Jesus Created the World for Me FHE

Purpose: To help the family learn about the creation and gain respect for the world around them because it is a gift from their Heavenly Father.

Possible scriptures:Moses 1-3; Abraham 3-5; Moses 1:39; Moses 6:63; Moses 7:28, 32 (the whole chapter is beneficial); Genesis 1-2 (include JST); John 17:3; Colossians 1:16; 1 Nephi 17:36; 2 Nephi 2:14; Jacob 4:9;  Mosiah 3:8; Mosiah 4:9; Alma 30:44; Mormon 9:11,17; Doctrine and covenants 29:31; Doctrine and Covenants 38:1-3;  Doctrine and Covenants 59:14-21Doctrine and Covenants 76:24; Doctrine and Covenants 104:13-17;


Possible Songs: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow, hymn 242; All Glory Laud and Honor, Hymn 69; O My Father, Hymn 292; If You Could Hie to Kolob, hymn 284; I Am a Child of God, Children’s Songbook page 2 and Hymn 301; My Heavenly Father Loves Me, Children’s Songbook page 228; Thanks to Our Father, Children’s Songbook page 20; The World Is So Lovely, Children’s Songbook page 233;

Possible Materials: Visuals for the story of the Creation;


Preparation: Begin with prayer. Ask yourself again if you feel God’s love for you. Do your family members know? With a feeling of God’s love comes a sense of safety and personal confidence, as well as the feeling that someone cares even when no one else knows. This is so important that it cannot be neglected. Take a moment to think over the creation and how it is evidence of God’s love for you. Read the suggested scriptures and any articles listed in Resources. If you are able, attend the temple.

            There are many different focuses to take in a family where everyone knows the basic creation story. Pray to know what is the best direction to take for your family, but some of the areas of focus include: why we have so many creation accounts, That all things were created spiritually before they were created physically, . The article by Keith Meservy is incredibly helpful. There are many different focuses to take in a family where everyone knows the basic creation story.

Children: Watch the video on Creation.


Lesson:

Introduction: take an imaginary nature walk with your family (If it’s warm enough, you could ACTUALLY take a nature walk). Imagine what you see. Have the family describe what is “around” them. Start with the basic senses. Ask the family what they feel. Then ask the family HOW they feel. What does thinking of the world around us remind us of our Savior and Heavenly Father? Why do we have an earth to live on (to have a place to be tested so that we could return to God because He loves us and wants us to become like Him)?


From the scriptures: Read Moses 1-3, Abraham 3-5, and Genesis 1-2 (along with the Joseph Smith Translation). Discuss the order and blessings given in the creation accounts, that Jesus Christ acted by God’s direction, and that the earth was created for man.

            Activity: Use the visuals or create hand symbols for each day of the creation account.


Further Discussion: Express gratitude for God’s love and that he created such a beautiful world for us to live.  Discuss ways we can show God we are grateful for this world.


Challenge: Challenge each family member to look for ways God loves them throughout the week. At dinner each night, have each family member share what they noticed that day. Invite the members of your family to make sure those things end up in prayers as well, focusing all week on only expressing gratitude in prayer. 


Resources:   Behold Your Little Ones lesson 7; Sunbeams Manual Lessons 8-13;   Gospel Principles Chapter 5; Family Home Evening Resource Book lesson 6; Four Accounts of the Creation by Keith Meservy


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