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“Prophets like Isaiah thought about and wrote about what the Savior would do when He came,” Mom said. “They spent their whole lives waiting for Him to be born. That’s one of the reasons we set up the nativity [without baby Jesus at first], to remind us that many people waited a long time for the Savior to come.” Check out this family home evening lesson on the Promise of Christmas! Scripture: Isaiah 9:6 Hymn: Sweet Hour of Prayer – Hymns #142 Lesson: The Promise of Christmas Treat: Fruity Candy Popcorn & Homemade Dulce de Leche Activity: Christmas gifts activity, Christmas countdown chain. View entire lesson...

Waiting For Jesus

FHE Scripture

Scripture


Isaiah 9:6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace”

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn


Sweet Hour of Prayer – Hymns #142

1. Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

2. Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since he bids me seek his face,
Believe his word, and trust his grace,
I’ll cast on him my ev’ry care
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
I’ll cast on him my ev’ry care
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!

 

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children* (Share this story) Waiting For Jesus

Katie rummaged through the storage box, carefully looking through the crumpled packing paper. She still couldn’t find what she was looking for.

She put everything back in the box and went to find Mom.

Katie had looked behind the piano, under the couch, even in Thomas’s crib. It was lost. She had to tell Mom.

“Mommy, the baby Jesus is lost.”

Katie led Mom to the nativity set in the living room. Joseph and Mary and the shepherds were there. The Wise Men–even a camel and a donkey—were there. All of the figures were gathered around the empty manger.

“It looks that way, doesn’t it?” Mom said.

“Yes, I can’t find Him anywhere. I looked and looked.” The nativity would be ruined without the baby Jesus.

Mom went to the bookshelf. “He isn’t lost,” she said as she reached up and took something from the top shelf.

Katie sighed in relief. “There He is!” she said. “I’ll go put Him in the manger.”

She reached for the figurine, but Mom put it back on the shelf. “This year we’re going to put the baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas morning,” Mom said. “It’s a tradition Dad learned in France.”

“Why? Everyone looks so sad.”

“I don’t know if they’re sad.” Mom said. “To me, it looks more like they’re waiting.”

Katie examined the figures. She could see the empty place in the manger where baby Jesus belonged. Some of the figurines were reaching out to the spot.

“I guess so,” Katie said.MissingBabyJesus

“Remember before Thomas was born how excited you were for him to come?” Mom asked.

Katie smiled at her baby brother, who was playing on a blanket. “Yes, it felt like forever.”

“Did you know that prophets waited for thousands of years for Jesus to come to help us return to live with Heavenly Father?”

Katie remembered seeing a picture in Primary of a prophet writing about the Savior’s birth. “I think so,” she said.

“Prophets like Isaiah thought about and wrote about what the Savior would do when He came,” Mom said. “They spent their whole lives waiting for Him to be born. That’s one of the reasons we set up the nativity like this, to remind us that many people waited a long time for the Savior to come.”

“I would get tired of waiting my whole life,” Katie said, looking at the shepherds who were waiting for Jesus.

“But there’s also another reason we do this,” Mom said.

“What?”

“Do you remember in family home evening when we talked about the Second Coming?”

Katie thought for a minute. “Isn’t that when Jesus comes again?

“That’s right,” Mom said.

“When will that happen?”

“Well, we don’t know. But we’re waiting for Jesus to come, just like the shepherds in the nativity and just like the ancient prophets. That’s the other reason we’re waiting until Christmas to put the baby Jesus in the nativity—to remind us that we’re waiting for Jesus too.”

“Will He come to a manger again?” Katie asked.

“No, He won’t be a baby again. The next time Jesus comes He’ll be resurrected. But the empty manger in the nativity reminds us that just like you’re waiting for Christmas morning, and just like people waited for Jesus to come to earth, now we’re waiting for Him to come back. We didn’t lose the baby Jesus. This is part of the way our family remembers Him.”

“We just need to wait,” Katie said with a smile.

“That’s right,” Mom said.

 

 

*For The Whole Family* Read and share this exerpt from The Promise of Christmas

The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas is a time to share our gifts, strengthen others, and do our part in the kingdom of God. Christmas is also a time to express our love to others and to bear our testimony of the Savior.

One way we can share our testimony is to have a nativity in our home so we can spark conversations about the Lord’s birth. Another way is to relate stories like that of John Weightman in The Mansion.

John Weightman was a successful man whose charities brought him attention and renown. One evening, after perusing a pile of newspaper clippings praising him for his generosity, he picked up his Bible. Soon he fell asleep after reading the Savior’s words: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matthew 6:19).

As he slept, John found himself in “the heavenly city,” traveling with others as they received their mansions. When the Keeper of the Gate stopped in front of a tiny hut built of cast-off materials, he said to John, “This is your mansion.”

John protested, listing his many public contributions.

“Were not all these carefully recorded on earth where they would add to your credit?” asked the Keeper of the Gate. “You have had your reward for them. Would you be paid twice?”

During this Christmas season, I hope each of us has the opportunity to give anonymously.

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The Gospel of Luke records that before the Savior’s birth, His mother traveled with haste to visit her cousin Elisabeth.

“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

“And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb” (Luke 1:41–42).

As the Holy Ghost bore record to Elisabeth, He bears record to us that the words of the prophets have been fulfilled. The Savior has come and performed the work His Father sent Him to do.

Of the Savior, Nephi recorded:

“And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.

“And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!” (1 Nephi 11:20–21).

When the Savior was 12, He taught in the temple. He explained to His anxious parents that He was about His Father’s business (see Luke 2:42–49).

That business was accomplished as He went forward fulfilling His earthly mission. The Savior describes the culmination of that mission in these stirring words:

“I came unto my own, and my own received me not. And the scriptures concerning my coming are fulfilled.”

“And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons [and daughters] of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name, for behold, by me redemption cometh, and in me is the law of Moses fulfilled” (3 Nephi 9:16–17).

His promise that we can become His sons and daughters will be realized as we believe in Him and exercise faith in Him unto obedience. Then we will be prepared to receive the gift of eternal life.

He said: “Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. … In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters” (Ether 3:14).

May we take time this Christmas season to renew our covenants to follow the Savior and to do His will, just as He did the will of our Heavenly Father. As we do so, the words of King Benjamin’s people, recorded 125 years before the Savior’s birth, will be fulfilled for us today: “O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receiveforgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men” (Mosiah 4:2).

FHE Treat

Treat


Fruity Candy Popcorn & Homemade Dulce de Leche

Fruity Candy Popcorn

IngredientscandyPop

  1. 8 cups popped popcorn
  2. 1/4 C butter (that’s half a stick)
  3. 3 T light corn syrup (honey is a good substitute)
  4. 1/2 C sugar
  5. 1 3.5oz box jello, any flavor (not the sugar free kind)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a jelly roll pan with foil or parchment. If using foil, spray lightly with non-stick spray and set aside. Place popcorn in an extra large mixing bowl.
  2. Place butter and syrup in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until butter is melted. Add sugar and Jello and stir to combine.
  3. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so it just simmers. Continue simmering for 5 minutes.
  4. After the sugar mixture simmers for 5 minutes, immediately pour over popcorn in bowl. Be careful, it’s super hot!! Mix right away and keep stirring so everything gets well coated. Spread mixture onto prepared pan and spread out evenly.
  5. Pop in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool to room temp. Then break into pieces and enjoy! You can certainly eat this un-baked as well and it’s just soft and gooey, but definitely bake it if you’re going to pack it up for giving, or serve it as party food so it will be light and crunchy.

(From Our Best Bites )


Homemade Dulce de Leche

IngredientsDulceLeche

Guacamole/Goat Cheese Layer

  1. 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Pour sweetened condensed milk into a shallow baking dish, such as a pie plate.  Cover very tightly with foil making sure all sides are covered and sealed.
  3. Place baking dish in a larger pan, such as a roasting pan.  Fill larger pan with hot water until water level reaches about half way up the baking dish.
  4. Cook for about 60 minutes and then check.  Color should be a rich caramel brown.
  5. Continue cooking if necessary, checking every 15 minutes.  Can take up to 90 minutes or more to reach proper level of doneness.
  6. When a medium caramel color is reached, remove from oven and let cool.  Whisk until smooth, store in fridge.
  7. Try it as a fruit dip, spread on bread, crackers, or cookies, on top of ice cream, as a filling for cupcakes, swirled into frosting or hot chocolate, or simply straight off the spoon.  It’s especially good with cold, crisp apple slices.

(From Our Best Bites )

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Five Christmas Gifts activity page —

President Monson said that we might want to think about which gifts the Lord would want us to give to Him or to others.

Circle the five children in the picture who are serving others. How are their actions gifts to Jesus?

2- Go Christmas Caroling as a family.

3- Make a Christmas countdown chain, with a scripture on each day. Here are some examples:

Jesus is born. (Luke 2:1–21)

Jesus calms the storm. (Mark 4:35–39)

Jesus feeds five thousand people. (Matthew 14:13–21)

Jesus teaches about the good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25–37)

Jesus heals the ten lepers. (Luke 17:11–19)

Jesus atones for our sins in Gethsemane. (Luke 22:41–45)

Jesus appears to the Nephites in the Americas after His Resurrection. (3 Nephi 11:8–17)

Jesus teaches the Nephites about the sacrament. (3 Nephi 18:1–12)

 

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About Aleah Ingram

Aleah Ingram
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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    thank you for these lesson ideas. i print them up for my less-active and non-LDS friends to help them strengthen family ties. Please keep them coming. Your efforts are very appreciated and much needed!!! Happy Holidays and have a wonderful Christmas.

    • FHE Lessons

      We love hearing how our readers use these lessons. Thank you so much for sharing them with others and have a wonderful Christmas!

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    Wondwerful, wonderful, wonderful! I used a large part of this lesson for my home teaching families. They loved it…some cried with renewed emotion and faith.
    Thank you.
    Love and Blessings to you all’
    M. Evans

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