Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Good FHE on the Fly

Last night we gathered the kids for Family Home Evening. Neither Jon or I had prepared anything though we had been tossing ideas around for a while. I wanted to make some muffins. And my parents were planning to come over later in the evening. We needed to get our lesson in there somewhere.

So I stole the "recipe=scriptures" object lesson from our young women's lesson on Sunday by Sis. Clark and gathered the family to make muffins. We talked about "following the instructions" when we make a recipe. I asked them how hard it would be to make muffins without a recipe. We decided instructions were pretty important.

Then I asked them if Heavenly Father had given us instructions for how to live and return home and if so where we could find them. This brought us to the scriptures. The muffins were easy to make and quickly in the oven. We then turned to read Heavenly Father's instructions.

I had the girls turn to Matthew where the Savior talks about being hungry and you fed me etc... and when you do it to the least of these my brethern you have done it unto me. I was thinking we could "follow" these instructions and give some muffins to my "hungry" parents.

What I did not remember was the first part of that scripture. It starts in Matthew 25:31-33:

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left."

First I asked the girls which "angel" did we know that would be coming with the Savior in his glory. Camille of course. Then we talked about how the sheep will be on the right or the good side of the Lord with Camille and the goats will be on the left or the not so good side of the Lord.

Then I asked the girls what the difference was between a goat and a sheep. (Now I will admit that I am not farm girl and frankly I don't know for sure what the difference is but I think my answer was right and it definitely fit my needs for the "child obedience training" in which we are seemingly permanently engaged.)

I told the girls that a sheep comes when the shepherd calls it and the goat doesn't. The goat has to be prodded to get it to obey. I asked them whether they wanted to be sheep or goats. Everyone wanted to be sheep. Hallelujah! Then I told them I would be watching all week to see who would be the fastest sheep when they were called. Everyone wanted to be the fastest sheep.

All day today I have been asking the girls, "Can you be a fast sheep? Are you a slow sheep or a goat that needs prodding?" And I have been able to give some good praise and have needed very little prodding. That makes for a pretty great day in my book.

So yet another way to teach obedience presented itself. At the end the girls saw that the Lord gave us instructions in the scriptures and the instructions said to "be obedient and serve others," as Sabrina put it. I think that sums it up nicely.

Sabrina in her new glasses.
Lauren and Noble rocking in the background.

So You Think You Can Dance Party at my house tomorrow night. We are starting the show promptly at 9:00 p.m. and I am need to be in bed by 10:30. Looking forward to it!


Simonsen Family said...


Ok this may sounds really strange but somehow I came cross your blog last year after you lost you little girl (I am SO sorry!) and have now came across another blog where Crystal (also LDS, I am TOO) lost her little boy im March his name is Sage - here is her web site http://spencer-crystal5.blogspot.com/ I really feel like you can help her. You have been on my mind for several days about doing this (sending you a post) She is where you have been but at the same time both going through the same thing with the same beliefs... I feel you two could help each other and become great friends (I don't know)
I love your blog and your posts - I think you are remarkable and congrats on the new little man in your family!!!!!
PLease check out Crystals blog and I will comment on you for her and hopefully you two will be able to connect and help, love and support each other... Still is all sent with love from a sister that wants to help and loves you both!
Lots of Love,

Megan D. said...


That was such a good FHE idea. We are definitely going to do this. Thanks so much for sharing!!

I have been thinking about you lately especially since being in my calling (enrichment). We went to the water park by your house the other day and I thought to myself how I miss visiting with you at the mommy's group. You always had great advice for a new mom.

Noorda Notebook said...

can't wait to finally get back into sytycd. i have been soo out of the loop. i'll try to make something delicious to bring.

cute fhe lesson btw! when i prepare on the fly i'm not sure my lessons are that good.... :)

Jeanna said...

Thank you for sharing! It's cool seeing people talk about FHE ideas! I just wanted to tell you about this thing called mormon channel radio. It is on LDS.org. I just listened to the Young Women's broadcast on it. This radio station plays uplifting stories, broadcasts, or music all day. I didn't know about it until recently so I just wanted to tell people about it if they didn't already know.

chanel said...

thanks for sharing! i think i will have to copy ya.
and that picture is soooo great with the little ones in the background! what a great big sis lauren is.