Monday, August 25, 2008

Preach My Gospel - FHE lesson

Hello, my newfound sisters! I'm so excited that Andrea invited me to be part of this. I've thought and thought about what my first post should be, and today I finally settled on it. (I try not to be too perfectionist, but you know. . . :) Hope it is uplifting and/or helpful to you.

What is Family Home Evening?

Our second son will be turning 8 in a few months, and we're going to start again what has become a tradition for our family. In the year before one of our children is imagebaptized, we teach Family Home Evening lessons from Preach My Gospel, the same lessons that missionaries teach investigators, but adapted for our children and their needs / attention spans. We loved doing our FHEs this way when we were preparing our oldest son for baptism! Preach My Gospel is just amazing. It is the most accessible way of teaching and learning the gospel of Jesus Christ I have ever seen. I am so grateful for our modern-day prophets and apostles who prepared it for us!

imageWe take months to do it, because each lesson is chock-full of principles to teach. We plan a FHE lesson for each principle--for example: lesson 1 is "The Restoration", and the first heading at the beginning of the lesson reads "God is Our Loving Heavenly Father." So that will be tonight's lesson. It's only 3 paragraphs long in the Preach My Gospel manual, but I've fleshed it out using old Sharing-Time ideas. Hope you like it!

I know that I am a daughter of a loving God. He weeps with me when I suffer and rejoices when I do what's right. He has sent me to earth to gain experience, to learn to be like Him. I want more than anything to return to Him, and be with Him and my family forever and ever! I thank Him with all my heart for sending His Son Jesus Christ to redeem me from this fallen state of mortality. I know that Jesus Christ is my true Friend. I love that tonight I will have the chance to teach these things to my sons!

 

Lesson 1 Heading 1 "God is Our Loving Heavenly Father" Lesson 1 Heading 1 "God is Our Loving Heavenly Father" MamasBoys A Family Home Evening lesson based on the first part of Preach My Gospel, Lesson 1 "God is our Loving Heavenly Father"

14 comments:

Andrea said...

WOW!! You are amazing. Did you prepare that lesson yourself? Keep posting them please. I would love a copy of them all. I am so impressed with how you were able to add a link. I can learn so much from you. Thanks again for being willing to be a part of this.

Krysta said...

That's great! I was just reading about this idea in the Ensign last night, but it didn't hit me until I read your post that my daughter is 7 right now...that means I should be doing this too. Sometimes it takes more than once for even adults to "get it"! Thanks for sharing.:)

Glasgow Family said...

Thanks for your example! And thanks for sharing your testimony.

Ashlee Dunlap said...

I love the lesson. Thanks so much. They will be a great help for the future. I was blessed to be able to use the PMG lessons for the last 4 months of my mission. They are amazing, and now, as I read them as a member and not a full time missionary, they are still amazing, and so applicable to our lives still. It's a great idea! And would be even greater if we invited someone that wasn't a member of the church to our FHE!

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...

Wow, Michelle, I love this lesson! What a good mom you are to our wonderful grandchildren! They are being raised in the Gospel by loving parents who are teaching them the Gospel. What a great website for families!

MichiganWrights said...

Thanks for the time and effort you put into this. I am excited about following the mandate to use "Preach My Gospel" in a fun and relevant way with my kids. Pam.

Katie Berry said...

This is fantastic. I thought of doing something simailar, but LOVE yours.

Is there any way you can e-mail me all of the lessons? My daughter is turning 8 in April and we should REALLY do this too.

My e-mail address is wbprimarypresident@comcast.net

Thanks,
Katie

Brenda said...

thank you for posting all of this!! I don't have a copy of the book...just a copy of the one 8 year old get. We are starting tonight and I am so happy to have found your blog!
Inspired!!!!
Thank you!

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cacao cottage said...

thank you for posting these wonderful lessons. I will be forever grateful.

Dutch said...

I am a Ward Missionary who is teaching the Young Women in our ward about using "Preach My Gospel" I found your lessons refreshing, thank you so much for sharing. It's true, it takes a village to teach our children.

Momma Curls said...

Hi, I'm so excited to use your lessons! I have been wanting to make FHE lessons out of the Preach My Gospel book, thank you for already having it available. I was wondering though if you have it available in pdf from somewhere other than scribd? When I went to download it they want me to become a premium member and pay a monthly or annual fee. I really do not want to become a member of scribd. Thanks.

Shannon Zemp said...

Here is a link for a good picture of a frightened Danny.

Thank you for sharing your great ideas.

http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/stu99/stu991002/stu99100200073/6458921-nervous-boy-at-the-top-of-a-slide.jpg

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for the kind comments! I have updated all the links on the archive page so that a Scribd account is not necessary to get at the pdf's. Here's the link to the archive page. . . .
http://theerrandofangelsblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/preach-my-gospel-fhe-lessons-archive.html