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Fathers (Father’s Day)

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FHE Scripture



Enos 1:1

7- Behold, it came to pass that I, Enos, knowing my father that he was a just man—for he taught me in his language, and also in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—and blessed be the name of my God for it—


FHE Lesson Hymn


My Dad–Primary Song #211 or I Know My Father Lives Hymn 302

My Dad

1. My daddy is my fav’rite pal,
And I help him ev’ry day.
It’s plain to see I want to be
Like him in ev’ry way.
He teaches me that honesty
Is best in all I do.
I’m very glad that he’s my dad,
And I know he loves me too.

I Know My Father Lives

1. I know my Father lives and loves me too.
The Spirit whispers this to me and tells me it is true,
And tells me it is true.

2. He sent me here to earth, by faith to live his plan.
The Spirit whispers this to me and tells me that I can,
And tells me that I can.


FHE Lesson


*For Younger Children* Read “The Father’s Day Surprise Cake” by Mella Bedell (June 1983 Friend). Discuss the importance of  fathers and all that they do for us. (You may want to use clipart to help tell the story.)

Alisa helped her younger sister, Mikki, comb her long black hair. Then they hurried downstairs and ate breakfast. Tomorrow was Father’s Day, and the two girls were going shopping today for the ingredients to make a cake for their father. It was not going to be an ordinary cake—it would be filled with surprises!

As soon as they came home from the store, they took their aprons from the closet and helped each other tie them. Next they got all the ingredients out for the surprise cake and put them on the table. While Mikki greased and floured the cake pans, Alisa turned on the oven. Then, carefully measuring and stirring, the girls soon had the batter ready. Alisa spooned it into the cake pans while Mikki watched to see that both pans had the same amount.

At last the pans were in the oven, and the best part of making the cake batter had arrived. Alisa and Mikki each got a spoon and sat at the table and scraped the bowl.

Soon the cake layers were cooling on racks and the dishes were done. The girls ran up to their room to make the “surprise” part of the cake.

First they cut a piece of paper into several narrow strips. Then on each strip they wrote one thing that was special about their dad. Next they folded the strips and went back downstairs and wrapped each one in aluminum foil. With a knife Alisa carefully made little slits in the cake, and Mikki poked a wrapped strip into each slit.

Mother frosted the cake for them. She made pretty swirls around the edges and wrote “Happy Father’s Day” in the middle.

The next day after church they had a Father’s Day party. They sang Father’s favorite songs and played some games. When Mother cut the cake, she gave everyone a big piece. Father, of course, got the biggest one.

“What’s shining in my piece of cake?” he asked.

Alisa and Mikki looked at each other and grinned.

“That’s our surprise for you!” Alisa said.

“Yes,” Mikki told him. “You’re supposed to unwrap the foil and read the note out loud. Then we’ll take turns reading ours.”

Each person found and excitedly unwrapped the foil-covered surprises that had been hidden in the cake. Father’s face beamed as he read the first strip. It said, “We love you because you read stories to us.”

Mikki opened the next one and read, “We love you because you take care of us.”

Mother’s strip said, “We love you because you do things with us.”

Alisa had two surprise strips in her piece of cake. “We love you because you laugh a lot” was on the first one.

Alisa, Mikki, and Mother read the last one together: “We love you because you love us.”

“I really do,” Father said. “Thank you for a wonderful Father’s Day.”

*Discuss these questions as a family*
1- What did Mikki & Alisa make for their dad?
2- What did they stick in the cake?
3- Did their dad like it?
4- What are some things that dad &/or grandpa does for us?

Testify of the importance of fathers (be sure to also testify of the love Heavenly Father has for each of us).


*For Teenagers or Adults* Brainstorm and create a list of fathers that are mentioned in the scriptures. Discuss together the story of Alma the younger. Discuss fathers and what they have taught us.

Brainstorm and make a list of fathers that appear in the scriptures. Here are a few examples: Eli, Noah, Adam, Lehi, Alma, Mormon, Heavenly Father, etc.

Discuss the story of Alma the Younger (Mosiah 27). Alma the Elder never gave up on Alma the Younger. (The same is true with our earthly & Heavenly Father.)

What are things your father has taught you?
What are things your father has done for you?
How can we show appreciation?



FHE Treat


Happy Father’s Day Cake or A Grate Gift for Dad

Happy Father’s Day Cake


9-by-12-by-2-inch cake, store-bought or homemade from scratch or a mix
Pastel icing the color of dad’s favorite shirt
Cardboard shirt box (ask at the drycleaner’s), lined with waxed paper
White paper for making a shirt collar and two cuffs
Colorful frosting for the tie

Instructions (How To Video):

1- Bake a cake in a 9-by-12-inch cake pan, remove from the pan, cool, and place on waxed paper.

2- Start by lining a 9-by-12-inch cardboard shirt box with tissue paper. Cover with a larger piece of waxed paper and flip the cake over and set it bottom-up in the box.

3- Frost with a pastel-shirt colored icing. Cut a collar and two cuffs out of white paper. The collar is a strip, rolled into a ring and taped, with a small V cut out of the center. The cuffs are rectangles with candy cufflinks.

4- Add a colorful frosting tie below the point where the collar will be placed. Just before serving, trim away the waxed paper and add the collar and cuffs.

A Grate Gift for Dad


Brownie batter
Black food coloring
White frosting
Orange sugar
Caramel creams
Red, yellow, and green candy fruit slices
Hot Tamales candies


1- To make a batch of 12, place liners in a muffin pan, oil them, and fill them two thirds full of your favorite brownie batter, then bake according to the recipe directions. Let the brownies cool.

2- In a small bowl, mix one or two drops of black food coloring with 1/4 cup white frosting. Transfer the frosting to a ziplock bag and snip a small section from the corner. Pipe grate lines onto each brownie and let them set for 20 minutes. Add embers with a sprinkle of orange sugar.

3- Prepare the grill food as instructed below and press it in place atop each brownie.

Kebabs = A caramel cream and red, yellow, and green candy fruit slices, cut into small pieces + toothpick skewers
Pork chop = two thirds of a caramel cream, molded with fingers + black food coloring, applied with a toothpick
Hot dogs = Hot Tamales candies + black food coloring, applied with a toothpick.


(Recipes taken from


FHE Game / Activity



1- Play On Target.

2- Play your Dad’s Favorite Game.

3- Play Kick the Can or Hide & Go Seek.



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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.


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