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Earthly Father, Heavenly Father - Father's Day FHE Lesson

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father – Father’s Day FHE Lesson

This Father’s Day FHE Lesson helps us recognize the divine role of fatherhood.

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Scripture

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families.

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Hymn

Fathers, Children’s Songbook, Page 209

1. The father of our home leads our family
With wisdom’s light in all that’s right;
My father’s good to me.

Fathers are so special with a very special love.
They watch us and protect us.
They guide us and direct us
Back to our home above.

2. The father of our ward tends with loving care
Each member’s needs with kindly deeds;
Our bishop’s always there.

Fathers are so special with a very special love.
They watch us and protect us.
They guide us and direct us
Back to our home above.

3. And now we’ll sing great praise and rev’rently recall
The Holy One who gave his Son,
The Father of us all.

Fathers are so special with a very special love.
They watch us and protect us.
They guide us and direct us
Back to our home above.

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Lesson

*Suitable for All Ages*

Begin by watching this video together. With younger children, encourage them to look for things the dad in the video does that their father does.

Ask: What did you think of that video? What stood out to you?

Read aloud: Fatherhood is a noble and eternal calling. In the world today, many people think that fathers are not very important. Many people see fathers in movies, television, and other forms of media as being lazy, crude, or uneducated. We understand that while we are all not perfect, God has called fathers to be divine protectors and providers. In fact, we can learn so much from our earthly fathers about our Heavenly Father!

Give a piece of paper to each of your family members and ask them to spend a few minutes making a list of all the things their dad does that they appreciate. If there isn’t a father in the home, you can read through scriptural examples of fathers and make a list of their good traits or choose a grandfather or other respected male figure.

Read the lists together, then ask: Does Heavenly Father do the things on this list as well? How? Do you have any personal examples?

Read aloud: Heavenly Father is the perfect example of fatherhood. We love Heavenly Father and show our love and respect Him by keeping his commandments and doing all we can to building a relationship with Him. Our earthly fathers deserve the same! We can show our dads just how much they mean to us by listening to them, respecting them, and spending time with them. We can thank them for all they do for us!

Ask: How can we show Dad we love him? How can we follow Dad’s example?

Read aloud: There are many things we can do to celebrate Father’s Day! Here are some things we can do. Which ones sound interesting to you?

  • Spend time with Dad one-on-one
  • Ask Dad questions to learn more about him
  • Serve Dad by working with him
  • Making something special for Dad
  • Help those who don’t have a Dad this Father’s Day

Finish the lesson by discussing as a family which one they want to do, then setting aside a time to do it. Discuss how you can continue serving Dads all year long and not just on Father’s Day. Discuss any personal experiences you’ve had with your father and bear your testimony about the importance of fathers in our lives and how it can draw us closer to Heavenly Father. 

 

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Cupcake Burgers and Fries or Marshmallow Chocolate Bacon Bark 


Cupcake Burgers and Fries

Ingredients:
Cookie Mix
Brownie Mix
Cupcake Mix
Food Coloring

Directions: This recipe is fairly easy, but it requires a bit of work! Check out the in-depth instructions here at Bakerella!

 

 

Marshmallow Chocolate Bacon Bark 

Ingredients:
2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1½ cups Kraft Jet-Puffed mini marshmallows
1 scant tablespoon butter
25 – 30 Kraft caramels, unwrapped
4 to 5 strips bacon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¾ cup mini pretzels, lightly crushed

Directions:
Line an 8×8 or 9×9 pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and spray generously with non-stick cooking spray. Let edges of parchment/foil overhang pan for easy removal.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place bacon in single layer on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar and rub in lightly. Cook until golden brown and crispy, about 18-22 minutes. Remove to plate and allow to cool. Cut into bite-sized pieces.

Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted. Do not overheat, or chocolate will burn.
Pour a thin, even layer of melted chocolate into pan and smooth with spatula. Place in freezer to harden, about 10 minutes.

Place marshmallows and butter into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 30-45 seconds. Marshmallows will expand when heated, so make sure to use a large bowl and keep an eye on it. Stir marshmallows. It should be smooth and elastic. Heat for an additional 15-30 seconds if needed. Spray spatula with nonstick spray and spread marshmallow into a thin, even layer very quickly on the hardened chocolate. Return to freezer 10-15 minutes.

Pour another thin, even layer of chocolate over marshmallow layer and return to freezer to harden. Place unwrapped caramels in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Drizzle very quickly in a thin layer. It’s going to harden very fast, so it’s best to try to drizzle it evenly over the chocolate layer. If it doesn’t cooperate into a perfect thin layer, it’s okay. Just do your best.

Scatter chopped candied bacon over caramel, pressing down slightly. Return to freezer to allow to harden. If remaining chocolate has hardened, microwave until melted and pour over candied bacon into an even layer. Sprinkle pretzels on top and press in slightly with spatula. Return to freezer and let harden.

When ready to cut, remove bark from pan and cut into pieces with a sharp knife. Keep refrigerated.

(Courtesy of Shared Appetite)

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Activity

Decorating Golf Balls or Father’s Day Goodie Bags 

Decorating Golf Balls

This is especially good for younger children. You’ll just need some golf balls and permanent colored markers. Let them decorate the golf balls however they’d like. Encourage them to write  a message to their dad on at least one of them!

(Courtesy of Laughing Kids Learn)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day Goodie Bags

You’ll need:

    • Brown paper lunch sacks
    • Scrapbook paper
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • Tape

Using scrapbook paper, cut out a tie shape, and glue it onto your bag. (Before doing the next step, fill your bag with the goodies of your choice.) Cut 2 slits at the top of the bag that you fold over to look like the collar of a shirt. Secure them down with clear tape so that the bag can be opened by simply taking the tape off.

(Courtesy of Little Family Fun)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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