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“A great part of our work on this earth is to endure joyfully to the end—every day of our life.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf. Check out this great family home evening lesson on enduring to the end! Scripture: 2 Nephi 2:25 Hymn: We Are All Enlisted-Hymn No. 250 Lesson: Endure Joyfully to the End Treat: Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas or Caramel Snickerdoodles Activity: I Can Help My Family Be Happy or The Blanket Game •View entire lesson...

Endure Joyfully to the End

FHE Scripture

Scripture

2 Nephi 2:25
“Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.”

 3 Nephi 15:9
“Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life.”

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

We Are All Enlisted-Hymn No. 250

1. We are all enlisted till the conflict is o’er;
Happy are we! Happy are we!
Soldiers in the army, there’s a bright crown in store;
We shall win and wear it by and by.
Haste to the battle, quick to the field;
Truth is our helmet, buckler, and shield.
Stand by our colors; proudly they wave!
We’re joyfully, joyfully marching to our home.

(Chorus)
We are all enlisted till the conflict is o’er;
Happy are we! Happy are we!
Soldiers in the army, there’s a bright crown in store;
We shall win and wear it by and by.

2. Hark! the sound of battle sounding loudly and clear;
Come join the ranks! Come join the ranks!
We are waiting now for soldiers; who’ll volunteer?
Rally round the standard of the cross.
Hark! ’tis our Captain calls you today;
Lose not a moment, make no delay!
Fight for our Savior; come, come away!
We’re joyfully, joyfully marching to our home.
Chorus

3. Fighting for a kingdom, and the world is our foe;
Happy are we! Happy are we!
Glad to join the army, we will sing as we go;
We shall gain the vict’ry by and by.
Dangers may gather–why should we fear?
Jesus, our Leader, ever is near.
He will protect us, comfort, and cheer.
We’re joyfully, joyfully marching to our home.
Chorus

  FHE Lesson

Lesson

 

*For Younger Children* 

Read aloud while holding up the above picture: Everyone loves to be happy, right? But, sometimes we have to do hard things that can make us unhappy.Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. He told us, “…men are, that they might have joy.” (2 Nephi 2: 25). That means that even when we have to do difficult things sometimes, we can be happy about it!

Show the following pictures and have the children pick the picture of someone being happy while doing things that may be difficult.

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Doing chores happily or being grumpy and refusing to do chores?


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Giving loving hugs to family or pushing family member away when they give you hugs?


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Happily eating your vegetables or being grumpy when you get to eat vegetables?

Read the following story from the Friend magazine about helping others while choosing to be happy.

Help and Be Happy

By Jeannie Lancaster (Based on a true story)


Jonathon grumbled as he climbed into the car next to his brother, Mike. He wanted to stay home and play the new game he had been given for his birthday last week. But his mother insisted they all go to the meetinghouse and help with the ward’s cleanup day. “Why do we have to go?” Jonathon had asked his mother as he helped her load their vacuum into the car. “It will be fun,” she said, smiling. “Besides, all of us use the meetinghouse. It’s only right that we help clean it from time to time.” Jonathon stared out the window and watched the houses and trees pass by as they drove to the church. As his mother pulled the car into the church’s parking lot, Jonathon was surprised to see Brother Lawson park his car next to theirs. “What is Brother Lawson doing here?” Jonathon wondered. Brother Lawson had been very sick lately with a type of cancer called leukemia. He had been in the hospital for a long time. Jonathon remembered his parents encouraging Mike and him to pray for Brother Lawson during their personal and family prayers. Brother Lawson hadn’t been home from the hospital for very long. Jonathon had always liked Brother Lawson. He was older than Jonathon’s grandfathers, but he went out of his way to talk to Jonathon and ask him about school and his sports team. One time he even came to one of Jonathon’s games. As Jonathon climbed out of the car, Brother Lawson waved and said, “Hi, Jonathon.” Brother Lawson walked around to the back of his car and took a vacuum out of the trunk. Walking slowly, he pushed the vacuum into the church. “Jonathon,” his mother called, “can you give me a hand with this?” She was struggling to pull their vacuum from the back of the car. “Sure, Mom,” Jonathon said. He helped her pull the vacuum out and quickly pushed it across the parking lot. All that evening Jonathon and Mike worked beside Brother Lawson. Several times Jonathon became tired and stopped to rest, but he noticed that Brother Lawson continued to work. And he was smiling! “It’s nice to be able to help, isn’t it?” Brother Lawson asked. Jonathon felt something change inside him. “If Brother Lawson can be happy while he’s helping, so can I,” he thought. He started working even harder.“Thank you for coming with me,” his mother said later as they were heading home.“You’re welcome,” Jonathon said. “I’m sorry I complained about coming. I didn’t know you could learn so much from vacuuming.”
Explain to your family that having a happy attitude and helping others is how we endure joyfully to the end.

*For Teenagers or Adults*
Read aloud: In our lives, we will find ourselves in many times of hardship and in many times of joy and ease. We know the Lord will not give us any situations that are too difficult for us to handle. The Lord has told us again and again that he put us here on this earth to be tested and to find joy.  We are meant to find joy while enduring to the end.  The Lord has endured to the end and will continue to do so. He will endure and love us throughout eternity. He is the perfect example of joyfully enduring to the end. 

Ask the following questions:
-What are some difficult situations in your life you were able to find joy in?
-How could you have better found joy in those difficult situations?

Read aloud: Jeffrey R. Holland gives a beautiful talk about how the Lord’s love for us endures to the end. “As with all else in our experience, the Lord Jesus Christ is our exemplar and ideal in this very important matter of providing sustenance. His is the ultimate arm of strength and his the endurance which endures all things. At no time did he demonstrate that unfailing devotion more clearly than during the final moments of his earthly life, hours when he might well have wished that others could have been sustaining him. As the sacred supper of that ultimate Passover was being prepared, Jesus was under the strain of deep and profound emotion. Only he knew what lay immediately ahead, but perhaps even he did not fully anticipate the depth of pain to which he must go before it could be said, “The Son of Man hath descended below them all.” (D&C 122:8.)

In the midst of this meal and such thoughts, Christ quietly arose, girded himself as a slave or servant would, and knelt to wash the Apostles’ feet. (See John 13:3–17.) This small circle of believers in this scarcely founded kingdom were about to pass through their severest trial, so he would set aside his own increasing anguish in order that he might yet once more serve and strengthen them. It does not matter that no one washed his feet. In transcendent humility he would continue to teach and to cleanse them. He would to the final hour—and beyond—be their sustaining servant. As John wrote, who was there and watched the wonder of it all, “Having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” (John 13:1.)

So it had been, and so it was to be—through the night, and through the pain, and forever. He would always be their strength, and no anguish in his own soul would ever keep him from that sustaining role.

In the moonlit silence of that Near Eastern night, every acute pain, every heartfelt grief, every crushing wrong and human hurt experienced by every man, woman, and child in the human family was to be heaped upon his weary shoulders. But in such a moment, when someone might have said it to him, he rather says to us, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27.)

“Ye shall be sorrowful,” he said—sad, lonely, frightened, and sometimes even persecuted, “but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. … Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:20, 33; italics added.)

How can he speak that way? Of good cheer and joy? On a night like this? With the pain he knew was just ahead? But those are the blessings he always brought, and that is how he always spoke—to the very end….

Life has its share of some fear and some failure. Sometimes things fall short, don’t quite measure up. Sometimes in both personal and public life, we are seemingly left without strength to go on. Sometimes people fail us, or economies and circumstance fail us, and life with its hardship and heartache can leave us feeling very alone.

But when such difficult moments come to us, I testify that there is one thing which will never, ever fail us. One thing alone will stand the test of all time, of all tribulation, all trouble, and all transgression. One thing only never faileth—and that is the pure love of Christ….

Having watched a dispensation die and an entire civilization destroy itself, Moroni quotes his father for any who will listen in some later (“latter”) day, “If ye have not charity, ye are nothing.” (Moro. 7:46.) Only the pure love of Christ will see us through. It is Christ’s love which suffereth long, and is kind. It is Christ’s love which is not puffed up nor easily provoked. Only his pure love enables him—and us—to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. (See Moro. 7:45.)

Oh, love effulgent, love divine! What debt of gratitude is mine, That in his off’ring I have part And hold a place within his heart.

I testify that having loved us who are in the world, Christ loves us to the end. His pure love never fails us. Not now. Not ever. Not ever.” (Read the full talk here)

Ask the following questions:
-How did Christ manage to speak of good cheer and joy in the most difficult days of his life? (He had the pure love of Christ. Encourage other answers.)
-What is the pure love of Christ? (The Guide To The Scriptures defines it as this, “The pure love of Christ (Moro. 7:47); the love that Christ has for the children of men and that the children of men should have for one another (2 Ne. 26:30; 33:7–9; Ether 12:33–34); the highest, noblest, strongest kind of love, not merely affection.”)
-How can having the pure love of Christ in your life help you to endure joyfull to the end?

Close the lesson by reading this quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf: A great part of our work on this earth is to endure joyfully to the end—every day of our life. (Read the full talk here)

FHE Treat

Treat

Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas

Ingredients:

  1. 2 slightly overripe bananas
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar (you can substitute granulated Splenda, if you like)
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  5. Olive oil spray
Instructions:
  1. Slice the bananas into rounds, approximately ⅓ inch thick. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Spray a large skillet with olive oil spray. Warm over medium heat.
  3. Add the banana rounds and cook for about 2-3 minutes. During the last minute of cooking on the first side, sprinkle about ½ of the cinnamon mixture over the banana rounds.
  4. Flip the rounds, sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon mixture, and cook about 2-3 more minutes, until the bananas are soft and warmed through.

(Recipe From DizzyBusyandHungry)

Caramel Snickerdoodles
Ingredients

  1. 1 Pillsbury Crescents Seamless Dough Sheet
  2. 1 Bag of Caramel Candies
  3. 1 Cup of Cinnamon/Sugar blended to your taste
Instructions
  1. Cut out about 2”X2” piece of dough and wrap it gently and snuggled around one caramel.
  2. Roll it in cinnamon sugar.
  3. Place them onto a baking sheet about 1” or so apart.
  4. Bake them at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, or until they’re firm and slightly puffy.

(Recipe From OhBiteIt)

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

I Can Help My Family Be Happy or The Blanket Game

I Can Help My Family Be Happy –When we share with and serve family members, our families can be happy. When we fight or yell, our families are not happy. Click here for picture activity (from the Friend)
The Blanket Game

Instructions: Divide group into 2 teams. Have each team gather on their own blanket. They must, as a team, turn the blanket over without touching the floor, if they touch the floor they must straighten out the blanket and start over. The first team to accomplish this wins. Size of blanket depends on size of group. If it’s a smaller family use crib blankets. (from FHEInASnap

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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.

2 comments

  1. Great FHE about enduring to the end

  2. Cool article, It was funny.

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