This FHE lesson on family history helps us find joy in our family’s stories and gives us tools to start recording and cherishing family memories.
And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people. And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them; for it persuadeth them to do good; it maketh known unto them of their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, and persuadeth them to believe in him, and to endure to the end, which is life eternal.
Turn Your Hearts | Hymn #291
1. With humble heart, I bow my head
And think of thee, O Savior, Lord.
I take the water and the bread
To show remembrance of thy word.
2. Help me remember, I implore,
Thou gav’st thy life on Calvary,
That I might live forevermore
And grow, dear Lord, to be like thee.
3. To be like thee! I lift my eyes
From earth below toward heav’n above,
That I may learn from vaulted skies
How I my worthiness can prove.
4. As I walk daily here on earth,
Give me thy Spirit as I seek
A change of heart, another birth,
And grow, dear Lord, to be like thee.
Begin the lesson by asking the children to share some of their favorite family memories.
Read aloud: Heavenly Father has given us families to make us happy and bring us closer to Jesus Christ. In families, we learn and live gospel principles. Our families include many generations and by recording family stories, we can enjoy lessons from our ancestors.
Gather pictures and objects of your ancestors. Tell the children some of the stories about their ancestors.
Read aloud: We are lucky to have these stories and memories. We want to learn from them for many years. We also want to remember the memories we are creating today in our family so future generations can have them.
Ask: Why is it important to remember our family stories?
Read aloud: We can remember family stories by writing them down or recording them with a camera. We can also remember to write down personal memories and experiences in our journals. We should try to record not just the fun stuff, but the spiritual stuff as well.
Ask: What are some spiritual family moments you want to remember?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin by watching the following video. Before pressing play, ask everyone to think about recording family stories is important.
Read aloud: If you have ever worked on your family history, you know that family stories are precious. It is important to find dates and names. However, the stories are what make your family come alive. We can learn lessons from our ancestors and share our own memories with future generations.
Ask: What are some of the most important stories we can record? What do you think will be of the most worth to future generations?
Read aloud: It is important to begin recording our family stories today. Thanks to technology, there are many different ways we can record memories. We can turn blogs and social media albums into hardbound books. We can record family memories telling their stories and upload them online. We can digitize our personal journals.
Ask: What are some questions we can ask our family members today so their stories are not lost?
Create a list together as a group on pieces of paper or a whiteboard.
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony and sharing any lessons you’ve learned from family stories.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read the following New Era article on capturing family stories. Then, sit down and write at least one spiritual story you want future generations to remember. Finally, send an email with a single question to an ancestor you would like them to answer.
3 cups white chocolate chips
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 box instant cheesecake pudding mix, dry
1 cup marshmallow fluff
1 1/4 cups chopped Oreo’s (about 1/3 of a package)
1/4 cup chopped Oreo’s for the top, if desired
- Line a 9×9 square pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and heat over medium heat until smooth. Stir constantly to encourage melting.
- Add the dry pudding mix and stir, then add the marshmallow fluff and mix until fully combined. It can get a little tough to stir, but really try to mix it well.
- Take the pan off the heat and add the chopped Oreo’s. Fold them in until evenly distributed.
- Pour into prepared pan and top with additional Oreo’s if desired.
- Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- Cut into small squares and serve.
(Courtesy of centercutcook.com)
Collect Family History Stories
Call up an ancestor, such as a grandparent, and ask them the following questions. Or, record someone (or everyone) in your family answering these questions.
- What was your favorite childhood toy?
- What did you and your family do for Christmas?
- What was your baptism day like?
- What is one of your favorite scriptures?
- What is one thing you want to be remembered for?
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.