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Lucky vs. Blessed: St. Patrick’s Day FHE Lesson

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Scripture

Matthew 5:3-11

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

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Hymn

Count Your Blessings, Hymn #241

1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

(Chorus)
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings;
See what God hath done.

2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

(Chorus)

3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold.
Count your many blessings; money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.

(Chorus)

4. So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

(Chorus)

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Lesson

*Suitable for All Ages*

Begin by discussing the story of Noah with your family. You can show them the picture below and use the first two paragraphs of this article to fully explain the story of Noah.

Read aloud: Noah and his family faced many hard things as they tried to fulfill God’s commandment to build the ark. The journey they faced was extremely difficult. In the scriptures we learned that once the flood was over, God sent a rainbow in the sky as a promise, or covenant, that He would never destroy the Earth by a flood again and Christ would eventually come to rule on the Earth.

Today, the rainbow is still a symbol of hope and God’s promises. In March, the rainbow with a pot of gold at the end of it is also a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day. On St. Patrick’s Day, many people associate the rainbow, the shamrock, and the pot of gold, and the leprechaun as good luck symbols.

Ask: What do you think luck is?

Read aloud: For most people, luck is seen as a force that makes good things happen to people without any real rhyme or reason. But because we know about Heavenly Father and His love for us, we know that luck is actually blessings from God.

For example, most people think it is a coincidence when a friend calls them when they are having a bad day or when something they need suddenly shows up. Think about this story from David A. Bednar about the first time he ever spoke in General Conference as an Apostle that talks about the difference between being lucky and receiving blessings:

This afternoon I want to describe and discuss a spiritual impression I received a few moments before I stepped to this pulpit during the Sunday morning session of general conference last October. Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf had just finished speaking and had declared his powerful witness of the Savior. Then we all stood together to sing the intermediate hymn that previously had been announced by President Gordon B. Hinckley. The intermediate hymn that morning was “Redeemer of Israel” (Hymns, no. 6).

Now, the music for the various conference sessions had been determined many weeks before—and obviously long before my new call to serve. If, however, I had been invited to suggest an intermediate hymn for that particular session of the conference—a hymn that would have been both edifying and spiritually soothing for me and for the congregation before my first address in this Conference Center—I would have selected my favorite hymn, “Redeemer of Israel.” Tears filled my eyes as I stood with you to sing that stirring hymn of the Restoration.

Near the conclusion of the singing, to my mind came this verse from the Book of Mormon: “But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance” (1 Ne. 1:20).

My mind was drawn immediately to Nephi’s phrase “the tender mercies of the Lord,” and I knew in that very moment I was experiencing just such a tender mercy. A loving Savior was sending me a most personal and timely message of comfort and reassurance through a hymn selected weeks previously. Some may count this experience as simply a nice coincidence, but I testify that the tender mercies of the Lord are real and that they do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Often, the Lord’s timing of His tender mercies helps us to both discern and acknowledge them.

Ask: Is there a time in your life when you have experienced a “tender mercy” from the Lord, as Elder Bednar did?

Read aloud: Just as Noah and his family had the rainbow to remind them that God will always keep His promises and desires to bless us, we can know that God will do the same for us. However, just as Noah, we need to be diligent in following God’s commandments. As we strive to do all we can, blessings will come.

Elder Holland once testified: “Some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don’t come until heaven; but for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, they come.”

Finish your lesson by testifying the importance of doing all we can, but trusting the Lord will bless us. If time permits, discuss the importance of recognizing blessings and counting our blessings so we can more wholly see them. 

 

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Treat

Rainbow and Pot of Gold Treats or Lucky Shamrock Shake


Rainbow and Pot of Gold Treats

Ingredients:

-A giant bag of Skittles
-Golden Chocolate Coins
-Marshmallows
-Clear Solo Cups
-Scissors
-Waxed Paper
-Cellophane
-Ribbon

Directions:

1. Separate the bag of Skittles into individual colors.
2. Tear a piece of waxed paper and roll it into a ball.
3. Put 4 golden chocolate coins into the bottom of the Solo cup and then put the waxed paper ball in the center to hold them upright.
4. Layer the Skittles on top of the golden coins. Top with marshmallows for clouds.
5. Wrap the cup in cellophane and tie with a ribbon!

(Courtesy of I Can Teach My Child)


Lucky Shamrock Shake

Ingredients:
-1 teaspoon honey
-2 teaspoons green sprinkles
-2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
-3/4 cup milk OR 1/2 cup non-alcoholic Irish Cream and 1/4 cup milk
-1 small bunch fresh mint leaves
-½ teaspoon pure peppermint extract (optional)
-2 teaspoons green food coloring
-1 cup whipped topping
-½ cup Lucky Charms marshmallows

Directions:
Rim two glasses with honey, dip in green sprinkles. Set aside. In a blender, puree ice cream, milk, mint leaves, peppermint extract, and green food coloring. Pour into a glass. Top with whipped topping. Garnish with Lucky Charms marshmallows. Serve immediately and enjoy!

(Courtesy of The Good Stuff)

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Activity

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt or Magic Leprechaun Rocks

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Send your family on a St.  Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt! Follow the link below to find free clue and treat printables. Then, make sure you’ve created a little (or big!) pot of gold for your family to find.

(Courtesy of Love Grows Wild

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic Leprechaun Rocks

These “magic leprechaun rocks” are a great sensory activity and perfect for warmer weather! You’ll need:

-1 cup baking soda
-1/4 cup water dyed green
-plastic gold coins

Mix the dough together and mold balls, sticking a gold coin in the center. If the dough is too wet, add more baking soda. Let the rocks dry overnight until hard. You can hid the rocks and have your family find them or just give them right away. To activate, place the rocks in bowls of vinegar to watch them fizz and collect the gold.

(Courtesy of Gift of Curiosity)

 

 

 

 

 

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About Aleah Ingram

Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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  1. Thanks so much for this great lesson!! The kids enjoyed it tonight and it lead to a really great discussion!

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