Year 01/Lesson 03: Our Family

What You'll Need: scriptures, family photo, GAK 313/GAB 80: Two Thousand Young Warriors, printed D&C print, Printed family goal sheet, paper, crayons/markers.

Scripture: Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Opening Song: The Family is of God (from Oct 2008 Friend magazine...hear it here)


(display picture of your family)

God gave us families. President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “The family is the most important organization in time or in eternity".

Each person has an important place in his or her family. Through prophets the Lord has explained how fathers, mothers, and children should behave and feel toward one another. We need to learn what the Lord expects us to do to fulfill our purpose as a family. If we all do our part, we will be united eternally.

Parents should teach their children the gospel. Parents should also teach their children to pray and to obey the Lord’s commandments. Husbands and wives should show love and respect for each other and for their children by both actions and words. It is important to remember that each member of the family is a child of God. Parents should treat their children with love and respect, being firm but kind to them.

Fathers share the blessings of the priesthood with the members of his family. He should set a good example for his family by keeping the commandments. Fathers should spend time with each child individually. He should teach his children correct principles, talk with them about their problems and concerns, and counsel them lovingly. Some good examples are found in the Book of Mormon. It is also the father’s duty to provide for the physical needs of his family, making sure they have the necessary food, housing, clothing, and education. Even if he is unable to provide all the support himself, he does not give up the responsibility of the care of his family.

Latter-day prophets have taught, “Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children”. A mother needs to spend time with her children and teach them the gospel. She should play and work with them so they can discover the world around them. She also needs to help her family know how to make the home a pleasant place to be. If she is warm and loving, she helps her children feel good about themselves.

(display Stripling Warriors picture)

The Book of Mormon describes a group of 2,000 young men who rose to greatness because of the teachings of their mothers (see Alma 53:16–23). Led by the prophet Helaman, they went into battle against their enemies. They had learned to be honest, brave, and trustworthy from their mothers. Their mothers also taught them that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them (see Alma 56:47). They all survived the battle. They expressed faith in the teachings of their mothers, saying, “We do not doubt our mothers knew it” (Alma 56:48). Every mother who has a testimony can have a profound effect on her children.

Children share with their parents the responsibilities of building a happy home. They should obey the commandments and cooperate with other family members. The Lord is not pleased when children quarrel (see Mosiah 4:14).

The Lord has commanded children to honor their parents. He said, “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land” (Exodus 20:12). To honor parents means to love and respect them. It also means to obey them.

President Spencer W. Kimball said that children should learn to work and to share responsibilities in the home and yard. They should be given assignments to keep the house neat and clean.

• Discuss what each member of your family can do to contribute to the happiness of the family. This can include the items mentioned above, actual chores and assigned responsibilities and emotional support. As needed make new family goals based on the list below.  Use the goal sheet provided and display it in a common area. Have kids check off the actions as your family performs them each day.  You may choose to have a reward if the family completes ALL of the check marks this week!

(from Gospel Principles manual) All of us want to have happy, successful families. The following things will help us achieve this:

1. Have family prayer every night and morning.
2. Teach children the gospel every week in family home evening.
3. Study the scriptures regularly as a family.
4. Do things together as a family, such as work projects, outings, and decision making.
5. Learn to be kind, patient, long-suffering, and charitable.
6. Attend Church meetings regularly.
7. Keep a family history, perform temple work together, and receive the sealing ordinances of the temple.
8. Follow the counsel of the Lord in D&C 88:119: “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”

A Year of FHE // A free printable goal sheet for 1 week of daily activities that will strengthen your family! Based on the LDS Gospel Essentials manual.

If desired, print the House of Order poster included in the lesson download and hang in prominent place in your home.

Free HOUSE OF ORDER print by A Year of FHE! #LDS

Bear your testimony about the importance of families as a part of God's plan. Express your love for each family member and share what they contribute to the family that no one else can.  Share an experience from your own life when the love and support of your family helped you through a difficult trial.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)


FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY // Draw a Family Portrait
Provide paper and crayons/colored pencils/marker/water color paints and have each family member create a picture of the immediate family. Even Mom and Dad should participate. When finished, compare pictures, talk about similarities and differences and praise your children's work.

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A Year of FHE // a free LDS Family Home Evening all about your FAMILY! Teaches kids about the different roles that each family member plays and how each individual family member has an important part in making the family strong! Includes a scripture, song, lesson, activity, and free printables! Your FHE is ready, just CLICK, PRINT, and TEACH!

14 Way Righteous Comments:

Leah Killian said...

I kind of love your poster :-)

I need to find some quality paper to print it on!

Leah Killian said...

OK- Because I know you want feedback lol:

I have not yet done this lesson, but I printed this cute DC script out smaller and left aligned on a landscape paper and made great cards for the sisters I visit teach. So many recent messages have been on preparedness, and this was perfect!

I printed out a big one and it is on my fridge- great daily reminder!

Amber said...

You are amazing...thank you again.

The Halladay Family said...

Just found your site and I love it. Thanks for doing all this work. It is so nice to be able to have fhe evening eventhough our lives are so crazy. Your incredible work makes FHE possible for my family

Rebecca & Jeff said...

Our family is using your blog every week! We are starting with the 2010 plan. My husband works long hours so your plans have helped me actually do FHE in our home for our 1 and 2 year olds. We actually started hosting Extended Family Home Evening because the grandparents live close by. It has been such a blessing these past 3 weeks, I am so excited to do it the rest of the year! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into making these, I know it blesses the lives of MANY!

Noelle said...

I found your blog on pinterest and have been doing the 2010 FHE plans. So far, so good! Perfect for my little 4 year old. She has loved all the activities, and I love looking like I know what I'm doing! Thanks for all your work!

Amber said...

I have struggled with FHE for years. I know I need to do it the kids LOVE it but I struggle with preparing lessons. I love the simplicity of these lessons and love that you have put so much effort into making thing possible for those of us who fall short! We are starting with the 2010 lessons. Thank you so much for your service to me and my family.

Megan Lloyd said...

I LOVE your site! I only have one child, an 8 month old, but I am using your site to help me get ready to do FHE with him as he gets older. Seriously, this is such a perfect and comprehensive site. Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

I am so glad I found your website AND you have a FB Page! Thank you for the efforts and sharing your talents, especially in providing FHE Lessons! We have elementary aged kids, and its challenging, often times, to get a lesson together and figure out ways to involved everybody in the lesson. Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU!!!

Breanna said...
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Breanna said...

I use your website often for our family home evenings. I love it. Thank you for your hard work.

This week I am in charge of Sharing Time in Primary. Our lesson is on FHE. I took portions of this lesson and adapted it to a kids perspective so they can take a copy home to prepare and teach a FHE lesson to their own family.
(I credited it back to your website on the copy I will distribute)

Thank you again for providing such wonderful helps.

Sarah said...

Thanks for all your hard work! I am putting together a book of FHE lessons as a house warming gift - you work makes mine so much easier!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this! Using it tonight!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this! Using it tonight!

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