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Purpose: Some of the most basic and important questions in life are answered by understanding the Plan of Salvation. Where did I come from? Why am I here? What happens to me after this life?

The Plan of Salvation also has other names in the scriptures such as the Plan of Happiness. Can you think of other names?

Scripture: Doc & Cov 14:7

Song: "I Am A Child of God"


Lesson:
 Many people go through life not knowing that we lived with our loving Father in Heaven beforehand. They also never know and really understand the purpose of life and why we are here in Earth. Our Father in Heaven loves us so much that he wants us to understand who we really are, what our purpose and role is here on Earth and what happens to us after this life. 

Having this understanding and knowledge brings peace to our hearts and minds when loved ones die. It also helps us to understand our divine attributes and heritage as we develop our self worth. 

Our Father in Heaven provided a way for us to gain a body, come to Earth, to learn, be tested and grow. Because we would make mistakes, He also provided a Savior for us to be able to be forgiven of our mistakes and return to live with Him again. This Savior is Jesus Christ, who came to Earth just as we did to live in a mortal body like us, to feel pain, sorry, happiness, sadness, loneliness...all the feelings we would feel so that He can help us overcome anything.

Discussion:


1. Why is helpful to know where we came from, why we're here or what happens to us after this life?


2. Who helped us have this knowledge restored?


Activity: Plan of Salvation Chart for Children

How to Use the Plan of Salvation Chart

1. Print off the attachment below.

2. Have your child(ren) cut out the individual pieces (or help them cut the pieces, or if time is short, have them already cut out ahead of time).

3. Print and cut out the single girl and boy pictures as well. It is best if you can copy and laminate the boy and girl photos ahead of time. They are transparent, so only the outlines will show. This will best represent the spirit body. 

4. Place the spirit bodies in the Pre-mortal Life (Pre-Earth). Talk through each of the steps as you lay out the chart. You will also place the body and spirit TOGETHER when they are born on Earth. Likewise, you will separate these two at death (and reunite them in the resurrection).

5. Repeat and practice this with each of the children in your family. You can do this periodically to help them understand the answers and beautiful teachings of the Plan of Salvation.


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Treat: Homemade Doughnut Holes & Hot Chocolate


Easy Homemade Glazed Doughnut Holes (JustATaste.com)

Yield: About 2 dozen

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 5 min


Ingredients:
  • For the glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the doughnut holes:
  • 5 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • Equipment: Deep-fry thermometer; Small ice cream scoop
Directions


Make the glaze:
  1. Sift the confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl. Slowly stir in 3 tablespoons of milk and the vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth. If the glaze isn't thin enough, stir in 1 additional tablespoon of milk. Cover the glaze with plastic wrap and set it aside while you make the doughnut holes.
  2. Make the doughnut holes:
  3. Add the vegetable oil to a large, heavy-bottomed pot. (There should be at least 2 inches of oil in the pot and at least 2 inches between the top of the oil and the top of the pot.) Attach the deep-fry thermometer to the pot and begin heating the oil over medium heat to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and the egg.
  5. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir the milk-egg mixture into the dry ingredients, then stir in the melted butter, mixing until a soft dough forms.
  6. Once the oil has reached 350ºF, use a small ice cream scoop to drop about 1 tablespoon scoops of dough into the oil, careful not to overcrowd the pan. (See Kelly's Notes.) Fry the doughnut holes, flipping them in the oil, for about 2 minutes or until they're golden brown. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnut holes to the paper towel-lined baking sheet.
  7. Allow the doughnut holes to cool slightly. Place a cooling rack atop a baking sheet, then one by one, dip the doughnut holes into the glaze and transfer them to the rack to allow the excess glaze to drip off. Serve immediately.
  8. Kelly's Notes:
  9. The dough expands when fried, so 1 tablespoon of batter will yield about a 2-inch doughnut hole. If you prefer smaller doughnut holes, drop about 1 teaspoon of batter into the oil. This recipe yields about 2 dozen of the larger doughnut holes or 4 dozen of the smaller variety.
  10. The roundness of the doughnut holes depends on how clean of a scoop of batter you drop into the hot oil. If you don't have a small ice cream scoop, you can use two small spoons to form the batter into mounds, however your doughnut holes will not be as uniformly round in shape.

Doughnut batter recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.



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