Showing posts with label Heavenly Father. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Heavenly Father. Show all posts

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?!

More FHE Fun:
Book of Mormon Reading Charts
There is a God - FHE Lesson

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!

More church fun:
ABC Quiet Book - LDS

There is a God - FHE Lesson

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

There is a God FHE Lesson

My hubby and I decided to teach our kids the basic principles of the gospel from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  To do this, we decided to teach our family home evening lessons from the Gospel Principles manual.

The first lesson in the manual is titled "Our Heavenly Father."  I thought that was a perfect place to start.  We talked about the very first section in the chapter -- There is a God.

I found some cute flannel board figures of the creation.  I printed them off and laminated them.

*Please note that my printer ran out of yellow ink, so yours will look even better.  I had to go back through and color yellow and green with crayon.

Next, I added magnets to the back.

Voila!  They worked perfectly.

We started the lesson by telling the kids that we can know that there is a God from all of the things that are around us.  We stressed that He has given us so much.  I pulled out the pictures one at a time and asked the kids what each picture was about.  They put the pictures on a cookie sheet.

Next, we asked the kids to name some things that daddy and mommy had given them.  We then asked them, "Why do you think we gave you those things?"  They came to the conclusion that it's because we love them.  We explained that Heavenly Father is the same way.  He gives us so many wonderful things because He loves us and wants us to be happy.

Finally, we told the kids that we should show our gratitude to God for our blessings, and one way we can do that is by thanking Him when we pray.

It was a simple lesson, but the kids really seemed to grasp the concept.

Chocolate on my Cranium had tons of flannel board stories you can print out and use with your family.  If you need visual aids for your family home evening lesson they are perfect.

You might also be interested in:
ABC Quiet Book (LDS)
Speaking Kind Words FHE Lesson