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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Word of Wisdom F.H.E.

Sorry, I've been meaning to contribute for some time now....

I have a 2 year old and a 3 year old, so we have to keep F.H.E. short, sweet, involved, and very interesting. Sometimes I succeed. This Family home evening went over well.

Preparation: Find about 6 clip art pictures of 5 food groups, exercising, strong healthy people, someone sleeping, etc... Find about 6 clip art pictures of cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, sick people, coffee, tea, etc.... Color the good things brightly and leave the others black and white.
Have a poster, chalk or white board with the words Good and Bad(I used sad and happy faces because my kids don't read) written at the top with a line down the middle to separate them.
Make three word strips:
1. Allow your body enough rest (front) D&C 88:124 (back) write the scripture out.
2. Don't take harmful substances into your body (front) D&C 89:7-9 (back) write the scripture out.
3. Be Careful of what you eat or put into your body (front) Deuteronomy 14:3 (back) write the scripture out.

Opening song: My Heavenly Father Loves Me, Children's Songbook #228


Lesson: Read the scriptures on the words strips and then the explanations on the front. If you have children who read, let them read the wordstrips.
For those of you who have older children reference the talk Boyd K. Packer, “‘Ye Are the Temple of God’,” Ensign, Nov 2000.

Activity: Have all the clip art pictures(see preparations) in an envelope. Let the kids pull them out and place them on the side of the board they think they go on. Talk about why the thing is good or bad.


Treat: Eat something healthy and yummy

Go to bed early!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Jesus Christ is My Savior

University 2nd Ward Primary March Family Home Evening Idea

Song: “ To Think About Jesus” (CS #71)

Scripture: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not parish but
have everlasting life (John 3:16).

Thought: Jesus Christ is My Savior (adapted from The Friend, March 2005, 20)

Review the third article of faith with the children. Help them understand the words atonement and laws and ordinances. Explain
that we remember the Atonement of Jesus Christ when we take the
sacrament each week. The sacrament is an ordinance. Show
GAK 225 (The Last Supper). Help the children identify the people in the picture, and reinforce the role of the Apostles. Tell the story of the Last Supper from Matt. 26:17–30.

Show GAK 315 (Christ Appears to the Nephites). Read or tell the account of
Jesus giving the sacrament to the Nephites (see 3 Ne. 18). Repeat with the children the last line from verse 7 “And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you”.

Show GAK 604 or some sacrament bread and water trays. Teach that when we take the sacrament, we promise
to “always remember” Jesus. One way to remember Jesus during the sacrament is to think about the stories
we know about Him.

Have the children sit in a circle. Choose several pictures from the GAK that depict stories from the life of Jesus. Put them facedown in a pile. Let the children take turns picking one of the pictures. The child can either tell the story or help him or her role-play the story. Playing some primary music quietly in the background can help invite the spirit during this activity.

General Authority Message: Ezra Taft Benson,
Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Redeemer, Friend, May 1992, inside front cover

He shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things (Mosiah 3:8).

The first principle of our religion is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He can provide the hope and strength we need to rise above our human failings. Jesus Christ was and is the Lord God Omnipotent. He is the Only Begotten Son of God in the flesh. He was the all-powerful creator of the heavens and the earth. He is the source of light and life to all things. His word is the law by which the universe is governed.

Even though He was God’s Son, Jesus was subjected to all the difficulties of mortality, such as “temptations, … hunger, thirst, and fatigue” (Mosiah 3:7). He suffered the pains of all men in Gethsemane. “For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; “Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit” (D&C 19:16, 18).

He submitted Himself to humiliation and insults from His enemies without complaint or retaliation. Finally, He endured flogging and the brutal shame of the cross. Only then did He voluntarily submit to death. “No man taketh [my life] from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again” (John 10:18). Because He overcame death, all mankind will be resurrected.

I humbly testify that He is the same loving, compassionate Lord today as when He walked the dusty roads of Palestine. He is close to His servants on this earth. He cares about and loves each of us. He lives today as our Lord, our Master, our Savior, our Redeemer, and our God. God bless us all to accept Him, worship Him, and follow Him.

Song: “I Think When I Read that Sweet Story” (CS #56)