Doctrine and Covenants FHE Lesson - Build a House To My Name

Doctrine and Covenants FHE Lesson – Build a House To My Name

After being moved from Kirtland, and persecuted in Missouri, the Saints in Nauvoo were again charged to build a temple. How does this charge still apply to us when we as church members no longer build temples with our own hands?

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Scripture

Doctrine and Covenants 124:55

And again, verily I say unto you, I command you again to build a house to my name, even in this place, that you may prove yourselves unto me that ye are faithful in all things whatsoever I command you, that I may bless you, and crown you with honor, immortality, and eternal life.

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Hymn

How Firm a Foundation | Hymn #85

1. How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
Who unto the Savior, who unto the Savior,
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

2. In ev’ry condition—in sickness, in health,
In poverty’s vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea—
As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand,
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.

3. Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Start by watching the following video or by having your children sing, “I Will Be What I Believe.”

Then, using this link show the children pictures of the OUTSIDE of the Nauvoo Temple and ask them what it’s like. Take note that the temple is beautiful and clean. It looks challenging to make. It looks like it took a lot of work to make.

Discuss that this is a replica of the temple built by the early Saints. The members of the Church built it with their own hands, most of whom had no experience in building construction of this kind, but they worked their hardest to give their best. This is the house of the Lord and they wanted the temple to be worthy of Him and His Spirit.

Read: D&C 124:55.

Did you know that YOU are also a temple? Read 1 Corinthians 3:16.

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

Using the link above again, show the children pictures of the INSIDE of the Nauvoo temple. The INSIDE is just as beautiful as the OUTSIDE.

Ask: Is the same true for our own temples? Am I as good on the inside as I show others that I am on the outside? Am I honest in everything I do? Am I kind to others? Do I say sorry when I’ve done something wrong and try to make it right?

Close with your testimony that God wants us to build ourselves to be as beautiful and lovely on the inside as He built us on the outside, and He promises that if we do, He “may bless [us], and crown [us] with honor, immortality, and eternal life.”

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Begin the lesson by singing “How Firm a Foundation.” Then read aloud: The Saints of Nauvoo were commanded by the Lord to build a temple unto the Lord. Though we no longer have church members give one day in ten to work on building the temple, we have another temple that God requires that we build unto Him—ourselves.

Read D&C 124:55 and 1 Corinthians 3:16 together.

Ask: How does building up a house unto the Lord apply to us in our day?

Watch the following clip from President Nelson. Ask everyone to think about what he teaches about spiritual foundations.

Read: President Nelson gives us instruction and some thought-provoking questions.

“It is now time that we each implement extraordinary measures—perhaps measures we have never taken before—to strengthen our personal spiritual foundations. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.”

“So I ask each of you, how firm is your foundation? And what reinforcements to your testimony and understanding of the gospel are needed?”

Ask: What unprecedented measures can we take to build our spiritual foundations?

Watch the following video:

Ask: WHY did these brothers pursue their personal growth and development with such drive?

Read: It all came back to their love of the Lord. He gave His all for them, so they wanted to give their all for Him. What more of your “all” are you ready to give to Him?

Close with your testimony of Christ’s love and the joy of building our foundations on Him.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read D&C 124:55.

Ponder: How is this command—to build a house unto the Lord—applicable to us in a day when members aren’t personally responsible for temple construction anymore?

Read 1 Corinthians 3:16

In what ways can we build our own temple unto the Lord?

Video: Watch this talk by Elder Scott D. Whiting about high standards on God’s temples, making special note of the final paragraph, quoted here:

“We are each made of the finest materials, and we are the miraculous result of divine craftsmanship. However, as we move past the age of accountability and step onto the battlefield of sin and temptation, our own temple can become in need of renovation and repair work. Perhaps there are walls within us that are gritty and need buffing or windows of our souls that need replacement in order that we can stand in holy places. Gratefully, the temple standard that we are asked to meet is not that of perfection, although we are striving for it, but rather that we are keeping the commandments and doing our best to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Ponder: What areas of your life could use some buffing to build your temple more fully unto the Lord?

 

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FHE TreatTreat

These chewy Maple Glazed Apple Blondies taste like sweet apple pie with a warm maple icing! This homemade apple blondie recipe is the perfect fall dessert! It's easy, super flavorful, and always a crowd pleaser!Maple Glazed Apple Blondies

Blondies
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Apple Filling
  • 2 large apples chopped finely
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Maple Glaze
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line an 11×7 pan with tin foil (or spray with pan with cooking spray).
Apple Filling
  1. On med-low heat, cook apple filling mixture for about 3-4 minutes. Pull off heat and allow to cool.
Blondies
  1. Cream butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add in brown sugar and granulated sugar, and mix until well combined.
  2. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add in salt and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and cinnamon together. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. In the bottom of the pan, spread half the blondie batter evenly, using a spatula (or your hands–batter is very thick, so I prefer to spread with my hands).
  6. Spread apple filling all over the layer.
  7. Top with remaining blondie batter and spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a cake tester comes out clean.
Maple Glaze
  1. Melt butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon over low heat. Once melted together, pull off the heat. Sift in powdered sugar, and whisk until fully combined. Allow to cool for 8-10 minutes so the glaze can thicken.
  2. Allow bars to cool for about 10 minutes, then pour the glaze over the bars and allow it to set.
  3. Slice into squares and enjoy!

(Courtesy of alattefood.com)

  

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

Cup Stacking Game

Using 42 large plastic cups, build a “temple” (pyramid) out of cups. Time each player to see who can stack the pyramid the fastest. When everyone has had a turn, go again to see if you can beat your time!

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