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2011 - Week 14: A Proclamation to the World


What You'll Need: scriptures, enough pencils as there are members of your family plus one extra, GAK 520: Gordon B. Hinckley, a copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World, (you can print one here), printed activity, scissors, glue stick, pen, coloring tools.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.
Quote:  Ezra Taft Benson - “Thank God for the joys of family life. I have often said there can be no genuine happiness separate and apart from a good home. The sweetest influences and associations of life are there”  (God, Family, Country: Our Three Great Loyalties [1974], 178). 

Opening Song: Families Can Be Together Forever (PCS #188)


- How many people are in our family?
- Where does our family live?
- What do you like doing with our family?
- How do you feel about our family?

(show GAK 520: Gordon B. Hinckley)

In 1995, President Gordon B. Hinckley was the Prophet of our church.  He introduced a special message called “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”.

(show a copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World)
The Proclamation on the family teaches us about our life before we came to earth.  It tells us more about our Heavenly Father's plan for us and how we can be truly happy.  I wanted to share a very important part of the Proclamation.  It says that “the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.” Heavenly Father planned for you to come to earth and belong to a family. He knew that you needed a loving family to help you grow and learn how to return to Him someday. 

We want our family to be strong so we can grow together, help and love each other and so we can live together someday with Heavenly Father.

Object Lesson: Hold up one pencil.  Ask your oldest child to break it.  (They should be able to snap it in two. If your oldest child is not strong enough you might want to ask an adult to do it.)

Now hand the same person the bundle of pencils and ask them to break them, holding them all together in a bundle.  (It cannot be broken).

We are just like these pencils. When one person stands alone, they are not very strong. But when we all stick together we are very strong and nothing can break us apart.

In our activity today we are going to talk about ways that we can work together to strengthen our family.

Bear your testimony about the truthfulness of the Proclamation to the World and the importance of families.  Express your love for each member of your family and testify that each of them has special talents that contribute to your family and makes it strong.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the APRIL Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family.

1. Building a Successful Family goal chart
CLICK HERE to download pdf with full instructions.

2. Coloring Page
Click to enlarge. Then right click and select "Print".

21 Way Righteous Comments:

Chris Fullmer said...

I am new to your site & am thrilled that I came across it! I couldn't be more impressed with the quality of your lessons & the hard work you do to encourage & hold FHE! You have increased my desire to recommit to holding it at home & making it a special evening to teach the gospel to our young family. Thank you very much for sharing! -Fenna F.

Annilee said...

You have made Mondays so much easier around here, thank you for all your hard work! I enjoy that most of your activities are great for my 4 year old...

Amy said...

Thanks for all your hard work! This lesson will work well for my son to pass off a Faith in God requirement! thanks!

Shelly B. said...

I LOVE your blog! Thanks for all your hard work! I really appreciate your fabulous FHE lessons!

Sharesa Larsen said...

We did this lesson last week and we LOVE the house built on values. In fact my 4 year old had to draw one of her own to hang up in her room! Thanks for such a wonderful resource!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your hard work keeping up this blog. You are a great resource to tap into when I need some extra inspiration/motivation keeping our FHE's interesting.

Sally said...

I recently discovered your blog and LOVE it. I've already used a few of your lessons. Thank you for making and sharing such a wonderful resource. I appreciate all of the hard work you put into it!

Anonymous said...

The talks in sacrament today focused on this topic - and during the meeting my little one informed me that "this is really boring," i.e. this is going right over my head. Hopefully this will help!

Corey & Amber said...

I just love all the work and love you but into FHE for your self and for sharing it with all of us. I love using your ready to go lessons when I have run out of timt to get something together. Like now when Im on bed rest. I tell all my friends about your blog and how GREAT it is keep up the amazing work.

Natalie said...

FHE at our house isn't always a success, but I did this lesson last night and it was so great. We got to discuss words like "respect" and "compassion" that they were unfamiliar with and help them understand how they apply to our family. I thought it would be a quick lesson, but they kept asking questions and staying on topic, so they got to bed a little late=) Thank you, Emilie, for all that you do. What a service you've done in creating this blog, complete with activities and pictures and even treat suggestions! Thank you, thank you.

Retirednavywife said...

This is fabulous, thank you so much. I have been recently called to be the Activity Day leader and basically starting from scratch. I am using this lesson in a couple of weeks and it has everything I need. I will be visiting your site often.

sharla said...

I love this FHE idea & how comprehensive it is! I plan to come back to your site again in the future. However I thought I would post a warning for you. I clicked on & downloaded the Successful family goal chart from Media Fire and when I did, a porn site popped up automatically. I know you didn't realize that might happen, just as I never suspected either. But maybe a good solution would be to not use Media Fire to host your downloads, as they seem to not be a safe/good site. Also, maybe you could email them and complain. Hopefully, others won't have a similar problem. Good luck & thanks for all your great FHE ideas!

Pam Miller said...

Wow.... Thanks for always putting together such great lessons. I had a topic in mind that I wanted to teach my children and you have a lesson all made for me to use with all the fun stuff all ready to go! Thanks so much!!!

Teri said...

Thank you so much for providing the information on your blog. Wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your talents with us. You've done a wonderful job with these Family Home Evening lessons.

Anonymous said...

I'm using the Building a Successful Family goal chart with our lesson tomorrow. Thanks for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

I love that you have put together so many ideas and plans. It will save me time preparing for FHE lessons for my family. I have an older child and younger children, so your lessons have ideas that can be applicable to our entire family. Thank you so much for all of your time and efforts!

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing. We're trying to memorize the proclamation, and I wanted a lesson to focus on why it's important, so this is perfect.

Meagan said...

Love your blog! This lesson is awesome and I can't wait to use it tonight. Thank you for your hard work!!

katieannephoto said...

I too am horrible at FHE, thank you for all your hard work and making my life easier!

Shanna said...

Thank you for putting together a wonderful FHE that is simple but important!

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