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2012 - Wk. 33: Different Families/Adoption

8.18.2012

What You'll Need: scriptures, family word strips, coloring page, coloring tools.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 33 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson. 

Quote: "Father, Mother, Baby small. Heavenly Father made them all". (from Thanks to our Father - PCS #20b)


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

Lesson:

This month we have been talking about God making each of us different and how those differences make us special and beautiful.

Heavenly Father has also made each family different.

- What is a family?

(children are likely to answer 'a mom, dad and kids', 'people who live together and love each other', etc.) 

- How come nobody answered that a family is made of people who share the same DNA?

You are right. It's NOT always about sharing DNA or having the same blood.   

(show 'family word strips' as you read the following)


 THE FAMILY: A PROCLAMATION TO THE WORLD says that families are made of LOVE, CARE, SERVICE, FAITH and RESPECT.

Families can be ANY group of people who love and help each other.  They live together and support each other. They teach, grow and play together.

Heavenly Father wants everyone to be a part of a family and for families to be sealed together in the temple so they can be together forever.  Because that is so important, Heavenly Father has made more than one way to make a family.

Once in a while a husband and wife get married and their bodies don't work just right.  They might want to have a baby, but they can't.  This makes them very sad.  But there is a way for them to have kids.

Sometimes other mommies have a baby in their tummy and they know they can't take care of it. They love their baby so much that they want it to have a happy life, filled with blessings and love.  They might not be able to give that to their baby.  So, they give their baby to a family who can give them those things.  This is called ADOPTION.  Giving away a baby is very very hard, but these mommies love their babies so much that they are willing to go through something very hard so their baby can have the best life.

Adoption is a part of Heavenly Father's plan for families because it makes a way for righteous husbands and wives to have the babies their bodies can't make.  Children bring joy and happiness into families and joy and happiness is what God wants for us.  It doesn't matter that the baby came from another Mommy.  That's not what makes a family.  (point to each family word strip) Families are made of LOVE, CARE, SERVICE, FAITH and RESPECT.

Some families adopt babies from other countries.  Some adopt babies from people they know. Sometimes the babies look different.  It doesn't matter if family members all look alike. Families come in all shapes, sizes, colors and abilities.  That's the way God made them and that's what makes them special.

Bear your testimony about adoption as part of Heavenly Father's plan for families.  Share a family you know with an adopted child and share your feelings about the love they have for each other.

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

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

Activity: Coloring Page

  

12 Way Righteous Comments:

Mary said...

Thank you from someone who has a strong testimony of adoption!

ALB Kahles said...

Thank You!! Thank You!! Thank You!! This is so wonderful! We are, as my girls call us, an "adopted-forever family!"

I appreciate this more than I can express!

ALBK

Louise O'Neil said...

I just found your site and it looks awesome!! I printed out tonight's FHE...it's about adoption and we have 13 adopted children in our family! We haven't been diligent in having FHE so this is a prayer answer! Thanks so much for your site!!

Scott and Meaghan said...

You rock for providing a FHE on adoption!!! Thank you so much! I can't wait to use this one!!

La Yen said...

i love this, but it looks like "respect" on the printable is spelled wrong. Thanks for all you do!

Christina said...

Great lesson- thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the great lesson. As someone who has adopted and works in the adoption world I just wanted to make one suggestion, we use the word "place" for adoption, instead of "give up", because now a days birth mothers have a choice and they get to choose a family to lovingly place their child with. It is a beautiful, selfless decision, that like you put so well helps bring an eternal family together!

Kiley Roland said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful blog! Our ward is having a community family night. We are reaching out to our friends and neighbors to teach them about family home evening. We are making books with family home evening ideas for each family to take home, and that is where you have come in as such a HUGE blessing. Your lessons are so easy to use, and full of great ideas! I know that my family will be visiting your blog for regular FHE ideas. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with others!

Forever Grateful said...

Thank you so much for a wonderful lesson. I've decided one FHE every month we are going to draw pictures and write letters to extented family members. So I wanted a FHE lesson about families to go along with our activity. Your lesson really brought tears to my eyes because our boys were adopted because we couldn't have our own children. Thank you for putting it into words for me to be able to explain to them the blessing of adoption.

Callie said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful lessons!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for opening families eyes to the blessing of adoption! :) We have four children through the gift of adoption. We also have 2 biological children. :) You are right, adoption is part of God's wonderful plan to create families. It is not always a decision to add to a family through adoption ONLY because you can not have biological children, though. Adoption was not a last resort for us, it was our plan and a first choice of how to grow our family. Adoption was not a result of fulfilling a need we had but was a decision about the children and their need! :) Thank you for remembering and honoring adoptive families!

Meredith E said...

I loved this printable. A great way to tie in the proclamation to the kids at home.

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