FHE Lesson : Obedience

Do you need a quick FHE lesson? Use this great lesson on obedience from LDSLiving.com.

GreenLight - Obedience

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The great thing about the lesson is that you can download the PDF file, save it to your personal computer or print it out and keep it in a binder or folder of other lessons.  These lessons are wonderfully convenient because the entire lesson, from song to treat, is outlined for you.

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Family Home Evening: The Book of Mormon

Tonight we are having visitors over FHE and I am very excited about it. Many times we end up watching a conference talk and then have a long discussion about what we heard, but tonight I thought that I should be a little more formal and organized with my FHE lesson plan.

The lesson that I received in my inbox today (from LDSLiving) is on The Book of Mormon. The lesson focuses on how The Book of Mormon is a book with a promise.

My husband and I are reading The Book of Mormon together and it has been very exciting to get caught up in the stories, the conflict and the proof that God does love His Children.

The Book of Mormon lesson can be downloaded for you to use tonight in our home. Enjoy!

Family Home Evening: Prophets

This weeks Family Home Evening lesson from LDS Living is on Prophets (click HERE for the lesson). Could there have been a better topic for FHE tomorrow night? Nope. The 178th Semiannual General Conference will take place this Saturday and Sunday. My excitement and anticipation seems to grow more the week before conference convenes.

I have never really prepared myself for conference. I just sit and listen, but this time I want to make sure that I get my ‘temporal ducks’ in a row so that I can give my full attention to the speakers instead of thinking about the things I need to cram in to the 2-hour break between sessions.

Two weeks ago our Stake had the privilage of having Elder Bednar speak to us. One week ago I was on vacation in Salt Lake City where I attended a concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony – and President Monson was there. 24 hours ago I listened to the General Relief Society Meeting. In less than a week I will be able listen to the words of the Prophet and our leaders again. This mega-dose of spiritual goodness is wonderful!

My sister-in-law once made ‘conference bingo cards’ for her kids to use during conference. They placed a piece of candy in each squre when they heard a specific word…if I can get my hands on it I’ll share it here for everyone to use.

What are some other ways to prepare yourself or your family for conference?
What activities do you prepare for your children to keep them focused on the talks?

The First Presidency

::The First Presidency::

Monday’s FHE Lesson

The Holy Ghost

Monday’s lesson, provided by LDS Living, is on the Holy Ghost. I giggled when I saw that the activity for this lesson is Hot or Cold, which I often played in my youth. I remember my brother and I hiding things around the house and then giving each other hints of varing temperatures (cold, warm, warmer, hot, very hot, you are buring up…) to clue us into where the item had been hidden. We always found what we  were searching for, but only if we listened to the directions.

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Quick FHE Lesson

Need a quick idea for Family Home Evening? The Family Home Evening lesson posted today on LDS Living is on knowledge.

Knowledge encourages obedience, and obedience enhances knowledge”. (Dallin H. Oaks, “Testimony,” Ensign, May 2008, 26–29)

Don’t worry, there is an activity and an easy, refreshing dessert recipe, too! CLICK HERE to download the pdf version of the lesson.

And here is the recipe as a little temptation for you…

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F.H.E. Flops?

With a 3-year old and a 10-month old our Family Home Evening nights are anything but smooth.  This last week LJ, my super hubby, gave a lesson on baptism.  K, my 3-year old, is deathly afraid of water on her head.  Washing her hair is a down and out fight every time.  Needless to say, the minute LJ explained we are “baptized by immersion” our F.H.E. turned into a crying session with K screaming, “I don’t want to be baptized!” at the top of her lungs.  Not exactly the point we were hoping to emphasize.   

LJ and I tried to salvage the lesson by explaining K didn’t have to decide if she was going to be baptized until she is 8-years old.  We also showed her a picture of Christ being baptized by John the Baptist.  We told her that Christ was being baptized because he really wanted to be baptized.  Christ wanted to show Heavenly Father he loved Him.   

I feel like there have been many times in my life that the Holy Ghost has led the growth of my testimony.  For me it begins many times with a concept I’ve been taught, something I know because I know it in my head.  Somehow, the Holy Ghost then takes that concept and teaches it to me through thoughts and experiences.  Then slowly the concept moves from my head, to my heart, to a part of who I am.  One of my most personal pleas to the Father as a mother is that the Lord will allow the Holy Ghost to be with my kids to teach them in such a way that only the Holy Ghost can. 

This week I’ve been able to watch that prayer answered.  Before K goes to bed we usually read a minute or two from the children’s scripture series.  We just read straight through the book, so it surprised me this week when two of our scripture studies were on baptism.  K asked tons of questions about baptism and hung the picture of Christ being baptized up on the fridge so she could look at it a lot.

Just last night on a drive somewhere K asked once again, “Jesus wanted to be baptized Mom?”

 “Yep, he did K.” -me

“And you wanted to be baptized and Daddy?” 

“Yep, we did.” -me

“And Joseph Smith?” 

“Yep.”  -me

“And I’m little and I can when I’m bigger?” 

“That’s right” -me 

“But, I’m starting to be bigger.” 

“Yes, you are starting to be bigger” –me

“Okay, I’ll try it.”

K is quite stubborn and only does things when she has made up her own mind to do them. I fought her for a month on potty training and finally just gave up.  About two months after I quit trying, she up and decided one day she wanted to start going on the potty.  She had one accident and never looked back.  When I heard her little, “Okay, I’ll try it.” I knew it was one of those little tender mercies from the Lord personally given to a mom trying to do her best.  My little tender mercies are usually things that make my heart laugh at this stage of the game.  I am so grateful for them; because things like little K’s, “But I’m starting to be bigger” pull at my heartstrings a little.  How did this happen?  My kids are starting to be bigger!    

Family Home Evening

Are you struggling with having Family Home Evening regularly? Want some help? Read on…

Family Home Evening is a program in the church that typically occurs on Monday nights. There are several puropses of FHE (Family Home Evening); family time, teaching gospel prinicples, strengthening love for other family members and to become closer to God. Elder Faust gave an excellent talk titled “Enriching Our Lives Through Family Home Evening” that I highly recommend.

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