Year 02/Lesson 27: Eliza R. Snow

A Year of FHE // Family Home Evening lesson for kids about Eliza R. Snow.  She was a strong Latter-day Saint woman. She was smart and powerful and kind. She was a teacher, ox-team driver, poet, president—helped to shape the early years of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Includes scripture, song, lesson and activity. #lds #fhe #pioneers
What You'll Need: scriptures, printed picture of Eliza R. Snow, GAK 500: Kirtland Temple, paper and pencils for each family member, stapler.

Quote: Eliza R. Snow - "[Women] know the Lord has laid high responsibility upon us, and there is not a wish or desire that the Lord has implanted in our hearts in righteousness but will be realized, and the greatest good we can do to ourselves and each other is to refine and cultivate ourselves in everything that is good and ennobling to qualify us for those responsibilities."

Opening Song: To Be a Pioneer (PCS #218)


This month we are going to be learning about Pioneer heroes.  Our first pioneer hero is a woman named Eliza R. Snow.

Eliza Roxey Snow was born in 1804, years before Joseph Smith restored the church.  When she was little Eliza loved reading books and writing. She wrote poetry from a young age, one time even writing school lessons in rhyme.

(display picture of Eliza R. Snow)

When Eliza was in her 20's her family often invited members of other religions into their home, including Sidney Rigdon. Sidney Rigdon taught Eliza's family about Joseph Smith and Eliza’s parents soon joined the Church. After searching for and receiving answers to her questions, Eliza was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 1835.

After Eliza was baptized and moved to Ohio. Whens he got there Eliza donated her inheritance, a large sum of money, toward the building of the Kirtland Temple. 

(show GAK 500: Kirtland Temple)

She did not have very much money and was not yet married, so she could have used that money, but she gave it to the church anyway.

Soon, the Saints were driven to the West and Eliza went with them. She continued to write poems as she crossed the plains, documenting the pioneer trail and life in Utah. Later in her life Eliza became the first President of the Primary and later she became the President of the Relief Society.

(Display picture of Relief Society Presidency - Eliza R. Snow is seated on the right.)

Once she wrote a letter about the Relief Society sisters she led and wrote, “Tell the sisters to go forth and discharge their duties in humility and faithfulness and the Spirit of God will rest upon them, and they will be blest in their labors. Let them seek for wisdom instead of power and they will have all the power they have wisdom to exercise!!!"

She kept writing poems her entire life.  A lot of Eliza's poems were set to music and have become important LDS hymns.

Eliza had a hard life. She moved from place to place when the Saints were being kicked out of different cities.  She crossed the plains and she never had any children.  But Eliza made a big difference in the church through serving in callings, dedicating her life to the Lord and writing beautiful poems that would become songs we could sing to our Heavenly Father.  She used her talents to make others happy and worked hard in the church.  Eliza once said, “To be able to do Father’s will is what I wish to live for”.

Eliza R. Snow was a strong Latter-day Saint woman. She was smart and powerful and kind. She was a teacher, ox-team driver, poet, president—helped to shape the early years of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bear your testimony about the importance of using our talents to glorify God and serving faithfully in the church.

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

- Have each family member (or as a collective) write a poem about something church related.
- Poems can be as simple or complex as age dictates.
- Help young children think of rhymes if needed (although poems do not need to rhyme).
- Put each family member's poem into a stack and staple along the edge to make a Family Church Poetry Book.

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2 Way Righteous Comments:

The Matthews Family said...

Last week we did the lesson on good choices leading to good consequences and bad choices leading to bad consequences. That night we went to the gym and my 3 yo little girl made a bad choice-- she through a big fit as we were leaving. Remembering our consequence lesson, I told her that her bad choice would lead to a bad consequence-- not watching any TV on Tuesday. She definitely learned from that bad choice and for the rest of the week told us she wanted to "make good choices"! Thanks for the lesson! : )

stevie kay said...

"I like church at 9 o'clock
Sometimes in Primary I give a talk
Or other times I give a prayer
But I always sit quietly in my chair"

-Landon, age 5
(with mom's help just to get the rhythm right)

Thank you for you lessons!

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