Sunday, August 24, 2008

Following the Liahona

Family Home Evening Lesson
Following the Liahona

Opening Song: Nephi's Courage Children's Songbook #120

Opening Prayer: Child

Scripture: 1 Nephi 16:10,16, 26-29

Lesson: Mommy

Lehi woke one morning as it was time to depart into the wilderness. Outside his tent door was a Liahona. See images here.
It was a round ball of curious workmanship made of fine brass. Within the ball were two spindles and one pointed the way they should go like a compass (show compass if you have one) The ball worked according to their faith and diligence. So if Nephi and his family were GOOD the liahona worked.
The Holy Ghost is like our personal compass. We can pray and ask to know where we should go and what we should do.

Using Styrofoam balls and gold paint create your own liahona
Excellent Lesson Ideas from Lillies Lane
Make clues to tell children where to go around the house - finding something special
Talk about how the Holy Ghost is our personal liahona to lead us
Liahona Images
Set up a play tent and pretend to find your way in the wilderness

Closing Song:Dare to do Right Children's Song Book #158

Gold foil wrapped Lindt chocolate ball truffles (or similar)
Apricot Balls Recipe nuts can be omited
Trail Mix (wilderness food)
Back a little bag of food to carry while acting out being in the wilderness

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Ten Commandments

Family Home Evening Lesson
The Ten Commandments

Opening Song: "Keep the Commandments" Children's Song Book #146

Opening Prayer: Child

Scripture: Exodus 20:3-17

Lesson: Daddy

The Ten Commandments were given to Moses for the people of Israel to live by. The commandments are still important for us to live by today. Jesus said people should live the commandments and the prophet President Monson wants us to do the same today.
The Ten Commandments tell us that we should:
Worship God only
No taking Lord's name in vain
Keep the Sabbath day holy (list how to do this)
Honor thy mother and father
Shalt not kill
Shalt not steal
Shalt not lie

We need to try hard to keep God's commandments. They are important to live to be a good person.


Excellent Moses Activites at Danielles Place (scroll down)
Make a "mountain" to act out the story of Moses receiving the commandments
Play Simon Says
Mark out roads with masking tape and make little road signs. Have children "follow the laws/rules"

Closing Song: "Choose the Right Way" Children's Song Book #160

Closing Prayer: Child

Treat Ideas:

Flat bread and/or food from Biblical times
Make Commandment tablets by using frosting/edible pens (black colour) to write on crackers

Friday, August 1, 2008

Feeling the Holy Ghost

Family Home Evening Lesson
Feeling the Holy Ghost

Opening Song: "The Holy Ghost" Children's Song Book # 105

Opening Prayer: Child

Scripture: D&C 8:2-3

Lesson: Mommy

In the Doctrine and Covenants chapter 8 (show scriptures to child) Oliver Cowdery is told he has a gift given to him (have a wrapped box for visual for child) This is the Gift of the Holy Ghost. This gift will help him translate the Gold Plates so we can read The Book of Mormon that we have today. The Lord tells him
"I will tell you in your mind and in your heart by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart"
Heavenly Father and Jesus speak to us through the Holy Ghost. We know when we are doing the right things because if feels right in our mind and we feel a warm feeling in our hearts. We can use the Gift of the Holy Ghost to tell us what we should do when we are not sure.


Holy Ghost Printable Booklet from Mormon share
Blindfold Game from LDS Splash
Lead small Children around the house blindfolded speaking softly in front of them the way to walk
Extra Lesson Ideas from Mormon Share

Closing Song: "The Still Small Voice" Children's Song Book # 106

Closing Prayer: Child

Treat Ideas:

Candy/Cookies/any treat inside a gift box or wrapped up

You could make a few wrapped treats and ask child for suggestions on who to pass the "gift" to? - neighbor, friends, family

Invisible Food

Taste Test - Have children blindfolded or eyes closed and get them to try and guess the anoyomous food you give to them