Year 01/Lesson 14: A Proclamation to the World & Family Goals


What You'll Need: scriptures, enough pencils as there are members of your family plus one extra, GAK 520: Gordon B. Hinckley, a copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World, (you can print one here), printed activity, scissors, glue stick, pen, coloring tools.

Quote:  Ezra Taft Benson - “Thank God for the joys of family life. I have often said there can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from a good home. The sweetest influences and associations of life are there”.

Opening Song: Families Can Be Together Forever (PCS #188)


- How many people are in our family?
- Where does our family live?
- What do you like doing with our family?
- How do you feel about our family?

(show GAK 520: Gordon B. Hinckley)

In 1995, President Gordon B. Hinckley was the Prophet of our church.  He introduced a special message called “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”.

(display a copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World)
The Proclamation on the family teaches us about our life before we came to earth.  It tells us more about our Heavenly Father's plan for us and how we can be truly happy.  I wanted to share a very important part of the Proclamation.  It says that “the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.” Heavenly Father planned for you to come to earth and belong to a family. He knew that you needed a loving family to help you grow and learn how to return to Him someday.

We want our family to be strong so we can grow together, help and love each other and so we can live together someday with Heavenly Father.
Object Lesson: Hold up one pencil.  Ask your oldest child to break it.  (They should be able to snap it in two. If your oldest child is not strong enough you might want to ask an adult to do it.)

Now hand the same person the bundle of pencils and ask them to break them, holding them all together in a bundle.  (It cannot be broken).

We are just like these pencils. When one person stands alone, they are not very strong. But when we all stick together we are very strong and nothing can break us apart.
In our activity today we are going to talk about ways that we can work together to strengthen our family.  The Proclamation says " Successful...families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities." We are going to talk about five of these words and make goals to help us build a happier family.

FAITH - Faith is the word we use to talk about our belief in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  It also includes attending church and doing other things Heavenly Father has asked us to do.
PRAYER - Prayer is speaking daily with our Heavenly Father both as a family and personally.
REPENTANCE - Repentance means being sorry when we make mistakes or hurt others, saying we are sorry, and not doing those things again.
FORGIVENESS - Forgiveness means letting go of our anger when someone has done something hurtful to us.
RESPECT - Respect means treating each other's feelings, belongings, bodies, and space in a way that shows we love them.
LOVE - Is a feeling and an action we can show to each other.
COMPASSION - Compassion is trying to understand how someone else is feeling, even when we don't agree with them.
WORK - Is an important part of families.  Families need to work together to keep a house of order, reach their goals, and help each other.
WHOLESOME RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES - This means having fun together!  Doing things we like to do and maybe trying different activities together or having a new adventure!

Bear your testimony about the truthfulness of the Proclamation to the World and the importance of families.  Express your love for each member of your family and testify that each of them has special talents that contribute to your family and makes it strong.

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

Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family.

1. Building a Successful Family Goal Chart (includes full instructions.)

A Year of FHE // Proclamation on the Family FREE PRINATBLE! You make goals as a family, based on the building blocks of a happy family as outlined in the Proclamation.  Then fill in your goals, add to your poster, and hang in your home! This is such a great resource for LDS families! #lds #Proclamation #Family #familiesareforever

2. For Younger Kids: Coloring Page (from The Friend magazine)

2. For Older Kids: Proclamation Word Search (from The Friend magazine)

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A Year of FHE // An entire Family Home Evening about The Family: A Proclamation to the World.  This lesson is easy enough for small children to understand and includes a song, quote, lesson, and three activities to choose from.  There is a fantastic activity and free printable where your family makes simple goals together based on the principles taught in the Proclamation document. You'll LOVE this FHE!
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28 Way Righteous Comments:

Chris Fullmer said...

I am new to your site & am thrilled that I came across it! I couldn't be more impressed with the quality of your lessons & the hard work you do to encourage & hold FHE! You have increased my desire to recommit to holding it at home & making it a special evening to teach the gospel to our young family. Thank you very much for sharing! -Fenna F.

Annilee said...

You have made Mondays so much easier around here, thank you for all your hard work! I enjoy that most of your activities are great for my 4 year old...

Amy said...

Thanks for all your hard work! This lesson will work well for my son to pass off a Faith in God requirement! thanks!

Shelly B. said...

I LOVE your blog! Thanks for all your hard work! I really appreciate your fabulous FHE lessons!

Sharesa Larsen said...

We did this lesson last week and we LOVE the house built on values. In fact my 4 year old had to draw one of her own to hang up in her room! Thanks for such a wonderful resource!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your hard work keeping up this blog. You are a great resource to tap into when I need some extra inspiration/motivation keeping our FHE's interesting.

Sally said...

I recently discovered your blog and LOVE it. I've already used a few of your lessons. Thank you for making and sharing such a wonderful resource. I appreciate all of the hard work you put into it!

Anonymous said...

The talks in sacrament today focused on this topic - and during the meeting my little one informed me that "this is really boring," i.e. this is going right over my head. Hopefully this will help!

Corey & Amber said...

I just love all the work and love you but into FHE for your self and for sharing it with all of us. I love using your ready to go lessons when I have run out of timt to get something together. Like now when Im on bed rest. I tell all my friends about your blog and how GREAT it is keep up the amazing work.

Natalie said...

FHE at our house isn't always a success, but I did this lesson last night and it was so great. We got to discuss words like "respect" and "compassion" that they were unfamiliar with and help them understand how they apply to our family. I thought it would be a quick lesson, but they kept asking questions and staying on topic, so they got to bed a little late=) Thank you, Emilie, for all that you do. What a service you've done in creating this blog, complete with activities and pictures and even treat suggestions! Thank you, thank you.

Retirednavywife said...

This is fabulous, thank you so much. I have been recently called to be the Activity Day leader and basically starting from scratch. I am using this lesson in a couple of weeks and it has everything I need. I will be visiting your site often.

sharla said...

I love this FHE idea & how comprehensive it is! I plan to come back to your site again in the future. However I thought I would post a warning for you. I clicked on & downloaded the Successful family goal chart from Media Fire and when I did, a porn site popped up automatically. I know you didn't realize that might happen, just as I never suspected either. But maybe a good solution would be to not use Media Fire to host your downloads, as they seem to not be a safe/good site. Also, maybe you could email them and complain. Hopefully, others won't have a similar problem. Good luck & thanks for all your great FHE ideas!

Pam Miller said...

Wow.... Thanks for always putting together such great lessons. I had a topic in mind that I wanted to teach my children and you have a lesson all made for me to use with all the fun stuff all ready to go! Thanks so much!!!

Teri said...

Thank you so much for providing the information on your blog. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your talents with us. You've done a wonderful job with these Family Home Evening lessons.

Anonymous said...

I'm using the Building a Successful Family goal chart with our lesson tomorrow. Thanks for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

I love that you have put together so many ideas and plans. It will save me time preparing for FHE lessons for my family. I have an older child and younger children, so your lessons have ideas that can be applicable to our entire family. Thank you so much for all of your time and efforts!

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing. We're trying to memorize the proclamation, and I wanted a lesson to focus on why it's important, so this is perfect.

Meagan said...

Love your blog! This lesson is awesome and I can't wait to use it tonight. Thank you for your hard work!!

katieannephoto said...

I too am horrible at FHE, thank you for all your hard work and making my life easier!

Shanna said...

Thank you for putting together a wonderful FHE that is simple but important!

The Albert Family said...

Thank you for sharing your amazing lessons! You are my go to for FHE!!
I love this lesson, and I'm feeling the importance of sharing it in our family and in primary. We put together the successful family goal chart, and I'm going to put it up as a reminder! Thank you!

Amie said...

So wonderful! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this lesson! It went so well with my family. We are excited to pursue some goals together! --Rachel

Jill said...

I have just discovered your website. My family consists of grown adults. My son and his wife are expecting their first baby. My daughter is getting married in April. My daughter-in-law's brother just moved in with them. Our family is large and we love to get together. We shared this FHE lesson today and it was awesome! They loved the activities that went the lesson so much. I purchased some frames at Dollar Tree and everyone framed their quote. Each little family created their own Family Proclamation Home. We just really enjoyed this. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. They aren't just for Primary kids. :)

Kathryn Wood said...

I just wanted you to know your house printable is being shared in the LDS Seminary Teachers Facebook group for an activity done with 1 Nephi 7. People are loving it. Thanks for the great resource!

Anonymous said...

Great lessons. Thanks! One quick question. I can't get the lesson and activities to download, when I click to download the lesson PDF a blank screen for comes up. Any tips?! Thanks so much!

Zus said...

Thank you so much! We have been learning about each paragraph of the proclamation for several weeks. This lesson is being taught by my 6-year-old, and she is so excited. We have used your site frequently in the past and so appreciate the work you do and that you share.

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