Showing posts with label God. Show all posts
Showing posts with label God. Show all posts

Monday, October 13, 2014

Prayer: A Link to God FHE Lesson

At this last General Conference Elder Richard G. Scott gave us 4 tools that we can use to strengthen our families: family scripture study, attending the temple, family home evening, and family prayer.  I decided to focus on family prayer for FHE.

I put up a picture of Jesus as well as 3 different times of day.  I had cut out some strips of paper that said "meal prayer," "family prayer," :personal prayer," and one that said "anytime, anywhere."  I asked the kids to place each prayer with the time of day where it belongs.

The kids liked making the chains.

Here's a close up of the different links.  They have pictures on them for the little ones that can't read.

I told the kids that each time we say a prayer it links us to Heavenly Father.  It gives him more chances to teach us, guide us, and help us throughout the day.  I told them we could pray anytime, anywhere, whenever we feel like it.

Our family is pretty good at having family prayer at night, but we had never done family prayer in the morning.  We set a time each morning that we would say our family prayers.  So far, we have stuck with it.  Saying family prayer has been a great way to start off our day.


Here are different prayer slips and times that I used for the lesson (as always, feel free to use them for your own FHE).

How has General Conference helped your family?

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Steps of Repentance FHE

Vacation, and Fall Break, and General Conference--oh my!

After a few CRAZY weeks, I finally was able to slow down and put together a family home evening lesson this week.  For those who don't know, I have been doing a lesson for each of the chapters in the Gospel Principles Manual.  This lesson corresponds with Chapter 12 - The Atonement.

I started the lesson by asking my kids, "What is the atonement?"  They didn't know.  My husband explained that the Savior took all of our sins upon himself, then bled and died for each of us.  That way, even though we make mistakes, we can repent and be perfect again.

I wanted my kids to know that they have access to the power of the atonement each day as they repent.  My kids think that saying, "I'm sorry" is repenting.  But it's so much more than that!

I asked the kids to come over to the stairs.  Bud is obsessed with the stairs right now.  He loves to climb!

On the stairs I placed some signs showing the steps of repentance.  To illustrate the steps of repentance I told them a little story.  It goes like this:

There were two brothers playing baseball in their neighborhood.  One of the brothers hit the ball.  It went soaring, soaring, soaring until--CRASH!  The ball had gone through their neighbor's window.

At this point I asked the kids what should the brothers do?  Should they run away so they don't get into trouble?  My kids said no, that they should go and tell their neighbor what they had done.

I explained the boys felt sorry for what they had done.

The boys went over to their neighbor's house and apologized.  I told my kids to notice that even though the boys said they were sorry that isn't all they must do.  They still had two more steps of repentance.

I told my kids that even though they had said sorry, the window was still broken.  How can they fix the problem?  My kids didn't know.  So I continued with the story-- the boys then saved up money to pay for the window.

As part of asking for forgiveness and righting the wrong, I told the kids that they needed to pray to Heavenly Father and ask for his forgiveness as well.

After praying for forgiveness, I showed my kids the last step--don't do it again.  To finish the story I told my kids that the boys decided to play baseball at the park where there were no houses close by from now on.

I told my kids that the peace they feel inside is the knowledge from the Holy Ghost that they have used the power of the atonement in their lives.  We can always feel that peace whenever we repent.

Each time we repent we come closer to Christ.  As we keep repenting, someday we can live with Him again.

I gave my girls one more scenario and had them tell me what they should do.  The scenario is one that happens A LOT at our house: two sisters were coloring and one sister took a crayon from the other sister.  It made her sister cry.  What should the first sister do?  Princess gave great answers and I knew that she understood what I as trying to teach.

We finished by reciting all 4 of the steps of repentance a couple of times.

Need some more FHE ideas?  Here's the list of lessons we have done so far:
  1. Our Heavenly Father - There is a God
  2. Our Heavenly Father Part 2 - The Nature of God
  3. Our Heavenly Family
  4. Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Lord and Savior - Premortal Life
  5. Freedom to Choose - Agency
  6. The Creation
  7. The Fall of Adam and Eve (We showed a picture of Adam and Eve.  We talked about the fall and what it means to us today.)
  8. The Holy Ghost
  9. Praying to Our Heavenly Father
  10. Prophets of God
  11. Scriptures
  12. The Life of Christ
  13. The Atonement - The Steps of Repentance
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Our Heavenly Family - FHE Lesson

As a mom with a preschooler, toddler, and baby getting everyone excited about family home evening can be a real chore.  Getting them to even sit still for a lesson is a hassle.  I'm sure all of you moms out there know what I'm talking about.  That's why I was so pleasantly surprised with this lesson.  My kids absolutely loved it and didn't want to stop to go to bed.  (Picture me doing a little victory dance!)  If your kids like to draw, they will LOVE this lesson.

We started the lesson asking the kids if they remember who we've been talking about the last few family home evenings (answer: Heavenly Father).  I then showed them this super cute Plan of Salvation Diagram.

We talked briefly about the plan of salvation, but focused most of the discussion on premortal life, birth, and earth life.  In the Gospel Principles manual it talks about our spirits dwelling with Heavenly Father in the premortal life.  It tells us that our spirits grew to maturity and were all different.  We had different talents, likes, and dislikes just like we do here on earth.

For our activity I wanted the kids to focus on the things that make them special and different.  Here's the set up:

I brought the girls' painting easel and a chair downstairs.  I set a pot on a chair and set a flashlight on it.

The pot didn't hold the flashlight quite where I wanted it, so Princess held the light up for us.  We drew our silhouettes on the paper.

Then, we drew the things that make us special inside our silhouette.

Goofy loved this activity.

Princess coloring away.

Even Hubby seemed to have fun coloring his silhouette (which really surprised me).

Can you guess who's who?





Bud didn't make one, but he was super good for the whole lesson and activity.

Such a sweet boy!

#1. Princess

#2. Hubby

#3. Goofy (She wouldn't sit still long enough for me to take her picture, so here she is coloring it.)

#4. Me

The kids cried when I put the crayons away.  When I woke up the next day, the first thing Princess said to me was, "Thanks for the fun family home evening mom."  What could be better than that?!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Nature of God - FHE Lesson

This family home evening lesson was part 2 of Chapter 1 in the Gospel Principles Manual.  We talked first about the nature of God.  

I put up the sign that said, "Words that describe Heavenly Father."  The girls picked a picture to put on the magnet board (a.k.a. cookie sheet) and we discussed each picture.  The words we used to describe Heavenly Father were: love, charity, judge, body and spirit, perfect, all knowing, all powerful, and merciful.

We re-emphasized that He loves us and shows us His love by everything He has given us.  We explained He knows everything and can do anything.  We also explained that we were made in His image and that He has a body and spirit just like we do.  Finally, we talked about how He showed His mercy by sending the Savior to atone for our sins.

We then talked about how Heavenly Father wants us to come back to Him.  We read Moses 1: 39 together and discussed it.

We concluded by talking about things we can do to come to know God.  We listed 4 things:
1. Believe He exists and loves us
2. Study the scriptures
3. Pray to Him
4. Obey all His commandments

Because it's Valentine's Day this week we emphasized that one of His commandments is to love one another.  I challenged the family to show extra love to each other this week.

All of my pictures were free clip art online.  I just stuck the words to describe Heavenly Father underneath the picture, laminated them, and put magnets on the back.  Super easy!

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