Sep 21, 2014

Work and Personal Responsibility (FHE)

Great Family Home Evening this week!  June and I got to spend it the Andrews family, which made it all the better.  June always has more fun with the activities when she has friends to play with, and she even listens more intently when someone closer to her age is commenting on the topic.  I loved having the older children chime in with questions and comments.  They really added to the lesson and made it more interactive and enjoyable.  This week's lesson came from the Gospel Principles manual chapter 27:  Work and Personal Responsibility.  Such a great message to teach our children!

Song:  I love how the Andrews use their song time.  Each kid gets to pick a fun song (or song that you can move and dance to), and then each kid picks a reverent song (or song that invites the spirit in).  June liked picking her own song.  She really put a lot of thought into her choices too; it was adorable!  I think I'm going to incorporate this into future FHE's.  The song that goes along with this lesson, though, comes from the Primary Children's Songbook, song #198: When We're Helping.  It goes as follows:

When we're helping, we're happy,
And we sing as we go;

And we like to help mother*,

For we all love her so.

Lesson: Work is an eternal principle.God worked to create the heavens and the earth.  Then He placed Adam and Eve on the earth to take care of it and to have dominion over all living things. (Genesis 1:1–28.)  Work has been the way of life on earth since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden. The Lord said to Adam, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Genesis 3:19).  Parents work together to provide for the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of their family.  Children should do their part in the work of the family. It is necessary for children to have work assignments to fit their abilities. They need to be praised for their successes. Good work attitudes, habits, and skills are learned through successful experiences in the home.

To some people work is a drudgery. To others it is an exciting part of life. One way to enjoy life’s fullest benefits is to learn to love work. We can help one another in our work. The heaviest load becomes lighter when someone shares it. Our attitude toward work is very important. In any honest work we can serve God. King Benjamin, a Nephite prophet, said, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God” (Mosiah 2:17). If our work provides only enough for necessities for ourselves or our families, we are still helping some of God’s children.
We should each find the proper balance between work, recreation, and rest.  Rest is important too, and we are even commanded to rest on the Sabbath Day.  On other days of the week, in addition to working, we may spend time to improve our talents and enjoy our hobbies, recreation, or other activities that will refresh us.
“Men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). Work is a key to full joy in the plan of God. If we are righteous, we will return to live with our Heavenly Father, and we will have work to do. As we become like Him, our work will become like His work. His work is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).
Activity:  I used the activity pieces from LDS family fun called Labor with your Might, and just tweaked the game to fit better with this lesson and with the ages of our participants.  I printed out all the game pieces with the labels and cut each piece out.  Then, I scattered all the tool pieces around the floor with the labels lined up together on the border.  I explained that there are given tools to accomplish the different types of work we can do, and that some of those tools and tasks were on the carpet.  I then asked the children how long they think it would take for just one person at a time to sort the tool pieces.  They answered with, "a very very long time!"  I asked them how long they think it would take for all of them to sort together, which they answered with a snap of their fingers.  The kids are ages 8, 6, 4, and 3.  I had the oldest child in charge of showing the kids where the pieces go.  The younger kids would pick up one piece at a time, show the oldest girl what it was, and she would tell them where it went.  Before long, they had all the pieces sorted--and had a fun time working together to do so.  After their "work" was done, they each received a "blessing" from a job well done, some fruit snacks!  I think food incentives are always great blessings.

The kids had so much fun with this activity!  I need to get a better camera though, so my pictures turn out better.  This doesn't do justice to the cuteness that was happening!

It was such a joy to watch the kids work together and enjoy the activity.  They were all so eager to participate and make sure everyone got a chance to play.  This was a pretty successful FHE and I hope to do more with other families who have children June's age.  She really had a great time.

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