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In October 2011 General Conference, Elder Bednar emphasized the important roll that everyone, especially youth, plays in the great work of Family History. It is important that children and youth realize that they can make a difference. Check out this great family home evening lesson on Family History! Scripture: 3 Nephi 25:5-6 and Hebrews 11:40 Hymn: Family History – I Am Doing It or Turn Your Hearts Lesson: Tell stories of favorite ancestors or “Family History: An Invitation” Treat: Raspberry-Mango Smoothie or Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies Activity: Family Tree or Letters to Family •View entire lesson...

Family History

FHE Scripture

Scripture

3 Nephi 25:5-6

5 – Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord;
6 – And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Hebrews 11:40

40 – God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

 

1. Fam’ly history—I am doing it,
My fam’ly history.
And the love I feel when I’m doing it
Is very sweet to me.
I learn stories of my progenitors;
I write their history.
I keep records of my loved ones
On my own fam’ly tree.

2. Fam’ly living now and the ones who’ve died
Can all be sealed to me,
And someday I’ll meet ev’ry one of them,
I’m sure as I can be.
Oh what joy we’ll have when they say to me,
“We’re all a family.
I am yours and you are mine now,
Through all eternity.”

Turn Your Hearts

1. Turn your hearts; the Lord is coming,
Malachi the prophet said.
Turn your hearts in preparation
To the work of exaltation
For the living and the dead.

2. In the latter days Elijah
Will renew the plan sublime.
He will teach you and remind you
Of the promises that bind you
To all men throughout all time.

3. Turn your hearts toward your parents—
Generations gone before.
May you seek until you find them;
In the temple seal and bind them
To your hearts forevermore.

4. Turn in love to all your children—
Generations yet to be.
May your deeds of gospel giving,
Temple service, righteous living,
Bless them all eternally.

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Share this Family Home Evening with Grandparents or other family members. Show pictures and tell favorite stories of a couple selected ancestors. Testify of the importance of Family History work and learning about our ancestors.

Spend your Family Home Evening highlighting the lives of a couple of your ancestors.

If possible, invite grandparents or other close family members to share this evening with you. Choose one or more ancestors to honor. Show the family any pictures you may have of those people. Note their style of dress, and discuss how their life-styles may have been different from yours. Point out any family resemblances you can see in the pictures.

Have each family member read or tell stories about one of the ancestors. Help your children see your ancestors as real people who actually lived and had feelings and experiences like their own. Try to help your family feel closer to them and realize that they are an important part of your family. Mention physical traits, talents, or other good characteristics you and your children inherited from ancestors (for example, red hair like grandpa’s or musical talent like grandma’s).

Take several slips of paper and place the name of another ancestor on each. Place them in a bowl or other container and have each family member draw one out. During the coming month, have each person find out all he can about that ancestor by collecting pictures, talking to relatives who know about that person, and so forth. Younger children may work with an older family member. They could draw pictures about important events in the life of the ancestor.

Hold a special family home evening where each family member can present his findings.

Watch this video about the experience a young girl had with Family History

Have a discussion about what each of your family members, even your youngest children, can do to learn about their ancestors and do their own part of family history work.

Testify of the importance of Family History work and learning about our ancestors.

*For Teenagers or Adults* Highlight one of your family’s ancestors by showing pictures and telling a story or two. Have a discussion about the importance of the temple and Family History work. Watch a segment of Elder Bednar’s talk, “Family History: An Invitation” from October 2011 General Conference. Testify of the importance of Family History work and learning about our ancestors.

Highlight one of your family’s ancestors.

Choose one of your family’s ancestors – show pictures of them and tell a couple of your favorite stories about them.

Have a discussion about the importance of the temple and Family History work

Ask one member of the family to move to the far side of the room, away from the others who are all sitting together. Discuss how you would feel if one of your family could not be with you in the next life.

If possible, show a picture of the temple nearest you, or write the word temple on a piece of paper

  • What blessing can come to your family in the temple? (Being sealed together.)
  • What about those of our ancestors who died without being sealed in the temple? Will they always have to be separated from their family?
Point out that Heavenly Father loves all of his children. He made it possible for these people who died without the gospel to receive all of the sacred ordinances. Have the person return to the group.
Watch the following segment of Elder Bednar’s talk, “Family History: An Invitation” from October 2011 General Conference

Discuss what each family member can do to take part in the great work of Family History.

Testify of the importance of Family History work and learning about our ancestors.

FHE Treat

Treat

Raspberry-Mango Smoothie or Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

Raspberry-Mango Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Orange Mango Peach juice
1 cup cubed mangoes (or peaches)
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 cups (about 3 large scoops) pineapple sherbet
2 cups ice (omit 1 cup ice per frozen fruit used)

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to your blender in the order listed and blend until smooth. Drink immediately. Makes 2 large smoothies or 4 smaller smoothies.

 

Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies

Ingredients: 

2 Cups sugar
1 Cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup sour cream
6 Cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons softened butter, (slice 2 Tablespoons 6 times totaling 12 tablespoons)
1 1/2 Cups packed light brown sugar, divided into 1/4 Cups
1 1/2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided

Frosting
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
2-4 Tablespoons milk, to thin icing

Instructions:

1. In an electric or stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add eggs, vanilla and sour cream until well combined. Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until well combined.

2. In 2 batches, place in plastic wrap in a disc shape and chill for at least 2 hours for best results.

3. Once chilled, cut each disc into thirds and roll into a 1/8 inch thick oval, about 12 inches X 5 inches.  Spread each rolled pieces of dough with 2 Tablespoons softened butter, 1/4 Cup packed brown sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.  Start rolling from the long end closest to you, rolling into a log shape.  Using a sharp knife, cut 1/2 inch pieces of dough then placing onto a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking sheet.

4.  To prepare frosting, beat the cream cheese until softened and smooth, slowly add powdered sugar and milk until desired consistency.  Frost cookies then place in refrigerator until ready to serve.  These are 100 times better chilled, trust me!!

Makes at least 6 dozen

(Recipes taken from www.OurBestBites.com and www.Picky-Palate.com)

 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Family Tree – Together as a family or individually, on paper or a poster, draw your family tree. You might consider hanging it somewhere in your home where your family can be reminded of their ancestors. Also, you can use the following family tree as a template. Click here for printable family tree template.

2- Write letters to your grandparents or other special family member.

 

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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    Having just been sealed to my husband,I feel an especial closeness to his family. Being that his progenetors are all on the other side I hunger to learn of these people,not who they were but also what they did , what their life was like and what happened in their life. I never really came to know my Dad’s family and now that I have done his work I see where families can be lost to each other so one of my missions is to try to get my friends to make up with their family members before vital info is lost, Guess that is why a journal is so very important. Bottom line that Brother , Sister Aunt, or Uncle who embarass us or is just plain rotten is still a child of God and as such should not be erased or deleated as we would like. Everyone has some questionable relatives, funny ones , even a few rascals but they are family .There is a need to search them out and include them on the family tree. Someday I promise you the healing within our own selves will be worth the effort

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