Book of Mormon FHE Lesson - Lift Up Your Head and Be of Good Cheer

Book of Mormon FHE Lesson – Lift Up Your Head and Be of Good Cheer

Nephi and other believers looked forward to the sign of the coming of Christ. Even in the face of great danger, they continued to hope and trust in God. The Book of Mormon FHE lesson helps us understand how we can trust in God’s promises and see His hand working in our life. 

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Scripture

3 Nephi 1:13

Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfill all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.

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Hymn

Count Your Blessings | Hymn #241

1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

[Chorus]

Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings;
See what God hath done.
Count your blessings;
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings;
See what God hath done.

2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings; ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you his wealth untold.
Count your many blessings; money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven nor your home on high.

4. So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all.
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Begin the lesson with the following activity. In a room of the house, place something fun on the ceiling. It could be balloons, glow-in-the-dark stars, or happy pictures. Tell the children to close their eyes and open them when they come into the room. Ideally, they won’t be able to see what’s on the ceiling. Then, tell them that Jesus Christ tells us to lift up our heads and be of good cheer. Have them look up to enjoy the surprise.

Read aloud: In the Book of Mormon, Nephi and the righteous were anxiously awaiting the sign of Christ’s birth. They lived in a wicked time when others had decided to kill them if the star did not appear in the sky. They decided to trust in the Lord and on the appointed day, they looked up and were of good cheer because the start had appeared.

Ask: How do you think Nephi and the believers felt, waiting for the sign to appear?

Read aloud: Sometimes, it can be hard to wait for the things the Lord has promised us. We should try to be like Nephi and the believers and trust the Lord.

Ask: What does it mean to trust someone? How can we trust the Lord?

Finish by talking about how to trust God, even in the hard times. You may wish to give a personal experience when the Lord has blessed you in some way after waiting.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Begin the lesson by reading 3 Nephi 1:4-21 together. Ask everyone to pay attention to what the believers did to maintain their faith while it was being challenged. Discuss the answer to that question after reading.

Read aloud: In our own lives, we will face difficult times. We may even feel like the promises of the Lord haven’t been fulfilled or are too long in coming. However, the Lord continues to invite us to have faith in Him and His promises.

Ask: What does it mean to you to “lift our heads and be of good cheer?”

Read aloud: When we are of good cheer, that doesn’t mean we ignore our trials or make light of them. Rather, it means we keep our focus on Christ and doing our best to follow Him. One thing that is particularly important is trying to recognize the way God’s hand is working in our daily life. This can help us see that God is on our side.

Ask: How can we notice God’s daily hand in our lives?

Finish the lesson by sharing personal experiences about when God’s promises have been fulfilled in your life or how you’ve seen His hand blessing you. Bear your testimony.

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FHE TreatTreat

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Ingredients: 

2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER’S White Chocolate
1/2 cup JET-PUFFED Vanilla MALLOW Bits
2 graham crackers, broken into pieces
1 milk chocolate bar, broken into pieces

Directions:
Cut the 2 bars of white chocolate into pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave 30 more seconds and stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 10-second increments until the chocolate is fully melted. Take care not to over melt.
Cover a 15 x 10 baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the melted white chocolate onto the parchment paper in a thin layer.
Before the chocolate hardens, sprinkle the broken graham cracker and chocolate bar pieces onto the white chocolate. Sprinkle ½ cup of JET-PUFFED Mallow Bits onto the chocolate.
Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until the chocolate is hard. Break into pieces and enjoy!

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FHE Game / Activity

Activity

Huckle Buckle Beanstalk

For this game, you’ll need a simple household object, such as a pen or cup. To play, identify the object to everyone. Have everyone leave the room, with one person left behind. That person will place the item strategically in the room. It is meant to be hidden, but still visible without moving objects or crouching down. Everyone comes back into the room and begins looking. When they see the object, they must say “Huckle Buckle Beanstalk” and sit down. You do not have to sit down the moment you see it but can move somewhere else. The goal is to not be the last person looking for the object.

 

 

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