Year 01/Lesson 17: Being Kind to Animals

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 100: Living Creatures, GAK 517: Spencer W. Kimball, printed coloring page and art materials, fresh fruits and toothpicks or skewers for treat.
Scripture: Genesis 1: 24-25 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Opening Song: The World is So Big (PCS #235)
You may also choose to do actions as you sing this song...

The world is so big and, oh, so round (form a large circle with arms),
And in it God’s creations are found;
Mountains (put hands in mountain shape over head)
And valleys (put hands palms down in front of body)
And trees so tall (stretch arms up tall),
Animals big (reach up)
And animals small (reach down).
The world is so big and, oh, so round (form a large circle with arms).
God loves us all; our blessings abound (grasp arms and hug self).


(Display GAK 100: Living Creatures)

Heavenly Father had Jesus Christ create our beautiful earth, including the day and night, the oceans and land, and the plants and trees.

• Who created the things you see in this picture?

Jesus created all kinds of animals to be on the earth. Some animals live on farms and around our homes. Some animals live in the forest, some in the mountains, and some in the desert. Some animals live in the cold parts of the world and other animals live in the warm places.

Heavenly Father had Jesus put animals on the earth to help us. We use some animals for food, some work for us, and some are fun to play with.

Because they are His creations, Heavenly Father wants us to be kind and gentle with animals.

(display picture of Spencer W. Kimball)

A latter-day Prophet, named Spencer W. Kimball, told this story from when he was a little boy.

When President Kimball was a boy, his job was to walk the cows to a pasture about a mile from his home. One day he made himself a slingshot, a toy that he could use to shoot rocks at fence posts and tree trunks. He became very good and could hit a tree or a fence post that was far away.

Tall trees grew along the side of the road where he walked the cows. Spencer noticed that there were many little birds in those trees. When he saw the birds, he was tempted to shoot them to show what a good shot he was. But then he remembered a song that he sang in Primary. It said, “Don’t kill the little birds. … The earth is God’s Estate, and he provideth food for small as well as great.” Spencer thought of those words that he sang. He decided that the birds were important to Heavenly Father, and it was not right to kill them. So he was always careful to shoot his slingshot where he would not hit any birds.

We can make good choices about how we treat animals just like President Kimball did.  Heavenly Father created animals and he wants us to always treat them with love and kindness.

Share a story from your own life about an animal that meant a lot to you and how they made your life better.

Bear your testimony about Heavenly Father's desire for us to treat all living creature with kindness.

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


FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY // Animal Charades
Have each family member stand and act out an animal of their choice while other family members guess which animal they are.

FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN // Animals Coloring Page 
(included in lesson download)

Try out one of these fun and healthy snacks from Pinterest.  Use healthy foods (and a few toothpicks and skewers) to make a fun animal treat!

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A Year of FHE // Check out this fantastic Family Home Evening about being kind to animals! It includes song, scripture, lesson, two activities to choose from and a lot of ideas for healthy treats that go with the theme! So cute!  #lds #fhe #animals #familyhomevening

13 Way Righteous Comments:

Wendy said...

Just found your site this morning and really feel inspired. Thanks for all you are doing. Missed see the follow up on these last few weeks of lessons. How did they go? Keep up the amazing work!!

amy said...

i've missed downloading the past few weeks. hoping to get back on FHE track. This one is perfect - we just got a dog and the girls are learning how to treat him.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, our family just got a new puppy...this is the perfect lesson for us this week! :) I'll let you know how it goes!

krista said...

i just have to tell you this lesson was our most successful fhe EVER! my kids loved acting out the animals, and they really understood the lesson. thanks so much!

Sandra Nixon said...

This looks like a great lessone for my 2 and 4 year old, thanks so much!! I am going to use it tonight.

famr_4evr said...

Thanks for this lesson. I am using it so the kids are made aware of our pets. We have one pet going in for surgery and I want them to be mindful of her and give her the extra love she will need.

Mormon Answer Lady said...

Today is our dog's birthday, so we will enjoy this lesson before sharing a doggie birthday cake! Thank you!

Amber said...

Using this tonight! My kids love to do animals charades!

Uriona Family said...

Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas. I don't even have to think. Just come and print because it is all so wonderful. My kids are going to LOVE the animal charades tonight. :)

Thanks again!

Lolly said...

Gonna use this one at Relief Society this week for my new calling...the curriculum coordinator for the children's class during enrichment. Holla, that's a mouthful. Any way, I think I am going to bring some different pictures of animals that the kids will sort, these are farm animals, jungle, ocean, mountain, dessert and such. Hope it goes well.

goonas said...

this lesson will be very good for any little kids i cant wait to teach it

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