After years of apostasy, the time had come for the Church of Jesus Christ to finally be restored on the earth. This Doctrine and Covenants FHE lesson helps us understand the history of this moment as well as why participating in an organized church is important and beneficial.
Which church was organized and established in the year of your Lord eighteen hundred and thirty, in the fourth month, and on the sixth day of the month which is called April.
I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I know who I am.
I know God’s plan.
I’ll follow him in faith.
I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.
I’ll honor his name.
I’ll do what is right;
I’ll follow his light.
His truth I will proclaim.
Begin with the following object lesson. Gather together 10 plastic or paper cups. On the bottom four cups, write aspects of the organized church. We suggest: Prophets & Apostles, Priesthood Authority, Baptism, Book of Mormon. On the next three, write down truths and principles we understand because of the organized church, such as Temples, Family, Ministering, or Tithing. For the next two, write down Revelation and Repentance. On the top cup, write the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Stack the cups together, row by row, as you follow the following script.
Read aloud: Joseph Smith restored the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. He restored prophets and apostles and the authority to act in His name. Because of the Church, we learn and live important gospel principles. We know families can be together forever and that we should serve and help one another. Most importantly, we can build a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We can receive revelation. We can repent of our sins. Jesus Christ is the head of the church.
Ask a child to come and take a cup away from the bottom row. Take enough cups away that the entire thing crumbles.
Ask: Why did the tower fall? Why is church important?
Read aloud: Church is important because it gives us access to priesthood ordinances. It gives us the chance to live the gospel with the people we love. When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He organized His church. It’s important we have an organized church as He made it. We have that today.
Finish the lesson by asking the children what they like and don’t like about going to church. Try to resolve any issues they may have. Bear your testimony of the importance of Christ’s church.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by reading together the short essay, Build Up My Church.
Before reading together, ask everyone to think about why Jesus Christ would want to have an organized church. After reading the essay out loud, discuss the answer to this question. Share a personal experience about how the Church of Jesus Christ has blessed your life.
Ask: How has being a member of the Church impacted your life? Why is the Church important to you?
Finish the lesson with your testimony and by sharing any other personal experiences.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read or watch the following talk about the worth of souls. Specifically, look for ways disciples of Christ should act when they know their worth and the worth of others and write it down. Make a personal goal of one thing you’d change when interacting with those around you.
Fresh Fruit Tart
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, ice cold, cut into 1/2″ cubes
2-4 tablespoons ice water
- Pastry Cream (may sub prepared instant vanilla pudding):
2 cups half & half
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup granulated white sugar, divided
5 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons cornstarch
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Fruit Topping:
2-3 cups fresh fruit, sliced if necessary (I used fresh blackberries, a kiwi, canned sliced peaches, fresh strawberries and a few fresh blueberries)
- Glaze (optional):
2-4 tablespoon seedless jam or jelly in flavor of your choice (strawberry or raspberry work well)
- Pie Crust (skip this if using pre-made refrigerated pie crust):
Combine flour, sugar, and salt with your fingers, fork, or in a food processor. Blend in butter until mixture looks sandy, like a coarse meal, with tiny balls of butter. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough comes together. If dough is still crumbly, add more ice water a little at a time if needed. Flatten dough into a disk and cover with plastic wrap. Do not over knead dough, little balls of butter will be visible. Refrigerate for at least an hour or up to two days.Preheat the oven to 375° F. Press dough into a 6″-9″ pie tin. Line dough with foil and fill with pie weights or dry rice/beans. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove the foil and weights. Continue to bake, about 5-10 minutes longer until golden brown. Place on a wire rack to cool.
Pastry Cream:Bring the half-and-half, 1/3 cup of sugar and salt to a simmer over medium/high heat, in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup sugar for about 45 seconds.Once the half-and-half mixture has reached a simmer, slowly whisk half of it in to the egg yolk mixture to temper the yolks so they don’t “cook” when you put them in the hot pot. Then, slowly whisk the tempered yolk mixture back into the saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, whisking vigorously, until nice and thick, and a few bubbles burst on the surface, about 30 seconds.Remove from heat and let cool a minute. Whisk in butter and vanilla. If there are any lumps, remove them with a spoon, or strain the pastry cream into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve or strainer. Press a layer of plastic wrap directly on to the surface of your pastry cream (this will prevent a layer of skin from forming on top) and refrigerate until cold and set, at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.
Assemble:Just before serving, pour your chilled pastry cream into your pie crust and arrange your fruit on top. If you want a glaze on your tart, simply heat your jelly in the microwave for just a few seconds, until slightly melted and brush it over the fruit. Serve and enjoy!
(From Bake Shoppe)
For this activity, you’ll need plastic cups and sheets of sturdy paper or cardstock. To play, make a cup tower with a small sheet of paper in-between each cup. The goal is to remove the paper quickly enough so each cup falls onto the cup below it. For added difficulty, make a stack of three cups with two pieces of paper in-between. Try removing both sheets of paper at once.
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.