A new year comes with New Year's resolutions. Making a goal to strengthen your testimony is a great New Year's resolution. Check out this great family home evening lesson on testimony! Scripture: Helaman 5:12 Hymn: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man or Testimony Lesson: 3 Nephi 14:24-27 or A Sure Foundation Treat: Caramel Apple Cider or A Better Cinnamon Roll Activity: Build Houses or Write your Testimony •View entire lesson...

Testimony

FHE Scripture

Scripture

Helaman 5:12

12- Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man- Primary Song 281 or Testimony Hymn 137

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

1- The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
The wise man built his house upon the rock,
And the rains came tumbling down.

2. The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
And the house on the rock stood still.

3. The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
The foolish man built his house upon the sand,
And the rains came tumbling down.

4. The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
The rains came down, and the floods came up,
And the house on the sand washed away.

Actions:
Rock: Plant right fist solidly in palm of left hand.
Rains: Let hands descend from high in the air.
Floods: Raise hands with palms up.
Sand: Wiggle fingers and move arms back and forth in front of body.
Washed away: Wiggle fingers and move arms out away from the body.

Testimony

1. The witness of the Holy Ghost,
As borne by those who know,
Has lifted me again to thee,
O Father of my soul.

2. I know that thou art in the heav’n.
I know the Savior reigns.
I know a prophet speaks to us
For our eternal gain.

3. My eyes are wet; my heart is full.
The Spirit speaks today.
O Lord, wilt thou my life renew
And in my bosom stay.

4. As testimony fills my heart,
It dulls the pain of days.
For one brief moment, heaven’s view
Appears before my gaze.

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* Read or tell the story of the wise man and the foolish man. Relate the story to us and our testimony. Testify of the importance of gaining a testimony.

Read or tell 3 Nephi 14:24-27. Relate the story to a testimony.

House on the rock: strong foundation to a testimony

House on the sand: weak foundation to a testimony

Testify of the importance of gaining a testimony.

*For Teenagers or Adults* Read “A Sure Foundation” (New Era, Jan 2012). Testify of the importance of having a testimony.

As I stepped over the concrete and rebar jutting out of the ground, I thought this had to be the strangest family home evening ever. Mom and Dad had loaded all five of us kids into the van and driven us to where our future home was being built. We were excited about our new house and often visited the site to see the progress.

At this stage, however, the progress wasn’t very exciting—just long rows of poured cement that looked more like buried walls with iron rebar running through them.

“Sit down,” Dad said, and we all looked around to find a comfortable spot to sit. “This is the foundation of our house,” he explained. “Our home will be supported by all of this concrete and metal. This foundation will keep our house safe during storms. It will even keep our house standing strong during an earthquake.”

This got my attention. Living in California, we were all used to earthquakes, both big and small. We’d seen what earthquakes could do to homes.

“Normally, builders don’t make foundations go this deep into the ground for a house this size,” my dad gestured into the trench holding the underground concrete. “And once the house is built, we won’t even see it. Some people told me I was wasting money to build a deep foundation for our home, but I wanted to make sure our home was as safe as I could make it.”

The building of our home was a big part of our lives, but my dad had taken to talking about it at every opportunity. Now he was giving us a family home evening lesson on overbuilt slabs of concrete and iron that no one would ever see after a few more weeks.

Of course, Dad wasn’t done with his lesson.

“There is another kind of foundation we need to build as well.” We all looked at him expectantly. “Each of us needs as his or her own foundation a testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Just like our home’s foundation will keep us physically safe during storms and earthquakes, a testimony will keep us spiritually safe when we face trials and challenges.”

Dad continued, “I challenge each of you to build strong foundations by learning about our Savior and praying for help and ways to know Him better. Follow His example and keep His commandments, and you will be blessed with a strong testimony of Him.”

Since that family home evening lesson, set amid the crucial beginnings of our new home, I have learned just how important it is to have a strong, deep testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as my own personal foundation. When adversity comes, I can always rely on what I know to be true. My testimony keeps me strong and makes it possible for me to weather the many storms of life.

Testify of the importance of having a testimony.

FHE Treat

Treat

Caramel Apple Cider or A Better Cinnamon Roll

Caramel Apple Cider

Ingredients:

CIDER
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups apple cider
1/2 cup water

CARAMEL WHIPPED CREAM
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions:

1- First, bring the cream and brown sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cider and the water and raise the heat to medium high, heating just until the cider begins to steam, about 4 minutes.

2- Divide among 4 mugs, top each one with 2 tablespoons of caramel whipped cream (recipe follows) and serve immediately.

3- Caramel Whipped Cream: In a small chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream with the brown sugar until soft peaks form.

A Better Cinnamon Roll

Ingredients:

FOR THE DOUGH:
1 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups flour (equal parts whole wheat and all-purpose, all whole wheat, or a blend somewhere in between)
1 1/2 cups bread flour
1 package or 2 1/4 teaspoons instant or bread machine yeast
1 large egg, beaten

FOR THE FILLING:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

FOR THE ICING:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk, plus extra for thinning if needed

Instructions:

1- Combine the milk, sugar, salt, and butter in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Microwave the mixture on high until it’s hot, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Set it aside and allow the butter to melt and the mixture to cool until it’s just warm.

2- In a large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine the flours, then stir in the yeast. Stir the egg into the milk mixture, then stir the milk mixture into the flours. Continue stirring until the mixture forms a soft dough.

3- Transfer the dough onto a floured surface. Sprinkle it with more flour and pat it into an oval shape. Fold the dough in half and knead it with your knuckles or the heels of your hands. Give it a quarter turn, and repeat. Keep kneading, sprinkling with flour when necessary, until the dough is smooth, not sticky, and elastic (it should bounce back when poked), about 10 minutes.

4- Oil a clean bowl, add the dough, and turn it to coat it with the oil. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth, place it in a warm spot (we put ours in a 100º oven with the door open), and let it rise until it has doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes to an hour.

5- Meanwhile, make the filling. Combine the softened butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon with a fork until well blended.

6- Grease a 9- by 13-inch pan and set it aside. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and sprinkle it lightly with flour. Roll it out with a floured rolling pin into a 12- by 16-inch rectangle.

7- Using your fingers, spread the filling over the dough, leaving a 1-inch strip uncovered at one of the short ends.





8- Beginning at the opposite end, roll up the dough to make a cylinder.


 

 

9- Pinch the ends and the seam closed with your fingers.



 

 

10- Using a serrated knife, cut the cylinder into 12 rounds.  (Tip: To make even rounds, first mark the dough in three equal sections. Divide each of those sections in two, then divide those in two and slice along the marks.) Place each round in the prepared pan (place the two ends spiral side up). Cover the pan with a damp towel, and let
11- Heat the oven to 375°. Bake the rolls until light brown, about 18 to 20 minutes. Allow them to cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes.the rolls rise for 45 minutes.

12- For the icing, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla in a bowl. If the mixture is too thick to drizzle, add a few extra drops of milk. Dip a fork into the icing, hold it a couple of inches above the rolls, and drizzle the topping in a zigzag pattern.

(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Build house with pretzels (0ne on sand and the other on a firm foundation).

2- Write down your testimony. Set a goal of something you want to gain a testimony of this year. Keep in a safe place and plan to write down you testimony at the end of the year and compare.

 

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About Aleah Ingram

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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    The wiseman/foolish man would be a fun lesson to do in Dec too while constructing a gingerbread house.

    Parallels of a strong testimony & a strong house:
    -Be obedient/ follow the instructions
    -Firm foundation (Hel.5:12)
    -Patience & time (let icing for walls dry b/f adding the roof)

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