When our lives are filled with distractions and noise, it can be hard to feel the Spirit. This FHE lesson on reverence reminds us why reverence is so important and how it can strengthen our relationship with God.
Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.
Rev’rence is more than just quietly sitting:
It’s thinking of Father above,
A feeling I get when I think of his blessings.
I’m rev’rent, for rev’rence is love.
When I’m rev’rent, it shows in my words and my deeds.
The pathway to follow is clear.
And when I am rev’rent, I know in my heart
Heav’nly Father and Jesus are near.
Begin the lesson with the following activity. Tell the children you have a secret message for them. However, they have to be able to hear it. Instruct them on the count of three to make as much noise as possible. Then, whisper the message quietly. It can be any phrase or the location of the treat for the night.
Settle everyone done and ask why they weren’t able to hear what you said. Tell them you’ll whisper the message again, but they need to be as quiet as possible. Whisper the message again and everyone should be able to hear you.
Ask: What does this activity teach us about reverence?
Read aloud: Reverence is an attitude of love and respect. We show reverence in many ways. We think of God and give him our time. We try to do what is right. We do our best to find peaceful and quiet moments, such as in church, to think of God and worship him.
When seeking to be reverent, we’ll be able to hear the messages of God. The Holy Ghost whispers with a still, small voice. If we learn reverence, we will connect to God in a deeper way.
Ask: Why is it hard to be reverent sometimes? What can we do to be more reverent?
Read aloud: Reverence isn’t just about being quiet. It’s about feeling the love of God in our hearts. When we try to be reverent, we should work hard to think about God and what he has done for us. We should thank him for our blessings.
Give every child a piece of paper and tell them you are going to think about God for five minutes or another length of time. Have them write or draw if they want some of their feelings or blessings.
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by making a list out loud or on a board that symbolically creates noise in our lives. This may include technology, jobs, hobbies, or social events.
Read aloud: When we think of reverence, we often think of teaching children to be well behaved in church with folded arms and quiet voices. However, reverence is a principle for all of God’s children. By embracing reverence, we connect to God in deeply personal ways.
Spencer W. Kimball once said, “We must remember that reverence is not a somber, temporary behavior that we adopt on Sunday. True reverence involves happiness, as well as love, respect, gratitude, and godly fear. It is a virtue that should be part of our way of life.”
Ask: What does reverence mean to you? How can we make reverence a part of our every day lives?
Read aloud: Reverence allows us to build a relationship with Jesus Christ. We live in a world with distractions and noise. There are many good things to do, but God would have us put him first. Prioritizing is often difficult and takes concentrated effort and hard work.
Ask: How has reverence blessed your life?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Using the Topical Guide and any other study helps, look up scriptures and talks on reverence. Write down what reverence means to you in your life. Ponder on goals you’d like to set to make reverence a part of your everyday life.
-8 cups Rice Chex Cereal
-½ cup butter
-½ cup brown sugar
-¼ cup granulated white sugar
-2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 275F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix together the white sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a glass measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave. Add the brown sugar, mix well, and return the microwave for another 20 to 30 seconds (watch to make sure it doesn’t bubble over). Whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the Chex cereal into a large bowl, then drizzle the sauce over top. Use a spatula to gently mix until the Chex is evenly coated.
- Spread the Chex mix onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mix evenly over the Chex.
- Bake at 275F for about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes (lift and turn with a metal spatula).
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Loud & Quiet Foods
Gather together foods that are loud (like celery) and quiet (like marshmallows). Give everyone a small tray with all of the different foods and see if you can rank them from loudest food to quietest. Or, you can see who can eat loud food quietly or quiet food loudly.
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.