Mar 20, 2014

Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior (FHE)

Monday's Family Home Evening lesson was on Chapter 3 of the Gospel Principles Manual:  Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and SaviorThis was a pretty involved lesson as it encompasses the Plan of Salvation, the two plans presented, the war in Heaven, and why a Savior was needed.  However, the Plan of Salvation is my favorite lesson subject as it is truly a plan of eternal happiness.

Song: We sang the Children's Songbook song number 34, He Sent His Son.  It goes as follows:

How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?
He sent his Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness.
How could the Father show the world the pathway we should go?
He sent his Son to walk with men on earth, that we may know.
How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?
He sent his Son to die for us and rise with living breath.
What does the Father ask of us? What do the scriptures say?
Have faith, have hope, live like his Son, help others on their way.
What does he ask? Live like his Son.

Lesson:  The lesson was broken up into three main areas: the Plan of Salvation, A Savior and Leader was Needed, and The War in Heaven.

The Plan of Salvation, also called the Plan of Happiness, is the plan Heavenly Father sent forth for us to have the opportunity to learn, grow, and achieve eternal happiness.  We lived in Heaven before we came to this earth as the spirit children of Heavenly Father with Jesus Christ as our eldest brother.  When we progressed as far as we could in heaven, we were sent to earth.  A veil was placed over our minds when we were born so we could not remember our life in Heaven.  This was done so we would have the best chance to develop faith and learn.  We are here on this earth to gain a physical body, learn to use our agency, and develop faith by keeping the commandments.  When we die, we go to the spirit world.  We continue to learn and grow in the spirit world.  Then, we are judged based on our choices on Earth and in the Spirit world.  We all are then resurrected and we go to one of the Kingdoms of Glory:  the Telestial Kingdom (compared to the glory of the stars, those who do not accept Christ as their Savior, murders, unrepentant sinners), the Terrestrial Kingdom (compared to the glory of the moon, good people who accept Christ as their Savior, but did not accept baptism), or the Celestial Kingdom (compared to the glory of the sun, the highest kingdom, those who are good people and have accepted baptism and the other saving ordinances).

While teaching the Plan of Salvation, I had June color each piece, and then place it in the appropriate section.  She loves stickers and coloring, so she enjoyed this activity while I spoke.


A Savior and a Leader was needed.  When the plan for our salvation was presented to us, we were so happy we shouted for joy.  We knew we would need help to return to our Father in Heaven because we knew all of us would sin and some would lose their way.  We needed a Savior to pay for our sins and to teach us how to return to Heavenly Father.  Father asked, "Whom shall I sent?" (Abraham 3:27).  Jesus Christ said, "Here am I, send me" (Abraham 3:27, Moses 4:1-4).  Jesus was willing to come to the earth, give His life for us, and take upon Himself all our sins.  He, like Heavenly Father, wanted us to have agency and the ability to choose whether we would obey His commandments.  He knew we must be free to choose in order to prove ourselves worthy of exhalation.  Christ said, "Father, thy will be done and the glory be thine forever" (Moses 4:2).  Satan said, "Send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind that not one soul should be lost and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor" (Moses 4:1).  Satan wanted to force us all to do his will, where would not be allowed to choose.  He wanted to take away the freedom of choice our Father gave us, and he wanted all the honor for our salvation.  After hearing both sons speak, Heavenly Father said "I will send the first" (Abraham 3:27).  Christ was chosen and foreordained to be our Savior.  He came to earth and taught and set the perfect example as to how we should live our lives.  Then, He Atoned for our sins and died for us that we may have the opportunity to repent and return to live with Heavenly Father.

There was a war in Heaven.  Satan became angry that Father chose Jesus to be our Savior, so he rebelled.  There was a war in Heaven, a war of words.  A third of the spirit children of Heavenly Father chose to follow Satan, and as such were cast out and lost their right to mortal bodies (Isaiah 14:12-15).  Because we are here on earth and have mortal bodies, we know that we chose to follow Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father (Revelation 12:7-9, 11).  Satan and his followers are on the earth as well, but they are spirits.  They have not forgotten who we are, and they are around us, tempting us and trying to get us to lose our way.  We must continue to follow Jesus Christ and accept God's plan, for only by following Him can we return to Heavenly Father.  It is up to each one of us to become worthy of exhalation.

June chose Jesus' plan and got freedom to choose.
"Spirit" June in the Premortal life
 Activity:  I designated part of my room as the "Premortal Life" by spreading a white blanket on the floor and placing up a sign.  June then got to dress up as her "spirit self" by wearing my white robe.  Her stuffed animals were representative of all our spirit brothers and sisters.  I placed up a black paper with "Satan" on it on one wall and a white paper with "Jesus Christ" written on it on the other wall.  Then, I placed a fitness DVD on the "Satan" side, and a whole assortment of DVDs on the "Jesus Christ" side.  This is to represent each plan, for although fitness is a very good thing for us to do, it is the only choice.  Just as Satan would choose everything for us.  The variety of movies on Christ's side represents our freedom to choose.  We can choose any number of good things, or bad things.  But, the decision is up to us.  I then placed one-third of June's animals under the "Satan" side, and the rest under the "Jesus Christ" side.  I mimicked voices for each set of animals, having them try to get June to pick their side.  She chose Christ's side and was able to enjoy the fruits of her choice by getting a physical body (I took off her robe), and watch any of the movies she wanted.

One-third of her animals chose Satan's plan and had the choice made for them.
Both the Plan of Salvation stickers and the Premortal life activity worked well for June.  I included all of her favorite things:  coloring, stickers, dress-up, and her stuffed animals.  She payed pretty good attention to the lesson, so I feel like I need to continue to incorporate at least one of these activities in my future FHE plans.

2 comments:

  1. Hi I was wondering where you got the plan of salvation stickers

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    1. I got them from lds.org. Here is the link: https://www.lds.org/friend/1994/03/sharing-time-the-plan-of-salvation-offers-me-peace?lang=eng

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