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Are Mormons Christian? – FHE Lesson

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Scripture

D&C 76:22

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives!

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Hymn

I Believe in Christ | Hymn #134

1. I believe in Christ; he is my King!
With all my heart to him I’ll sing;
I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
In grand amens my tongue employ.
I believe in Christ; he is God’s Son.
On earth to dwell his soul did come.
He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
Good works were his; his name be praised.

2. I believe in Christ; oh blessed name!
As Mary’s Son he came to reign
‘Mid mortal men, his earthly kin,
To save them from the woes of sin.
I believe in Christ, who marked the path,
Who did gain all his Father hath,
Who said to men: “Come, follow me,
That ye, my friends, with God may be.”

3. I believe in Christ–my Lord, my God!
My feet he plants on gospel sod.
I’ll worship him with all my might;
He is the source of truth and light.
I believe in Christ; he ransoms me.
From Satan’s grasp he sets me free,
And I shall live with joy and love
In his eternal courts above.

4. I believe in Christ; he stands supreme!
From him I’ll gain my fondest dream;
And while I strive through grief and pain,
His voice is heard: “Ye shall obtain.”
I believe in Christ; so come what may,
With him I’ll stand in that great day
When on this earth he comes again
To rule among the sons of men.

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Lesson

 

*Suitable for All Ages*

Read aloud: Since the Church was restored by Joseph Smith, many people have wondered if Mormons are Christians. A Christian is someone who believes Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we firmly believe we are Christians. However, we need to recognize that there are some differences between us and traditional Christianity that may leave people confused.

Ask: What are some reasons people may think we are not Christians? [Answers could include our belief in scriptures other than the Bible, our admiration for Joseph Smith, or our rejection of certain theological doctrines such as the Trinity]

Read aloud: While we cannot change every mind, we can do our best to help others understand our love and belief in Christ. How we live our lives should always reflect this belief! Here are some easy ways we can do this:

  • Apply God’s grace in our own lives. Many people think Mormons want to work their way into heaven. This is impossible. While we believe obedience and our faithful works help change us to be fit for heaven, it is only through Christ’s Atonement that we are saved. Are you applying God’s grace in your own life?
  • Tie everything back to Christ. Sometimes we get excited about the many beautiful truths that have been restored. While we understand how they relate to Christ, others in our faith may not. When we speak of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, the temple, or the priesthood, we need to testify of how it leads us to greater faith in Christ.
  • Help people understand what the Church’s real name is. Many people are confused by the nickname “Mormons.” We can help others understand our true name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and how it points so clearly to Christ.

Ask: What are some other ways we can make our belief in Jesus Christ clear in our everyday lives?

If time permits, review the document The Living Christ together. Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony of Christ and sharing any personal experiences as a group of times you’ve been able to bear witness of Christ to others.

 

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FHE TreatTreat

Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices

Ingredients:

-2 very large Fuji apples
-3 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Nestle)
-1 tablespoon coconut oil
-1 cup caramels, melted (I used Kraft caramels)
-Chopped pecans
-Popsicle sticks

Directions:

    1. Slice apples into 1/2″ pieces. With a knife make a little slit in the bottom of each apple slice to make it easier to insert a popsicle stick.
    2. Melt chips in the microwave on high for about 2 minutes.* Stir in coconut oil until smooth. Dip apple slices in chocolate and place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
    3. Place caramels in microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 45-60 seconds.* Do NOT overheat. Stir until smooth. Drizzle melted caramel over chocolate and sprinkle with nuts.
    4. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. Serve and enjoy immediately. Apples are best the first day. Store in refrigerator

*For best results, follow the chocolate chip package instructions for melting chocolate and same for caramel. Follow the caramel package instructions for melting caramels. Note: If you’re concerned about biting into an apple seed, just remove them before dipping the apple slice in chocolate.

(Courtesy of Mom Loves Baking)

 

FHE Game / ActivityActivity

Pinecone Bird Feeder

This fun craft is a bit messy, but easy and great for most ages. You’ll need pinecones, bird seed, peanut butter, and string. Simply cover your pinecone in peanut butter, roll it in birdseed, tie a string around the top, and hang it up. If you can’t find pinecones, empty toilet paper rolls can also work.

 

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