June 8, 2009

FHE Idea of the Week

Lesson 4: Families Are a Part of Heavenly Father’s Plan

Opening Song:  “Families Can Be Together Forever” (CS, page 188)

Opening Prayer

Family Business:  

Scripture or Testimony:  Matthew 6:21

Lesson: Review with the children that each of us chose to follow Heavenly Father’s plan and come to earth. Tell the children that when we came to earth, Heavenly Father blessed us with people to help us and love us.
Tell the children that you will give them clues to help them figure out who these people are. One at a time, have a child hold up each letter of the word family. Have the children state the name of the letter. Then give a clue that starts with that letter. Some possible clues are given on the next page.
1. Father is a part of it.
2. Aunts and uncles are part of it.
3. Mother is a part of it.
4. I am a part of it.
5. Love is a part of it.
6. You are a part of it.
When you have given all the clues, repeat the word family together with the children.
• Why do we need families? 
Explain that when we were babies we needed to live with people who would take care of us. Heavenly Father planned for each of us to live with a family that would love us and take care of us. As we grow older, our families also teach us and help us make wise choices.
Explain that all families are different. Some families have two parents, and some families have only one. Some families have lots of children, and some families have only a few children or one child. Some families have children, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles all living together. Some children live with adults who aren’t related to them but who still love them and care for them. Families do different things together and show love in different ways. The important thing about families is that the family members love and care for each other. Everyone needs to be part of a family.

Hold up your hand with the fingers extended. Explain that the members of a family can work together like the fingers and thumb of a hand. Ask the children to try to pick up their scriptures or some other object with one hand, without using their thumbs. Explain that while they may be able to pick up the object with just their fingers, it is much easier when they use their thumb and fingers together. Remind the children that every member of a family is important. Family members can accomplish much when they all work together.
Give the children paper and crayons or pencils and have them draw pictures of their families. Label each picture My Family Loves Me.
Closing Prayer & Treat

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