I have decided to include – each week – our own FHE’s here on my blog. (Inspired by Jocelyn at her blog).
I am pretty blessed…my kids love Family Home Evening. We don’t have the bickering or fights. We don’t have kids zoning out or rebelling. They are always excited about it. Please don’t hate me. It has nothing to do with me, I know…it is because they are awesome.
I figure that I could share some of what we do to help inspire you. Just so you know, our FHE is always super duper simple (this may be what helps them love it so much). We are pretty flexible in some ways (like – sometimes FHE is held during dinner). In other ways, we try to be formal (we always follow a set agenda)
So… here's what we did last night…
*Topic: Christ: Judge
Scripture : “Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.” – Alma 11:44
Today, Sasquatch was assigned to give the scripture. She is going to be three in March. Obviously, Homey helped her to read it. She loves helping out. I figure that the more involvement and participation, the better!
Lesson Idea / Development
Our oldest daughter “Tiger” was in charge of the lesson this week. She found the topic of “Christ: Judge” a little challenging – I can understand why. So we discussed ways that she could present the lesson.
She finally decided on starting with an object lesson: She first presented Sasquatch with a dustpan and a Nintendo DS, and asked which one would be more fun to play? Sasquatch looked both over and then decided the DS. Then, Tiger asked Homey if he would rather play with a ball or hammer. He chose the basketball. Tiger asked Panda which was sweeter: plain greek yogurt or Nutella. Panda had no problem with this: Nutella! Finally, Tiger asked me which was sweeter: Plain Fiber One Cereal, or homemade granola (this stuff is the best!). I went with the granola.
Tiger taught us that we each had just done something…We guessed: made choices? Made decisions? But it was more than that. We had to make a choice based on criteria. We had to judge.
She then prompted us to list various times we judge or other judges that we have in our lives. Answers included we judge whether or not we like movies or food. We also have judges in courts and judges who decide the winner to a contest. (Panda excitedly exclaimed, There were judges who said that Mom had good chili at the Halloween party last year!).
Tiger then segued the discussion from examples of judges to the Savior, who would be our ultimate judge.
She then had us read the following
“And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.” – Mosiah 3:10
We learned that the Savior would judge the entire world – including us. This is a part of God’s plan.
After determining who Christ would judge, we learned what and how he would judge.
“And it is requisite with the justice of God that men should be judged according to their works; and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good.
And if their works are evil they shall be restored unto them for evil. Therefore, all things shall be restored to their proper order, every thing to its natural frame—mortality raised to immortality, corruption to incorruption—raised to endless happiness to inherit the kingdom of God, or to endless misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on one hand, the other on the other—” – Alma 41:3-4
Christ judges us based on our works. If our works and the desires of our hearts are good, then we will receive a good reward. If our works and desires are evil, then we will receive a punishment. Christ would the one to determine if what we did was good or evil. We can find his standard for “good and evil” in the scriptures.
Finally, Tiger asked us what we could do to receive a righteous judgment. We spoke about doing good things, saying prayers, listening to our parents, going to church and serving.
I think that we really need to bring forth good fruit. If we bring forth bad fruit, then we are cut off and purged in the fire. If we bring forth no fruit, then we are cut off and put in the fire. But if we bring forth good fruit, then we are saved by the Lord. Bringing good fruit will bring us joy and we will receive a righteous judgment from Christ.
We also made sure to bring up that we cannot be perfect. Sometimes, we find a “bad fruit.” But, the Savior has provided a way for us to get rid of it – we can repent. This relates to judgment in that sometimes we do things that are worthy of a negative consequence, but the Lord has prepared a way for us to escape the eternal consequence of sin: Repent and be Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ!
Finally, Tiger bore her testimony:
“I bury my testimony that we will be judged on how good and bad we are. I know that my family loves me. I know that we can all try to be righteous and get a good judgement.”
What did you do for Family Home Evening???
(* Each week we choose a topic for FHE. I have found this to be great for saving time while still having a meaningful lesson. You can click here for a list of FHE ideas. Print these out, cut them, and then put into a jar. Have the person assigned to the lesson pick out a topic. We usually have the person who is to give the lesson pick out their topic a week in advance, so they have plenty of time to plan.)