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Song of the Month: May 2011

4.30.2011

CLICK HERE to print out this lyric chart
by Emilie Ahern {that's me!}
to help children learn words and concepts.

2011 - Week 17: Hinckley's Six Be's (pt. 2)

4.23.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 617: Search the Scriptures, GAK 608: Christ and Children from around the World, GAK 605: Young Boy Praying, printed flip book, scissors, hole punch, yarn or binder ring.

If you want to read the Six Be's talk in its entirety click here.

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.

Scripture: Gordon B. Hinckley - "O God, our Eternal Father, as Thy servant I bow before Thee in prayer in behalf of these young people scattered over the earth...Please smile with favor upon them. Please listen to them as they lift their voices in prayer unto Thee. Please lead them gently by the hand in the direction they should follow."

(A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth, Gordon B. Hinckley, Nov 2000)

Opening Song:  I Need My Heavenly Father - Children's Songbook #18

Lesson:

Last week we talked about the first three of President Hinckley's Six Be's. 

- Does anyone remember what the first 3 Be's are? (Be grateful, be smart, be clean)
This week we will learn the last three Be's and work hard to memorize and follow each of them.

Be True

We are members of Heavenly Father's true church.  That means we know the difference between right and wrong. We know the things we can do to return to live with our Heavenly Father.  

(show GAK 617: Search the Scriptures)


We can read the scriptures, listen to General Conference, learn in church classes and obey our parents.   We know how to choose the right so we must stay true to what we know. We should make correct choices and be good members of Jesus Christ's church.  We must always do our best to do what is right.

Be Humble

Being humble means we know that we need help.  All of us, even Mommy and Daddy, need help from each other and from Heavenly Father.  We should listen and follow the Prophets' words and do what Heavenly father asks of us, even if it seems hard. 

(show GAK 608: Christ and Children from around the World)


The scriptures say, “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers” (D&C 112:10).  That means if we are humble and obedient, then the Lord will lead us and answer our prayers. There is nothing better than that.

We should be respectful and listen to our church leaders. This means our Bishop, primary/mutual leaders and sunday school teachers.  They love us and want us to be happy. We should follow their words as best we can.


Be Prayerful

(show GAK 605: Young Boy Praying)


We all help and guidance from Heavenly Father. He is the only person who knows everything. He knows which way we should go, what can make us happy and what is best for our lives. We should talk to him all the time through prayer.  He is our father and wants to hear from us. He wants to help us. When we pray He hears our prayers. He answers—not always as we might wish He would answer, but there is no question that He answers our prayers.


Bear your testimony about each of these principles.  Share blessings you have received by following these commandments and always doing your best.

(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: Six Be's Flash Card Flip Book
- see download from last week's lesson
 

2011 - Week 16: Hinckley's Six Be's (pt. 1)

4.16.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 520: Gordon B. Hinckley, GAK 221: The Ten Lepers, GAK 502: Salt Lake Temple, printed flip book, scissors, hole punch, yarn or binder ring.  If you want to read the Six Be's talk in its entirety click here.

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.

Scripture: Gordon B. Hinckley - Bless [us] that [we] may walk acceptably before Thee as Thy cherished sons and daughters. Each [of us] is Thy child with capacity to do great and noble things.

(A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth, Gordon B. Hinckley, Nov 2000)
Opening Song: Choose the Right Way (PCS #160)

Lesson:

(show GAK 520: Gordon B. Hinckley)


You may remember Gordon B. Hinckley.  He was our Prophet just a few years back.  When Gordon B. Hinckley was the Prophet of the church he gave many wonderful talks and taught many lessons.  During one General Conference he gave a very special talk where that we call The Six Be's.  This talk has six lessons that the Lord wants us to practice and become as we go through our lives.  Tonight we are going to talk about three of those Six Be's

Be Grateful

We should always be thankful for the wonderful blessings which we have.  We should not complain.  We can remember the blessings we have instead of thinking about what we don't have.  Say thank you to your mother and your father. Say thank you to your friends. Say thank you to your teachers. Say thank you to everyone who does you a favor or helps you in any way.  And especially remember to thank Heavenly Father.

(show GAK 221: The Ten Lepers)


When Jesus Christ was on the earth, ten men came to Him. All of the men had a terrible sickness.  Jesus healed all of the ten men. The first nine were so excited they ran into town to tell their friends.  Only one healed man turned back to thank Jesus for healing him.  Jesus wants us to be like the man who was thankful.

Be Smart

Heavenly father wants us to be good in school.  Sometimes school is hard and some of us learn things in different ways than others...making learning more difficult. But Heavenly father wants us to try our very best in school.  He wants boys to learn as much as they can so when they grow up they can provide for their family.  He wants girls to learn as much as they can so when they grow up they can teach their children or get as job if their family needs it.  We should learn outside of school by reading good books and doing other things that help us learn.

Be Clean

Our words should be clean. We should not use bad words or say heavenly father's name in a joke.  We should only read good books and watch good TV shows.  We should be very careful about the things we see on the computer because some people put bad things on there for us to find.  Make sure you always have a Mom or Dad with you when you use the computer.

(show GAK 502: Salt Lake Temple or a picture of your closest or favorite Temple)


Heavenly Father has said our bodies are very special, like a Temple.  We should keep our bodies clean by obeying the Word of Wisdom, by dressing modestly and by taking regular baths or showers.  It is important to treat our bodies nicely.
Bear your testimony about each of these principles.  Share blessings you have received by following these commandments and always doing your best.

(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: Six Be's Flash Card Flip Book- thread onto binder ring or secure with yarn.

- CLICK HERE to download.
- print onto card stock.
- cut out and punch hole in top left corner of each card.
- have a small prize for anyone at the end of two weeks who has all Six Be's memorized.

 
*Note: You may choose to only give children first 4 pages until next week's lesson when you teach Part 2 of this lesson.

2011 - Week 15: The Living Christ

4.09.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, copy of The Living Christ (download a pdf here), GAK 208: John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus, GAK 233: Mary and the Resurrected Lord,  GAK 239: The Resurrected Jesus Christ, copies of the coloring activity, 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: from The Living Christ - We bear testimony...that Jesus is the Living Christ, the immortal Son of God...He is the light, the life, and the hope of the world. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come.


Opening Song: I'm Trying to be like Jesus (PCS #78)

Lesson:

There are many different churches in the world.  Churches are all different from each other. Some churches believe some of the same things as our church and some churches believe different things than our church.  Some people in the world have never heard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and others have heard of us, but aren't quite sure what we believe.

- What are some things you believe about Jesus Christ?

To help everyone in the world understand what our church believes, our church leaders have written statements (or declarations) about what we know is true.  Joseph Smith wrote the 13 Articles of Faith, last week we learned about The Family: A Proclamation to the World.  This week we are going to talk about The Living Christ.

(show copy of The Living Christ)
Because Jesus Christ is so important to us, we wanted everyone to know that we believe in Him and love Him.  The Living Christ says that we believe that Jesus...

- is the Son of God
- created the Earth
- was baptized (show GAK 208: John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus)


- healed the sick
- taught people when He was on  the earth
- gave us the Sacrament
- died for us and was resurrected (GAK 233: Mary and the Resurrected Lord)

- visited the Nephites
- restored His church through Joseph Smith
- will come to the earth again (show GAK 239: The Resurrected Jesus Christ)

- teaches us how to be happy

When other people read The Living Christ they will know that we believe in Him, that we love Him and want to follow His commandments and teachings.

Bear your testimony about the truthfulness of the teachings of The Living Christ. Share with your children how knowing these things about Christ and His divine mission has changed your life for the better. 

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

Practice Song: Was sung as the opening song.

Activity: The Living Christ mini book

- click below to download a pdf file of the mini book.
- print one for each child.
- have them color pages, then cut them out and staple along left edge.

Inspired Words

4.02.2011

"...our children might not remember about the Family Home Evening lesson later in the week, but they would remember that we held [Family Home Evening]."

........................................................

"It is difficult to overstate the importance parents have in teaching their children Celestial traditions through word and example."

"When parents preside of the family in love and righteousness and teach their children the gospel of Jesus Christ by word and through example...the result will be the establishment of a Christ-centered home."

Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy
(April 2011 General Conference, Saturday Afternoon Session)

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)

Lesson:

- 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".

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