6- And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
1. I have a fam’ly tree
With branches by the dozens.
I have grandpas. I have grandmas.
I have uncles, aunts, and cousins.
2. When it’s reunion time,
No matter what the weather,
It is such a happy day
When the fam’ly gets together.
1. Home can be a heav’n on earth
When we are filled with love,
Bringing happiness and joy,
Rich blessings from above–
Warmth and kindness, charity,
Safety and security–
Making home a part of heaven,
Where we want to be.
2. Drawing fam’ly near each week,
We’ll keep love burning bright.
Serving Him with cheerful hearts,
We’ll grow in truth and light.
Parents teach and lead the way,
Children honor and obey,
Reaching for our home in heaven,
Where we want to stay.
3. Praying daily in our home,
We’ll feel His love divine;
Searching scriptures faithfully,
We’ll nourish heart and mind.
Singing hymns of thanks, we’ll say,
“Father, help us find the way
Leading to our home in heaven,
Where we long to stay.”
*For Younger Children* Gather some family photos of extended family members. Explain who each person is and then play a memory game.
Display several photos of extended family members. Ask who they are and tell each ones name.
1- Are Grandmas and Grandpas important?
2- Are Aunts and Uncles important?
3- What about nieces, nephews and cousins?
Play a memory game. Place all of the pictures out on the floor. Have everyone close their eyes or leave the room. Remove one of the pictures. When they come back or open their eyes, they will need to figure out what family member is missing.
Testify of the importance of extended family and how we need to get to know them.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Ask the following questions and discuss the following scriptures. You may want to play a simple memory game.
Why is the immediate family important?
Read Ephesians 6: 1-4
Why are family relationships important?
Discuss Malachi 4: 6
Do you know all of your aunts and uncles? cousins? grandparents?
How many uncles do you have?
How many aunts?
Which ones are on your father’s side and which ones are on your mother’s side?
Play a memory game. Place several pictures of extended family members out on the floor. Have everyone close their eyes or leave the room. Remove one of the pictures. When they come back or open their eyes, they will need to figure out what family member is missing.
Testify of the importance of extended family and the importance of getting to know them.
Whatta Melon Pop! or Lemon Cups
Whatta Melon Pop!
1 cup strawberry sorbet
2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup lemon sorbet
2 drops green food coloring
wedge-shaped popsicle molds
1- To make a batch, mash together 1 cup strawberry sorbet, 2 teaspoons mini chocolate chips, and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.
2- Put the the mixture into wedge-shaped popsicle molds (we used six 2-ounce molds), filling each about two-thirds full.*
3- Spoon a thin, even layer of lemon sorbet on top. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup lemon sorbet, 2 drops green food coloring, and 1 tablespoon water.
4- Spoon a layer into each mold and insert a popsicle stick. Freeze the pops for at least four hours.
*Tip: Here’s an easy way to fill the molds: mix these ingredients in a ziplock bag, snip a corner of the bag, then pipe in the mixture.
2 teaspoons lemon zest
4 to 5 lemons
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from the lemons)
3 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 cups sugar
Mint leaves and lemon zest for garnish
1- Scrape the 2 teaspoons of zest from one of the lemons, then cut all of the lemons in half and juice them. Measure 1 cup, reserving the rest for another use.
2- Use a melon baller to remove any remaining pulp. Slightly trim the bottom of each lemon cup so it sits flat, then set them on a plate, cover, and place them in the refrigerator.
3- In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Bring the water to a boil, then add the lemon juice and zest and boil for 2 minutes.
4- Transfer the liquid to a mixing bowl and allow it to cool to room temperature. Place the bowl in the freezer until the mixture begins to freeze, several hours or overnight. Use a fork to break up the ice, then stir it until fluffy.
5- Spoon 1/2 cup of the slush into each lemon half, then cover them and freeze until you’re ready to serve. Garnish with a mint leaf and lemon zest before serving, if you like. Serves 8 to 10.
(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)
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.