Year 03 / Lesson 14: True Happiness

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAB 116/GAK 608: Christ and Children from around the World, GAB  112/GAK 606: Family Prayer, printed activities, crayons, pen/pencil.

Scripture: Mosiah 2:41 - And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

Opening Song: Choose the Right Way (PCS #160)


- What are some things that you think would make you really happy? (kids might answer toys, money, candy, games, etc)
- But what would happen if the toy breaks? the money is spent? the candy is gone? the game is over? etc.

So those things can make us happy for a moment, but the happiness does not last forever.  Heavenly Father wants us to be happy.  In the scriptures He has sad, " are they they might have joy".  When the Lord says "men" he means everybody on the whole earth.  Heavenly Father has taught us how to find happiness that lasts forever and ever and never goes away.  We find true happiness by doing the things that will last forever....even after we die.

When Heavenly Father sent us to earth he gave us a plan called the Plan of Salvation.  Sometimes the scriptures also call this plan the Plan of Happiness because it teaches us everything we need to know to find happiness and keep it forever and ever with the help of Jesus Christ.

(show GAB 116/GAK 608: Christ and Children from around the World )

In the plan we come to earth to get a physical body and learn. We are sent to families who help us learn and grow.  While we learn we make mistakes and need the help of Jesus Christ to return to our Father in Heaven. Because Jesus died for us we can live again with God AND with our families after we die.  This is how we find true happiness.

1. How can we be happy now and return to our Heavenly Father?

President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “The way of happiness is found in … obedience to the commandments of …the Lord Jesus Christ”.

By keeping the commandments, we feel happiness right now AND in the life to come.  Here's a story about a boy who found out what it means to be truly happy.
Tyler felt like he was the only boy in his class who did not have a Nintendo DS.  All of the other kids played them and talked about the games at recess.  Tyler asked his parents for a Nintendo, but his Mom said they were too much money and he would have to wait and ask for one for Christmas.  Tyler wen into his room and felt mad.  Christmas was so far away and Tyler knew he would never feel happy until he got one.

The next day on the bus Tyler sat in the very back seat.  he watched all of his friends play their games on the bus and Tyler got more and more angry that he couldn't have one.  When they got to school Tyler was the last student to leave the bus.  On his way forward he saw that someone had left their Nintendo game on their seat. He picked it up and looked at it. There was no name on it and it looked brand new.  Tyler put it into his backpack.  He felt very happy!  Now he could have exactly what he wanted!  All morning at school Tyler thought about how happy he was to finally get a game system.

On his way home from school that day he started to feel sick. His stomach hurt and he kept thinking about the Nintendo DS.  He went up to his room and played it after school, but the more he played, the worse he felt. His heart began to hurt.  Why wasn't he more happy?  He knew the answer.  Because what he did was stealing and it made him sad. He knew it made Heavenly Father sad too and the person who lost their Nintendo.  He thought having a game would make him happy, but it didn't.

The next day he took the Nintendo back to school and gave it to the bus driver. "I found this on the bus yesterday." he said and she took it so she could find it's real owner.  As soon as he got off the bus his unhappy feeling was gone!  His heart felt light and his stomach didn't hurt.  Even though he felt happy when he first took the game that happiness didn't last very long.  Tyler learned that real happiness, the kind that lasts for a long time, came from doing what is right.

- Why did Tyler feel happy when he stole the game system? (because he got what he wanted)
- How long did that happy feeling last? (not very long)
- How did Tyler finally feel happy for a long time? (by choosing the right)

Sometimes the devil tricks us into thinking that things or games or toys or money can make us happy. We may even feel happy for a moment when we get those things.  It is a trick to try and get us to make wrong choices.  Forever happiness always comes from doing what is right. That happy feeling never ever goes away.

2. How can we make our families joyful?

The proclamation on the Family says, "Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ".

( show GAB 112/GAK 606: Family Prayer)

Just like making good choices makes us personally happy, it also helps our families be happy.   Spending time with our families is important to our happiness.  Sometimes our families fight and argue. Sometimes it doesn't seem fun to be with them at all.  But Heavenly Father has commanded us to do our best to make our families strong and happy by following the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Here are some questions for you.
1. Madison is coloring a beautiful picture when her baby sister scribbles on the page. Madison feel like her picture is ruined. 
- What would Jesus want her to do to make her family happy?

2. Jake wants to sit next to his Mom at the dinner table, but his sister is already sitting in that seat.
- What would Jesus want him to do to make his family happy?

3. Riley finds her sister playing with her favorite doll when she didn't even ask.
- What would Jesus want her to do to make her family happy?

4. Jackson's Mom tells him to clean his room when he just started watching his favorite show.
- What would Jesus want him to do to make his family happy?

Sometimes it is very hard to do what Jesus would want us to do to make our family happy, but if we try and follow his example we can make our home more peaceful and bring joy to our family.

As we keep the commandments, remember our baptismal covenants, and are worthy to have the Holy Ghost with us, we can feel peace and bring happiness to our families.

Bear your testimony about things that make you feel truly happy and the role the Savior plays in your happiness.

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


FOR YOUNG CHILDREN // Key to Happiness Puzzle (from The Friend magazine)
(included in lesson download) 

FOR OLDER KIDS & TEENS// Happiness Scripture Fill-In
(included in lesson download) 

A Year of FHE // Check out this free download of a scripture activity for older kids and teens.  Look up each scripture that tells a way the scriptures teach us we can be happy and fill-in the blanks! Great for FHE, young mens, young womens, or a sacrament meeting quiet activity.  #lds #familyhomeevening #happiness

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22 Way Righteous Comments:

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Eileen said...

I love how detailed all of these plans are, right down to how best to explain these concepts to children. I have two little ones and have been totally overwhelmed by the mere thought of weekly FHE. This blog is truly an answer to my prayers, so thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you this is so awesome!! My favorite thing is the great stories that my little ones can relate to!!

Anonymous said...

This comes at the most perfect time for our family. Thank you!

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Bonnie said...

Thank you so much for all your FHE lesson!! I started using them a few weeks ago and FHE has never been better! Thank you so much for all your hard work! And also for the free printables--my kid's always love them.

Christina said...

Thank you for preparing this lesson!

JeannineW said...

Thank you for the lesson. It was just the topic we needed to cover. Unfortunately, apparently no one actually learned anything. ::: sigh ::: Such is the life of a parent. We did have lots of fun during the lesson though. Thanks!

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Christy Marshall said...

Wonderful lesson, everyone needs this reminder.

Jennifer M said...

Thank you! The story will resonate with my 9 year old son who has always wanted a DS.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your hard work. I think that this lesson and the examples will really resonate with my kids.

chelsy said...

so great you make this so much nicer for a busy family to have Fhe thanks

Angela said...

I am so grateful you have these lessons posted online! I'm a single mom, and it seems like I'm always planning FHE at the last minute. I'm glad you have these lessons available for downloading, which helps me out a lot! Thanks for all the hard work you have put into this!

Dawnette said...

Thanks for the help. I'm recommitting (AGAIN!) to having FHE regularly. I like that you have a simple craft to go with the lesson and that it will help reinforce the lesson and build family unity throughout the week. Thanks again.

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Kristine said...

Thank you so much! What a blessing to have someone willing to share their wonderful ideas and save the rest of us time! I love that I can simplify your lessons for my 2 year old. There is enough information here for me to pick out what she will understand at this point. Thanks so much!

Cindy Howard said...

Just discovered your blog last week. What a wonderful resource! I really like the Family Love Boxes, and can't wait to use them. Thank you so much for doing what you do, you are amazing!

daybydayfamily said...

Good reminders of true happiness! Especially in this crazy world of feeding your wants instantly. I LOVE those boxes, so cute. They will be perfect for this week with Valentines. Thanks!

Meredith E said...

This is a fantastic lesson! Great principles and clever idea with the box. Just what we need tonight!

Anonymous said...

This is such a great lesson! I love the idea of the love boxes. Perfect! We struggle to keep our interactions kind between our 4 little girls and their drama, lol! I think this idea will improve the spirit of love in our home.

Shelby Cheney said...

Thanks for your detailed plans and activities, and your willingness to share them! I love that I can adapt the lesson easily to my toddler's attention span. He loves doing the crafts as our activity!

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