FHE Tonight! Prepare to Enter the Temple

Prepare to Enter the Temple TitleJuly’s Primary theme was all about temples. Why not use Family Home Evening to review a little of what your children learned?

This lesson (like most around here) can be pulled together in a pinch, but the message is clear and important! We cannot just sit idly by and expect to enter Heavenly Father’s house (or His kingdom, for that matter). When the opportunity to enter the temple finally comes for our children, they will have had to prepare well!

Material for this lesson:

Prepare to Enter the Temple 2You cannot leave entrance to the temple up to chance! Place your temple picture at the far side of a room. Take turns rolling the dice. When you roll doubles, take a step toward the temple. The first one to get there, wins! Explain, that while this makes a fun little game, this is no way to assure you really get to the temple. We must prepare carefully, and not just expect that when the day comes, we will be ready.

Hand out a few of the strips of paper from the handout (these are mostly items taken from the Duty to God’s ” My Gospel Standards.”) Explain that on the strips of paper are real ways to prepare today to enter the temple when the time comes. Take turns reading the standards. You may choose to take steps toward the temple again, after each one, or just sit in a circle and discuss them.

Prepare to Enter the Temple 3Heavenly Father desires all His children to enter the temple. His standards are high, but they are not meant to be too difficult, or to exclude. His house is holy, and no unclean thing can enter His kingdom. Although we are not perfect when we enter the temple, by being prepared and worthy to enter, we feel Heavenly Father’s approval and great love.

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FHE Tonight: The Sacrament

Sacrament FHE 3If I’m being honest, I could really work on my focus during the sacrament. I have a testimony that this is the most important part of my week–a sacred ordinance that should be prepared for and reverenced. With little ones in tow, this can be a tad bit more difficult, but like I said, I really could make improvements. Depending on the age of your kids, your sacrament FHE lesson might vary, but some topics to consider may include:

  • Reverence during the sacrament–sitting quietly with arms folded.
  • Thinking about the Savior during this time. A special picture of the first sacrament or of the Savior may help.
  • Not worrying about picking the biggest piece of bread in the tray. (Please, tell me my kids are not the only ones…)
  • What the sacrament prayers mean.
  • The covenants we have made.
  • Repentance and the power of the Atonement. How the sacrament gives us access to this process.
  • The dress and manner of the priesthood holders.How to prepare in advance to take the sacrament.

Sacrament FHE 2For our lesson tonight, we will show a picture of the Last Supper from the Gospel Art Picture Kit and talk about the symbolism of the bread and water. Then we will show this darling video of other kids explaining their understanding of the sacrament. Have you watched many of these new Children’s Bible videos? They are so great! Such a fabulous resource and springboard for teaching littles. This is another cool video that shows a worker who makes the sacrament cups. He shares a beautiful testimony as well.

After the discussion, we will set goals and make a plan to think of the Savior and be more reverent during the

FHE Tonight: Patience

PatienceWe recently celebrated one of our son’s 4th birthday. As with most kids, he had been anticipating the day for quite some time. The morning of his birthday was like Christmas. 6 am came and he was standing at our bedside eagerly waiting to open his gifts. “Umm . . . sorry sweetie, you have to wait until your party.” You can imagine his reaction wasn’t a super thrilled one.  But, waiting can seem so HARD. President Uchtdorf teaches us a bit about why we must learn patience in this life: “The lessons we learn from patience will cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness. They will help us to become faithful disciples of our Master, Jesus Christ.”

For FHE tonight, refer to this amazing talk by President Uchtdorf. Adapt it to your family members’ ages. I especially love the story he tells about his training to become a military fighter pilot for my little ones. After you discuss a bit about what it means to have patience, and why it’s important, you can do some variation of the “marshmallow experiment” President Uchtdorf explains in his talk.

Here’s how we did it: We gave each of our children a small sucker and challenged them not to open it. We were going to go for a drive, and at the end of the drive, if they hadn’t opened or eaten the sucker they would be rewarded with a bigger, better treat. We went to a cupcake shop and let them pick out what they wanted. Again, this can be done in a variety of ways.

“As parents, we know how unwise it would be to indulge our children’s every desire. But children are not the only ones who spoil when showered with immediate gratification. Our Heavenly Father knows what good parents come to understand over time: if children are ever going to mature and reach their potential, they must learn to wait.” –President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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