Thursday, June 27, 2019

Week 25: Repentance

I'll be honest. Our morning meetings haven't really happened in the past few weeks. Instead, we combine everything into one family home evening lesson in the evening. On a side note, this was one of my very favorite family home evening lessons. My boys especially loved the object lesson. How does it do that!? You can now view the lesson plan with exactly what to say (in pink) by creating a free account and downloading my Repentance PDF.

What is Repentance? We started our night by talking about what repentance is - a change to do better. Repentance is a good thing, because it helps us feel better and draws us closer to Heavenly Father. We talked about three steps of repentance - recognizing our mistake, saying sorry and fixing it, and trying our best to not do it again. 

Scripture & Picture. We read from Luke about the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus. The second thief recognized his wrong doings on the cross and started to repent. We must repent to live with Jesus again.

Repentance Object Lesson: We learned about a girl, named Sara, who was bit by a poisonous rattle snake and had to go to the doctor. The doctor gave her medicine and she chose to drink it to get better physically. We did the object lesson over again talking about a boy, named James, who stole candy from the grocery store. He chose to repent and rely on Jesus and the atonement to get better spiritually. We reviewed the repentance cards and how James repented. 

Testimony and Treat.

Download and print here: Repentance PDF

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Week 24: The Sacrament

We are doing things a little differently now!

I am still planning on doing a blog post with pictures, but the PDF file includes a lesson plan now. The writing in pink are prompts for a parent to use and everything is included there - including a song and recipe for a treat. Here's a preview of the lesson plan..

Morning Meeting: The Last Supper. Hold up the picture and read verses in Luke about the Last Supper.


1) Review morning meeting with dad.

2) Sacrament Book. Children go through pictures and learn about symbolism of the sacrament (how they relate to Jesus) and stories of Jesus. The pictures/stories are the perfect size to cut out (optional: double sided printing) and put into a 4x6 photo album. I purchased two albums on Amazon for $8 and my kids helped me assemble the book. You can also simply staple the photos together into a book. Place the book in your church bag and pull it out each week during the sacrament. I really love this idea, because children love things that they "make" themselves and it really helps them "remember" Jesus during the sacrament.

3) Reverent Mr. Potato Head. Children learn how to be reverent with a Mr. Potato head game. Place all the body parts in a bag. Pull them out one at a time and review how that part of the body is reverent during the sacrament.

4) Treat: Banana Bread.

Photo Source: Simply Recipes

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Week 23: Holy Ghost (camping adventure)

Morning Meeting (John 14:26-27; 15:26; 16:13-14). Hold up the picture of the Last Supper (found in my PDF). Explain that during the Last Supper, Jesus taught his disciples many things. He taught them about the sacrament, serving others and the Holy Ghost. Read or summarize the verses above about the Holy Ghost. Write down characteristics of the Holy Ghost on a piece of paper as you read the verses.

Family Home Evening:

1) Teach dad about our morning meeting. 

2) Camping Adventure. We are going to have a bag packed of "camping essentials" and head to our back yard to learn about the Holy Ghost. You can either use actual camping items if you have them or you can print a picture of them from my Holy Ghost (camping) PDF. Once we're in the back yard, we're going to go through each of the items and talk about how it relates to the Holy Ghost. For example:
  • Tent: Protects us
  • Sleeping Bag: Comforter
  • Warning Sign: Warns us of danger
  • Compass: Guides us to the correct path
  • Fire: Gives us a warm feeling as he testifies of truth
  • Walkie Talkie: Speaks to us (mind and heart)
  • Flashlight: Lights the way back to Heaven

3) Camping Games. Use the Camping Cards (located in my PDF) to play a variety of games. You can print two copies and play memory. Our plan is to print two sets of cards and play Old Maid (the bear is the old maid). You could also print four copies and play go fish. 

4) Oven Roasted S'mores. It wouldn't be a camping adventure without some s'mores. We don't have a fire pit, so we are going to try roasted the marshmallows in our oven. You can find and print the recipe in my PDF.

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Week 22: Helping Others

Morning Meeting (Matthew 25:34-46). Read or summarize these verses and emphasize verse 40: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." We talked about how Jesus lives in heaven and isn't able to be on earth to help everyone, so it's our job to help others. When we help others, we are also helping Jesus. Give your children specific examples of when they have helped each other and explain that it is also helping Jesus. It makes Jesus happy when we help others.

Family Home Evening:

1) Tell dad about our morning meeting.

2) Service Chutes & Ladders. Ask your children their favorite way to help others. "What is your favorite way to help mom?" or "What is your favorite way to help your brother?" Print this game in my Helping Others PDF (link at bottom of post). Roll a die and move accordingly. If you land on a space with a ladder, talk about what your player did to help another, and move up the ladder. First one to the end wins. Remind them when we help others, we are helping Jesus.

3) Other Options:
  • Secret Service Agent: Print a page of six hearts (per child) in my Helping Others PDF (link at bottom of post) and let your children decorate them with markers, crayons, stickers, etc. My boys love that this includes doing something "secret." Throughout the week, your children will do a kind deed and leave a secret service agent heart behind. Some options could be making someone else's bed, helping with the dishes, cleaning the toilet (I laughed out loud when I found one on top of the toilet), sending a letter to a loved one, leaving cookies for dad at work, etc. My boys love being "cookie bandits" and door bell ditching friends with cookies.

  • Cookie Match or Memory. Last year, we played a cookie memory game and my five loved it. I included these if you want to play a match or memory game and make cookies for a neighbor or friend afterward. Again, focus on how cookies are a form of service.

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