It's August! The time of year where summer is brought to an end with back to school. Education and learning are important. Check out this great family home evening lesson on education! Scripture: D&C 88: 118 Hymn: Teacher, Do You Love Me? or Truth Eternal Lesson: Benjamin Quits Kindergarten or Where is Wisdom? Treat: Edible Eagles or Ice Cream Pizza Activity: Back to School Humor or Captain's Calling •View entire lesson...


FHE Scripture


D&C 88: 118

118- And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.

FHE Lesson Hymn


Teacher, Do You Love Me?–Primary Song #178 or Truth Eternal Hymn 4

Teacher, Do You Love Me?

Teacher, do you love me?
Teacher, will you care for me?
Even if I turn away, or disobey, or go astray,
Then will you love me still?
Teacher, will you teach me?
Teacher, help me choose the right.
When I do not understand the Lord’s command, please take my hand
And lead me safely with his light.

(First time child only.)
I need your love, I need your light
To show me how to be like Jesus.
The Savior’s love will light the path
To lead me safely home.

(Teacher) Oh yes, my child, I love you.
My child, I’ll always care for you.
And with the Savior as our guide,
I’ll share the light I feel inside,
And you will feel his love for you.

Oh, yes, my child, I’ll teach you.
My child, I’ll help you choose the right.
And when you do not understand
The Lord’s command, I’ll take your hand,
And he will lead us with his light.

(Second time duet.)
I need your love, I need your light
To show me how to be like Jesus.
The Savior’s love will light the path
To lead us safely home.

Truth Eternal

1.Truth eternal, truth divine,
In thine ancient fulness shine!
Burst the fetters of the mind
From the millions of mankind!

2. Truth again restored to earth,
Opened with a prophet’s birth.
Priests of heaven’s royal line
Bear the keys of truth divine!

3. Truth shall triumph as the light
Chases far the misty night.
Endless ages own its sway,
Clad in everlasting day.

FHE Lesson


*For Younger Children* Start by telling the story “Benjamin Quits Kindergarten” (Friend, Sept 1995). Discuss the importance of obtaining an education. (You may want to use clipart to help tell the story.)

On the first day of kindergarten, Benjamin giggled while drinking his milk during snack time and ended up with milk all over his shirt. When the other children laughed at him, he didn’t feel like giggling anymore.

He broke his yellow crayon while he was drawing a picture of the sun.

He made a dragon out of modeling clay, and everybody thought it was a pig.

On the second day of kindergarten, Benjamin accidentally let Hamlet, the class hamster, out of its cage.

His blue paint spilled and made a messy puddle on the floor.

When he threw the big red ball to Susie, it hit her in the face and made her cry.

After school, Benjamin sat at the kitchen table, eating lunch. “I’m not going back to school,” he announced. “I already know the things I want to know. I can make all the letters in my name, I know the days of the week, and I can count to twenty-three.”

“You do know a lot of things,” said Mommy, looking up from the letter she was writing to Aunt Agnes.

Benjamin looked at her paper. “Those are funny-looking letters.” He pointed to the curly writing on the page.

“They are different from the ones you make,” agreed Mommy.

“Hmmm,” Benjamin said.

Later that afternoon, when his sister, Karen, came home from school, Benjamin told her, “I’m not going back to school. I already know the things I want to know. I can make all the letters in my name, I know the days of the week, and I can count to twenty-three.”

“Then you won’t get to do the exciting things I’m doing in the second grade,” she told him. “We’re taking a trip to the zoo in October.”

“What’s October?” asked Benjamin. “A kind of school bus?”

Karen gave him her big-sister-who-knows-practically-everything look. “For your information, October is one of the months of the year.”

“Does it come after Saturday?”

Karen just laughed.

Benjamin looked thoughtful.

When Daddy came home, Benjamin met him at the door. “I’m not goingback to school,” he said. “I already know the things I want to know. I can make all the letters in my name, I know the days of the week, and I can count to twenty-three.”

Daddy grinned. “Is that so?”

Benjamin followed Daddy out to the garage, where Daddy wrote down some measurements for a set of shelves he was going to build.

“What are those numbers on top of each other?” Benjamin asked, pointing at Daddy’s notes.

“Those two-story numbers are called fractions, Benjamin,” Daddy answered. “They’re pretty important numbers.”

Benjamin scratched his head.

That night in bed, he stared at the dark ceiling.

He wondered about Mommy’s curling letters. What did they mean, anyway?

He wondered how many months there were in a year. Did they all have funny names like October?

And he wondered a lot about Daddy’s two-story numbers.

The next morning, Benjamin made an announcement to everyone. “I already know a lot of the things I want to know. I can make all the letters in my name, I know the days of the week, and I can count to twenty-three. But I’ve decided to go back to school and learn about curly letters and October and two-story numbers.”

Mommy smiled. “Those are pretty important.”

“I’ll probably need to go at least until second grade,” he went on. “Maybe even longer.”

“I expect you will,” Daddy agreed. He looked at his watch. “It’s time to go. All aboard for school!”

“All aboard for school!” Benjamin repeated cheerfully, following Daddy and Karen to the car.

1- Why did Benjamin not want to go back to school?
2- What was mom doing that Benjamin did not know how to do?
3- Did Benjamin know what October is?
4- Did Benjamin know what the two story numbers were that his dad wrote?
5- What did Benjamin decide to do the next day? Did he go to school? Why?

Testify of the importance of going to school and getting an education.

*For Teenagers or Adults* Discuss the following quotes and story from Elder Russell M Nelson (“Where is Wisdom?” Nov 1992 Ensign). Testify of the importance of obtaining as much education as possible.

Read Job 28: 12

Do you think education is important? does God?

Scriptures teach that “the glory of God is intelligence.” (D&C 93:36.) They also teach that individual “intelligences … were organized before the world was.” (Abr. 3:22.) “Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.” (D&C 93:29.)

Our Creator expects His children everywhere to educate themselves. He issued a commandment: “Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” (D&C 88:118.) And He assures us that knowledge acquired here will be ours forever. (See D&C 130:18–19.)

Why is education important to God? What council has He given us?

Because of our sacred regard for each human intellect, we consider the obtaining of an education to be a religious responsibility. Yet opportunities and abilities differ. I believe that in the pursuit of education, individual desire is more influential than institution, and personal faith more forceful than faculty.

What do you think Elder Nelson means when he says “obtaining of an education [is] a religious responsibility”?

Read the following story by Elder Nelson:

Later as stake president I was questioned by many young people about their own educational pursuits. Some asked me how long it took to become a doctor of medicine. “The general pattern would be four years at a university, followed by four years in medical school,” I replied. “And if you choose to become a specialist, that could take another five years or more, depending upon your desire.”

That occasionally evoked a reaction: “That adds up to thirteen years—and maybe more? That’s too long for me!”

“It all depends,” I would respond. “Preparation for your career is not too long if you know what you want to do with your life. How old will you be thirteen years from now if you don’t pursue your education? Just as old, whether or not you become what you want to be!”

What point did Elder Nelson have about years of education versus years not obtaining an education?

“So my counsel then—and now—is to continue your education wherever you are, whatever your interest and opportunity, however you determine you can best serve your family and society.”

What is Elder Nelson’s council?

Testify of the importance of  obtaining as much education as possible.

FHE Treat


Edible Eagles or Ice Cream Pizza

Edible Eagles


1/4 cup of white chocolate chips
6 large marshmallows
Finely shredded coconut
Chocolate sandwich cookie (we used a chocolate-covered Oreo)
6 Cashews
Black decorators’ gel


1- Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips according to the package directions.

2- For each bird, drop a large marshmallow into the melted chocolate, using a spatula to coat it well.

3- Remove the marshmallow from the chocolate and roll it in finely shredded coconut, leaving one end uncovered.

4- Immediately set the marshmallow, coconut free end down, atop a chocolate sandwich cookie.

5- Let the chocolate set a bit, then use a toothpick to make a hole in the side of the marshmallow and insert a cashew for a beak.

6- Finally, add black decorators’ gel eyes.

Ice Cream Pizza


1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces
1/4 cup butter
3 ounces coarsely chopped unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 gallon ice cream (we like strawberry for pizza color)
canned whipped cream
various decorative candies

Instructions (How To Video):

1- Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly butter the foil and set it aside. Finely chop the nuts and set them aside.

2- Melt together the butter and chocolate in a double boiler (or in the microwave at half power, stirring every 30 seconds), stirring until smooth. Set aside to cool.

3- Beat the sugar and eggs on high speed in a large bowl for about 5 minutes. Blend in the melted chocolate and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in the nuts. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add them to the chocolate mixture and stir until evenly blended. Let the dough sit for 2 to 3 minutes.

4- Scrape the dough into the center of the buttered foil. Spread the dough into a more or less level circle 12 inches in diameter. Refrigerate for 10 minutes while you heat the oven to 350º.

5- Bake the crust on the center oven rack for 13 minutes. Transfer it to a cooling rack and cool it until it is just warm to the touch. Invert the crust onto a second cookie sheet, then gently peel off the foil. Invert it again onto the sheet or a serving tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

6- Smooth a layer of slightly softened ice cream 1/2 to 1 inch thick evenly over the crust. Decorate with canned whipped cream and candies (if you’re presenting the pizza whole, consider using lines of whipped cream to draw slices). Transfer the pizza to the freezer until you’re ready to slice and serve.

(Recipes taken from

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