Family Home Evening: Repentance

A Year of FHE // Family Home Evening about teaching children the blessings of repentance and the step they need to take to repent.  This lesson plan includes a free printable chart and activities for young children and older children!    #lds #repentance #familyhomeevening #fhe
What You'll Need: scriptures, band aids, printed Steps of Repentance chart, Chutrs and Ladders game, Scripture Maze activity.

Scripture: We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Article of Faith 4).

Opening Song: Help Me, Dear Father (PCS #99 )


Show a band-aid to the children.

• Have any of you ever had a cut?
• How did it feel?
• What should we do when we get a cut? (Clean and bandage it.)
• Why should we clean and bandage a cut? (To help it heal faster.)

When we do something wrong, it is like having a cut. It hurts inside and makes us sad because we know we have done wrong. Repentance can help us when we have made a mistake. It is a way of cleaning and healing a spiritual hurt.

(Display Repentance Chart)

There are six steps to repentance

1. Realize you did something wrong.
2. Feel Sorry for what you did.
3. Ask forgiveness
4. Make it right
5. Don't do it again
6. Forgive others.

After we are baptized we should repent throughout our lives whenever we make a wrong choice. Now, let me tell you a story about repentance.
James was at the store with his Mom getting groceries. He saw some candy for sale on the counter. He wanted some but did not have any money. While no one was watching, James put some candy in his pocket. He ate the candy on his way home. After James ate the candy his stomach started to hurt and so did his heart. He knew what he did was wrong.

Later that night James felt worse and worse. He knew he needed to ask forgiveness for what he had done. James was afraid to tell his Mom and the store keeper about what he had done. He didn't want to get into trouble, but he knew it was important to repent and do the right thing. So even though he was scared he told his Mom about what he had done.

James had to try to right the wrong. James went back to the store and gave the store keeper money to pay for the candy. He told the store keeper he was sorry for making such a bad decision. Then James said a prayer and asked Heavenly Father to forgive him. As he prayed he felt better. His stomach did not hurt anymore and his heart felt happy and warm.

James decided to do his best not to make that wrong choice again. He did not like how he felt when he made the wrong choice and he wanted to keep the happy feeling in his heart all of the time.

Read Doctrine & Covenants 58:42 - Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more.

The Savior promised us that whenever we truly repent, he will forgive us and he will remember our sins no more. Repentance should be an important part of our lives. After we reach eight years old, we are responsible for the choices we make. Jesus knows we will not always make the right choices. He loves us and has given us a way to overcome our wrong choices. He has told us that we must repent so we can return to live with him and Heavenly Father.

Bear your testimony about the blessing of repentance and how good we can feel inside when we have gone through the steps of repentance and been forgiven.

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


YOUNG CHILDREN: Chutes and Ladders
 Play a game of Chutes and Ladders. This is a great game for young children to understand the consequences of making good and bad choices. This game is under $10 at any Target or similar store or you can buy it from Amazon here.

OLDER CHILDREN: Repentance Scripture Maze (from the Children's Friend Magazine)
Match the scriptures to their shapes by following the lines between them. Look up each scripture and, using your own words, fill in the blanks next to each shape.

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