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"The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of ‘Mormonism.’" That thought ought to inspire and motivate all of us because I feel that friendship is a fundamental need of our world" - Elder Marlin K Jensen. Check out this great family home evening lesson on friendship! Scripture: John 15:13 Hymn: Now Let Us Rejoice Lesson: Small Miracles of Friendship Treat: Cantaloupe Popsicles or Funfetti Bark Activity: Visit a friend, Bug Safari View entire lesson...

Friendship And The Gospel

FHE Scripture

Scripture

John 15:13

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

Now Let Us Rejoice Hymn #3 or Friends Are Fun -Children’s Songbook #262

Now Let Us Rejoice

1. Now let us rejoice in the day of salvation.
No longer as strangers on earth need we roam.
Good tidings are sounding to us and each nation,
And shortly the hour of redemption will come,
When all that was promised the Saints will be given,
And none will molest them from morn until ev’n,
And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,
And Jesus will say to all Israel, “Come home.”

2. We’ll love one another and never dissemble
But cease to do evil and ever be one.
And when the ungodly are fearing and tremble,
We’ll watch for the day when the Savior will come,
When all that was promised the Saints will be given,
And none will molest them from morn until ev’n,
And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,
And Jesus will say to all Israel, “Come home.”

3. In faith we’ll rely on the arm of Jehovah
To guide thru these last days of trouble and gloom,
And after the scourges and harvest are over,
We’ll rise with the just when the Savior doth come.
Then all that was promised the Saints will be given,
And they will be crown’d with the angels of heav’n,
And earth will appear as the Garden of Eden,
And Christ and his people will ever be one.

Friends Are Fun

1. It is fun to have a friend who will play with you.
It is fun to have a friend who can stay with you.
It is fun to make a friend for your whole life through.
But to have a friend, you must be a friend, too.

2. If you want to play a game, you should play it fair.
If you have a piece of cake, you must learn to share.
Then if you should need a friend, you would have one there.
If you want a friend, you must show that you care.

 

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* 

Read and summarize “The Language of Friendship”  (taken from the Friend) to teach of the importance of friendship. Testify of the importance of friendships in our life and the church, discuss how friendships help mold us through our lives.

Finding a Friend

Just before he started third grade, Jeff W. moved from South Korea to Columbia, Missouri, with his parents and his younger sister, Sarah. He didn’t speak English very well, so it was hard to make friends at first.

But that was before he met Will H., a boy in his class. Will noticed Jeff reading a book about a cartoon character that Will really liked too. Will asked if he could look at Jeff’s book, and that’s where their friendship began.

When Will invited Jeff over to play, Jeff’s dad brought a whole box of goodies from a bakery. He said it was the first time anyone had invited Jeff over to play in the United States.

Finding the Gospel

Jeff and Will weren’t in the same class in fourth grade, but they still got together to play. Then Will started inviting Jeff to Primary activities. When the ward Christmas party rolled around, Will asked his mom if he could invite Jeff. Will’s mom said, “Let’s invite the whole family!”

When Jeff’s family came to the party, they felt a special feeling. Next they came to the Christmas program in sacrament meeting. They made friends in the ward and started learning more about the Church. At the end of fourth grade, Jeff and his whole family were baptized into the Church.

Becoming a member of the Church changed Jeff’s life a lot. He says it made him feel safer. At first he liked going to church because he could see Will. Soon he liked answering questions about the scriptures.

Speaking the Language

Jeff learned to speak English so well that he represented his class in the school geography bee. Will learned that language doesn’t have to be a barrier to friendship. And Jeff’s family learned that the Spirit speaks to all of Heavenly Father’s children in the same language.

Moving Back to South Korea

Two months after Jeff was baptized, he moved with his family back to South Korea. School there is very competitive. Many students go to another school after their regular school day to learn extra math and English. But Jeff already speaks English so well that he takes piano lessons instead.

There aren’t very many members of the Church in Bucheon, South Korea, where Jeff and his family live. But everyone in the ward is good and kind, says Jeff’s dad. Every Sunday Jeff likes seeing the other six Primary children who are his age. He also likes it when the missionaries come over for dinner.

Even though Jeff and Will don’t get to see each other right now, they have big plans for the future. When they get older, they want to go to Brigham Young University together!

Testify of the importance of friendships in our life and the church, discuss how friendships help mold us through our lives.

 

*For All Family Members* 
Read or summarize “Small Miracles of Friendship” (taken from the New Era). Testify of the importance of friendships in our life and the church, discuss how friendships help mold us through our lives.

I can sincerely say that Jennifer and I had a blast together. We used to run down the church halls, laughing as hard as we could, our main goal to see who could make the most noise. Even when we were scolded, we couldn’t stop laughing.friends

The other people in the ward probably didn’t appreciate the friendship as much as we did. But it certainly helped me. When I was 12 years old, my mother told me she had decided not to go to church anymore, but I still could if I wanted to. I never did like getting up on Sunday mornings and listening to lessons, so I decided not to go anymore either.

When I told Jennifer of my mom’s decision, she offered to have her mom start swinging by my house to pick me up for church. I loved the fellowship and fun, and their family picked me up faithfully. I was sorely disappointed a few years later when they moved away.

By this time, I wanted to continue going to church on my own, but that was such a challenge! It was hard for me to sit alone at church. I felt like everyone was staring at me and feeling sorry for me because my family wasn’t with me. To ward off sympathy, I would sit with my head bowed, reading a book until the meeting started. I felt sorry for myself and thought the challenge wasn’t worth it. I decided that without a family, the Church was not going to be true for me.

It was another small miracle of friendship that brought me back. Wendolyn and I had been friends since childhood, but we’d slowly drifted apart. One afternoon, Wendolyn and her mother sat me down and told me about the importance of going to church. They offered to have me go and sit with their family. My main stumbling block was removed! I had people to sit with who cared!

Through the rest of my high school years, my friendship with Wendolyn deepened, and my testimony of the gospel along with it. Wendolyn’s mother even offered to help me pay for a mission if I ever decided to go. I was touched by their willingness to sacrifice for me and for the gospel.

I know it is sometimes hard to accept an outsider into your family, but these two families accepted me, and to them I owe my active participation in the Church today. I will be eternally grateful to these friends. What small miracles of friendship can do!

Testify of the importance of friendships in our life and the church, discuss how friendships help mold us through our lives.

 

FHE Treat

Treat

Cantaloupe Popsicles or Funfetti Bark

Cantaloupe Popsicles

IngredientsCantalopePopsicles

  1. 5 cups diced cantaloupe
  2. 5-7 strwaberries, sliced

Instructions:

  1. Add a few pieces of sliced strawberries to your popsicle mold.
  2. Purée the cantaloupe.
  3. Pour the liquid cantaloupe into the popsicle mold.
  4. Add the popsicle sticks.
  5. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

(Taken from Chocolate&Carrots)

 

Ultimate Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients

FunfettiBark

  1. 7 ounces dark chocolate
  2. 8 ounces white chocolate
  3. 3 heaping tablespoons funfetti cake mix
  4. 1 tablespoon rainbow sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Melt the dark chocolate in a double boiler.
  2. Spread the chocolate out on a baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper or a silpat mat.
  3. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the white chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring in between until melted.
  5. Slowly add in the funfetti mix into the white chocolate.
  6. Spread the white chocolate onto the dark chocolate.
  7. Sprinkle with sprinkles.
  8. Freeze again for 20 minutes.
  9. Take out of the freezer and allow to warm up for just 2 minutes.
  10. Cut or break into pieces.
  11. Store in the refrigerator.

(Taken from Chocolate&Carrots)

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Visit a Friend you haven’t seen in a while.

2- Go on a Bug Safari – Dig for worms, scout for lizards, and hunt for frogs and tadpoles. Marvel at an ant carrying an oversize crumb.

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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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