6th Article of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE - 13 Articles of FaithWe believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.

As is our weekly tradition, we started family home evening by having the kids recite the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith, the 3rd Article of Faith, the 4th Article of Faith, and the 5th Article of Faith, with varying degrees of success.  I then asked them what the full name of our Church is.  “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” came back the response from both Mikey & Josh.  I told them I wanted to break the name up.  “The Church of Jesus Christ“.  What does this mean?  We discussed how it is The Church of Jesus Christ because Jesus Christ started the Church and is the head of the Church. “Of Latter-day Saints’ is to distinguish it from the Church that the Savior started during His life.  We talked very briefly about the Great Apostasy, and I told them we would talk about that more in the future.

With all this background completed, Amanda was able to recite the 6th Article of Faith from memory.  We talked about the priesthood offices mentioned.  We then got on the ground and used wood blocks and “built” the Church with these priesthood offices.  The kids each built a Church also.  We practiced the 6th Article of Faith a few times and sang the 6th Article of Faith Primary Song.

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5th Article of Faith

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We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.

We started this week by having the kids recite the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith, the 3rd Article of Faith, and the 4th Article of Faith.  None of them (nor The Wife) could remember the 3rd Article of Faith, without me helping them start it.  Guess we will need to do that one again.  I then read the 5th Article of Faith to them and then we all practiced it a few times.  I then passed out a 5th Article of Faith Coloring Sheet and had each of the kids color it.  After they were done (or at least partially done) coloring, we talked about the 5th Article of Faith and what it means.  I asked them, for example, do you think that our Bishop decided one day to be the Bishop.  All the kids said no.  I explained that the Stake President, after praying about it, called and set him apart to be Bishop.  I asked them if they think Mommy just one day decided to become the Primary Music leader.  No, the Bishop, after praying about it, called and set her apart.

We then played a game called “Bishop Says” (Simon Says).  After me being “the Bishop” for a while, 5-year old Josh wanted to be Bishop.  One of the times, he said “Bishop says Have a Pillow Fight”.   Finally, the kids then turned their coloring pages over and wrote a letter to the Bishop (well, at least MIkey did; Amanda wrote one from Josh and I wrote one from Hannah) to the Bishop thanking him for being our Bishop.  I addressed an envelope and we took it outside and put it in the outgoing mail.

(Thanks Sugardoodle for the idea)

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What do they call you?

My 5-year old son Josh recently finished preschool.  He will be starting Kindergarten in August at Discovery Charter School, where 7-year old Mikey recently finished 1st grade.  The school is holding a 3-week summer school session where the kids can go to school for 4-hours a day, 4-days a week.  Returning students were invited to attend.  The school invited Josh to attend also.  Tonight as I was putting him in bed, I said to him:

“I wonder what the school calls you.  You’ve finished Preschool but you haven’t started Kindergarten yet.”

Without missing a beat, he said “I think they call me Josh.”

I sure love this kid. 🙂

4th Article of Faith

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We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.

We started this week by having the kids recite the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith, and the 3rd Article of Faith.  They needed a bit more help this week than previous weeks, but they doing pretty good at retaining the information.  The kids informed me that The Wife had told them earlier today what the 4th Article of Faith, but they couldn’t really remember what it was.  We discussed what each of the 4 parts of the 4th Article of Faith, trying to explain it at their level.

1) Faith – believing in something that you don’t see, which is true.  I gave them a poor example of a light switch.  We believe that when we turn on the light switch, light will come on.
2) Repentence – when we are mean to someone or do something bad, we feel bad about it, tell them sorry, and don’t do it anymore.
3) Baptism – we go into the water completely and make a promise with Heavenly Father.
4) Gift of the Holy Ghost – The Holy Ghost will tell us what we should do and help us, but we have to listen to him.  If we don’t, he will leave us.

We then looked up 8 scriptures, Doctrine and Covenants 58:42,  3 Nephi 11:33, Matthew 4:17, John 14:26, Helaman 5:47,  2 Nephi 31:8, Alma 32:21, and 2 Nephi 31:5.  We determined if that scripture was talking about Faith, Repentance, Baptism, or the Holy Ghost.  (the kids all got 2 Nephi 31:8 wrong).  We used the 4th Article of Faith Worksheet (alternate download The 4th Article of Faith Worksheet), coloring each of the scriptures based on what the verse talked about.

We then sang The Fourth Article of Faith primary song.  We then practiced it a few times, before sitting down and having a nice treat.

(Thanks SugarDoodle for the idea!)

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3rd Article of Faith

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3rd Article of Faith

We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

For this weeks lesson, I took a glass bowl and filled it about half way up with water.  I also had some food coloring in a small cup and some liquid bleach in a small cup.  I had the kids recite the 1st Article of Faith and the 2nd Article of Faith.  I had The Boss read the 3rd Article of Faith.  I then tied it into the 2nd Article of Faith a bit by reminding them that we are going to be punished for the naughty things that we do.  But, because of the atonement of Christ, we can be forgiven, if we do what Jesus asks.  We then looked at the bowl full of water.  I told them that this water is like all of us, clean and pure.  But then, we make bad choices, like be mean to our brother or sister, hit them, tease them, not obey mommy, lie, and lots of other things.  I then dropped a couple of drops of food coloring into the water.  The water changed colors and, I explained to them, was no longer clean and pure.  Heavenly Father is clean and pure and has said that we have to be clean like He is, if we want to return to live with Him in Heaven.  The Atonement of Christ allows us to repent and become clean and pure again.  I dropped in a couple of drops of bleach and the water started getting clean and pure.  Only negative we experienced was the amount of bleach needed caused a strong odor that my wife didn’t like.

We then practiced the 3rd Article of Faith a few times.  The kids then had a game they wanted to play.

(Thanks FHE4Childen for the idea)

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