Today I am teaming up with some other amazing bloggers to bring you some GREAT FHE ideas based on the April 2016 General Conference addresses. I LOVE General Conference, and am always looking for ways to use them to teach our family for the next 6 months.
Today I am sharing some ideas and printables for Sister Cheryl A Esplin’s talk, “He Asks Us to Be His Hands”. I created a simple outline for you to use. Just click the link at the bottom of this post to print it out as well as the other great printables I have included. My packet does require some work on your part. 🙂 But I have tried to simplify it for you, so you don’t have much to do.
I chose Sister Esplin’s talk because I loved it and service is something that is something that I think is so important. There is so much to be done, and so much good to be shared. I loved that she talked about how important those small acts of service are…
All of us can incorporate some service into our daily living. We live in a contentious world. We give service when we don’t criticize, when we refuse to gossip, when we don’t judge, when we smile, when we say thank you, and when we are patient and kind.
As well as the larger acts of service that we may do. No matter what acts of kindness or service we do, we can feel that love and joy overcome us as we serve those around us. Or as Sister Esplin said it gives meaning to life…
I have come to know that it is the love of God and neighbor that gives meaning to life. May we follow our Savior’s example and His admonition to reach out to others with love.
Service Family Home Evening Idea
My family home evening packet includes printables, object lesson ideas, and activity ideas. Here is a peek at what you’ll find in my FHE lesson idea.
I always like using object lessons to help my children understand a principle a little better, and they’re FUN! You will find 2 great object lessons you can use for your FHE lesson. One is the Window & Mirror idea from Sister Esplin’s talk, and the other object lesson is one that I found on LDS.org, HERE!
Quotes & Printables
I have also included a page of quotes. Just print it out and then cut the quotes out. You can read the quotes yourself or hand them out to members of your family for them to read aloud.
I also included a fun Service activity idea that you could do as a family: Service Tic-Tac-Toe!
I was going to do a Service Scavenger hunt, but you can find one of those anywhere. So I decided to try something a little different. Print out the Tic-Tac-Toe game board and display it somewhere for everyone to see OR you could print one for each member of the family. Give them a time frame (one week, one month, or a specific date) to get 3 in a row or a ‘black-out’. Each night take some time to discuss what acts of service everyone did. Record what was done by adding an ‘X’ or a sticker to the game board.
Sister Esplin quoted President Thomas S Monson a couple times during her talk. The talk she quoted from was, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?”. I decided to take a look at President Monson’s talk. It is a wonderful talk, but there was one story he shared that really stuck out to me. Here is what he said,
A few years ago I read an article written by Jack McConnell, MD. He grew up in the hills of southwest Virginia in the United States as one of seven children of a Methodist minister and a stay-at-home mother. Their circumstances were very humble. He recounted that during his childhood, every day as the family sat around the dinner table, his father would ask each one in turn, “And what did you do for someone today?” 1 The children were determined to do a good turn every day so they could report to their father that they had helped someone. Dr. McConnell calls this exercise his father’s most valuable legacy, for that expectation and those words inspired him and his siblings to help others throughout their lives. As they grew and matured, their motivation for providing service changed to an inner desire to help others.
As I was coming up with an activity for my FHE idea, I knew I wanted something that you could do and give you the opportunity to ask your family, “And what did you do for someone today?” 🙂
Sticky Note Messages
One last printable I included are my ‘Sticky Note Messages’. Have you seen the idea of printing on sticky notes? I love the idea, and decided to include that as an act of kindness/service. I even created a sheet of notes that you could use to use.
These would be great for random acts of kindness. I saw ideas of sticking them on car mirrors, in your mailbox for your mailman/woman. You could stick them on mirrors in your home or inside of your children’s lunch boxes, the possibilities are endless! And just think of the feeling the recipient will feel when they see their sticky note.
How To Print Your Sticky Notes
First, Print my ‘Sticky Note Messages’. Once it is printed, grab your post-it notes, and stick the Post-it Notes on to the page inside each square. Stick the paper back into your printer and press print! Ta-Da! You have some fun custom sticky notes.
So that’s just a quick look at what you will find in my FHE kit. To see everything, click the link below!
MORE FHE LESSON IDEAS FROM SOME AMAZING BLOGGERS!
Be sure to stop by and take a look at all the other amazing FHE ideas from all these awesome ladies. I hope you enjoy my Service FHE idea and are able to use it for your family. I would love to hear if you do, and how it goes, so leave me a comment!
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Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!