Mar 14, 2014

Our Heavenly Family (FHE)

Last night for Family Home Evening, I used Chapter 2 from the Gospel Principles manual as my lesson guide.  Our topic was Our Heavenly Family.

Song: We sang all three verses to the Children's Songbook song I Lived in Heaven (song # 4).  I thought it went well with the lesson subject.

I lived in heaven a long time ago, it is true;
Lived there and loved there with people I know. So did you.

Then Heav'nly Father presented a beautiful plan,

All about earth and eternal salvation for man.
Father said he needed someone who had enough love
To give his life so we all could return there above.
There was another who sought for the honor divine.
Jesus said, "Father, send me, and the glory be thine."

Jesus was chosen, and as the Messiah he came,
Conquering evil and death through his glorious name,

Giving us hope of a wonderful life yet to be--

Home in that heaven where Father is waiting for me.


Lesson: I taught the lesson outline below from Chapter 2, Our Heavenly Family:  We are children of our Heavenly Father.  Everyone is literally a child of God!  They are our spirit brothers and sisters.  Because we are the spirit children of Heavenly Father, we have the potential to develop divine qualities.  Through Jesus Christ's Atonement, we can become like Heavenly Father and be happy forever!

We developed personalities and talents while we lived in heaven.  We were not all alike in heaven.  We had different talents, abilities, and interests.  We also were called to do different things on earth.  When we were born, a veil was placed over our memories so we can't remember our premortal life.  Heavenly Father chose the time and place and family for us to be born into so that we can learn what we need to and so we can do the most good with our talents and personalities.

Our Heavenly Father presented a plan for us to become like Him.  Heavenly Father knew we could not progress past a certain point unless we left Him for a short time.  He wants us to develop our godlike qualities, so he sent us to earth to gain a physical body, be tested, and to gain experience using our free agency and our physical bodies.  We would need to leave our physical bodies at death and reunite with them in the Resurrection where we would receive perfect immortal bodies.  If we passed all our tests, we would be happy forever with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father gathered all His spirit children together as a Grand Council to present His plan.  Here, he taught us all about this plan.  We learned that all of us would have trials in our lives like sickness, disappointment, pain, sorrow, and death.  But we understood that these would happen for us to gain experience, learn, and grow.  They would teach us how to have endurance, patience, and charity.  We learned that because of our weakness, all except little children would sin, so Heavenly Father would provide a Savior for us so we could overcome our sins and death!  We learned if we placed our faith in Him, obeyed His commandments, and followed His example, we could become like Heavenly Father and be happy forever.

Activity: For our activity, I taught June a dance to go with the following poem.  She had so much fun doing the dance while Mommy read to her.  I think we did it five time until I finally told her no more tonight.  I found this activity idea from www.ayearoffhe.blogspot.com.

Who I Really Am Dance


Who I Really Am by Cindy Maybon

Some say I have my mother's eyes (point to eyes)
My smile comes from my dad (point to smile)
My freckles come from Grandpa, (point to cheeks)
And all this makes me glad.  (big smile, hands in the air)
I share the curls in my hair (hands on hair)
With uncles whom I love.  (hug arms over chest)
But the truth of who I really am (point to self)
Comes from up above.  (point to ceiling)
A child of God is who I am, (point to self)
A child of royal birth.  (act like cradling a baby in arms)
 My Father up in Heaven (point toward ceiling)
Sent me here to earth.  (touch the ground)
As I take this journey (march in place)
And try valiantly each day (flex muscles)
I know He watches over me (point to eyes)
And listens when I pray (point to ears)
So if the path gets thorny (march in place)
And the way feels not so clear (cover eyes)
I remember who I really am (point to head)
And that takes away each fear. (big smile, hands in the air)

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