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Commandments are important. One of the many commandments is the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy. Check out this great family home evening lesson about the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy! Scripture: Exodus 20:8 Hymn: Saturday or Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning Lesson: Sammy's Sabbath Dilemma or Genesis 1 & 2:1-3 Treat: Pail of Sand Cake or Pearly Bites Activity: Fill 'Er Up or Water Balloon Catch •View entire lesson...

Sabbath Day

FHE Scripture

Scripture

Exodus 20:8

8- Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

Saturday–Primary Song #196 or Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning Hymn 280

Saturday

1. Saturday is a special day.
It’s the day we get ready for Sunday:
We clean the house, and we shop at the store,
So we won’t have to work until Monday.
We brush our clothes, and we shine our shoes,
And we call it our get-the-work-done day.
Then we trim our nails, and we shampoo our hair,
So we can be ready for Sunday!

Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath Morning

Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning;
Now we rest from ev’ry care.
Welcome, welcome is thy dawning,
Holy Sabbath, day of prayer.
Loving teachers kindly greet us
As we meet in Sunday School,
Where they labor hard to teach us
By the Savior’s golden rule.

[Chorus] Welcome, welcome, Sabbath morning;
Now we rest from ev’ry care.
Welcome, welcome is thy dawning,
Holy Sabbath, day of prayer.

2. Hark! the Sabbath bells are ringing;
Hear the echoes all around.
List! the merry children singing!
What a pleasing, joyful sound!
Ev’ry tender note entreats us,
Bids us come, nor longer stay.
On our way the music greets us;
Hasten, hasten, come away.

3. Here we bow in meek devotion;
Here we sing God’s holy praise.
Here our hearts, with fond emotion,
Seek to learn his holy ways.
From the books of revelation
We are taught while yet in youth.
Words of heav’nly inspiration
Guide us in the path of truth.

4. Here we meet with friends and neighbors;
Parents too are in the throng.
We are earnest in our labors.
To God’s kingdom we belong.
Trials make our faith grow stronger;
Truth is nobler than a crown.
We will brave the tempest longer
Tho the world upon us frown.

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Read “Sammy’s Sabbath Dilemma” by Stacie A. Heaps (April 2006 Friend). Discuss the importance of  keeping the Sabbath Day holy. (You may want to use clipart to help tell the story.)

“You be good and mind your aunt and uncle,” Dad said.

Sammy gave his dad a big hug and then gave his mom an even bigger one. “I will,” he promised, waving good-bye as his parents left for a weekend out of town. Sammy was happy to be spending Saturday and Sunday at his cousin Joey’s house. There were so many fun things to do. There were board games and video games. There was a swing set, a trampoline, and a barn with a loft. Playing in the loft was Sammy’s favorite thing.

Sammy had a great time. He and Joey played catch in the morning. After lunch they bounced high on the trampoline and soared even higher on the swing set. Later in the afternoon they played hide-and-seek in the barn. For dinner they had sloppy joes, Sammy’s favorite. After dinner, Joey and Sammy watched one of their favorite movies and then fell asleep in the family room.

The next morning, Sammy enjoyed going to Primary with Joey. Brother Clark, the CTR 5 teacher, was kind. Sammy liked hearing the stories in the lesson.

After church the boys changed their clothes. “What should we do now?” Sammy asked.

Joey thought for a minute. “What if we play at the park? Or we could watch a movie or take turns riding my bike. Or we could play video games. What would you like to do?”

Sammy wondered what to say. None of those activities seemed like the best ones for Sunday. Sammy’s parents had taught him that the Sabbathwas a special day that should be different from other days. But his parents weren’t here, and he didn’t want to offend Joey. Maybe it would be OK. Joey’s mom and dad must think so.

Sammy decided to tell Joey that all the ideas sounded fun. He started to form the words, but he just couldn’t say them. He knew it wasn’t right. “What if we color the pictures we got in Primary today?” he asked instead. “Then maybe we could draw pictures and send them to Uncle Nick on his mission in Chile.”

“Yeah, I guess that sounds pretty fun,” Joey agreed. “Let’s go get my crayons, and we can color at the kitchen table.”

Sammy gave a silent sigh of relief. He knew that Mom and Dad would be pleased, and he was glad that Joey wasn’t upset. But most important, he knew that Heavenly Father was happy with his choice. That was what really counted.

*Discuss these questions as a family*
1- Where did Sammy go for the weekend?
2- Did they go to Primary?
3- What did Joey want to go and do on Sunday?
4- What did Sammy suggest they do?
5- How did Sammy feel?
6- Is it important to keep the Sabbath Day holy?

Testify of the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy (be sure to also testify of how happy it makes Heavenly Father when we keep the Sabbath day holy).

*For Teenagers or Adults* Read Genesis 1 & 2:1-3 & discuss the first Sabbath day. Testify of the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy.

Read Genesis 1 & Genesis 2: 1-3

-Why was the earth created in six day and not seven days?
-What is the purpose of the seventh day?
-What does it mean to keep the Sabbath day holy?
-What things can we do to keep the Sabbath day holy?

Testify of the Importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy.

FHE Treat

Treat

Pail of Sand Cake or Pearly Bites

Pail of Sand Cake

Ingredients:

1 baked 8-inch round cake
1 8- to 9-cup capacity new plastic sand pail
24 oz. unsweetened applesauce
(or 1 3-oz. package pudding, prepared)
1 cup crushed graham crackers or cookies
Shell candies
1 plastic shovel

Instructions:

1- Cut the cake into 1-inch slices. Fit the slices into the pail, alternating layers of cake with applesauce or pudding, ending with applesauce.

2- Sprinkle on the crushed cookie sand and top with shell candies. Now dig in with the plastic shovel.

Pearly Bites

Ingredients:

Pink frosting
Small, round wafer cookies
Yogurt-covered raisins or peanuts
White frosting
Black food coloring

Instructions:

1- To make each oyster, spread a layer of pink frosting on the bottom of a small, round wafer cookie, then gently press a yogurt-covered raisin or peanut on top. Position another cookie as shown, anchoring one edge in the frosting.

2- Dab on white frosting eyes, then use a toothpick dipped in black food coloring to add pupils.

(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1-Play Fill ‘Er Up.

2- Play Water Balloon Catch.

3- Play Tag.

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