Year 01/Lesson 01: Our Heavenly Family

1.01.2010

What You'll Need: scriptures, picture of your family, paper, scissors, crayons/colored pencils, sugar cookies (recipe link below), white icing (recipe link below), food coloring, male/female cookie cutters, ziplock baggies, small candies (optional)

You can also choose to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing.

Scripture: Psalm 82:6 - "...All of you are children of the most High".
(Explain that the most High means Heavenly Father.)

Opening Song: I Am a Child of God (Hymn 301 or PCS 2)

Lesson:
Show a family picture of your family. Point out and name each member of the family.

Q. How are the kids in our family like their parents? This may include hair color, eye color, glasses, likes and dislikes.

We all lived in heaven with Heavenly Father before we came to this earth. We are His children. That is why we call him Heavenly Father. We also lived with our heavenly mother and all the rest of Heavenly Father’s children. We do not remember living with Heavenly Father, but we know we are his children because we read it in the scriptures.

Q. How are we like our Heavenly Parents? This could include being kind, loving, good, honest and divine.

We also lived with Jesus Christ, our brother. He came to earth before us and made it possible for us to return and live with our Father in Heaven after we die. Heavenly Father sent us to earth to be a part of a family, but He still loves us and watches over us. He wants us to be happy.

When we are finished with our life here on earth, He wants us to return to live with him again because He loves us. We can return to Him by loving each other, following the teachings of Jesus and keeping God's commandments.

Everyone who has been born on the earth is a child of Heavenly Father. We should treat everyone we meet just like we should treat our family. Heavenly Father made everybody look different, but we are all His children, and everyone is beautiful in their own way.

In the scriptures the Lord tells us, "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature...for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7) That scripture is telling us not to judge people by how they look, or how tall they are, because that's not the way Heavenly Father sees us.  He looks at what's inside. He looks at our heart.  He wants us to practice seeing everyone we meet by what is in their heart, not how they look.  If we do that we will start loving more people, make more friends, and become more like Jesus Christ.

Bear testimony of God's love for each of us as His children.  

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here. 

Practice Song: If learning the song of the month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity

Option 1: Read this poem a few times with your kids. Act out some of the words with your hands.

WHO I REALLY AM
 By Cindy Maybon

Some say I have my mother’s eyes. (point to eyes)
 My smile comes from my dad. (point to smile)
My freckles come from Grandpa, (point to cheeks)
And all this makes me glad.
I share the curls in my hair (point to hair)
With uncles whom I love. (point to heart)
But the truth of who I really am
Comes from up above. (point towards the ceiling)
A child of God is who I am,
A child of royal birth.
My Father up in heaven (point towards the ceiling)
Sent me here to earth.
As I take this journey
And try valiantly each day, (make muscles)
I know He watches over me (put hand above eyes)
And listens when I pray. (cup hands around ears)
So if the path gets thorny
And the way feels not so clear,
I remember who I really am
And that takes away each fear.

Option 2: Fold paper in an accordion style. Use scissors to create a paper doll chain as seen below. Have children color and decorate each paper doll in their chain differently. Reinforce the teaching that everyone on earth are our brothers and sisters and are all children of God.*


Treat: Make sugar cookies (recipe here). Roll out dough and use cookie cutters to cut out a body shape for each member of your family (girls and boys). This can be done earlier that day and you may want to make a few extra in case some break or get eaten.

Make white icing (recipe here). Divide into small portions and color with one drop of food coloring to create a range of different colors. Put each color into a ziplock baggy and cut a small tip off the bottom edge to create a piping bag.

When cookies are cooled, have each child decorate their own cookie as a self portrait. Provide different colors of icing, sprinkles and small candies if desired. Talk about each family member's physical attributes, but also focus on the spiritual attributes which make them special.

*Because this is similar to the activity you may choose to just do one or the other, depending on time and resources.

18 Way Righteous Comments:

Jewelle said...

I'm very excited about your blog. Thanks for doing this! Is there anyway possible you could provide a pdf of the lesson so that they are easy to print?

Tessa Buys said...

FHE tonight was a wonderful success! We tried taking a picture, but it didn't work out :). Our paper boys and girls were super cute, though! Thank you for taking the time to enrich my family's lives by offering these lessons. I really appreciate it!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Emilie. Now I have no excuses to avoid FHE. :)

emilie said...

I'm very excited about your blog. Thanks for doing this! Is there anyway possible you could provide a pdf of the lesson so that they are easy to print?
...
Great suggestion! I will start doing that and update this first lesson as well!

Hilary said...

What a wonderful site! I can't wait to use it all year round!

Jewelle said...

Last weeks FHE was a success! We altered the lesson just a teeny bit because we have an 18 mo. Our kids loved the lesson, and the craft. Tonight we are trying lesson #2, with my husband teaching it. I'm so excited! Thanks for all the hard work you put into making these lessons!

jamie t. said...

http://tonksfamily.blogspot.com/2010/01/family-portrait.html

We did this lesson this week and thought maybe you would want to see how our family cookies turned out.

My girls loved the whole lesson! Thanks

Christine Dallimore said...

A perfect way to begin the school year! I can't wait to use this tomorrow....THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and I am SUPER EXCITED!!! It's exactly what I've been looking for my young kids (2 and 3yrs).
You look so familiar--what is your maiden name? My maiden name is Stephanie Nichols (now Gunstream). Ring a bell?

T.J. said...

OH my goodness this is perfect!! You are such a blessing for doing this! I am actually a Roman Catholic, but I am always looking at ways to incorporate a variety of spiritual practices. For the longest time, I've been wanting to start up our version of FHE with my family, but had no idea where to begin. Thank you thank you thank you! I have a blog so once I get myself all organized with this, I'll be sure to put your button up :)

Leah said...

I'm so excited to finally have a plan when it comes to FHE. Thank you for all the time spent in coming up with these amazing lessons. This is so wonderful!

Annelise said...

ive been trying to find an FHE about the plan of salvation that would work for both my 5 year old and 2 year old. i think i will use parts of this lesson mixed with parts of your plan of salvation lesson. thanks so much for the great resources!!

Steve and Katie Hoffman said...

Thanks for the great website!! I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. I have been able to adapt the lessons for them. Thanks again!

Away from home! said...

thank you so much for putting all these ideas together...i can't wait to start using these lessons..thank you you are wonderful!!

Bret Mitchell said...

I just found your blog and I can't believe you did all this! Great job!!! Thank you so much!

Bret Mitchell said...

I just found your blog and I can't believe you did all this! Great job!!! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

I always wonder how my actions will help other people. I'm a mom and a busy one, so sometimes it bothers me that I can't be more than that and help other people in our world. You should know that you are making a HUGE impact! How proud and happy Heavenly Father must feel with you! This is so amazing, and will certainly help my whole family, as well as many, many others. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

BLnKMcH said...

Your FHE blog is awesome! For November my little family will be discussing the different families and for October differences. Just a note...When Heavenly Family is downloaded as a PDF it says "Extended " Family instead. I was confused for a moment but the rest is fine and so is the Extended family pdf. I am so grateful for your short (to the point) and sweet lessons and for your having made these available to us free of charge and to help us out for FHE as well (print prep and go). We just used the Bishop and First presidency FHEs in preparation for conference. Thank you! You are and will certainly blessed for your monumental efforts.

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