This FHE lesson on faith reminds us of how we can nurture and grow our testimonies. It is inspired by Alma 32 and the teachings on the word of God.
Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
1. Faith is knowing the sun will rise, lighting each new day.
Faith is knowing the Lord will hear my prayers each time I pray.
Faith is like a little seed:
If planted, it will grow.
Faith is a swelling within my heart.
When I do right, I know.
2. Faith is knowing I lived with God before my mortal birth.
Faith is knowing I can return when my life ends on earth.
Faith is trust in God above;
In Christ, who showed the way.
Faith is strengthened; I feel it grow
Whenever I obey.
Begin by showing the children some seeds. If you do not have access to seeds, print off some pictures online.
Read aloud: Many plants grow from seeds. When you look at it, it seems impossible that a tiny seed can grow into a beautiful plant. A seed seems small and insignificant. When taken care of, however, the seed flourishes. From seeds we have flowers and trees!
Ask: What do seeds need to grow?
Read aloud: Faith is like a little seed. It may seem small, but it will grow when we take care of it. When we have faith, we believe in Jesus Christ and the things he teaches.
Ask: What can we do to grow our faith?
Read aloud: We grow our faith by following the commandments and trusting in our Heavenly Father. When we take care of our faith, it grows into a strong and beautiful testimony.
Share a personal experience about when you took care of your faith and saw it grow. If your children are old enough, you can ask them if they can remember a time when their faith grew.
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
For Teens & Adults
Begin the lesson by reading Alma 32:26-28. Before you read, ask everyone to ponder what these scriptures teach us about faith. Read through each verse.
Ask: How is faith like a seed? What do these verses teach us about faith?
Read aloud: When we plant a tiny seed in the dark earth, we have faith that a plant will grow. In our own lives, however, we often plant tiny seeds of faith in the dark and troubling times, and we wonder if something good will come of it. We need to believe that God sees our efforts and that, in time, our faith will grow into something of great worth.
Read Alma 32: 42.
Ask: How can we nurture our faith and believe in the great sweetness that lies ahead? How can we protect our faith?
Finish the lesson by sharing personal experiences when you nurtured your faith. Bear your testimony.
For Single Study
Read Alma 32. Write down one experience when you nurtured your faith and it grew. Ponder on ways you can nurture your faith in the upcoming week and make a goal to follow through.
-4 1/2 cups Rice Chex™ cereal
-4 1/2 cups Corn Chex™ cereal
-1 cup packed brown sugar
-1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
-1/4 up light corn syrup
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-2/3 cup granulated sugar
-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350. Place cereal in a large, heat safe bowl. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with nonstick baking spray.
2. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar and set aside.
3. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, heat brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup until the mixture comes to a boil. Let boil for one minute, stirring constantly, then remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Pour over cereal and stir until cereal is coated.
4. Spread cereal on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake for about 5 minutes, then flip with a spatula and bake for 3 more minutes, until cereal turns golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely, then break up and store in an airtight container.
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Plant some seeds together. You can plant some tiny seeds in a styrofoam cups, work on your summer garden, or grow an herb garden.
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