Year 01/Lesson 02: Our Extended Family

What You'll Need: scriptures, paper, pencil, photographs of individual extended family members, an inexpensive 4x6" photo book, sharpie pens, construction paper or patterned scrapbooking paper, glue stick and scissors.

Scripture/Thought: Malachi 4:6 - And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers...

Opening Song: We are a Happy Family (PCS #198)


Show a picture of your family.  Point and name each member of your family and their relationship to each other (mother, father, sisters, brothers).

Our immediate family includes a father, mother, and their children. Sometimes they all live together in the same house, but sometimes they don't.

• Why is the immediate family so important?

• What are the responsibilities of the immediate family members to each other? (to help answer these questions, read Ephesians 6:1-3).  If needed, explain that in the scripture children are told to obey and honor their parents.  That means to do what they ask and to be kind and respectful to them.  Explain that "fathers" means both parents in this scripture.  Parents are told to also be kind to their children and to teach them about the Lord and his teachings.

Show a picture of your extended family. This can be a photo from your childhood (like my husband's family picture from childhood below) or a current photo. Point and name each member of your family and their relationship to each other (grandmother, grandfather, aunts, uncles) 

Our family also includes other members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers’ and sisters’ spouses, nieces, and nephews. These other relatives are called extended family members.

• Why is the extended family also important? (Our grandparents made it possible for many of the blessings we now have. Our uncles, aunts, and cousins can enrich our lives, and we can use our talents to help them in their lives. Our extended family can also be together in the celestial kingdom forever by being sealed in the temple and living worthily.)

Draw a simple family tree with your immediate family starting with your children, then yourselves, then your siblings and your parents. Have family members fill in the branches of the tree together. If you live close to certain family members you may choose to talk specifically about each extended family member and what they contribute to our happiness.

President Spencer W. Kimball said, “The very mobility of our society means that our children are often moved from place to place and lose close contact with the extended family of grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and longtime neighbors...We ought to encourage our children to know their relatives. We need to talk of them, make effort to correspond with them, visit them, join family organizations.”

Q: How can we grow closer to our extended family?

A: (might include) setting up a weekly time to share a telephone call with grandparents, sending birthday cards to cousins, paying visits to extended family if they live close enough, sending cards and letters to distant grandparents and great-grandparents. Make a plan as a family to help you achieve the goals mentioned.

Bear testimony to your children of the importance of family relationships and how much they have meant in your life.

(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. You may choose to these pictures, word charts or other games which help family members learn the words.



This is one we made around two years back. It has been well loved, dragged everywhere, dropped in a mud puddle...and it still looks pretty good. The great thing about using plastic 4x6" photo books is that each page is protected by plastic...a MUST for rowdy kids like mine. This week we will be making a brand new, updated version for our family since we have welcomed many new family members into the Ahern clan in the past 2 years.

You can purchase inexpensive, plastic 4x6" albums at most dollar stores or craft stores. I purchased mine last week at AC Moore. They usually come with a cheesy front cover with a poem, but you can slide that right out with ease.

Cut out 4x6" vertical pieces of patterned paper. Make enough to fill the entire book. You will be creating all of your pages first and then filling the book once you are finished.
I started by making a front cover (as pictured above). Then on the inside page our family made a Mission Statement of sorts about family. We printed that and put it on the first page (opposite the inside front cover).

Collect photos of extended family members. If you don't a recent photo of any individuals, ask them to send a recent photograph of themselves via email before Monday. Print out photos as a 4x6 photograph and crop into a 3 inch square.

Make a 4x6" page for each extended family member out of construction paper/patterned scrapbook paper. Glue the 3x3" photo onto the top of the paper. Write their name under their photo and their relationship to your children under their name. Make sure you include yourselves and your children.

Slide completed pages into your blank 4x6" photobook. This is a great book for sacrament meeting, future FHE lessons and to remind children of family members who live far away.

2. Extended Family Simple Word Search (from The Friend magazine)
3. Extended Family Coloring Page (from The Friend magazine)

A Year of FHE // Check out this great Family Home Evening about the blessings of  having an extended family, whether near or far. Includes a song, scripture, lesson, and three activities to choose from. This is perfect for right before the holidays or for anytime at all!! #lds #extendedfamily #familyreunion

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6 Way Righteous Comments:

Jewelle said...

Thanks so much for the PDF version!

Deanna said...

Thank you for your hard make it so easy for us! :) We did week one last week, short and sweet. This week we had an actual 7 minute lesson! (we have 2 & 4 yr old boys) and it was FABULOUS! The tree idea was great and the scripture simple and sweet. Just what our little family needed. :) Thank you, again!

~The Poulsen Family

Kathryn said...

sucessful fhe :) thank you! please continue the great work!

camille said...

Hi! I just found your button on a friends blog and quickly put it on mine! I am so in need of good fhe plans and you've really done most, if not all, of the work for me!!! Thank you! I can't wait to have a great year of FHE now! Thank you, thank you! ~ Camille

Alison said...

Thanks for sharing your great lessons! My 3 year old is having a blast and especially loved this one. She has been bringing her "Family Book" everywhere and is so proud to show it off!

Marlynn said...

My girls LOVE the family book. They love to show everyone it and tell everyone who is in it.

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