Year 03 / Lesson 19: Peer Pressure

What You'll Need:scriptures, GAB 66/GAK 238: The Second Coming, GAB 7/GAK 102: Building the Ark, printed signs, popsicle sticks, glue, game board, scissors, pennies or beans as game pieces, dice.

Scripture: Moroni 7:16 - “The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil.”

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


Before we lived on the earth we lived in Heaven with heavenly Father and Jesus. When it was time for us to come to earth heavenly Father made a plan.  He needed to send his spirit children to earth to get bodies and to learn and grow.  He needed someone to come to earth and be a Savior for us so we could repent of our mistakes.  The Devil said he wanted to come to earth and that everyone would be forced to do the right thing.  We could never make our own choices.

(show GAB 66/GAK 238)

Jesus Christ said he would come and let people choose for themselves and then he would die so we could repent and return to live with Heavenly Father.  We decided to follow the plan that Jesus put forth.  We wanted the chance to make choices.  The power to make our own choices is called AGENCY.  President Thomas S. Monson said, "I am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father for His gift of agency, or the right to choose. Each of us has come to this earth with all the tools necessary to make correct choices."

One of the greatest gifts Heavenly Father has given us is the chance to choose how to act and what to say.  Every day we make choices.  Some choices are not too important. What color shirt to wear, what we eat for breakfast or whether we use a pen or pencil to do our homework.  But other daily choices are much more important.

How we treat others, the words we say and our actions can be important choices.  Sometimes others try and tell us what to do. They tell us that they know what is cool or what will get you more friends, but their choices aren't always the right thing to do.

We have to decide what Jesus would want us to do, even when our friends tell us differently.

You are a child of God, and you are a member of His church.  That means you may be different in many ways from other children. Knowing that you are a precious child of God will help you to do what you know is right.

Here is a story about one little girl and a choice she faced one day at school.
Each day in school when it was time to do math Emily got excited. Emily was very good at math. It was her favorite subject in school.  She was extra excited this day because her class had changed seats for the month and she got to sit next to her best friend, Madison.  Madison and Emily had been best friends all that school year.  They played together after school and they even had the same pink, sparkly pencils that they used to do their schoolwork.  They opened their math workbooks, got out their matching pencils and started working on their assignment.  Emily was so busy filling in her answers that she barely noticed that Madison was whispering to her.

"Let me copy your answers." Madison whispered.  Emily didn't know what to say.  Sharing answers was cheating and that was dishonest.  Emily stayed quiet.

"Let me copy your answers or I won't be your friend anymore."  Madison whispered again.  Emily felt confused. Madison was her very best friend. She didn't want to be mean to her or tell her no, but she knew cheating was not right.  But what if she lost her best friend?
- What do you think Emily should do?
- What if she loses her best friend?
- How will Emily feel if she makes the wrong decision?

Sometimes even people we think are our good friends try and make us make bad choices.  Sometimes it’s hard to choose the right, but Heavenly Father blesses us when we do. As we make good decisions, we can feel peace and happiness.

(Show GAB 7/GAK 102)

Noah was commanded by heavenly Father to build an ark.  Noah tried to tell the people who lived where he lived to prepare for the flood.  But they wouldn't listen. These were people who lived in the same place he lived. Noah may have known some of them. They were mad at him for doing what he knew God wanted him to do.  Noah chose what was right and when the floods came, Noah and his family were safe.

We can be like Noah and choose the right, even when others around us make fun of us our choices.  When we choose the right we do what Jesus would do and that makes us feel happy inside.

Bear your testimony about withstanding peer pressure.  Share a specific time when your friends pressured you to do bad things and you chose the right path. Express gratitude for Heavenly Father's plan which allows us the freedom to choose for ourselves.

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


FOR YOUNG CHILDREN // Daily Choice Sign Game

FOR OLDER CHILDREN // School Wise Game  
(from The Friend magazine)

Have older children and teens read this story to themselves and then share a summary of it with the family.  Open a discussion about family guidelines, rules, and standards.  You can review sections of the For Strength of Youth pamphlet.

A Year of FHE // Free downbload of a great LDS talk from Elder Owen about his own experience with Peer Pressure at the age of 14, how he ovecame it and chose better friends, and the blessings that followed.  This is such a great resource to read before each new school year. #lds #peerpressure

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A Year of FHE // A Family Home Evening lesson all about Peer Pressure. What is it, how to stand up to it, and the blessings that follow making good decisions.  Includes scripture heroes who stood up to peer pressure.  There are activites, a board game, and a LDS talk for older kids and teens! #lds #peerpressure #ctr

23 Way Righteous Comments:

HighDesertGal said...

Great lesson as usual. Pinned on my FHE board and downloaded. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Your website is AWESOME! Thanks for helping us busy moms out there. And thanks for putting them in PDF format for printing!

Mike said...

thank you for putting this together. you make some great lessons.

Valerie Earnest said...

Thanks so much for this lesson. My daughter is just starting to question why people do different things than we do. This will help me show her how to apply what we learn at church in her everyday life.

Unknown said...

We really enjoyed this! You're lessons really get the whole family into them! :) This lesson got the kids thinking. And they are consistently doing better with FHE in general, thank you for being such a great planner!

Jaimie said...

What a great lesson! Thanks for all your hard work!

Anonymous said...

Great Lesson- it makes preparing for FHE realistic for our busy family!

Keri and Neal said...

Perfect as we are starting to prepare our kids for the start of school. Like the option of the simpler game for my young ones. Thanks!

Allison said...

Hooray! You have a lesson for the war in heaven! I was singing to the boys before bed and they requested the "I lived in Heaven" song and then at the end of the 2nd verse they asked "who was the OTHER who sought for the honor divine?" so we started talking about the war in heaven and Jesus and Satan's roles so I asked if they wanted to have FHE on Monday about it and they were so excited. The boys love FHE and you make it so easy. We kind of just take it week to week and jump around depending on their requests (or our need for a certain topic!) Thanks! They always love the printables and the stories are so well thought out! Thanks for helping our family be able to have FHE more regularly!

Bruce and Brandi Bryce said...

Found this site on Pinterest. You are amazing! What a great and inspired blog! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with the rest of us so we can uplift our families each week!

Tif said...

My kids are 6 and 7 and I'm finally getting with the program and trying to be regular with FHE. Thanks so much for your time and effort putting this website together-it's just what I need to jumpstart FHe for our home! And this lesson in particular is so perfect as school is gearing up to start next week for my kids and we've had a few instances come up over the summer at friends' houses where peer pressure has needed to be discussed. Again, thanks for taking the time to keep such a great site up and running and full of great ideas for those of us more lesson-plan-challenged than yourself!

Anonymous said...

Thank You so much! This will be perfect for our FHE tonight!

Pam Miller said...

Thanks so much. This lesson is wonderful like always!! I love the visuals that you always include with the lessons it helps so much! Thanks again

Carolyn said...

Thanks! My kids are going to love the game and yes/no activity!!

Chris and Michelle said...

Today I began my new calling teaching the CTR 4 class. I used your Daily Choice signs game, and it was a huge hit! What a great site you have here! Thank you so much for being willing to share your resources and talents with the rest of us! It is much appreciated. I will be using your blog often this year, I am sure! So glad I found you! Thank you so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all your lessons - I know you've stopped posting new ones, but we only discovered you last year and we have lots that we can still use. My kids LOVE your colouring sheets and it just makes for a very happy learning experience :)

Kristin said...

Thank you so much! I love that you tied in that we wanted to make choices before we came to earth. Wonderful lesson, I'm using all of it!

Missy said...

Thank you so much for all of your FHE lessons. They have truly transformed the way we do FHE and especially the frequency! I am forever grateful!

Randee Mecham said...

thank you! Love everything about this lesson!

La said...

Thank you. This is the perfect 'back to school lesson' .

Anonymous said...

What a great blog! Thanks for all the great lessons! It sure makes it easier to do FHE :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks, great lesson about making choices! Thankful for the links to the games to finish it off as well.

Julee said...

Just downloaded this! My kids are going to especially love the game! Thank you :)

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