Mar 3, 2014

Our Heavenly Father (FHE)

This Monday marks the beginning of my new Family Home Evening lesson series.  I will be basing the rest of the year's lessons on the Gospel Principles class manual.  I love how each principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is explained in an easy-to-understand manner.  The purpose of this manual is summed up by the scripture on its cover, "Wherefore, they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer and the very points of his doctrine, that they may know how to come unto him and be saved" (1 Nephi 15:14).  The sections build line-upon-line and precept-upon-precept, so those with little-to-no knowledge of the gospel can follow along.  It also allows me to teach June these important principles in such a way that she can understand them.  Each chapter will be a lesson, so this week being the first of the series, I'm following Chapter 1: Our Heavenly Father. After all, everything always begins with our Heavenly Father.

Song:  We started off the lesson by singing the song My Heavenly Father Loves Me (Children's Songbook, song #228).  This song was a perfect introduction to the lesson, since today I wanted to focus on how everything around us is a testimony of our Heavenly Father, that He created all of it, and He did so because He loves us.  The lyrics go as follows:

Whenever I hear the song of a bird, or look at the blue, blue sky,

Whenever I feel the rain on my face, or the wind as it rushes by,

Whenever I touch a velvet rose, or walk by our lilac tree,

I'm glad that I live in this beautiful world, Heav'nly Father created for me.
He gave me my eyes that I might see,the color of butterfly wings.
He gave me my ears that I might hear, the magical sound of things.

He gave me my life, my mind, my heart:I thank him rev'rently

For all his creations, of which I'm a part. Yes, I know Heav'nly Father loves me.

Lesson/Scriptures:  This lesson I taught as an outline, in very basic sentences.  I wanted to make sure she understood each point before we proceeded to the next one.  This teaching method worked quite well with June as she would get excited and repeat or even add to each part.  I taught her about our Heavenly Father in the three parts listed below.  Essentially, I read each sentence with emphasis.

#1) There is a God!  Everything we see is proof!  All the stars, all the animals, all the plants, all the mountains, all the food, all the people--Everything!  God is our Heavenly Father, He created us in His own image and He loves us (Genesis 1:26-27).  He is the ruler of the universe and He lives in heaven (D&C 20:17).  Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ created the whole universe, the whole earth, and everything here(3 Nephi 9:15, Moses 2:7).

#2) The nature of God.  Heavenly Father has a physical body like ours, only perfect.  He is perfect and righteous.  He has all power and He knows all things and He is good.  All good things come from Heavenly Father.  He creates us in His image and He wants us to be just like Him (D&C 130:22, Moses 1:39).

#3) Coming to know God.  The more we know Heavenly Father by learning about Him, the more we love Him (John 17:3).  The more we love Him, the more we will want to keep His commandments.  By keeping Heavenly Father's commandments, we can become like Him and return to live with Him (1 John 2:3-5).  We can know Heavenly Father by:  believing He exists and He loves us (Moses 4:9), studying the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:14-17), praying to Him (James 1:5), and obeying all of His commandments (John 14:21-23).

We can return to Heavenly Father if we do all these things!

Materials needed:  magazine (or print your own pictures), glue, scissors, and background paper.
Activity:  Originally, I inteded to do a nature walk with June around one of the walking trails in town.  There, we would point out all the beautiful creations of Heavenly Father and talk about how much He loves all of us.  However, the weather wasn't permitting for an outdoor activity today.  Instead, I bought a National Geographic magazine and June picked out pictures of all the things she liked in it.  We made a collage and added pictures of our family.  Then, we talked about how Heavenly Father made all of these wonderful things that June loves because He loves June and wants her to be happy.

Making her collage.


June loved loved LOVED making the collage!  She was so excited to pick out her own pictures.  After I cut them out, she was extremely happy to glue them onto her paper.  Her collage now sits proudly on the refrigerator door.  I've caught her four times already admiring it and saying, "Heavenly Father loves June!"

1 comment:

  1. Aw, so cute. I love the basic principles of the gospel. Teaching children confirms them all and reminds us of what is really important. You do WONDERFUL lessons with June!

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