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2011 - Wk 39: Pres. Thomas S. Monson


What You'll Need: scriptures, First Presidency Photo (download here), Life Pictures of Thomas S. Monson (download here), printed coloring page (download here), President Monson Fishing Game (download here), coloring tools, yarn or string, paper clips, small magnet and yardstick or other pole-like object.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 39 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Quote: “It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells.”  -Thomas S. Monson

Opening Song: We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet (LDS Hymn #19)


(show picture of First Presidency)

This month we have learned about members of our first Presidency.

- Who is this? (point to Henry B. Eyring) What is something we learned about him?
- Who is this? (point to Dieter F. Uchtdorf) What is something we learned about him?
- Who is left to learn about?  (point to Thomas S. Monson) Does anyone already know who this is?

Thomas S. (the S stands for Spencer) Monson was born in 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He had 3 sisters and 2 brothers. 

(show Life Pictures of Thomas S. Monson)
When Thomas was little he lived on a large piece of land with his Grandparents in one house, each of his aunts and uncles in different houses and his own family in their own house.  That means he grew up with his entire extended family living together.  His childhood was filled with family get-togethers, trips to Vivian Park and fishing on the Provo River.  

When Thomas S. Monson was a teenager he was swimming in the Provo River, and saw a crowd of vacationers shouting frantically that a member of their party had fallen into the river and was likely to drown in the whirlpools toward which she was being swept. At just that moment, she thrashed her way into Thomas Monson's view. He swam to her side, took her in tow, and made his way to the bank.  he saved her from drowning.

Even with all of the fun and family nearby, Thomas' family was poor. Even though they didn't have lots of things, he still wanted to help others.  A family of one of his friends was only eating cereal (moistened with hot water rather than milk) for a Christmas dinner, he gave them his two prize rabbits for them to eat for their Christmas dinner.

When he got older he still cared for other people and took care of them. When he was a Bishop he took a week of his personal vacation time every Christmas season to visit all of those eighty-five widows in his ward.  Years have passed since he was the Bishop there, but President Monson has taken a gift and visited every one of those widows every Christmas for as long as each has lived.

Tom met a beautiful girl named Frances and the two were married in the Salt Lake Temple for time and eternity on 7 October 1948.  They had three children.  When there children were a bit older President and Sister Monson served a mission in Canada.

President Monson was a businessman and worked for newspapers like the Deseret News and later the Deseret Press.  President Monson is also the president and chairman of the board of the Deseret News.  He loves to read and his talks in conference are always filled with beautiful poems and stories from good books.

President Monson has always loved fishing and often took his children with him on fun fishing trips.  His son remembers a time when his father stopped in the middle of fishing to kneel in their boat and say a prayer for a family member.

In 2008 Thomas S. Monson became the 16th and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bear your testimony about Heavenly Father calling righteous and good men to be his Prophets on the earth today. Share a favorite quote or talk from President Monson and how it impacted your life.

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

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the SEPTEMBER 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...


- Download and print page one of fishing game.
- Reload same paper to print on back. Print second page.
- Cut along grey cut lines.
- Attach paper clip to the mouth of each fish.
- Tie string to yardstick and adhere magnet to bottom of string to create a fishing pole.
- Place fish on floor, fish side up. Have children use pole and magnet to catch a fish by the paper clip.  Turn card over and read the question on the back. Have entire family guess answers to the question until correct answer is guessed.
- You may choose to keep score or not.

*Illustrated by Apryl Scott

29 Way Righteous Comments:

Jenny said...

Thanks for this. The children loved hearing about the Prophet's childhood.

Amanda said...

I just found your site through Pinterest, and I'm really excited to use some of your ideas. I have really struggled with FHE since my oldest is 3 I just never quite know what to do. Anyhow, I'm excited for lessons (and activities!) that she'll enjoy! Thank you so much!

Amanda B. said...

Thanks for the lesson. My family will love it!

Alison@Oopsey Daisy said...

Emilie, this is incredible!! I absolutely LOVE your lessons! We did this lesson tonight, and my 2 1/2 year old Little Man loved it! It's absolutely perfect. This takes a ton of time and effort, but I'm so excited to utilize your wonderful resources! I'm going to do a shout-out on Facebook tonight.

crazymom said...

Oh I am so excited to give this a try. this is exactly what I need. Someone to organize and come up with ideas. Now I know FHE will happen every week in our house. Thanks!!

Jenny said...

We had the lesson tonight and the "go fish" game was really fun for our 4 and 1 year old. Thank you for all your hard work. We have been using your site for about a month and it has really helped us with having regular, planned FHEs. THANKS!

Aho, Gabs, Waiola, and Kupa'a said...

Thank you for sharing all your lessons. I'm a convert and didn't grow up with FHE. When I started with my family, I was a little clueless. Your lessons are SO helpful and make FHE so easy for me. And our kids love it. Thank you!!!

Michelle Rowe said...

Your lessons are perfect for young children, mine are 2 and 4! We loved this lesson and now Pres. Monson is my son's "Favorite Guy". We especially loved the fishing.

Courtney Ekman said...

You are amazing - Found this on Pinterest! Love! Thank you!

mtanner said...

So excited to have something to get my family ready for conference. I really think helping my children connect to these men with stories about them as real people will help them be more interested while we listen to them. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

a {girl} in a {gorilla} suit said...

Since we are talking about Prophets in Primary this month and General Conference is coming up, I thought this would be a great FHE lesson for us this past week. I just wanted to let you know that it was a great hit! My daughters were still wanting to play with the fishing game today. It was great to learn such fun facts about President Monson. My 11 yr old twins even enjoyed it. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

just used this for sharing time, and it was a hit for all ages! thank you for sharing!

Tiffany said...

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with all of us. This makes preparing Family Home Evening much more fun!

Anonymous said...

You are one amazing woman!!! Thanks for sharing this. I LOVE, LOVE all your lessons!!!

Liz said...

Thank you for sharing your blog and thoughts. I love your site and use it every week!!

Angie Bentley said...

THANK YOU! You are awesome! Excited to use this lesson tonight!

Elisabeth said...

Emilie, I don't know if you remember me but I married Cameron Smith, he was in your singles ward at BYU, he was roommates with Seth Lyman, Henry and Rob Patterson. anyways, your blog is super helpful I needed a lesson for our Sunday Centers this morning and this lesson was perfect. Thanks!

Leslie said...

Thank you for the pdf coloring pages. I'm printing a book for my girls to have while we drive to Utah for a wedding.

Melanie said...

Thanks so much for all the work you put into this and your other posts. My kids wanted to do an FHE on President Monson after conference and they loved reading about his life.

Amy said...

Thanks for your blog. I have been trying to do better at having consistent family home evening and your hard work has been so helpful to me. Thank you!

Susie Giron said...

i can't print the fish for some reason?? it shows it as a picture not a printable

Tiffany said...

I cant tell you how amazing you are!! I am so excited that I found this on Pinterest! You are so sweet to share this with all of us. Thank you a thousand times.

Anonymous said...

Used this for sharing time for our "time machine" project to get to know more about the prophets, was awesome thanks so much!!!

cassi said...

Thanks! Great lesson- I love it all- the facts, the pictures and the game!

courtney said...

this is wonderful! thank you so much for all the time it took to compile these lessons, what a blessing to me & our family! this is my first time on your site & i can't wait to explore it all & use your inspired ideas. much love!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

Hey thanks for the line drawing of President Monson. We used it for some embroidery we used during GEneral Conference:

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Such fun facts!

Renae Schei said...

Thank you so much for your time and talent. I was looking for a coloring page of President Monson and clicked on the free printable on and WOW, you helped me with my Sunbeam lesson!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!

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