LDS Family Home Evening for #LightTheWorld // We Can Help Feed the Hungry

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 212/GAB 39: Sermon on the Mount, coloring page, crayons, study guide, pen or pencil.

Scripture: "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat." - Matthew 25:35

Opening Song: For Health and Strength (PCS #21A)


(display Sermon on the Mount picture)

When Jesus Christ was on the earth he traveled around the land, healing people, teaching them, and sharing the gospel. One day when Jesus was healing the sick there were so many people (5,000) who needed help that it took a very long time. It became late and the people were hungry.

A little boy was there who had a little bit of food, just five loaves of bread and two fish. In Matthew 14:19-20 it says, “And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled...". Instead of sending the people away, Jesus blessed the five loaves of bread and two fishes and began passing the basket of food around.  Everyone took some and a miracle happened.  That one basket of food was able to feed 5,000 people. When he was done feeding the people, there was enough food left over to fill 12 more baskets.

In this story Jesus taught us how important it is to feed the hungry.

There are many families who don't have enough money to buy food.  They go to sleep with their stomachs hurting because they are empty.  Because we have been blessed with enough food to feed ourselves it is our responsibility to help others who need food.

Here is a true story about a family who needed food and how another person blessed them (Note: this is a story from my own life).

Emilie and her Mom had just moved in to her Grandmother's old farmhouse.  They came from another state and had to live with her Grandmother in Utah so they could save money to find their own place to live.  The farmhouse was made of yellow bricks and was very old, but they were grateful to have a place to stay during the cold Utah winter.  The farmhouse was so old that it didn't have a regular heater. In the basement was a large, black, furnace.  Each day Emilie's mom or grandmother would have to put pieces of coal into the furnace and start a fire to heat the entire house.  In the basement was a special room with a little window that opened to the outside. Once a month a man would drive a truck filled with coal up to the little window, open it, and pour the coal they needed to heat the house into the coal room.  Then the coal could be used all winter long in the furnace.

One winter month it was especially cold. Emilie's mom had used the money they had to pay their tithing and to buy warm winter coats and gloves to stay warm. There was only enough money to either buy food for the family or buy coal to heat the old farmhouse.  Emilie's mom sat down in the kitchen and cried.  She couldn't decide what to do with the little bit of money they had left.  Feed the family or buy coal.

Then she heard the sound of the coal truck coming down the gravel driveway through the snow.  The coal man opened the little window and filled the basement room with coal.  When he was finished he came and knocked on the back door.  Emilie's mom got the last of the money they had left to pay the man for the coal.  When she opened the door the Coal Man told her that he was giving her the coal for free that month because he had felt a feeling in his hearty all day that they needed the coal fro free.  Emilie, her mom, and her grandmother all prayed and thanked Heavenly Father for sending the Coal Man to help them.

- Who told the Coal Man that the family needed help?
- What did the Coal Man do when he heard the Spirit speaking to his heart?
- How can we be like the Coal Man this December?

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Sister Joy F. Evans said, "Almost every day we have the opportunity to feed the hungry, to visit the sick, to help bear one another’s burdens, even as the Savior taught. Sometimes the service is given to our family, our children, our husbands or wives, our parents, our loved ones. Sometimes it is a neighbor or a friend in need, sometimes a stranger."

This week our family is going to help Feed the Hungry.

- Donate your favorite nonperishable items to a food bank in your area (especially proteins...NO green beans)
- Prepare dinner and take it to a neighbor in need.
- Volunteer at a local food bank or shelter.
- Invite the person to your home for dinner.
- Buy gift cards to restaurants and give them to people asking for money on the street.
- Give some of your allowance to the Bishop for Fast Offerings.
- Contact the Compassionate Service Leader in your Ward/Branch and ask which family could use a meal brought to them. Set up a date and time to provide that meal for their family.

NOTE: If you are participating in the 2017 Light The World campaign the day for this prompt is Thursday, December 21st.

Bear your testimony about how our responsibility to share the blessings we have with others.  Share a time in your life when you had a special meal, when someone served you buy bringing you dinner, or when you fed the hungry and how that made you feel.

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


FOR SMALL KIDS // Food Bank Coloring Page (from The Friend magazine)
(included in Lesson download)

FOR OLDER KIDS & TEENS // Loaves & Fishes Study Guide
(included in Lesson download)

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A Year of FHE // Your family will love this #LightTheWorld Family Home Evening lesson about Feeding The Hungry.  This FHE plan teaches how Jesus fed the hungry and why we should too.  Includes scripture, song, lesson, and two activities (one for young kids and another for older kids and teens) and also has a list of ways your family can feed the hungry this week! Your FHE is ready...just CLICK, PRINT, and TEACH!

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