Filling our Homes with Light and Truth by Cheryl A Esplin :  {Preread }

The concept of being filled with light and truth became particularly important to me.
Many years ago I attended a meeting where members of the Young Women general board taught about creating spiritually strong families and homes.
To visually demonstrate this, a Young Women leader held up two soda cans.
In one hand she held a can that was empty and in the other hand a can that was unopened and full of soda. First, she squeezed the empty can; it began to bend and then collapsed under the pressure.
Next, with her other hand, she squeezed the unopened can. It held firm. It didn’t bend or collapse like the empty can—because it was filled.
We likened this demonstration to our individual lives and to our homes and families. When filled with the Spirit and with gospel truth, we have the power to withstand the outside forces of the world that surround and push against us. However, if we are not filled spiritually, we don’t have the inner strength to resist the outside pressures and can collapse when forces push against us.

Satan knows that in order for us and our families to withstand the pressures of the world, we must be filled with light and gospel truth. So he does everything in his power to dilute, distort, and destroy the truth of the gospel and to keep us separated from that truth.
 Have two soda/softdrink cans prepared. One full, one empty.
{I knew my kids, so we drank the drink at dinner, so each kid had an empty can}
Ask a child to come forward and squeeze an empty can
Then get them to squeeze a unopened full can.
We led a family discussion around these two cans:
What is the difference between the two cans?
Why is one easier to squash?
How can we be like these cans?

even though they look the same from a distance -
one can is strong and cannot be bent or changed or damaged.
the other can is empty and therefore weaker and can be changed by outward forces.
Like these cans we need to fill our lives with important things that make us strong
- strong spiritually, physically and emotionally

How do we become strong like the full can?
What things can you/our family do to make sure we are filled?

{prayer, scripture reading, being kind to our family, spending time together, going to church, eating healthy, learning, etc}
What are some examples of outside pressures that could collapse us if we are not spiritually filled?
{peer pressure, stress from school or work, people being mean etc}

Remember it is important to be filled from the inside and not just a empty can.

Closing Song: Seek the Lord Early #108

Closing Prayer: Child

Treat: Spiders! Ice cream floats with your soda.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FHE Lesson {Mothers}

Mothers Day is coming up and I think we can all do with a little reminder to love our mothers more.
Opening Song: Mother Dear #206

Opening Prayer: Mommy

Lesson: Daddy

Scripture:And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it. (Alma 56:48)

Have your family take turns sharing favourite memories about their mother or grandmother.
What do you love most about your mum?
If you have them, look at photos of the women in your family.

Why do we have mothers? 
Why are mothers so special? 
Did Jesus have a mother? (Show gospel Art picture kit picture 242) 
How did he treat his mother?
How can you (child) show your mother you love her? 

What special day is happening in one week?
Go through ideas or plans on how you plan to celebrate.

How can we act like it is Mothers Day all year round?

Write/draw on a heart shape something child/husband will do for mother this coming week.
Share the poem My Mothers Hands from May 2010 Friend Magazine. 
Cut out handprint shapes and write on things/service the children can do to be like mothers hands

Closing Song:  The Dearest Names #208

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Mum's favourite dessert

Music: “Dearest Mother, I Love You” (Children’s Songbook, 206)
Music: “I Often Go Walking” (Children’s Songbook, 202)
Music: “Love Is Spoken Here” (Children’s Songbook, 190)
Music: “Mother Dear” (Children’s Songbook, 206)
Music: “Mother, Tell Me the Story” (Children’s Songbook, 204)
Music: “Mother, I Love You” (Children’s Songbook, 207)
Music: “Quickly I’ll Obey” (Children’s Songbook, 197)
Music: “The Dearest Names” (Children’s Songbook, 208)

Mothers in The Scriptures May 2008 Friend Magazine
Mothers in the Scriptures

There are many mothers mentioned in the scriptures. Can you match their descriptions with their names and the names of their sons? If you need help, turn to the scripture references provided

1. The Lord told my husband in a dream that Jerusalem would be destroyed. My sons went back to Jerusalem to obtain the brass plates. (See 1 Nephi 1:18; 2:5; 3–4.) {Sariah Mother of Nephi} 

2. I promised the Lord that if I had a son, he would serve the Lord. My son grew up in the temple and became a prophet. (See 1 Samuel 1:9–11, 20, 27–28.) {Hannah Mother of Samuel} 

3. I did not have any children until I was very old. My son baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. (See Luke 1:57–60; Matthew 3:13–17.) {Elisabeth Mother of John the Baptist} 

4. I was called “blessed” by an angel of the Lord. My son became the Savior of the world. (See Luke 1:27–28, 31–32.) {Mary Mother of Jesus} 

5. My husband, Abraham, was commanded by the Lord to sacrifice my son. (See Genesis 21:3; 22:1–18.) {Sarah Mother of Issac} 

6. I saved my baby son from the pharaoh by putting him in a basket in the river. He later led the Israelites to the promised land. (See Exodus 2:1–9;3:1–10; 6:20.) {Jochebed Mother of Moses}

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