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FHE Scripture



2 Chronicles 15: 7

7- Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for yourwork shall be rewarded.


FHE Lesson Hymn


When We’re Helping–Primary Song #198 or Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel Hymn 252

Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel

1. The world has need of willing men
Who wear the worker’s seal.
Come, help the good work move along;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

Put your shoulder to the wheel; push along,
Do your duty with a heart full of song,
We all have work; let no one shirk.
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

2. The Church has need of helping hands,
And hearts that know and feel.
The work to do is here for you;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

3. Then don’t stand idly looking on;
The fight with sin is real.
It will be long but must go on;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

4. Then work and watch and fight and pray
With all your might and zeal.
Push ev’ry worthy work along;
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

When We’re Helping

1. When we’re helping, we’re happy,
And we sing as we go;
And we like to help mother,
For we all love her so.

2. Tra la la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la.


FHE Lesson


*For Younger Children* Read “Working Together” by Dorothy W. Peers (June 1975 Friend). Discuss the importance of learning how to work and how working together can be fun! (You may want to use clipart to help tell the story.)

“I can’t play with you tomorrow,” David told his best friend Kevin.

“Why not?” Kevin asked.

“Tomorrow Daddy will be home from the store and Brian and Carol will be home from school and we’re all going to clean up the yard,” David explained.

“All day?” Kevin asked.

“I guess so. There’s a lot of work to do. We’re going to rake leaves, pull weeds, trim shrubs, and paint things. We’re going to have fun!” said David excitedly.

“Fun!” Kevin said, wrinkling up his nose. “It sounds like work to me!”

“It’s not work!” David disagreed.

“It is so!” Kevin declared. “Raking and cleaning and painting are all work! That’s what my daddy says! You just ask your dad. Work isn’t fun! It’shard!”

That night when Daddy came into David’s room to say good night, David asked, “Daddy, are painting and cleaning and raking work?”

“They certainly are!” Daddy answered. “And there’s a lot of work to do tomorrow.”

“Is it hard work?” David asked.

“Yes,” Daddy said. “So you get a good night’s sleep and you’ll be ready to help us in the morning.”

“All right,” David said slowly.

Before he went to sleep he thought about what Kevin and Daddy had told him. By the next morning he had decided he was not going to work. He wasn’t going to spend a whole day not having any fun.

At breakfast everyone was dressed in working clothes. David took a long time eating his cereal and drinking his juice.

“Come on, David!” Carol said.

“What a slowpoke!” said Brian.

“I don’t feel very well,” David said. The more he thought about not feeling well, the more he imagined his head hurt. “I have a headache,” he told them.

Mother felt his head. “You don’t seem to be hot,” she said, “but perhaps you should lie down on the couch until you feel better.”

David lay on the couch in the living room while everyone else went outdoors. He closed his eyes, but he was not sleepy. Soon Carol and Brian and Mother and Daddy were making too much noise outside for him to rest. They were calling to each other and making jokes and laughing and talking as they worked.

After a while he heard someone else laughing and talking. Quickly he got up and looked out the window.

It was Kevin! He was helping Brian carry a basket of leaves.

David forgot his headache and rushed out to the backyard.

“Kevin!” he cried. “What are you doing?”

“I’m having fun!” Kevin called.

“But this is work, and you said work isn’t fun!”

Kevin stopped. He thought for a moment. Then he smiled and said, “Working together is fun!”

David smiled, too. “That’s right,” he agreed. “Working together is fun!” And he picked up a rake and began to rake a big pile of leaves.

*Discuss these questions as a family*
1- What was David going to do with his family?
2- Why did Kevin think that it would not be fun?
3- What did David say hurt?
4- Who did David hear outside laughing?

Testify of the importance of work.


*For Teenagers or Adults* Discuss the value of work and read the scriptures below (taken from the Church FHE Resource Book).

What would the world be like if no one worked?
How does work help people?

Read Moses 5:1 & Genesis 3:19

How was Adam’s curse–to eat “by the sweat of his brow”–a blessing?

Discuss tasks or skills family members have completed or worked to develop in the past year. (Such as playing an instrument, eagle scout project, reading, tying shoes, etc.)

Discuss the good feelings that come from completing a task & working hard.

Would there be growth if we were rewarded first?

Summer is a great time of fun. It is also a great time to learn how to work & complete new tasks. Set goals and plan tasks you want to complete as a family & individually this summer. (It can be as simple as cleaning up the yard, getting a summer job, working hard to earn money for a family outing, etc.)

Read the quote below by Brigham Young & testify of the importance of work.

“When man is industrious and righteous, then is he happy” -Brigham Young



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FHE Treat


Want Some Mower? or Strawberry Shortcake Snake

Want Some Mower?


Chocolate-frosted cupcakes
Coconut, flaked
Green food coloring
Hershey’s Nuggets
Black licorice laces


1- For each cupcake, mix a handful of flaked coconut with a few drops of green food coloring. Press a chocolate-frosted cupcake into the coconut to cover.

2- The mower is made with a dark chocolate Hershey’s Nuggets body, brown M&M’s wheels, and a red M&M’s engine, held in place with dabs of frosting.

3- Shape the handle from a piece of black licorice lace, then insert the ends into the cupcake.

Strawberry Shortcake Snake


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
1 cup milk

1 quart strawberries
4 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

4 whole strawberries
Green fruit leather
Mini chocolate chips or M&M’s


1- Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut in the margarine with a pastry cutter. Or use a vegetable grater to grate the stick into the mixing bowl and let your kids take turns blending the margarine into the dry ingredients with their fingertips. Once the dough is crumbly, slowly stir in the milk.

2- Turn out the dough onto a floured working surface and gently roll or pat the dough into a 1-inch-thick rectangle (it should measure about 6 x 8 inches). For the best results, handle the dough as little as possible.

3- Slice the rectangle into four 1-1/2- x 8-inch strips. Place the strips on an ungreased baking sheet, then let your child mold and curve them into S shapes that resemble snakes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the bottoms are golden brown. Transfer the baked shortcakes to a wire rack (a parent’s job) and let cool. Carefully slice the cooled shortcakes in half lengthwise or split them with a fork and then set aside.

4- Wash the strawberries and let your kids select four to use for the snakes’ heads. Slice the rest of the berries lengthwise into a mixing bowl. Toss with the confectioners’ sugar and let stand while you prepare the whipped cream.

5- Combine the whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar in a chilled bowl and beat with an electric or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

6- Just before serving, arrange berries on the bottom half of each shortcake, then cover with the shortcake top. Spread on whipped cream and add a layer of sliced strawberry “scales.”

7- For the snakes’ heads, cut mouth openings in the tips of the whole berries and place one at the end of each shortcake. Press a pair of mini chocolate chip or M&M’s eyes into the sides of each head and add a forked tongue cut from green fruit leather. Serves 4.


(Recipes taken from


FHE Game / Activity



1- Do some kind of activity or clean up on your yard.

2- Play Shrinking Islands.



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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. Thank you for doing all the hard work and preparing the lesson. My family is more than willing to put in the muscle for some yard work tomorrow. This will be so fun. Thanks again!

    in Redmesa, CO

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