How is it already November??? I’m excited for the Holiday season approaching and for keeping FHE an integral part of our Holiday prep. Be on the lookout for my Thanksgiving countdown for this month as well!
Nov 4-10 Jesus Christ, “the Author of Eternal Salvation”
Materials: sponge, rock, water
Cut out a heart from a sponge. Try to find a rock or something else hard (and water proof) that is heart shaped. Explain that Heavenly Father has asked us to have soft hearts. That means that we are willing to listen to Him, do what he asks, and change things from how we want to do them. Having a hard heart means you just want to do things your way, and you don’t want to let in what Heavenly Father has to say. Pour water on the hearts to see which one soaks in and gets softer. Talk about important ways you can have a soft heart (listening to parents, being kind and patient with siblings, listening to teachers at school and at church, reading the scriptures, etc.)
Nov 11-17 An High Priest of Good Things to Come
Song: Faith pg. 96
Materials: pictures from Gospel Art kit or online, props for Noah, Moses, and Jericho
Using pictures and/or props tell or act out some of the stories from Hebrews 11 about faith.
By faith we believe in the creation
Noah– this could be fun to act out with toys
Moses parting the Red Sea- this could also be acted out using sheets or towels to represent the water
Walls of Jericho- build a wall with legos or blocks, walk around it 7 times then shout at it while you knock it down
It could be fun to follow up with some scripture videos on these stories. I like the VeggieTales for Noah and Jericho.
Nov 18-24 Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only
Song: The Sacred Grove pg. 87
Materials: First Vision video
Ask your kids if they have ever been confused or had a question they couldn’t answer. Talk about what they do when they have a question. Talk about Joseph Smith’s question. Think about ways he could find an answer to his question. Read James 1:5 together. Help break it down- if you lack wisdom that means you don’t know something. Ask God- how do we ask God questions? He gives to all men liberally and ubraideth not- that means he’ll give you an answer and he won’t be upset with you for asking.
Watch a video depicting the First Vision. Depending on attention span there are a lot of options:
Ask of God: Joseph Smith’s First Vision– this one is a little over 6 minutes, live action, and very thorough. The depiction of being overcome by Satan might be disturbing for little ones
Joseph Smith– 2 minutes, live action, video taken from the longer Restoration movie.
Joseph Smith’s First Vision– 2 minutes, taken from Doctrine and Covenants Scripture Stories book for kids, still illustrations turned into a video
Jesus Visited Joseph Smith– 1 minute, this is from the Young Readers collection, definitely the simplest one, still illustrations turned into a video
Living Scriptures The Joseph Smith Story Chapters 12 and 13– these clips are on YouTube, but if you happen to subscribe to the Living Scriptures you would have access to the whole video. The two clips together come out to 3-4 minutes. This is fully animated so probably the most entertaining, but the wording is not directly from the scriptural account.
Nov 25- Dec 1 Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory
Song: For Health and Strength pg. 21
Materials: Thankful leaves, Thankful Tree, pictures of Ancestors
With Thanksgiving this week talk about how being thankful can help us feel joy even when we are going through hard things. Write down or color pictures of things you are thankful for on leaves, then cut them out and put them on a tree to make a Thankful tree. I created a Thankful leaves printable with a few common “thankful for” items ready to color and some blank leaves so you can fill in your own.
I found a nice free-standing Thankful tree at Target a couple years ago. If you’re one of “those” people who likes to pull out Christmas before Thanksgiving, then you could use your Christmas tree. Or you could use butcher/construction paper to make one to put on your wall. You might want to start this earlier in the month and add to it throughout the month and then look over everything you wrote down for this activity.
Then if you want to be a super-duper over-achiever, you could also add in some pictures of ancestors and make it a Thankful AND Family tree to discuss Peter teaching about Christ visiting the spirits in the Spirit World.