Sunday, January 8, 2017

January Week 1 FHE

I love being a part of Primary. Every so often, I like to read the section about Primary in the Church Handbook to refresh myself on my responsibilities as Primary President. I came across this passage which really stood out to me.

"Parents have the first responsibility for the spiritual and physical welfare of their children (see D&C 68:25–28). The bishopric, Primary leaders, and Primary teachers support but do not replace parents in this responsibility." 

I was thinking about how I can better support parents when I had the idea of putting up some family home evening lessons ideas to go along with what we teach each week on Sundays during sharing time.

For the month of January, our theme is "Agency is the Gift to Choose for Ourselves".
 The song we will be working on is "As a Child of God
The scripture for the month is 2 Nephi 2:27 “Wherefore, men are free … to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men” 
We are working on Article of Faith 1- We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.

Week 1: Agency is a gift we choose for ourselves

Start with a song- choose your own or sing "As a Child of God"
Opening Prayer
Family announcements, read a scripture (2 Nephi 2:27), practice Article of Faith 1

Lesson: Part of God's plan for us for when we came to earth was the gift of free agency. This means that we can make choices. We make choices everyday.What are some choices you made today? What to wear? What to eat for breakfast? etc. 
One thing that comes with our choice is a consequence. (In primary we have a sick, one end says choice and the other end says consequence, you can't pick up one end without the other coming too) Consequences can be good or bad. When you do your homework and study, a good consequence is that you get a good grade. When you make the choice to exercise, a good consequence is that your body gets stronger. There are consequences to bad choices too. If you eat too much candy, a consequence is that you get a tummy ache. 
Have the children take turns thinking of choices and consequences.

Game: A great game to play to reinforce choices and consequences is Chutes and Ladders. When they land on a square where a character makes a good choice, they climb a ladder closer to the finish line. When they land on a square where the character makes a bad choice they slide down a ladder farther from the finish. If you don't have the game you can print and use this one from Or make your own game board with a poster board. The kids can help by giving ideas for the good and bad choices and their consequences.

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Treat: Give everyone a choice between two different treats
Closing song: Your choice or "As a Child of God"
Closing Prayer

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