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A Mighty Change of Heart – FHE Lesson

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Alma 5:14

And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

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Hymn

You Can Make the Pathway Bright | Hymn #228

1. You can make the pathway bright,
Fill the soul with heaven’s light,
If there’s sunshine in your heart;
Turning darkness into day,
As the shadows fly away,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.

(Chorus)
If there’s sunshine in your heart,
You can send a shining ray
That will turn the night to day;
And your cares will all depart,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.

2. You can speak the gentle word
To the heart with anger stirred,
If there’s sunshine in your heart;
Tho it seems a little thing,
It will heaven’s blessings bring,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.

(Chorus)

3. You can do a kindly deed
To your neighbor in his need,
If there’s sunshine in your heart;
And his burden you will share
As you lift his load of care,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.

(Chorus)

4. You can live a happy life
In this world of toil and strife,
If there’s sunshine in your heart;
And your soul will glow with love
From the perfect Light above,
If there’s sunshine in your heart today.

(Chorus)

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Lesson

 

*Suitable for All Ages*
Read aloud: When we see the classic symbol of a heart, we don’t normally think of the heart beating inside of our chests. We think of love, affection, and emotion. For centuries, the heart symbol has come to represent the home of our feelings.

The scriptures also use the heart as metaphor and symbol to represent gospel commitment.

Have everyone open up to the Topical Guide and look up the word “Heart.” Give them a minute or two to find a scripture that stands out to them. 

Ask: What do these scriptures teach us about connecting the symbol of the heart and the gospel of Jesus Christ? [Ex. Ps. 2:4 teaches us a heart needs to be pure, 2 Ne. 4:30 teaches us our hearts can be set upon things for good and bad.]

Read aloud: Jesus Christ wants us all to experience a mighty change of heart. This phrase, a “mighty change of heart,” comes from the Book of Mormon. In Alma 5, Alma is asking the people a series of questions to help them think deeply about their faith and conviction to the gospel.

Have someone read Alma 5:14 out loud:

And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

Ask: What does it mean to you to have a mighty change of heart?

Read aloud: In the book of Ezekiel God tell us that he will take away our stony hearts and give us new hearts of flesh. When we have a mighty change of heart, we:

  • Sincerely seek true and genuine repentance
  • Strive to submit our will to God
  • Desire to serve and share the gospel with others
  • Take upon ourselves the attributes of Jesus Christ

It isn’t easy to have a mighty change of heart. It is impossible to do without the help of the Holy Ghost. It is God who softens our hearts, heals our hearts, and eventually gives us a new heart. We can be distracted by pride, bitterness, anger, or exhaustion. No matter what trials we face, we have a promise from God he will help us gain new hearts.

Ask: What can we do to experience and maintain a mighty change of heart?

Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony about using your heart and striving to change it. Share any applicable personal examples.

 

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FHE TreatTreat


Cupid Floats

Ingredients:

-vanilla ice cream
-cherry flavored soday (such as Cherry 7-Up)
-red licorice

Directions:

  1. Add a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream to a drinking cup or mug.
  2. Fill the cup up with cherry soda.
  3. Cut the ends off of 1 strand of red licorice, then place in the cup to use as a straw.
  4. Drink and enjoy!

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FHE Game / ActivityActivity

Heart Scavenger Hunt

 

Hide hearts around your home! They can be paper hearts of all sizes or candy hearts. Treat it like an Easter egg hunt. If you have more time, you can give everyone in your group a specific color to hunt for; write nice things about that person on their specific hearts.

 

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