The Family: A Proclamation to the World

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FHE Scripture

Scripture

The Family: A Proclamation to the World (para. 7)

“Happiness in Family Life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.”

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

Families Can Be Together Forever – Primary Songbook #188 or Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth- Hymn #298

Families Can Be Together Forever

1. I have a fam’ly here on earth.
They are so good to me.
I want to share my life with them through all eternity.
2. While I am in my early years,
I’ll prepare most carefully,
So I can marry in God’s temple for eternity.

Chorus
Fam’lies can be together forever
Through Heav’nly Father’s plan.
I always want to be with my own family,
And the Lord has shown me how I can.
The Lord has shown me how I can.

Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth

1. Home can be a heav’n on earth
When we are filled with love,
Bringing happiness and joy,
Rich blessings from above—
Warmth and kindness, charity,
Safety and security—
Making home a part of heaven,
Where we want to be.

2. Drawing fam’ly near each week,
We’ll keep love burning bright.
Serving Him with cheerful hearts,
We’ll grow in truth and light.
Parents teach and lead the way,
Children honor and obey,
Reaching for our home in heaven,
Where we want to stay.

3. Praying daily in our home,
We’ll feel His love divine;
Searching scriptures faithfully,
We’ll nourish heart and mind.
Singing hymns of thanks, we’ll say,
“Father, help us find the way
Leading to our home in heaven,
Where we long to stay.”

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children, Teenagers or Adults*  Explain to your children what “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” is. Read the proclamation, or segments which you would like to share. Select one of the family principles listed in the seventh paragraph of the proclamation which you would like to work on as a family. Watch “Proclamation”. Testify of the sacred blessing of families and of their central role in the Plan of Salvation.

 Explain to your children what “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” is. Read the proclamation, or segments which you would like to share.

This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah. It explains that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.

You can read the full proclamation here.

Select one of the family principles listed below, as mentioned in the seventh paragraph of the proclamation. Discuss the importance of this principle and ways your family can better incorporate that importance principle into your family life. Young children may want to draw pictures of how they will help use that principle in the home.

  • Faith
  • Prayer
  • Repentance
  • Forgiveness
  • Respect
  • Love
  • Compassion
  • Work
  • Wholesome Recreational Activities.

**You may consider using the Church Website as a resource as you study these important principles. Follow this link to view pages devoted to teaching these principles. Select your family’s decided principle in the left column. You can watch videos and read quotes and talks to learn more about how you can strengthen your family with that principle. (Note: This resource can be used for future family home evening lessons as you learn about different principles.)

Watch the following video of Elder Ballard describing the importance of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

Testify of the sacred blessing of families and of their central role in the Plan of Salvation.

FHE Treat

Treat

Easy Apple Dumplings and Peanut Butter Pie

Easy Apple Dumplings

Ingredients:

2 whole Granny Smith Apples, Cored And Peeled
2 cans Refrigerator Crescent Rolls
2 sticks Butter
1-½ cup White Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ cans Mountain Dew
Ground Cinnamon

Instructions:

Cut apples into 8 slices each.

Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan.

Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir.

Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples.

Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

1 whole 8-inch Graham Cracker Pie Crust
8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
1 cup Peanut Butter
½ cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
8 ounces, weight Frozen Whipped Topping, Thawed

Instructions:

With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Blend in peanut butter and vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon mixture into the prepared pie crust. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until firm.

(Recipes taken from www.TastyKitchen.com )

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Family Memories – Enjoy spending time together, and discuss your favorite family memories. You could watch old family movies, look at old pictures, or simply tell stories!

2- Play your family’s favorite outdoor game, either in your backyard or at the park.

 

Comments (3)

Where did the subway art shown on this page come from? I love it!

Loni, The subway art was found on Pinterest!

I originally created this artwork based on the proclamation. This particular version was recreated and sold on Etsy without my permission. Find the original here: http://crystalburnham.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world/

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