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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?

3. What peace has this knowledge brought to you throughout your life?


Activity: Plan of Salvation Scripture Puzzle

1. Cut out the scriptures into strips. Make sure that each person has their own set of this complete scripture list. 

2. Each family member should have their own set of scriptures - DO NOT USE ELECTRONIC VERSIONS. Only use paper versions of the scriptures so that there's more of a chase! 

3. Match the scriptures to the coordinating part of the Plan of Salvation on the chart. 

The person who finishes FIRST & has ALL of the scriptures matching correctly WINS! 


Scriptures & Chart: See below for printables!


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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Purpose: The Internet is an incredible resource and tool for the use of good, research, entertainment and keeping in touch with family and friends that live out of your area. 

However, the Internet has many dangers for some of its youngest users– children. 

This Family Home Evening lesson is provided to open the conversation about Internet safety and to teach some basic safety tips. Internet safety should be an on-going conversation with your children.


Song: "Keep the Commandments"


Scripture: Mosiah 4:3-4 

“Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down;

“And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.” 


Talk: 


There are good and bad in areas of life --- such as:
 - Candy is good. But, too much of it is bad for us.
 - Sleep is good. But, too much of it is not good for us and makes us lazy.

The same goes with different forms of entertainment. Movies can be good, but there are some movies that have bad words or scenes that we should not see. 

Computers can do a lot of good, but there are ways that too much use can be bad, start to control our lives, get in unsafe situations or look at inappropriate materials.

Discussion #1: What are some good things that computers help us with?

(Examples can be: having access to so much gospel literature, general conferences, manuals, videos, etc. from the church, doing and researching our genealogy, blogging about our church/missionary work, being able to communicate with family and friends that live far away, etc)

We do need to be aware of the bad things that can happen with computers as well.

Here are some Internet Safety Tips:

With the benefits of the Internet come hazards. We can take a few precautions that will help us and our children to screen material.


1. Place your computer in an open-access area. Having the computer in sight reminds everyone in the family to be careful about the information they access. It also encourages you to sit down with your children and use the Internet together. If you do not know a lot about the computer or the Internet, ask your child to teach you. They might enjoy the invitation to share their knowledge with you.


2. Talk with your children about the Internet. In a family home evening lesson or as the need arises, periodically discuss with your children how the Internet can be used for good or evil. Help them to understand the importance of accessing only appropriate sites. It is important to resist not only pornography, but also graphically violent material or anything else that is not wholesome. Realize too that in some cases hypertext links on an appropriate site could link to other sites with questionable material.


As you talk with your children about appropriate Internet use, encourage them to be good examples to their friends. If they or their friends are accessing questionable information, your children need to feel confident that they can talk to you. Establish a relationship founded upon open communication.


 3. Bookmark child-friendly sites. Bookmarking is an easy-to-use feature on your computer that allows you to mark sites you want to visit often. Marking a selection of appropriate sites gives your children a good choice of places to visit when they use the Internet. Once you have accessed a site you would like to mark, click on the word Bookmarks at the top of your screen, then select Add Bookmark.


4. Teach your children to avoid giving out personal information. Establish some house rules about what personal information can and cannot be shared on the Internet. For instance, one rule might be, “I will not give out my street or e-mail addresses or credit card numbers without parental approval.” Discuss guidelines as a family.


5. Check your browser history routinely. Most Internet browsers maintain a history of Web sites visited recently. In some cases, you can press an arrow to the right of where you type an Internet address to see a drop-down list of recently visited sites. Also pressing CTRL-H while your cursor is in the address box will generally show the history.


6. Know the parents of your children’s friends. Your children may use a computer at their friends’ homes or other places. Talk with the parents of your children’s friends to find out if they have blocked inappropriate Internet sites. Knowing the parents helps you become familiar with their family’s entertainment standards.


7. Ask your Internet Service Provider (ISP) about filtering methods to block inappropriate information before it gets to your home. Does the provider filter content? How extensively? If you’re not satisfied with the filtering provided, you can purchase and install filtering software.


8. Share your learning with others. Talk to family and friends about what you and your family have discovered as you have searched the Internet. Ask them how they have avoided inappropriate Internet sites. What sites have proven to be especially beneficial?

The bottom line is—there’s no foolproof filtering technology. We need to have our own internal moral filters.—Eric L. Denna, president of the BYU Sixth Stake and information technology vice president at BYU



Discussion #2:

1. Set up family rules regarding using electronic devices, using the Internet, where electronics can be used and “online” friends.

Activity:

The Family Home Evening Internet Safety for Children Bingo: Write down each of the rules that are listed in the Bingo boxes. Tear each one off on its own piece of paper and put them folded in a bowl. The parent will select the papers randomly out of the jar and discuss the safety rule. Whoever gets Bingo (3 in a row) first, WINS!



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