Showing posts with label church. Show all posts
Showing posts with label church. Show all posts

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Give Your Very Best - FHE Lesson

What is the best gift you have ever been given?  My favorite gifts are the little acts of kindness done by my husband and kids.  I have talked with my children about the joy of giving before, but I wanted to do a Family Home Evening (FHE) lesson that focused on giving your very best.

I set out some cupcakes, frosting, and decorative toppings.  I briefly explained that when we give gifts or service would should do it with a positive attitude and do our best work.

Each member of the family put their name inside a hat (Princess was excited to use her fuzzy, purple one).  I told everyone that we would each pull out a name.  We would then decorate a cupcake for the person whose name we drew.

As we decorate we should try to make it our very best work.

Look at the concentration on their faces.  They wanted to do a good job so badly.

The girls drew names for each other.  Here is Goofy giving Princess the cupcake she decorated.  I love how excited they were to give each other their creations.

Happy little face!

This was such a positive FHE lesson.  Everyone felt the spirit of giving their best - not to mention they got a cupcake to eat.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

A Positive Attitude - FHE Lesson

My children are going through a whiny phase.  (Please, tell me I'm not the only one!)  Hubby and I decided to teach a lesson on having a positive attitude to improve the mood in our home.

I started the lesson by telling my children the story of Lehi leaving his home and journeying into the wilderness.  We talked about how his family had to leave everything they had, their home, their friends, their money.  You can watch a short scripture video about this journey HERE.  I focused on the different reactions of his children (Laman & Lemuel, and Nephi).  We discussed how Laman and Lemuel whined and complained while Nephi chose to follow in faith.  I also told the story of how Nephi got the brass plates from Laban.  Again, Laman and Lemuel complained the whole time.  Watch the video HERE.

I asked my kids, "Would you rather take a journey with Laman and Lemuel or Nephi?"  Of course, they responded with Nephi.  I continued by asking, "Why?  What was better about traveling with Nephi?"  They told me that he was happy and didn't complain.  I explained to the children that it's the same in our home.  If we whine, fight, and complain we will not have the Lord's spirit in our home.

Then, I told the children that one thing we can do to keep a positive attitude is to think about the things we love and are grateful for.  I gave each child a different colored packet of Post-it notes.  I let them write down anything they loved on a note.

I put up a sign that says "Things We Love" (you can get your own sign for free at the bottom of this post).  Underneath, I told the kids that all month until Valentine's Day we would decorate the wall with things we love.  Whenever we felt unhappy, we could go to the wall and remember all of the things the lord has blessed us with.

Princess had a blast decorating the wall.  I love her little pictures.

Goofy pretends to write.  She told me what each note "said" before she put it up on the wall.

Apparently, Bud loves his hands.  He asked me to draw sticky note after sticky note of his hands.  Silly boy!

Here is your "Things We Love" banner.  Just save the picture to your computer, print it out, and make your banner.  You could make your wall all cute with little hearts instead of Post-it notes.  Oh, the possibilities!

Our wall is looking great.  I can't wait to see how full it gets by Valentine's Day!

Look for more FHE lessons on the Pinning with Purpose Facebook Page.

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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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Saturday, October 4, 2014

General Conference Snack Mix

Conference weekend is finally here!

This also means that I have been putting together some activities/snacks that will help my kiddos focus and listen.

We will start off our Saturday morning session with a General Conference Mix to snack on.

Each family member will be given this printable (feel free to print one out for yourself).  They must hear the words associated with each snack before they can eat it.

I think this will work pretty well for Princess and Goofy.  Bud, on the other hand, will probably just eat whatever he can get his hands on.

What are some of your favorite General Conference traditions and/or treats?

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Monday, September 29, 2014

I Love to See the Temple - FHE Lesson

Temple dedications are a blessing for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormon church).  The re-dedication of the Odgen, Utah temple was a special treat.  I wanted to help my children understand the importance of temples as this event took place.

During the Open House we drove to Odgen and walked through the temple together.  The children loved how clean, beautiful, and peaceful it was inside.

It's pretty beautiful outside as well don't you think?

My children were all too young to attend the re-dedication, but I wanted to help them understand what had happened and that the Ogden temple was now a holy place.

So, for family home evening the Monday after the re-dedication we drove to the Mount Timpanogos, Utah temple.  We laid out a blanket and sat on the temple grounds.

I asked the kids if they remembered going through the Ogden temple and what they felt.  I told them that on Sunday daddy and mommy went to the re-dedication.  That meant that a special prayer was said and the temple became a holy place.  Now, only worthy members of the church could go to do the work there.  I mentioned that even the temple grounds are prayed for and become a special place.

Princess couldn't get enough of the temple.  Goofy kept saying that I married my prince (a.k.a my hubby) in the temple.  We talked about being sealed together and forever families.  I told the children that we need to keep the commandments and our baptismal covenants to enter the temple someday.  They were particularly excited when I told them that they could do baptisms for the dead at age 12.

The kids enjoyed sitting in front of the temple and taking in its beauty.  We closed our family home evening by singing "I Love to See the Temple."  There's something special about singing that song on temple grounds!

Try taking your kids to the temple for FHE.  It will be a sweet memory that you will cherish forever.

I know I will.

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