13- And whoso layeth down his life in my cause, for my name’s sake, shall find it again, even life eternal.
1. My life is a gift; my life has a plan.
My life has a purpose; in heav’n it began.
My choice was to come to this lovely home on earth
And seek for God’s light to direct me from birth.
I will follow God’s plan for me,
Holding fast to his word and his love.
I will work, and I will pray;
I will always walk in his way.
Then I will be happy on earth
And in my home above.
1. Faith of our fathers, living still
In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene’er we hear that glorious word.
We will be true to thee till death!
2. Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto thee,
And thru the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then be truly free.
3. Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife,
And preach thee, too, as love knows how,
By kindly words and virtuous life.
*For Younger Children* Share the story of David (taken from the FHE Resource Book) and testify of the importance of making sacrifices everyday.
While getting ready for baseball practice, David overheard his mother on the phone trying to get a baby-sitter so she could visit her sick mother. After two neighborhood girls said they were busy, David volunteered to stay home from baseball practice and tend the baby. During the hours he was with his baby sister, he felt more love for her than he ever had before.
Discuss the following questions as a family:
1- Who was David’s mom trying to call?
2- What was David going to do?
3- Did David got to baseball practice? why not?
Testify of the importance of making sacrifices everyday. Discuss how Christ sacrificed his life so that we can return to our Heavenly Father.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Discuss the following questions. Testify of the importance of sacrifice and issue a challenge to sacrifice this week.
What does the word sacrifice mean?
Who in the scriptures sacrificed? (give the example of Lehi, Abraham…)
Who offered the greatest sacrifice?
Read Moses 5:9.
What does Christ’s sacrifice make possible?
How do we remember his sacrifice today?
What can we sacrifice? or how do we sacrifice? (time, tithing, church callings, missions, etc)
Testify of the importance of sacrifice and challenge family members to make at least one sacrifice this week.
Candy Apple Cookie Pops or Lovely Ladybugs
Candy Apple Cookie Pops
9 pretzel sticks
green fruit chew candies (such as Jolly Ranchers)
18 round sandwich cookies (such as Oreos)
red meltable candy wafers
brown mini chocolate candies (such as M&Ms)
1- Snap the tips of 9 pretzel sticks into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces and set them aside.
2- Flatten several green fruit chew candies and snip them into 18 leaves, as shown. Shape the leftover candy into 18 mouths and set all the pieces aside.
3- Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Insert a popsicle stick into 18 round sandwich cookies by gently pressing each cookie between your fingers as you slide in the stick.
4- Melt a 14-ounce bag of red meltable candy wafers in a microwave-safe container according to the package directions (do not overcook the wafers; the heat will cause the cookies to fall off the sticks when you dip them).
5- Working in batches of five pops or less, dip each cookie pop into the melted candy until well coated, then transfer it to the parchment paper. Alternately, you can spoon and spread the candy onto the pops. If needed, reheat the candy wafers as you work.
6- While the candy coating is still wet, add a pretzel stem and a fruit chew mouth and leaf to each pop as shown. Let the treats cool completely, then finish them by attaching brown mini chocolate candy eyes with vanilla frosting.
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons softened butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
15 black jelly beans
1 cup red candy chips (we used Wilton Candy Melts)
Black decorators’ gel
1- Mix the peanut butter, butter, and confectioners’ sugar together until well blended. Roll the mixture into about 30 (1-inch) balls.
2- Place the balls on waxed paper and gently flatten their bottoms.
3- Slice the jelly beans in half and push one half into each ball to make the ladybug’s head.
5- After the coating hardens, use the decorators’ gel to add a stripe and spots to each bug.
(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)
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.