Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Agency FHE Lesson

Tonight's lesson was taken from the Gospel Principles Manual lesson #4: Freedom to Choose.

In our Premortal Life Lesson last week we talked about the war in Heaven.  I asked the kids if they remembered what it was we fought for.  Princess surprised me by saying, "Being able to make a choice."  I told her that was exactly right and that the word for being able to make choices is agency.

We talked a little about the importance of making good choices.  To help the kids practice making good choices I set up a life-size board game on the floor.  It was our Choose the Right Agency Game.

This is the start of the game.  The kids rolled a dice to move to different spaces.

More of the game layout.  It's pretty obvious which way they were supposed to go (kind of like the straight and narrow path right?).  Notice at certain points there are junctions.  This is where the choices must be made.

 If the kids made a wrong choice the game sent them to the couch.

At the couch we talked a little about the atonement and the importance of repentance.  Once they repented they could go back to the start of the game.

It stopped at the front door.  Here is a closer look at what was on the front door.

I explained that as we make good choices we become more like Jesus Christ and can eventually return to live with Him someday.

Starting the game.  Daddy helped Goofy.

She was more interested in rolling the dice for Princess.

Princess loved talking about the different choices she could make.  They were fairly simple choices for the kids to make.  Here are a few examples:

  • Mommy made cookies and told you not to take any.  What do you do?  - Eat one or obey mommy? 
  • Daddy asked you to pick up the toys.  What do you do? - Keep playing or pick up the toys?
  • Your sister wants to play with your new toy.  What do you do? - Share or not let her play with it?
  • You are at church.  What do you do? - Run around screaming or sit quietly and fold your arms?

Sharing the dice--I'd say that's a good choice.

Princess chose not to keep the Sabbath Day holy.  We had a nice little talk about the importance of Sunday and how God has commanded us to keep it holy and worship Him.  She repented and started the game over.

When she made it to Eternal Life, Princess put her face right up against the door and stared at Jesus.  She was so happy.  It was as if she was trying to get as close to Him as she could.  It was a sweet moment that I will cherish forever.

After a couple of rounds of the game I gave these little bags of jelly beans to everyone.  They say "Thank you for 'Chew-sing' the Right."

Here's a list of all of the lessons from the Gospel Principles manual that we have covered so far this year:

  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 Leader and Savior - Premortal Life

Isn't family home evening the best?!  Feel free to share some of your FHE success stories with me in the comments.

More fun with religion:
Book of Mormon Scripture Charts
ABC Quiet Book (LDS)


  1. What a cute family home evening! I'll have to try it with my grandchildren!

    1. @Interfaith Quilt Commitee - Thank you very much. My girls loved it. I hope your grandchildren do too! Let me know how it goes.

  2. I love this idea so much. You are amazing!

  3. I live this idea! I am just starting with my newly Baptized family and am re-learning all the things I was taught as a child. I am not nearly as creative as you, could you share more of the choices you had for them? I cant think of very many so it would be a very short game for me.

  4. I would love to hear more of the choices also!

  5. For those of you asking, here are all of the choices I used for the game: 1) Daddy asks you to put your toys away. What do you do? 2) It is time for family prayer and scripture study. What do you? 3) Mommy made some cookies and told you not to eat any. What do you do? 4) Your sister hit you. What should you do? 5) Your friend asks you to come and play on Sunday. What do you do? 6) You are sitting in church. What do you do? 7) You got a new toy and your sister wants to play with it. What do you do? 8) You see a toy in the store that you really want. What do you do?

    Hope that helps!