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2012 - Wk 17: An Attitude of Happiness

4.28.2012

What You'll Need: scriptures, printed Rosebush picture, GAK 516/GAB 132: Harold B. Lee, GAB 68/GAK 302: The Liahona, coloring/activity page of choice and coloring tools.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 17 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson. Note: GAK vs GAB pictures explained here.

Scripture: 2 Nephi 2:25 - Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

Opening Song: Count Your Blessings (LDS Hymn #241)

Lesson:
(show the Rosebush picture and tell the following story...)
One day, two kids were walking down the street together. They passed a garden full of plants and bushes. One child pointed to a bush and said, "It's too bad that rosebushes have thorns."  The other child looked at the same bush and said, "It's so wonderful that thorn-bushes have roses!"

- If the two kids were looking at the same bush why do you think they said two different things?

One child was looking at the beauty of the plant and feeling happy. The other looked at the one thing wrong with the plant and felt sad.  The difference in the way we look at the same situation is called ATTITUDE.

ATTITUDE is how we choose to look at things. Having a GOOD attitude means you look for blessings and good things in everything you see. Having a BAD attitude means you see the bad and hard parts no matter what happens.

In the Book of Mormon we read about some brothers who have very different attitudes.

Nephi and his brothers had obtained the brass plates from Laban and their family (and Ishmaels' family) traveled into the wilderness as God had commanded them. In the wilderness they ran out of food and became very hungry.  Laman and Lemuel began to complain.  Another word for complain is MURMUR.  In 1Nephi 16:20 it says, "And it came to pass that Laman and Lemuel and the sons of Ishmael did begin to murmur exceedingly, because of their sufferings and afflictions in the wilderness...yea, and they were all exceedingly sorrowful, even that they did murmur against the Lord."

Nephi was also very hungry. He had a bow and arrow to shoot food, but his bow was broken.  In verses 21 and 22 Nephi says, "Now it came to pass that I, Nephi, having been afflicted with my brethren because of the loss of my bow...it began to be exceedingly difficult, yea, insomuch that we could obtain no food.  And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did speak much unto my brethren, because they had hardened their hearts again, even unto complaining against the Lord their God."

Nephi's older brothers murmured and complained.  

- How can sitting around and complaining get food for their family? (It can't)
- What do you think Nephi did?

In verse 23 we see what Nephi chose to do. It says, "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did make out of wood a bow, and out of a straight stick, an arrow; wherefore, I did arm myself with a bow and an arrow, with a sling and with stones...".

So Nephi built a new bow. He got up and worked hard and then asked the Lord where he should go and hunt for food.  The Lord had given Lehi's family the Liahona,  a small ball (like a compass) which would show them the way to go.

(show GAB 68/GAK 302)

In verses 30 through 32 it says "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, did go forth up into the top of the mountain, according to the directions which were given upon the ball. And it came to pass that I did slay wild beasts, insomuch that I did obtain food for our families. And it came to pass that I did return to our tents, bearing the beasts which I had slain; and now when they beheld that I had obtained food, how great was their joy! And it came to pass that they did humble themselves before the Lord, and did give thanks unto him."

- How did Nephi act differently to a very hard situation than his brothers?
- Which way solved their problem of having no food?
- Why do you think Nephi's family gave thanks to the Lord once their attitudes changed?

Giving thanks and remembering our blessings is an important part of having a good attitude.  When life gets hard and our trials seem to build up, it can help us to make a list of all of the good things in our lives and all of the blessings. This helps us to remember how blessed we are and sometimes makes our problems seem smaller.

(show GAK 516/GAB 132)

A Latter-day Prophet, Harold B. Lee said, “Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you but on what happens inside of you..."

We can be happy in our daily life if we choose to count our blessings and look at things in a happy way.  It doesn't take away all of the trials or sadness in our lives, but it does help us through the hard times.

- How can we be like Nephi when hard things happen in our lives?(we can ask God for help, get to work and give thanks)

Bear your testimony about times in your life when a positive attitude helped you through a hard time.  Share a time when you turned to God, as Nephi did, and found answers to those problems.

(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. Rosebush Coloring Page

 2. Count (and Draw) Your Blessings

40 Way Righteous Comments:

Jen said...

girl, i love this!! it is something my cute little peeps are needing right now!! printing it all up today...THANK YOU!! i know i don't comment very often--but i LOVE the things you share and am so happy to have a wonderful resource in your blog! you are doing such a great work...thank you!!! i appreciate you taking the time to share!!!

Susan E said...

I just want to say thank you for sharing your stuff. I stumbled upon your blog today while searching for a picture of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon for my primary lesson and I'm so glad!!!! I will definitely be using your lessons for our family home evening. Thank you again!!!

KurtisAmber said...

I am soo thankful for your lessons, we have been far more sucessful with your site in doing FHE. It has imporved our family sooo much, thanks for all you do in spreading your talents to build up the kingdom of God!

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Thank you again for your dedication to this blog! It has helped me and my family tremedously! I'm especially amazed with how the topics are right on for what my family needs to hear or learn that week! You are amazing, and thank you for sharing your talent with so many others!

Becca said...

Thanks! This is just what we need tonight!

Amy said...

THANK YOU Emilie!
k, this lesson is perfect because Now I can pull out the count your blessings sign I bought from your shop and put it up in my kids room after this lesson as a reminder!
I think I need that Harold B Lee quote in my room as a reminder too, it's soooo true.
(where's the source for that quote?)

The Allen Family said...

Thank you so much!! I just found your blog yesterday and am already using a lesson tonight. I LOVE it and am so excited to keep using others.

Emilie said...

AMY - The quote is from...

“A Sure Trumpet Sound: Quotations from President Lee,” Ensign, Feb. 1974, 78.

Anonymous said...

Great lesson...love the quote from Harold B. Lee. Thanks!!

Valerie@Occasionally Crafty said...

Thanks so much- this is a great lesson!

On a Warm June Day said...

Thank you for another great lesson! You're inspiring!

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Amber said...

So thankful for your site! We are using this lesson tonight!

Lauren @ the BADD blog said...

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Anonymous said...

We loved this FHE lesson tonight! It was perfect for my 8, 6 and 3-year-olds. It kept their attention with the brief rose bush story and the scripture story of Nephi and his broken bow. Thanks for putting these together. We will be using them from now on!

hilary said...

Thank you for your great lessons!!

Chels said...

Used this lesson for FHE tonight. It went great and my kids listened! ☺ Thanks for sharing your hard work.

Ashly Bjorn said...

I am going to use this lesson for family night tonight! Thank you so much for doing this! I love all your lessons!

Zane + Nichole said...

we don't have any kids (newlyweds) but invited some friends over who have three little girls. i was so nervous about making it fun for them but your lesson was perfect! thanks so much.

JenHunsaker said...

Using this tonight... a much-needed lesson in our home. Thanks!

Tiffy and Family said...

Thank you for all you do! Our family loves your lessons.

Crystal said...

I just got home from work and picking up the kids from school and realized I'm on lesson tonight. I'm really grateful for this lesson. It's so important to see the good in life. Thank you so much for sharing your preparation and passing on a principal/scripture-based FHE. You've really helped this single mommy out!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the lesson. Attitude is something we really need to work on.

blueberrycottagecrafts said...

Love this. We'll be using this lesson tonight. Thanks for sharing your ideas

harrisfamily said...

GREAT lesson. We're using this tonight. Thank you thank you thank you!

Amy said...

This is just what I was looking for. Thank you for putting all of this together. I like the rose bush story. A different way of looking at the glass half empty or half full.

Brooke said...

This helped is get ready for a talk in Jr. Primary. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this lesson

Anonymous said...

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Jessica Garthe said...

Thanks for your great lessons!!!

Colette and The Chickenwings said...

You can never have enough lessons on having a good attitude! Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into these terrific lessons and for sharing!! :)

NYC Mama said...

After this week with my daughter's attitude, I thought I was going to lose my mind. This lesson helped us to discuss it and help her make changes, that hopefully will last for the next few days. Thanks!

Vicky Shawcroft said...

I am really not a very organized person. A Year Of FHE helps me out tremendously. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is a great lesson for me to use for my son who always looks at the negative side of things. Hoping we can change that attitude!

Anonymous said...

This is great. We will be using this in our primary class today. This is going to help us teach how Joseph Smith had a great attitude even when life was so hard. Even with the threat of being tarred and feathered. This will help teach that to the 7 & 8 year olds. Thank you!

Principal in Queens said...

This is amazing! I need something for my daughter who is constantly looking at the glass half empty, when we are so blessed as a family.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking the time to do this!

Arian said...

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Heather Curtis said...

LOVE this! This is exactly what I was looking for! I have three young boys and this will be perfect. Thanks!

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