12th Article of Faith

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“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”

 I ended up working late on Monday, so we ended up having Family Home Evening Tuesday night.  We started with a sing and a prayer.  We then had our family council, where each family member has the opportunity to share concerns, worries, problems, or anything else they want to.  Next, we practiced reciting the first eleven Articles of Faith.  Next, I read the 12th Article of Faith to the kids.  We talked about what these different rulers are and how we need to follow the law.  We played a fun game called Obeying the Law Game.  I put the numbers 1 – 12 in a hat and Amanda and each of the 3 kids each drew 4 numbers.  I then would read them a situation that would allow them to answer what they would do in each situation. (Amanda seemed to really enjoy it).  Next we watched Zack & Zoey Explorer The Articles of Faith: 12.

We closed with a song and a prayer.

(Thanks SugarDoodle for the idea).

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11th Article of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE - 13 Articles of Faith“We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to
the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same
privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may.”

Amanda was teaching a free coupon class last night, so we did Family Home Evening Sunday night.  We started with a song and a prayer.  We then had a family council where each family member can share problems or concerns they have.  We then reviewed each of the 1st 10 Articles of Faith.  Amanda had agreed to teach the lesson tonight, so I read the 11th Article of Faith and discussed with the kids what it meant.  She then took out a bowl of popcorn and told the kids the kernels that have popped represent those of us that have accepted the gospel and are bursting with potential. The unpopped popcorn represent those who have chosen not to listen, believe or accept the gospel. We can help be missionaries to them.  She then read the Parable of the Popper to them.  We all then enjoyed popcorn.

Next, I got out the 11th Article of Faith pages from the Article of Faith Puzzles.  Kids liked that.  We ended up putting the back piece in a sheet protector and putting tape on the back of the puzzle pieces so the kids could use it during the week.

We ended with another song and a prayer.

(Thanks SugarDoodle for the ideas)

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10th Article of Faith

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We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

I had a meeting Monday night, so this week, we did Family Home Evening Sunday night.  I decided to post this Tuesday morning, however, as that has been the tradition these last 11 weeks.

We started with an opening song and opening prayer.  We then had a family council, where we discussed concerns the kids and parents had.  Next, we practiced the first 9 Articles of Faith.  I then read the long 10th Article of Faith to the family.  I discussed a few points of it and then read it again.  We next watched Zack & Zoey Explore the Articles of Faith #10

We finished with the 10th Article of Faith Poster from A Year of Family Home Evenings.  We read it a few times and then hung it up on the wall.

(Thanks to A Year of FHE for the idea)

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8th Article of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”

This week, after an opening song and opening prayer, we reviewed the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith (Josh’s favorite), the 3rd Article of Faith, the 4th Article of Faith, the 5th Article of Faith, the 6th Article of Faith, and the 7th Article of Faith.

I the used the 8th Article of Faith Poster  from A Year of Family Home Evening.  We practiced the 8th Article of Faith.  Amanda liked this picture a lot, and had Josh hang it on the wall so the kids could practice it all week.  We then talked about the Bible and the Book of Mormon and how they were both collections of writings of prophets.  We talked about how over time during the translation of the Bible, words were changed.  Some of them were done on accident, or because the writers were trying to help people understand the message.  I also told them how Jesus appeared to the people in America after His death and resurrection.  We watched a 2 1/2 minute video clip from Living Scriptures on when He appeared to the people.

Finally, we played the telephone game.  I took Mikey to a different room and told him “The red dog jumped over the river”.  He told Josh, who told Amanda, who told Hannah, who told us “The red dot jumped over the wall.”  We discussed this, in relation to the Bible translations.  Mikey then wanted a turn.  He told Josh “I like eating popcorn at the movie theatre.”  Mikey told Josh, who told me, who told Amanda, who told Hannah, who said “Mikey likes eating popcorn at movie theatres.”  Josh admitted to changing it to Mikey so that we knew it was it was Mikey (not Josh) who liked to eat popcorn.  We also discussed this and how well meaning people tried to help improve our understanding of the Bible, but how that can cause problems if their understanding was incorrect.

After closing with another song and prayer, we had a nice treat.

(Thanks LDSFamilyFunA Year of FHE, and SugarDoodle for the ideas).

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7th Article of Faith

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“We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.”

Since all 3 kids were home last night, we were able to move forward on a new Article of Faith.  First we reviewed the 1st Article of Faith, the 2nd Article of Faith, the 3rd Article of Faith, the 4th Article of Faith, the 5th Article of Faith, and the 6th Article of Faith.  Next we read the 7th Article of Faith.  I tried to explain what each of the 6 listed gifts of the Spirit were, but was hard with the attention span of 3 little kids (and the Wife also).  Next, we moved into activities.  Mikey loves word searches, so we did a simple 7th Article of Faith Word Search.  Finally, as we moved into a second activity, I said how all of us have things we are good at, gifts or talents.  Mikey said “Yeah, like Josh is really good at running.  He is one of the fastest kids in his class, but I am one of the slowest in mine.”  I told him that I was glad he could recognize the gifts or talents of other family members and that this was our next activity.  We took turns talking about the talents and gifts that other people in our family have.  After our closing song and prayer, we each had a cookie that Mommy made.

(Thanks to SugarDoodle and LDSLiving for the ideas)

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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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4th Article of Faith

13 Weeks of FHE - 13 Articles of Faith4th Article of Faith

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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2nd Article of Faith

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2nd Article of Faith

We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam’s transgression.

For this weeks lesson, I took several small slips of paper and wrote different naughty things that the kids have done in the past, and put them in a glass bowl. I then had the 3 kids try to recite the 1st Article of Faith.  They all did pretty good. I had 7-year old Mikey read this Article of Faith.  I asked the kids if they knew what a transgression was.  Mikey knew it was when Adam partook of the forbidden fruit, but wasn’t sure what a transgression was.  I explained that a transgression is when we don’t do what Heavenly Father & Jesus want us to, when we make a naughty choice.  So, Adam’s transgression was when he didn’t do what Heavenly Father wanted and partook of the forbidden fruit.  We aren’t going to get in trouble, I explained, for the naughty choices that Adam, or anyone else, makes, just what we do.  I then took the glass bowl out.  I had each of the 3 kids and Amanda take a slip out, as did I.  Mikey read his strip “talk during the prayer”.  I asked if Hannah should get in trouble if Mikey talks during the prayer.  Mikey thinks for a second, and then said no.  Amanda helped Josh with his strip “get mad at your brother or sister for playing with your toys”.  I asked him if Mikey should get in trouble if Josh gets made that Hannah is playing with his toys.  After thinking for a moment, he said no.  Hannah went next, with Mikey helping her with her paper “teasing Josh”.  I asked her if Mikey should get in trouble when Hannah teases Josh.  Without hesitation, she said “No”.  Amanda and I read ours and the kids wanted to do more.  I had done many of them so we could do several rounds.  The kids found it very funny when I asked them if someone else should get in trouble when they make a naughty choice.  And each time, they said no, the other person shouldn’t get in trouble.  I liken it back to the 2nd Article of Faith.  No one else will get in trouble for what we do, only we will.  We all practiced saying the 2nd Article of Faith a couple of times.  We then had a nice treat.

(Thanks Sugardoodle for the idea)

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