FHE: Preparation

Conference Talk:

For more information on this topic read "Come Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of the Lord," by Elaine S. Dalton, Ensign, May 2009, 120-23.

Thought:

Prepare yourselves spiritually, and qualify to enter into our Heavenly Father's presence.

(Elaine S. Dalton, "Come Let Us Go Up to the Mountain of the Lord," Ensign, May 2009, 120-23.)

Song:

"Seek the Lord Early," Children's Songbook, p. 108.

Scripture:

Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

(Doctrine and Covenants 88:63)

Object Lesson:

Materials needed: A piece of paper for each person.

Presentation: Discuss a number of items that belong to days with plans and days without plans. You may talk about some of the following items, or think of original ideas that apply to your own family. As you mention each item have family members put their thumbs up if they think it is an example of a day with a plan. Have them put their thumb down if they think it is an example of a day without a plan.

  • Got up early to get all of my homework done
  • Made the car pool wait for me because I didn't get all of my work done in school
  • Watched TV all day instead of doing my chores
  • Ate dinner on time and helped clean up the dishes
  • Went outside to play after school instead of doing my homework and chores
  • Stayed in bed until five minutes before school
  • Did my homework right after school, so I could play with my friends later
  • Practiced the piano without being asked
  • Ate a big snack and wasn't hungry for dinner
  • Did my chores early so I could watch my favorite TV show
Have each person write down on their sheet of paper a general plan for his or her day. Tape the plans to each person's door. Each week take a few minutes of family home evening to discuss how each family member is doing to keep their plan.

(adapted from Jeni Gochnour, Family Home Evening Games, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1999], p.12.)

Story:

"You're Ready, My Dear," by Ruth Hardy Funk

Last year, standing in the wings behind the curtain moments before a magnificently inspiring young artists' music festival, I witnessed a performance that touched my heart - maybe even more than the performance on the stage, but certainly as much.

A prayer had been offered in behalf of each of the young performers that their hard weeks - yes, even years - of conscientious preparation might be drawn from at this moment to ensure a masterful performance. Eyes were moist; hearts were touched as strength and unity of family members lent confidence and encouragement to each performer. At that moment a father, appearing proud and grateful, quickly leaned forward, gave his beautiful young daughter a tender kiss on the cheek, and whispered, "You're ready, my dear." And her next step was on stage, alone - a solo flight.

Oh, that our preparation at each step in our lives might be such that, as we approach that hour of challenge (and there are many), we might have that quiet whispering of the Spirit in our ears: "You're ready, my dear." Readiness implies so much and demands much more. Just a few of the requirements are discipline, teachableness, understanding, humility, faith, and practice.

Each one of us has a specific destiny, which God intends we shall receive according to our faithfulness. He has a place for each of us and prepares us each day to receive it if we are worthy. Everything in our lives is there for a purpose, and that purpose is to prepare us. Preparation precedeth all readiness. Are we ready to receive the sacrament, the companionship of the Holy Ghost, a comprehension of the Lord's atoning sacrifice? Our Father in heaven is anxious to open the windows of heaven to us just as soon as we are prepared and ready.

(Leon R. Hartshorn, Remarkable Stories from the Lives of Latter-day Saint Women, vol. 2, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1975].)

Activity:

Materials needed: blindfold (kitchen towel, handkerchief, or scarf), a collection of at least fifty pennies (assorted coins or buttons will also work), stopwatch or kitchen timer.

Activity: Spread out the pennies in a wide area on the floor.

Have each person in the family take turns being blindfolded. While each person is blindfolded they will have thirty seconds to pickup as many pennies as possible.

After each person has gathered pennies with a blindfold on, give everyone a second chance to gather pennies. This time the person will have fifteen seconds, but will not be blindfolded.

After everyone has had a turn to gather the pennies with and without a blindfold, explain that being blindfolded represents spending a day wasting time. Also explain that the pennies each represent an act of service or a blessing. Point out that more pennies (blessings) can be gathered in a shorter time when we can see (when we don't waste time) that when we ca'’t see (when we waste time).

(adapted from Jeni Gochnour, Family Home Evening Games, [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1999], p.12.)

Refreshment

Apple Presents

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 11-ounce tube refrigerated bread stick dough
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine zest, sugar, and cinnamon; set aside. Pour orange juice in the bottom of a deep-dish plate or glass pan. Unroll refrigerator dough and separate at perforations to form 12 strips. Place 3 to 4 apple slices at the end of each strip of dough and roll up. Place in prepared pan. Brush melted butter over the presents and then sprinkle with cinnamon-zest mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serves 6 to 8.

(Jill McKenzie, 52 Weeks of Proven Recipes for Picky Kids, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2008], p. 115.)

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