What You'll Need: scriptures, picture of a baby, activity print outs for each child, coloring supplies or writing utensils for older children.
Scripture: Exodus 20:12 - Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Opening Song: Quickly I'll Obey (PCS #197 )
Heavenly Father has commanded children to honor their parents by obeying them, showing them love and gratitude, and respecting them.
In 1974, the First Presidency stated: “Honoring your parents by living a good life and by showing them that you love and appreciate them are gifts that last forever. To your earthly mother and father and to your Heavenly Parents, you are their most valuable treasure. Their love and concern for you never ends” (Friend, Dec. 1974). We can trust our parents to want what is best for us. They love us and want us to be happy. One way we can find happiness is by obeying them.
Share a story from your own childhood about when you did NOT listen to your parents and the bad consequences which followed.
Even when we are small, we can show we love and respect our parents.
There are three easy ways that you can honor your parents...
1. By saying "Thank You" for the things they do for you (like making meals, reading stories, cleaning clothes, driving you places, etc.)
2. By listening and obeying when they ask you to do something (doing things the first time your parents ask you to shows that you love and honor what they are saying).
3. By always speaking to your parents with kindness (we should not yell at our parents, call them names or say rude things to them).
Bear your testimony about how much you love your children and how you want them to be happy. Explain that this love and concern is the reason for rules and directions you give them.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the September Song of the Month: go over the words and music with your family
I. Family Coloring Page
Print and color this page from The Friend magazine.
II. Family Reporter Worksheet
Have children ask questions to each parent from the worksheet.
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