Like us, Joseph Smith made mistakes and often wondered how God felt about him. This FHE lesson reminds us that God has called each of us to a great work and we can overcome our weaknesses to do what God wants us to do.
He called me by, and said unto me that he was a sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do.
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.
Begin the lesson with the following activity. Pick something special to hide for each child, such as a favorite toy or an object they’ll enjoy, like a candy bar, medal, or jewel. Tell each child that they have a work to do to go and find the special object. Help the children find the object through clues or hints. When everyone has found their object, gather together.
Read aloud: Heavenly Father called Joseph Smith to do a very special work. He would be the Prophet of the Restoration. Just like we had to work hard to find our special gifts, Joseph had to work hard to find the gold plates in the Hill Cumorah and translate the Book of Mormon.
Ask: What are some other things you know about the Prophet Joseph Smith?
Read aloud: Joseph was called to be a prophet when he was very young. He made mistakes and wasn’t perfect. Sometimes, he felt bad about himself. But Heavenly Father still believed in him. He kept teaching Joseph and was patient with him.
Ask: Do you ever have mean thoughts about yourself? What do you think Heavenly Father wants you to do when these thoughts come up?
Read aloud: Joseph went on to lead the Church and do important things. One of the things he did was restore the priesthood power on the earth and the temple ordinances. Because of the temple, we can do the work for our ancestors and be a family forever. Just like Joseph, God has placed us on earth to do good things. We should pray and think about what God wants us to do.
Finish with your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by giving everyone something to write with. Have everyone silently read Joseph Smith-History 1:28-29 and answer these two questions: How did Joseph Smith feel about his mistakes? What did he do in response to those feelings? After giving everyone time, discuss the answers to the three questions as a group.
Read aloud: As Joseph prayed, he would be visited by the Angel Moroni who revealed information about the gold plates and the great work God had for Joseph. Even though Joseph wasn’t perfect and continued to make mistakes throughout his life, he turned to God and did his best to follow God’s will. Sometimes, when we make mistakes, we feel like God’s plan for us is ruined or that we can’t move forward.
Ask: What do we learn from Joseph about what to do when we make mistakes? How can we follow his example?
Read aloud: Just like Joseph, God has called us each to specific works and tasks throughout our lives. As we seek God and embrace the doctrine of Jesus Christ, we will continually discover Their will for us.
Ask everyone to spend a few minutes to ponder and write down what they understand so far about God’s will for them in their lives. If time permits, watch the following video and then close with your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Watch the video above and then journal about times in your life that you felt like you were being cut down. Ponder on how these experiences may have helped you do the work God has wanted you to do. Then, read through your patriarchal blessing and write down some things you’d like to work towards.
Brownie Truffle Bites
15.25-ounce box brownie mix, make according to package
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, melted
- Bake brownies according to directions on package. Do NOT over bake. Allow to cool.
- Once cooled, scoop out brownies into a large bowl. If the edges are hard, leave those out. Add in cream cheese and stir until combined.
- Line parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Then roll your brownie mixture into balls and place on the sheet. Place in freezer for about 30 minutes or until firm.
- Melt chocolate in medium-sized bowl in the microwave. Then place your truffle ball on a fork and dip into the chocolate. Spoon chocolate on top. Once the ball is covered, tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place ball carefully on the parchment paper. You can leave as is or top with sprinkles or extra brownie crumbles.
- Place sheet in freezer until the chocolate hardens. These are best kept in the freezer. Remove about 5 minutes before serving.
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For this game, you’ll just need a small ball, bean-bag, or another soft object to throw. You’ll play this game in pairs. To play, have one person throw the object in the air. The pair must hi-five each other and then the other person must catch the object. Try to catch the ball successfully three times in a row.
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.