Jan 6, 2014

Enoch was a Prophet (FHE)

Monday night is the best night of the week because Monday nights is Family Home Evening.  Tonight, we learned about the prophet Enoch.  This is lesson number 2 in our "Follow the Prophet" lesson series.  Applying my timeline change from last week, I read the story first and it worked fantastically.  June sat engaged with the pictures as I read to her Chapter 5: Enoch, from the book Old Testament Stories. It's a great book, kind of like a graphic novel of biblical tales.  The language is a bit advanced for toddlers, but June listened just fine.  She followed along by pointing at each picture while I read the accompanying paragraph.

After finishing the story, we played another game of "follow the leader."  We marched around the house singing the second verse of the song Follow the Prophet from The Children's Songbook (song number 110).  This verse is about Enoch, and goes as follows:

Enoch was a prophet.  He taught what was good.
People in his city did just what they should.
When they were so righteous that there was no sin,
Heavenly Father took them up to live with Him!
Follow the prophet.  Follow the prophet.  Follow the prophet, don't go astray.
Follow the prophet.  Follow the prophet.  Follow the prophet, he knows the way!

Since it was just June and mommy tonight, June got to lead almost the whole time!  She kept glancing back to make sure mommy was still following her.

Next was activity time.  I customized a game template from the Friend magazine.  It featured the city of Zion (Enoch's city) atop the mountains with heaven high above in the sky.  The city was affixed to the paper landscape with a ribbon so it could move up.  I added pictures of Christ and Heavenly Father in heaven.  I placed a picture of my mother in heaven as well (she passed away almost 3 years ago and we still miss her dearly).  Then, in the city of Zion I added a picture of June and myself dressed as angels, since the people were so righteous they had to be acting like angels, as an attempt for June to liken the story to her own life.  In completing the game, I made cards that listed either "naughty" behaviors or righteous behaviors.  The naughty cards were on black paper and the righteous cards were on white.  I decided to lay out all the cards and have her pick one at a time so we could read them.  If it was a naughty card, she was to get rid of it since the people of Zion didn't do naughty things.  So, she would 'cast them away' into an envelope.  When she drew a righteous card, she got to move the city up closer to heaven and place the good card underneath it because the people of Zion always did good things to bring them closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  At the end of the game, all the naughty cards were gone and all the righteous cards were prominently displayed with the city of Zion in heaven.

A variation of this game would be to print all the cards on the same color paper and lay them out text-down.  Then have the children draw one at a time.  If it's a righteous card, then the city moves up.  If it's a naughty card then it moves down.  The goal is to get the city to heaven.

June liked the game so much we ended up playing it 4 times.  She quickly picked up on the fact that the naughty cards were black.  As she grabbed a black card, she would say "naughty!" and throw it into the envelope before I could even read what the bad behavior to be avoided was.  She loved getting the city, with her in it, up to heaven where Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and her Grandma Taylor were waiting for her with open arms.

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