Purpose: In a time where we can feel alone, forgotten and even abandoned, let us not forget that our loving Father in Heaven knows each of us. He knows our struggles, our hopes, our fears, our needs and desires. He is here for us, let us remember this and teach it to our children.
Song: "He Is There"
Scripture: Doctrine & Covenants 112:10
Lesson: Have you ever felt alone in this great big world? Have you ever been out on a mountain top or on the huge blue ocean and wondered–does anyone know who I really am?
If you’ve thought this…you’re not alone.
Heavenly Father wants us to know for a surety that we are NOT alone. He wants us to know that He has so much unconditional love for each of us and that He has a divine plan for all of His children to return to him. A plan that all of us can follow and he loves us so much that he’s given us all the tools we need to follow his simple plan. With scriptures, prophets, church and temples and even our personal prayers, we have been well equipped to be able to know how much love our Father in Heaven has for us.
We can look at the world around us and also see the power and love of our Father in Heaven.
1. What are some of the ways you know that Heavenly Father loves you?
2. Have you ever felt alone?
3. How has God’s love helped you understand you’re not alone?
Elder Hugh B. Brown, who became an Apostle in the Church shared:
“If I had a bad dream in the night when I was young, I would awaken and call out, ‘Mother, are you there?’ Since mother’s room was next to mine, she would hear me and answer quickly, ‘Yes, Son, I’m here.’
“Years later when I left for a mission to England, my mother reminded me that she wouldn’t be there to answer when I called but that our Heavenly Father would always be there.
“Many times on my mission and throughout my life I have called out: ‘Father, are you there?’ … Always, I have received an answer” (in Joleen Meredith, “Friend to Friend,” Friend, Aug. 1975, p. 7).
For Parents: Explain that Heavenly Father may not talk to us out loud, but he is always watching over us. Sometimes he helps us by giving us peaceful feelings or by putting ideas into our minds.
Create a journal with the printable below. Each day write down a way that you felt that Heavenly Father was aware of you.
Share the experiences with your family and/or add this paper inside your scriptures to reflect back on when you have bad days.
Purpose: With our homes and families being under attack from the adversary, we need to make sure we are teaching our children the importance of loving one another, family bonds and creating a safe haven at home.
David O. McKay: “The home is the first and most effective place for children to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self-control; the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of the home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home.”
Opening Song:“Love at Home,” pg. 294 of Hymn Book
Scripture: Mosiah 4:14-15
"A Family Night" (Taken from the FHE Resource Book)
It was almost time for family home evening in the Reynolds home.
Jeanette was busy in the kitchen taking the last batch of hot cookies out of the oven. She had worked all afternoon to prepare refreshments. Father called all the children to come into the living room.
Debby, Jeanette’s little sister, ran down the stairs and grabbed a handful of cookies on her way through the kitchen. Jeanette angrily caught her blouse sleeve as she dashed past, and the sleeve ripped. Debby hollered, “Look what you did!”
“Well, if you had just asked first,” cried Jeanette. “It’s not my fault.”
Soon the two girls were arguing, and mother had to come into the kitchen to stop them. She became upset herself when she saw Debby’s torn blouse.
Finally father got everyone into the living room together. Debby sat down in one corner of the room, and Jeanette in the other. Even after the opening prayer, everyone in the family felt uncomfortable. The warm spirit they usually felt during their family nights was not there.
During the lesson mother brought some photo albums out and handed them to the children. “I thought you might enjoy looking through these old pictures tonight,” she said.
Everyone gathered together to see the pictures. The little children were especially excited to see themselves. They laughed and pointed whenever they found themselves in a picture. Mother held up a picture of Debby and Jeanette when they were little. “Remember when you two got into my oil paints?” she asked. The girls had to laugh when they saw themselves in the picture covered with red and blue paint.
Soon all the family was caught up in reminiscing. Even Jeanette and Debby talked about the fun times they had together on their camping trip.
The spirit had changed. Everyone in the family could feel the spirit of love in their home again. When they knelt together in prayer, they felt the Spirit of the Lord with them.
As families turn to Heavenly Father in prayer they can be filled with His love and ability to love others unconditionally just as Jesus did.
Elder Bruce Hafen: “Love is nowhere more potent or more significant than in marriage and family life.”
Elder Neal A Maxwell: “It is in family wherein we can learn, first and best, about love, taking turns, negotiating, and restraining selfishness…it is the most efficient means for producing human happiness and human goodness…the places where God’s extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people.”
(both from the Strengthening Our Families)
Cooking with the Family -- each family member is like an important ingredient in a recipe. Without one of the ingredients, the recipe doesn't turn out like it's supposed to.
However, when all the ingredients are added they all work well together to make something AMAZING!
It does require work... chefs create recipes over and over until they get them right. Creating a loving, kind family requires work as well. Those moments when all the ingredients are working together, the outcome is magical!
Create Your Family's Favorite Sweet Treat or Use this Yummy Recipe!
Easy 15-Minute Doughnuts & Hot Chocolate
Other helps to further this lesson:
Young Women Personal Progress Individual Worth Requirement #3
Jill's thoughts: Use this as an FHE theme for discussion one night when time is short, but you still want to get a lesson in with the family...
Many of you have enjoyed the stunning photo gallery of the transformation of the Provo Temple. I have always been and continued to be in awe of the details, thought, symbolism and beauty that goes into every teeny, tiny detail of the temples.
The detail I want to focus on this week can be found as we look at the photo below of the tabernacle being supported by these steel beams as they excavated underneath to prepare a solid foundation for the temple and to also prepare the baptistery.
As I have seen this photo over and over again, my mind is drawn to the incredible, 112-year-old historical building resting on these beams. As I relate this to myself and what one of many lessons we can pull from this image is this:
Some people wonder why we teach the same doctrines over and over again. I had a chance recently to speak with a teenage girl of our faith who had mentioned to me her struggles with believing in our church. As a return missionary, my mind went back to finding out where my young friend stood with her testimony of the 5 basic key areas; Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. As we did a "scale of 1-10 where is your testimony on each of these areas," we were able to see what areas she needed to work on.
I showed her this exact photo of the Provo Temple.
I shared with her that although you have been working on building yourself up to who you are today for the past 17 years, there comes a time when we need to make sure that our testimonies are fortified and strong. What are the areas of weakness in our testimony?
Is it due to lack of experience? Lack of knowledge? Both?
(What I mean by lack of experience is for example, my friend started out at a 10 with the Holy Ghost, but quickly started changing her answer lower and lower until she got to about 7 and I stopped her and asked why she keeps going down. Did she have experiences where she's felt the influence of the Holy Ghost? Yes. Was is it more knowledge of who He is, the role, etc --basically, knowledge-- that she was lacking? Yes. In some cases, there's probably both that are valid.)
When we recognize the areas, how and what we can do to fortify our foundation, it is imperative that we give our best efforts to strengthen them.
When we can make our foundations SOLID and we can continue to build our structures into who our Father in Heaven knows what we can become... how stunning will our divine structure be?
Photo Credit: MormonNewsroom.org
Purpose: To read and review The Family, A Proclamation to the World teachings while using the theme of the Plan of Salvation teachings.
Scripture: Ephesians 5:8
Song: "Teach Me to Walk in the Light"
Lesson & Activity:
When you want to further discuss the teachings within the Plan of Salvation, you can use the doctrine found in this divine document.
You can pick up a copy of the proclamation for about 30-50¢ or so each through the church distribution center.
I would suggest having a copy for each individual in your family that can write. You can color code the family proclamation based on areas/teachings of the Plan of Salvation.
1. Where does the proclamation share with us what we can learn about ourselves in the pre-mortal life?
2. What do we learn about our purpose of life here on earth?
...and so on.
If you haven't already reviewed the Plan of Salvation with your family, be sure to use this helpful Family Home Evening lesson to teach them about it!
Click here for the...Family Proclamation
JUST A NOTE:
Welcome to Family Home Evenings! So glad you're here and hope that you find the lesson you need for your family or group!