What You'll Need: scriptures, family word strips, coloring page, word search, coloring tools and pen/pencil.
Quote: "Father, Mother, Baby small. Heavenly Father made them all". (from Thanks to our Father - PCS #20b)
Opening Song: Families Can Be Together Forever (PCS #188)
This month we have been talking about God making each of us different and how those differences make us special and beautiful.
Heavenly Father has also made each family different.
Question: What is a family?
(children are likely to answer 'a mom, dad and kids', 'people who live together and love each other', etc.)
Question: How come nobody answered that a family is made of people who share the same DNA?
You are right. It's NOT always about sharing DNA or having the same blood.
(show 'family word strips' as you read the following)
THE FAMILY: A PROCLAMATION TO THE WORLD says that families are made of LOVE, CARE, SERVICE, FAITH and RESPECT.
Families can be ANY group of people who love and help each other. They live together and support each other. They teach, grow and play together.
Heavenly Father wants everyone to be a part of a family and for families to be sealed together in the temple so they can be together forever. Because that is so important, Heavenly Father has made more than one way to make a family.
Sometimes a husband and wife get married and their bodies don't work just right. They might want to have a baby, but they can't. This makes them very sad. But there is a way for them to have kids.
Sometimes other mommies have a baby in their tummy and they know they can't take care of it. They love their baby so much that they want it to have a happy life, filled with blessings and love. They might not be able to give that to their baby. So, they give their baby to a family who can give them those things. This is called ADOPTION. Giving away a baby is very very hard, but these mommies love their babies so much that they are willing to go through something very hard so their baby can have the best life.
Adoption is a part of Heavenly Father's plan for families because it makes a way for righteous husbands and wives to have the babies their bodies can't make. Children bring joy and happiness into families and joy and happiness is what God wants for us. It doesn't matter that the baby came from another Mommy. That's not what makes a family. (point to each family word strip) Families are made of LOVE, CARE, SERVICE, FAITH and RESPECT.
Some families adopt babies from other countries. Some adopt babies from people they know. Sometimes the babies look different. It doesn't matter if family members all look alike. Families come in all shapes, sizes, colors and abilities. That's the way God made them and that's what makes them special.
In 2005, the First Presidency of the church said “Children are entitled to the blessing of being reared in a stable family environment where father and mother honor marital vows. Adoption is an unselfish, loving decision that blesses the child, birth parents, and adoptive parents in this life and throughout the eternities. We commend all those who strengthen children and families by promoting adoption.”
Bear your testimony about adoption as part of Heavenly Father's plan for families. Share a family you know with an adopted child and share your feelings about the love they have for each other.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
1. For Small Children - Coloring Page
1. For Older Children - Adoption Word Search
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