This FHE lesson on faith teaches about how faith leads to action and what we can do to exercise our faith in Jesus Christ.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
True to the Faith | Hymn #254
1. Shall the youth of Zion falter
In defending truth and right?
While the enemy assaileth,
Shall we shrink or shun the fight? No!
True to the faith that our parents have cherished,
True to the truth for which martyrs have perished,
To God’s command,
Soul, heart, and hand,
Faithful and true we will ever stand.
2. While we know the pow’rs of darkness
Seek to thwart the work of God,
Shall the children of the promise
Cease to grasp the iron rod? No!
3. We will work out our salvation;
We will cleave unto the truth;
We will watch and pray and labor
With the fervent zeal of youth. Yes!
4. We will strive to be found worthy
Of the kingdom of our Lord,
With the faithful ones redeemed
Who have loved and kept his word. Yes!
Begin the lesson with the following activity:
Fill a large plastic tub with 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part water. You can add food coloring if you would like. Here is a great video tutorial on how to make this special goop, known as oobleck. Cover up the area for the activity with a plastic tablecloth so the mess does not get everywhere. Once you have tested the mixture, you are ready for the lesson.
Read aloud: Faith is a gift from God and the first principle of the gospel. Having faith means we have complete trust or confidence in something, even if we do not see it or fully understand it.
Heavenly Father asks us to have faith in him and Jesus Christ. Faith, however, is not easy. It requires work and action. If we do not act, our faith can become weak and even fail us.
As we do this activity, we want you to think about what it teaches us about faith.
Instruct the children to dip their hands into the goop and simply raise it up. Have them describe what is happening.
Read aloud: If we do not do anything, our faith can slip away, just like this goop is. We are not doing anything to keep it strong.
Instruct the children to start kneading the goop in their hands. It should start to form into a solid.
Read aloud: As you move your hands, the goop becomes strong. This is like faith! It takes a lot of work to keep it strong.
Instruct the children to stop kneading. The goop should transform back into a liquid.
Read aloud: If we stop doing good things and acting in faith, it can leave us.
Allow the children to continue to play as you ask the following questions: What are some actions we can do to keep our faith strong? Have you ever questioned your faith? How can we stop faith from falling away?
Share any relevant experiences and finish the lesson with your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson with the following video. Before pressing play, ask everyone to think of what this video teaches us about faith.
Read aloud: To receive power from our faith, we must exercise it. We do this by keeping our covenants, ministering to others, and remaining true even if we feel like we do not have a reason to.
Share a personal experience about exercising your faith.
Ask: How have you exercised your faith in the past? What are some ways we can allow our faith to lead to action?
Continue sharing relevant experiences and finish the lesson with your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read through the Gospel Topic on Faith in Jesus Christ. Choose one way you would like to increase your faith in Jesus Christ and write it down. Write down how you would like to reach your goals.
3 tbsp brick-style cream cheese, cut into small pieces
1 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp chocolate chips
1. In a mug, microwave cream cheese and butter on high for 10 seconds, until softened, stir until well blended
2. Stir in confectioner sugar, cocoa powder, milk and vanilla until blended and smooth
3. Sprinkle with chocolate chips
(Courtesy of tammileetips.com)
Fun Things to Do With Oobleck
The activity in the child’s portion of the lesson is fun for everyone of all ages. Here are 13 fun things you can do with oobleck.
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