Year 01/Lesson 48: Serving my Family

What You'll Need: scriptures, bowl of crayons, GAK picture #226: Jesus Washing the Apostles’ Feet, printed activities, coloring tools and a pen or pencil.

Scripture: Mosiah 2:17 - And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

Opening Song: Give Said the Little Stream (PCS #236 )


As you begin the lesson, “accidentally” spill your bowl of crayons onto the floor. Wait a moment before picking the items up to give the family a chance to help you. (If no one volunteers, ask the children to help.)

Thank your kids for helping you and compliment them for taking an opportunity to serve. Explain that when we help others without asking for something in return, it is called service.

(display GAK Picture #226: Jesus Washing the Apostles’ Feet)

When Jesus lived on the earth it was not unusual for people to have their feet washed, because most people wore sandals and their feet became very dusty and dirty. But usually a servant did this job. Jesus' friend, Peter, did not want Jesus to wash his feet because he thought it was not right for Jesus to act as a servant.

Jesus explained to the Apostles that even though he was the Savior, he still served them. He wanted them to understand that they should serve each other. Jesus wants us to follow his example and serve others.

- Why did Jesus wash the Apostles’ feet?
- What did Jesus want the Apostles to do?
- What does Jesus want us to do?

Families should serve each other.  Sometimes we get along really well, but other times we disagree and fight.  When you love people as much as you love your family there are always strong feelings and those strong feelings are sometimes good ones, like love, happiness, togetherness, and enjoying time together.  Sometimes those strong feelings are not as positive. We can feel frustrated, angry, and annoyed by our family.  That's okay. Every family feels that way sometimes.  One way to change those less positive feelings is to serve each other,

Sometimes, we think when we are small we cannot serve, but that is not true.  Even kids can serve.  There are many ways to serve.  Here are just a few...Tell or read a story to someone younger, draw a picture for your parents or grandparents, put away the toys your brother left out, set the table for dinner without being asked. (This is a good time for parents to add some ways to serve that would be particularly helpful to their specific family.)

Question: Who feels happy when we serve?

Not only do those we serve feel happy, but we also feel happy because we are doing what Jesus taught us to do.  Heavenly Father also feels happy when we serve each other.  Re-read Mosiah 2:17.  The book of Mormon prophets teach us that when we serve others we are also serving Heavenly Father.

Bear your testimony about the love you have for your family.  Share the importance of serving within your family and the promised blessing that come when we serve each other.

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


1. An Act of Service for a Family Member
You can choose to draw names secretly and have children and parents secretly serve each other all week, revealing who each was serving at the end of the week. Or you can just suggest ways to serve each other

- make someone's bed for them
- help watch your younger brothers or sisters
- compliment a family member
- help mom with a chore without being asked
- read a book to a younger sibling
- play a game with your siblings

2. Strengthening My Family Word Puzzles (from The Friend magazine)

3. I Can Help my Family Coloring Page (from The Friend magazine)

A Year of FHE / A family home evening about the importance of serving each other within our families. Includes scripture, song, lesson, and three activities to choose from. #service #lds #familiesareforever

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12 Way Righteous Comments:

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for he fhe lessons! You have done a wonderful job. I just found your website so today will be my first FHE from you website but I am sure it will be wonderful!

The Brown Family said...

My family has used your site for a month now and it has changed our FHE experience. THANK YOU!!!

Sharesa Larsen said...

We love this site and this week's lesson plays right into my daughter's topic for a talk this coming Sunday, now she can help us write it by telling us about what she learned. Thank-you, thank-you!

SuzanneF said...

Great lesson! I liked your idea of asking the bishop about food orders to fill. We had a huge snowstorm last week and lots of folks were stuck without transportation to the bishop's storehouse right before Thanksgiving. We were able to make two trips to fill 5 orders and deliver them all in time for dark. It was a great activity and while the kids didn't have to do much, they appreciated that they were helping make the holidays a lot better for some nice people in our ward.

Matt and Jessica said...

This is exactly the lesson I was looking for! I made up a "giving" calendar for our family for Dec so we can focus more on the giving part of Christmas. Thank you!

Shazza Hazza said...

This was such a lovely lesson. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

We used it tonight and collected up all the kids unused toys and took them down to the local donation bins.

It was a really simple way for the kids to understand what service is, so thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Emily, for compiling and creating such wonderful lessons! This particular lesson was a hit! My kids now want to "give back" everyday...what a good character trait they are building.

Shambi-Galambi said...

Great for my pre-thanksgiving lesson!

Karina said...

I am thankful for these lessons. We are planning on one FHE a month to do a service project.

Jesse Stout said...

Thank you so much for this blog!

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Apryl Stott said...

Awwww,I illustrated that coloring page for The Friend! Warms my heart to see it here! Xoxo

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