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Here on Easy As PIE, Sunday is our Family Home Evening day, where I share what we did last week.
Opening Song: Book of Mormon Stories
Scripture: 2 Nephi 2:25
Lesson: The Good Samaritan
We started off by reading Luke 10: 30-37, the story of the Good Samaritan. Then we talked about how we can act like the Good Samaritan today. Here’s the ideas we came up with:
- Treat others like they are a child of God (because they are).
- Be unselfish.
- Be humble.
This story is even more meaningful when we understand the relationship between the Samaritans and the Jews at the time Christ was on the earth. The Jews disliked the Samaritans so much, they would add days onto their journey just to avoid passing through Samaria. What a powerful message that it was a lowly Samaritan that helped when the priest and the Levite wouldn’t.
My kiddo took this lesson from the Faith in God book. We discussed service projects we could do as a family to complete the requirement and put what we learned in action.
Activity: Apples to Apples Jr.
Closing Song: Follow the Prophet
Treat: Hot Chocolate Cookies
What stands out from the story of the Good Samaritan lesson for you?
Happy Sunday! I love sharing our Family Home Evening with you.
Opening Song – Popcorn Popping
Scripture – Doctrine & Covenants 99:2
Lesson – Let your Light Shine
My daughter determined that light and life are often interchangeable in the scriptures (John 8:12). Keeping that thought in mind, we looked at Matthew 5:14-16 and substituted the word life for the word light. I love how ‘let your life so shine before men’ sounds. Our life, or our example, needs to shine and show the way to eternal life. It made me think of the floating lights in Tangled, you never know who’s watching your light or how far reaching it might be. My kiddos had a Gregor the Overlander analogy, but I haven’t read the book, so I didn’t totally get it.
Along with letting our light (life) shine and not hiding it under a bushel, we can be even brighter when we group our candles together. What a great visual for choosing good friend! We can strengthen each other by working together.
Taking the substitution the opposite direction, light of the world becomes life of the world. That reminds me of when the wicked were saved because of the few righteous people in their midst.
Activity – Harry Potter Uno
Closing Song – Once there was a Snowman
Treat – Frozen Lemon Pie
Welcome back for another Family Home Evening! I thought I’d add a little structure to my weekly summaries, let me know if you like it!
Opening Song – Follow the Prophet
Scripture – Romans 1:16
Lesson – Miracles of Nature
My daughter shared the following story, but wasn’t sure where it came from; let me know if you do!
“One day as I was lying in a canoe, a big black beetle … climbed up to the canoe. I watched it idly for some time.
“Under the heat of the sun, the beetle proceeded to die. Then a strange thing happened. His glistening black shell cracked all the way down the back. Out of it came a shapeless mass, quickly transformed into beautifully, brilliantly-colored life. … There gradually unfolded iridescent wings from which the sunlight flashed a thousand colors. … The blue-green body took shape.
“Before my eyes had occurred a metamorphosis—the transformation of a hideous beetle into a gorgeous dragonfly. … I had witnessed … a miracle. Out of the mud had come a beautiful new life. And the thought came to me that if the Creator works such wonders with the lowliest of creatures, what may not be in store for the human spirit!”
We discussed other miracles of nature like rainbows, the seasons, babies and life. It amazes me how the world of nature operates. Science has an explanation for some things, but there are many things that just work. I’m grateful for this beautiful world the Lord gave us!
Activity – Scripture-a-noid
Closing Song – If You Could Hie to Kolob
Treat – Chocolate Chip Cookies
What do you have planned for this week’s Family Home Evening?
This week’s family home evening, we discussed heroes. Who are your heroes? Who are your children’s heroes? How different are those lists? I asked what each person on the list a hero. We started off with the silly answers relating to their super powers that turned into a debate about who’s cooler between Spiderman and Batman. (I think the majority voted for Spiderman because Batman doesn’t have super powers, just neat gadgets that he named after himself.)
With that debate cleared up, we got a little more serious. Heroes help people, they overcome difficulties and they have integrity. A true hero is someone we can emulate and know we are being led to higher ground. Some of my favorite heroes are Book of Mormon prophets; and my ultimate hero is the Savior.
In thinking about heroes, I thought about my own characteristics and how hero-like they may or may not be. I don’t think a true hero plans his day around how hero-like he’s behaving, but I think it is a good way to check ourselves and the habits we’re developing. It’s like a start, stop and continue of ourselves; what should I start doing, what should I stop doing and what should I continue doing. This is important to make sure we’re looking for our strengths as well as our weaknesses.
Earlier in the day, I pulled each kiddo aside and asked what they liked about their siblings. From their answers, I made hero awards to pass out at the end of the lesson so they would see how inspiring they can are to those around them.
We played Would You Rather? for our activity. I don’t usually spend much time thinking about which horrible thing I’d prefer over another, almost equally horrible thing. Our treat was homemade brownies and ice cream.