2011 - Wk 02: Lehi's Vision


What You'll Need: scriptures, printed Iron Rod clip art, a yardstick (broom handle or rope), a blindfold and a plate of treats.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.
Scripture: 1 Nephi 11: 25"And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to... the tree of life."

Opening Song: Hold to the Rod (LDS Hymn #274 )


The beginning of a new year is a good time to makes changes to what we do and how we act. These good changes are called RESOLUTIONS. One of the best resolutions we can make is a resolve to keep the commandments, for that is the way to happiness.

(download the Lehi's Vision clip art pack by Rachel Bruner. Follow her instructions for coloring and set up and use it to illustrate the story of Lehi's Vision as you tell it.)

In the Book of Mormon (1 Ne. 8; 1 Ne. 11) there is a wonderful dream given to the prophet Lehi. In the dream Lehi he saw an iron rod, representing the word of God, that helped people to find happiness. By holding on to the iron rod, people were guided along the straight and narrow path that led to a tree. Many people tried to reach the tree and eat the fruit.

Some people left the path, others were lost in the mists, and some let go of the rod because people were making fun of them. All of these people were unhappy. Those who held on to the rod were safely guided to happiness and eternal life.

The Lord told Nephi that the Iron Rod is the Word of God.  The Wrod of God is the Scriptures and words of our Latter Day Prophets.  We can decide that we will be happy by keeping the commandments—by holding on to the iron rod.

Recite this small poem (by Elizabeth Giles) to the children...

The scriptures are our iron rod—
Hold on, and do what’s right!
Because they are the word of God,
They lead us to His light.
Bear your testimony about the happiness that comes into your life when you read and follow the Word of God and keep the commandments. 

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

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the JANUARY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Following the Iron Rod

What You'll need:
- a yardstick, broom handle or rope
- a blindfold
- plate of treats

Place a plate of cookies or another desirable treat (you may choose to use cut apples or other fruit) at one end of a room.  One by one, blindfold each child and spin them around twice.  Explain that the blindfold is like the Mists of darkness.  Have them attempt to make it to the plate of treats (make sure there is nothing they might trip over or get hurt on).

Next, have them hold to the "Rod" which can be a length of rope, a broom stick or yard stick.    Hold the other end of the rod and have the child (still blindfolded) make their way to the treat.  Once they arrive let them eat it.  If you have chosen a sweet treat or fruit you may choose to liken the taste to the "sweetness" of the gospel.

Ask the child how they felt when they finally made it to the "fruit". Explain that we can have the same feelings of happiness and joy when we make the right decisions and follow God's council.

17 Way Righteous Comments:

The Blaisdell Family said...

Thanks for all your hard work and time put into this site!! This is awesome! I can't wait to do tomorrow's lesson. Last week was fun but I think the kids will really enjoy week 2!!! The clip art is great!!

Emily said...

Thank you so much Em for all the hard work you put in to making these lessons. My goal this year is to have FHE every Monday with your lessons!! :)

Franc Family said...

I just found you last week and am so excited this makes FHE fun and easy. My husband struggles with going to church and he is trying to work on it so I think having FHE on a regular basis will help him to think about it during the week I hope Thanks for sharing, we are all here for special reasons, the Lord knows we can all help each other some how, no matter where we live. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Our goal this year is FHE every Monday, I found your sight and love it. I needed help and encouragement to do this, I have 3 boys and my husband is a non member, you are truly a blessing.

East Meets West said...

Thank you so much for all of your work in putting these lessons together; they are wonderful and will bless the lives of so many families!

Danielle said...

I am excited for this lesson tonight! I will post pictures and let you know how it goes tonight. Thanks!

thepainterfamily said...

i recently found your website, and just in time! :)

We really enjoyed the lesson from last week, and can't wait for tonight!

The lessons are perfect in length and detail for my children (5, 4 and 1)

Thank you so much!

The Nunes' said...

I remember doing a similar FHE lesson growing up... it was one of my favorites for sure. Thanks for all your hard work!!!

Stephanie said...

My kids are going to LOVE this activity. Thank you SO much!!

Lucy said...

Thank you! We loved it. The lesson was fast, fabulous and easy to follow without having to read from the page. That really helps. I love the fact that I can download it and print it out.

Anonymous said...

Very helpful for an FHE lesson my family has to do in front of some folks at a retirement center. Thank you, thank you!!!

Pam Miller said...

Thank you so much for all your hard work!!!!

Kathy's World said...

We are trying to get back in the habit of daily family scripture study. This is the perfect lesson to get us started! Thank You!

Kirk & Andrea Blad said...

Kids loved this one. I really am so greatful for this resource. Thanks again!

Emily Earl said...

I love reading about the Tree of Life

Angella Fobert said...

I cant seem to get your Iron Rod clip art to open up. Would you be able to send it to me somehow?

Angella Fobert said...

I cant seem to get your Iron Rod clip art to open up. Would you be able to send it to me somehow?

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