Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Justice & Mercy

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FHE Scripture


Alma 34:16

“16 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice.”

FHE Lesson Hymn



‘Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love  Hymn #176

1. ‘Tis sweet to sing the matchless love
Of Him who left his home above
And came to earth–oh, wondrous plan–
To suffer, bleed, and die for man!

2. ‘Tis good to meet each Sabbath day
And, in his own appointed way,
Partake the emblems of his death,
And thus renew our love and faith.

3. Oh, blessed hour! communion sweet!
When children, friends, and teachers meet
And, in remembrance of his grace,
Unite in sweetest songs of praise.

4. For Jesus died on Calvary!
That all thru him might ransomed be.
Then sing hosannas to his name;
Let heav’n and earth his love proclaim.


FHE Lesson


*For Children* 

Read and summarize this”Following Jesus”  from the FriendDiscuss the way in which you have seen mercy in your lives. Testify of the importance of the atonement of Jesus Christ and how only through His mercy we can satisfy justice and live with our Heavenly Father.

Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:7).


To be merciful is to treat someone with patience and love, instead of being judgmental or harsh. Through His example, Jesus Christ taught us how to be merciful. Some men once brought a woman to Jesus and said they wanted to punish her for something bad she had done. Even though the woman had sinned and needed to repent, Jesus did not let the men hurt her. Instead, He showed the woman mercy by saying, “Go, and sin no more” (John 8:11).

This week’s challenges:

Challenge 1: Smile at someone in school or in Primary who needs a friend.

Challenge 2: Offer to do something fun with a friend or sibling and let them choose the activity.

Challenge 3: At school or in Primary, sit by someone who is sitting alone. Talk, be friendly, and get to know him or her better.

Discuss the way in which you have seen mercy in your lives. Testify of the importance of the atonement of Jesus Christ and how only through His mercy we can satisfy justice and live with our Heavenly Father.


*For Teenagers And Adults* 

Read and summarize “Only 10 Dollars” by Emma C. Miller. Discuss the way in which you have seen mercy in your lives. Testify of the importance of the atonement of Jesus Christ and how only through His mercy we can satisfy justice and live with our Heavenly Father.

I wasn’t expecting the lesson in justice and mercy I learned while standing in line at the grocery store.

One semester a few years ago, after my college tuition was paid for with grant money, some cash was unexpectedly given to me. As a single mom, I was grateful indeed for this blessing.10Bill

On my way home from school, I made a quick trip to the store, grabbing a few items and making my way to the express lane. The cashier finished ringing up a man’s order, and when the man handed her the money, she protested, stating it wasn’t enough. English was not the man’s native language, however, so he had difficulty understanding.

The woman in front of me let out three heavy sighs, then turned to the rest of us in line and rolled her eyes, as if to say, “Can you believe this?” Another lady in line added a few heavy sighs of her own, along with a rhythmic tapping of her high-heeled shoes.

The cashier spoke louder, reiterating that the man needed more money. He dug into his pockets and turned them out empty. She then said loudly, “You don’t have enough money!”

Tap. Tap. Tap. The woman behind me clicked her shoes a little louder. The woman in front of me stood with her hands on her hips, shaking her head.

He was short 10 dollars. I had 10 dollars in my wallet. It was some of my “extra” money.

Just because I’ve never stood in a line at the grocery store as people glared at me for not having enough cash doesn’t mean I haven’t ever stressed over feeding my family. I can recall countless times I have worried, and it was during those times that I would receive an envelope of money in my mailbox or find a 20-dollar bill in my old jacket, or someone else would bring me dinner or let me “borrow” a can of soup. How could I ever repay their generosity?

This man needed help right then. He didn’t have time to go home and see if there was a 10-dollar bill in an old coat.

“I’ve got it,” I said. I was shaking as I reached in my purse and fumbled to release the clasp of my wallet. The woman behind me looked at me with shock, the woman in front of me with disgust, and the cashier with disbelief. “I’ve got it,” I said again, handing the bill to the cashier.

All of a sudden, 10 dollars didn’t seem like so much—especially considering everything I had been given through the kind acts of others.

I asked myself, “Isn’t this the opportunity I want anyway?” When I pray, I often ask Heavenly Father that I might be aware of those in need. Maybe this was my chance to help one in need. Some might call me foolish, saying that it wasn’t my responsibility to help this man, that he should have planned a little better. They might say that I should have used the money for my own family.

A few minutes later, as I got ready to pay for my own items, the cashier thanked me. She went on to say, “This is not the first time this has happened. He has come through my line before, and he has come up short before. It’s so frustrating. Usually I have to tell him to put something back.”

Once in my car, I began sobbing. Not because I regretted giving up the 10 dollars. Not because I felt like a do-gooder, though I did feel good about helping. But I was moved because this thought hit me: “How many times in my life have I come up short? How many times have I taken my case to the Lord in spite of feeling inadequate or unworthy to receive His blessings?”

And Heavenly Father doesn’t say, “Again? This isn’t the first time this has happened; you’ve come down this road before. This is so frustrating.” The Father doesn’t call the Savior in and ask Him to explain to us why we can’t have what we so desperately need at that moment. He doesn’t tell us we should have planned a little better. The Savior paid the price for us, and we are saved by His grace, “after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23).

The man at the grocery store probably gave all he had and needed someone to come to his aid. He needed mercy. Justice meant the items would have to be paid for, but mercy meant that someone else could step in and pay the debt.

I cried because this experience solidified for me how much my Heavenly Father truly loves me and that because He loves me, He sent His Son to pay for my sins. And not only did He do that, but He continues to bless me through everyday “angels” who step in from time to time to give me what I need. And sometimes He lets me know He loves me by letting meserve someone else.

Discuss the way in which you have seen mercy in your lives. Testify of the importance of the atonement of Jesus Christ and how only through His mercy we can satisfy justice and live with our Heavenly Father.

FHE Treat


Raspberry Ice or Peach and Raspberry Parfait

Raspberry Ice


  1. 1 Cup water
  2. 1/2 sugar
  3. 3 cups raspberries
  4. 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water and ½ cup sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring; let cool.
  2. In a blender, puree 3 cups raspberries (12 ounces) with the sugar syrup. Strain into a loaf pan or shallow dish and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
  3. Whip ½ cup heavy cream until soft peaks form. Using a fork, scrape the surface of the raspberry ice to create icy flakes; divide among bowls. Serve with the whipped cream and additional raspberries, if desired.

(From RealSimple)



Peach and Raspberry Parfait


  1. 2 peaches, cut into 2 1/2-inch pieces
  2. 1 1/2 cups raspberries
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 pint vanilla ice cream


  1. In a large bowl, combine the peaches, raspberries, sugar, and lemon juice and let sit, tossing once, for 20 minutes.
  2. Scoop the ice cream into bowls or glasses and top with the fruit mixture.

(From RealSimple)

FHE Game / Activity


  1. Play freeze tag! You can learn that justice forces you to freeze when tag, but the mercy of others can free you!
  2. Watch a movie like “The Testaments” or “Finding Faith In Christ”
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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 marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.


  1. This page give us some lessons and ideas for family home evening. What a great blessing our family will receive from our Heavenly Father if we accomplish this goal.

    With Love, Joao D.

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