Learning to work is a valuable lesson for every family member to learn. Check out this fun family home evening lesson on Work! Scripture: 2 Chronicles 15:7 Hymn: When We’re Helping or Have I Done Any Good Lesson: President Kimball as a boy or "The Way My Family Worked" Treat: Clover Crispies or “Lucky You” Mint Pie Activity: Family Project or Board Game •View entire lesson...

Work

FHE Scripture

Scripture

2 Chronicles 15:7

7- Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

 

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

When We’re Helping – Children’s Songbook 198 or Have I Done Any Good – Hymn 223

When We’re Helping

1. When we’re helping, we’re happy,
And we sing as we go;
And we like to help mother,
For we all love her so.

2. Tra la la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la la,
Tra la la la la la.

Have I Done Any Good

1. Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?

[Chorus] Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.

2. There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children*  Discuss ways to make work fun. Tell the story of President Kimball when he was a boy. Testify of the principle of work.

Make a poster of the following quotation, and place it in a prominent place following the lesson:

  • “Let us realize that the privilege to work is a gift, that power to work is a blessing, and that love of work is success” – David O. McKay

Ask family members to tell some of the jobs they enjoy most, some they enjoy least, and why. Discuss ways tasks can be done easier, faster, and more enjoyably. Discuss specific ways family members can help and encourage each other in the tasks they have to do.

To start them thinking,  tell them of President Spencer W. Kimball, who sang, counted, and memorized the Articles of Faith while milking cows 

When President Spencer W. Kimball was nine years old, his job on the family farm was milking from two to nine cows every day. Milking cows can become boring, so he thought of things to do while he milked that were interesting and good and fun. He practiced squirting a stream of milk into the mouths of the cats that gathered around at milking time. He memorized every word of the Articles of Faith and the Ten Commandments to the beat of milk squirts hitting the pail. He copied most of the songs in the hymnbook on sheets of paper and memorized them. On a one-legged stool, his head pressed against a cow’s side, he sang them to the cows. (Friend, October 1993)

  • How did President Kimball make work fun and more worthwhile?
  • Did he have a good attitude about work?

Together as a family organize or brainstorm ideas for a family work project. You might consider one of the following:

  • 1. Clean up and reorganize a problem area in your home.
  • 2. Build a tool shed, build a playhouse, or do some remodeling.
  • 3. Plant and care for a family garden.
  • 4. Clean up, repair, or build something for a needy neighbor.

Testify of the principle of work.

*For Teenagers or Adults*  Read or summarize “Work is an Eternal Principle”. Learn about President Uchtdorf’s experience with work in his family. Testify of the sacred power of the Priesthood. 

Read or summarize “Work is an Eternal Principle” (What We Believe, Ensign 2011). As a family, discuss the article.

Work Is an Eternal Principle

Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ worked to create the heavens and the earth. They created the sun, the moon, and the stars. They gathered the seas and caused the dry land to appear and the plants to grow. Then They created every living thing in the sea and on the land. (See Genesis 1;Moses 2.) Their example shows us that work is important in heaven and on earth. (See also John 5:17; 9:4.)

When God created man and woman in His own image, He placed them in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 1:26–27; 2:8). Later, when they were cast out of the garden, the Lord said to Adam, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” (Genesis 3:19). From that time on, Adam and Eve worked to provide for their own needs and the needs of their children (see Moses 5:1).

Since the time of Adam and Eve, work has been a way of life for all of us on earth. We work to provide for the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of ourselves and our families. Parents strive to establish homes where principles of work are taught. Giving children workassignments that fit their abilities and praising their successes help them have positive work experiences. As a result, they can develop a strongwork ethic, a good attitude, and basic skills.

We should also seek to find the proper balance between work and rest. Six days a week, blessings can come to us as we remember to mix work with activities that refresh us. On Sundays, however, the Lord promises us special blessings as we obey His commandment to refrain from our temporal work and keep the Sabbath day holy (see Exodus 20:9–11; D&C 59:9–19).

Work is a part of our Heavenly Father’s plan for us in heaven and on earth. If we are righteous, we will return to live with Him. There we will continue to have opportunities to work as we help build the kingdom of God (seeMoses 1:39).

We are responsible to care for ourselves and our families.

  1. Parents have a sacred duty to care for their children (see D&C 83).
  2. Children will be blessed as they care for their aging parents (see1 Timothy 5:3–4, 8).
  3. We should help members of our extended family when possible.

Blessings come to us as a result of work.

  1. We strengthen our character and develop work skills.
  2. We feel the joy of God’s plan for us on earth.
  3. We become more prepared and self-reliant as we build a three-month supply of food, water, and other necessities.

Read the following quote from President Uchtdorf’s talk “Two Principles For Any Economy”, or watch/listen on lds.org by following this link “The Way My Family Worked” (video 2 of 2) 

  • To this day, I am deeply impressed by the way my family worked after having lost everything following World War II! I remember my father—a civil servant by education and experience—taking on several difficult jobs, among which were coal miner, uranium miner, mechanic, and truck driver. He left early in the morning and often returned late at night in order to support our family. My mother started a laundry service and worked countless hours doing menial labor. She enlisted my sister and me in her business. With my bike I became the pickup and delivery service. It felt good to be able to help the family in a small way, and though I did not know it at the time, the physical labor turned out to be a blessing to my health as well.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Together as a family, discuss what you like and dislike about work. Discuss ways tasks can be done easier, faster, and more enjoyably. Discuss specific ways family members can help and encourage each other in the tasks they have to do.

Together as a family organize or brainstorm ideas for a family work project. You might consider one of the following:

  • 1. Clean up and reorganize a problem area in your home.
  • 2. Build a tool shed, build a playhouse, or do some remodeling.
  • 3. Plant and care for a family garden.
  • 4. Clean up, repair, or build something for a needy neighbor.

Testify of the principle of work.

FHE Treat

Treat

Clover Crispies or “Lucky You” Mint Pie

Clover Crispies

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
4 cups large marshmallows (about 40)
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 cups crisp rice cereal
6 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped
4 drops green food coloring, optional
Green sprinkles

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add marshmallows; cook and stir over low heat until melted. Remove from the heat; stir in extract and cereal. With buttered hands, press mixture into a greased foil-lined 13-in. x 9-in. pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Turn onto a cutting board; remove foil. Cut with a 3-in. shamrock cookie cutter; reshape shamrock stem if needed (save scraps for another use).
In a microwave, melt candy coating at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in food coloring if desired. Spoon over cutouts and spread evenly. Decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set. Yield: 15 servings.

 

Chocolate Mousse Pie

Ingredients:

1 milk chocolate candy bar with almonds (7 ounces)16 large marshmallows or 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup 2% milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
1 graham cracker crust or chocolate crumb crust or pastry shell, baked (9 inches)Instructions:

In a heavy saucepan, heat the candy bar, marshmallows and milk over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Cool. Fold in whipped cream; pour into crust.
Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 servings.

(Recipes taken from tasteofhome.com)

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

 

1- Family Project – Together as a family work on a family project of your choice. This can be yard work, housework, or whatever you want! Remember to have fun as you’re working.

2- Board Game – Play your family’s favorite board game!

 

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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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    This is a great lesson help. I so appreciate the younger version and the older version because my kids range from 17 to 3. I am very excited to try this lesson out tonight. Thanks for the info!

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