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We learn so many things from our mothers. With Mother's Day only a week away, check out this great family home evening lesson on mothers! Scripture: Alma 56:48 Hymn: Love at Home or Mother Dear Lesson: The Secret Mother's Day Present or Stripling Warriors Treat: Strawberry Sparklers or Carrot Patch Cookies Activity: Mother May I? or Make Mother's Day Cards •View entire lesson...

Mother’s (Mother’s Day)

FHE Scripture

Scripture


Alma 56 : 48

48. And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

FHE Lesson Hymn

Hymn

Love at Home Hymn 294 OR Mother Dear–Primary Song #206

Love at Home

1. There is beauty all around
When there’s love at home;
There is joy in ev’ry sound
When there’s love at home.
Peace and plenty here abide,
Smiling sweet on ev’ry side.
Time doth softly, sweetly glide
When there’s love at home.
Love at home, love at home;
Time doth softly, sweetly glide
When there’s love at home.

2. In the cottage there is joy
When there’s love at home;
Hate and envy ne’er annoy
When there’s love at home.
Roses bloom beneath our feet;
All the earth’s a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete
When there’s love at home.
Love at home, love at home;
Making life a bliss complete
When there’s love at home.

3. Kindly heaven smiles above
When there’s love at home;
All the world is filled with love
When there’s love at home.
Sweeter sings the brooklet by;
Brighter beams the azure sky.
Oh, there’s One who smiles on high
When there’s love at home.
Love at home, love at home;
Oh, there’s One who smiles on high
When there’s love at home.

Mother Dear

1. Mother dear, I love you so.
Your happy, smiling face
Is such a joy to look at;
It makes home a lovely place.

2. Mother dear, I love you so.
Your lovely, shining eyes
Are just like stars that twinkle
Way up in the bright blue skies.

3. Mother dear, I love you so.
I’ll try the whole day through
To please our Heav’nly Father.
I’m so glad he gave me you.

FHE Lesson

Lesson


*For Younger Children* Share the following story about Teddy & Cecil’s Mother’s Day present and discuss the questions at the end of the story. (Jeanne Burgon, “The Secret Mother’s Day Present”, Friend, May 1986)

Teddy pounded up the stairs and right past Cecil. “What’s up?” yelled Cecil as his big brother ran by. Teddy didn’t answer, so Cecil followed him into the bedroom, where Teddy was already shaking his robot bank as hard as he could. A nickel fell out, and the rattling stopped.

“Rats,” said Teddy.

“Rats, what?” asked Cecil.

“A nickel’s no good.”

“Oh, I don’t know,” said Cecil. “I wouldn’t mind having a nickel. I’d give it to Freddy Jackson so he’d let me play with his toad. Did you know that toads don’t really give you warts?”

“I’m not interested in warts,” said Teddy. “Or toads. I’m interested in Mother’s Day.”

“Mother’s Day? I’d rather talk about toads. Did you know—”

“Listen a minute, will you?” interrupted Teddy. “Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. We need to get a present for Mom, and all I have is a crummy nickel!” Teddy looked at his brother. “Cecil, old pal,” he said, “you’ll help me out, won’t you? After all, who’s your best friend if it isn’t your own brother?”

“Freddy Jackson,” Cecil answered promptly. “He lets me play with his toad.”

“Listen, Cecil, this isn’t for me; it’s for Mom. Maybe I’m not your best friend, but she’s a good mom, isn’t she?”

“Yeah,” agreed Cecil. “She is. So what do you want?”

“Money for a present, of course,” said Teddy. “How much do you have?”

“None,” Cecil answered.

None? What about that dollar you earned last week?”

“Gone.”

“Already? What did you do with it?”

“Ten cents for tithing and fifty cents for ice cream that I just happened to share with my big brother.” Cecil looked hard at Teddy.

“Oh, yeah,” said Teddy, scuffing his toe on the carpet. “I forgot about that. But that still leaves forty cents.”

Cecil shook his head. “Twenty-five cents for a glider. The one youaccidently stepped on.”

“Oh,” said Teddy, scuffing his toe harder. “Sorry about that. But what about the last fifteen cents?”

“Three turns with Freddy Jackson’s toad,” answered Cecil. “Have you ever seen a toad catch flies? He sticks out his tongue and—”

“So all we have is a lousy nickel,” interrupted Teddy. “What can we get Mom with a nickel?”

“Well …” Cecil said. Suddenly his face brightened. “Hey! Maybe she’d like to play with Freddy Jackson’s toad.”

“You have to be joking,” said Teddy. “Now think!” He paced around the room with his face all scrunched up, thinking.

After a minute Cecil said, “Maybe we could earn some money.”

“But it’s already Saturday afternoon,” Teddy pointed out. “By the time we earn any money, the stores will all be closed. And Mother’s Day is tomorrow.”

“Maybe we could cut some flowers from the garden,” suggested Cecil.

“Oh, great,” said Teddy. “I’m sure Mom would just love a present she grew herself. You’re full of wonderful ideas, aren’t you?”

“At least I’m trying,” said Cecil. “I don’t hear much coming from you.”

Now both boys were pacing the floor.

“Hey!” Teddy yelped a couple minutes later, stopping so suddenly that Cecil ran into him. “I do have an idea! Listen.” He bent over and whispered into Cecil’s ear.

Cecil’s forehead wrinkled while he thought. Finally he smiled. “Not bad,” he said, “but we’ll have to keep it a secret. A secret Mother’s Day present.”

The next morning Cecil woke up, hopped out of bed, and jumped on top of Teddy. “Good morning!” he said loudly, right in his brother’s ear.

“Good morning, yourself,” muttered Teddy as he tried to roll over to go back to sleep. Cecil hit him with a pillow. Teddy laughed, and the boys wrestled until all the covers were on the floor. When Teddy stopped laughing enough to talk, he said, “Do you remember our secret present for Mom?”

“Yup,” said Cecil.

“This is going to be fun,” said Teddy.

“Yup,” said Cecil.

“Is ‘Yup’ all you can say?” asked Teddy.

“Yup.”

The boys washed, dressed for church, and straightened their room. They were making breakfast when Mom walked into the kitchen.

“What’s going on?” she asked. “Why are you boys up already? And washed and dressed and even making breakfast? What’s the occasion?”

“Why, nothing,” said Cecil, setting the table as casually as if he had done it every day of his life.

After breakfast the boys did the dishes. Then the family went to church. Teddy and Cecil sat quietly all through the meetings. Cecil didn’t even giggle when Freddy Jackson passed him a picture he had drawn of a toad that looked like Teddy.

On the way home Mom said to Dad, “Did you ever see two better-behaved boys in church?”

“Never,” agreed Dad.

Teddy and Cecil smiled at each other.

As soon as they got home, the boys changed into playclothes and put away their Sunday clothes. “Now,” said Teddy, “I’ll set the table while you help Mom in the kitchen.”

“OK,” said Cecil.

“And remember,” Teddy warned, “don’t give away our secret.”

“Who, me?” said Cecil as he ran downstairs.

During dinner, the boys were very polite. They said, “please” and “thank you” and ate all their vegetables. No one spilled anything or argued or teased. Finally Mom asked if they were feeling all right.

“Of course,” said Teddy.

“We’re fine,” said Cecil. “By the way, we’ll wash the dishes, Mom.”

“Now I know they’re sick!” Dad said with a laugh.

That evening Dad came into the family room, where Mom was reading. “I think you’d better look at something,” he said.

“What’s wrong?” asked Mom, jumping up quickly.

“Nothing, I just want you to see this. I think it’s a Mother’s Day present.”

Mom and Dad walked into the living room. In the middle of the floor was a bumpy-looking mound covered by a striped sheet with a bow on top.

“What on earth … ,” Mom began.

“I told you,” Dad said. “A Mother’s Day present.”

Just then something under the sheet squirmed.

“A squirmy Mother’s Day present,” said Mom.

Then something giggled.

“A squirmy, giggly Mother’s Day present,” said Dad.

Then something else went, “Sssh!”

“A squirmy, giggly, sssh-y Mother’s Day present,” said Mom. “This I must see.”

She pulled off the sheet. Teddy and Cecil were huddled together on the floor, grinning.

“Surprise!” they said together. “Happy Mother’s Day! We’re your Mother’s Day present,” said Teddy, “the two good boys you always want us to be. Today we did everything we could to be good and make you happy. Aren’t we a good present?”

“The best I’ve ever had,” said Mom, giving them both a hug.

Discuss the following questions:
How much money did Teddy have in his piggy bank?
Why did Teddy want money?
What did Teddy and Cecil do for Mother’s day?
Did mother like Teddy and Cecil’s Mother’s Day present?
Are mothers important? Why?

*For Teenagers or Adults* Brainstorm and create a list of mothers that are mentioned in the scriptures. Read Alma 53 and 56. Discuss together the story of the Stripling Warriors. Discuss mothers and what they have taught us.

Brainstorm and make a list of mothers that appear in the scriptures. Here are a few examples: Eve, Samuel’s mother, Mary, Sariah, Joseph Smith’s mother, etc.

Read Alma 53-56.

Who were the stripling warriors?
Why did they have such great faith?
What had their mothers taught them?
What has your mother taught you?

FHE Treat

Treat

Strawberry Sparklers or Carrot Patch Cookies

Strawberry Sparklers

Ingredients:

1 pint fresh strawberries
1/4 cup colored sugar
4 ounces softened cream cheese
2 teaspoons confectioners sugar
4 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. Wash the whole berries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Fill a shallow bowl with colored sugar (you can buy this at the grocery store or mix your own by stirring two drops of food coloring into 1/4 cup of sugar).

2. In a mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese, confectioners sugar, milk, and vanilla extract with a fork until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if needed to achieve the desired consistency.

3. Holding the berries by their stems, your kids can dip them into the cream cheese mixture, roll them in the sugar, and enjoy.

Carrot Patch Cookies

Ingredients:

Orange Mike and Ike candies
Green gummy candy (we used Rips licorice pieces, which are flat)
Nabisco Biscos sugar wafer cookies
Chocolate frosting
Chocolate wafer cookie crumbs

Instructions:

1- To make each carrot, cut a slit in one end of a Mike and Ike candy with a sharp knife (an adult’s job). Cut a small triangle from the green gummy candy (if needed, roll it flat), then fringe the base to form leaves. Tuck the triangle into the slit of the Mike and Ike and pinch it closed.

2- For each carrot planter, place a wafer cookie base on a flat surface. Form the longer walls from two whole cookies and cut a third one to fit the shorter ends. Attach the pieces with frosting.

3- To fill four planters, combine 2 tablespoons frosting with 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs. Fill each box with the mixture, then press three candy carrots inside. If needed, add more of the frosting mixture to hold the carrots in place.

(Recipes taken from Familyfun.go.com)

FHE Game / Activity

Activity


1- Play Mother May I?

2- Make mothers card for women in you ward or for you grandmothers.

3- Do the Hats Off to Mother Activity.

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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.

2 comments

  1. I love this lesson, not only am I using it for my kids but I am also making the strawberrie’s for my Relief Society class I teach on Mother’s Day. I wanted something simple but different to treat the ladies on Mother’s Day and the best part is my kids can help me make them!

    Great Lesson!

    • Breanne

      I am glad to hear that the treat is going to work great for the Relief Society sisters on Mother’s Day! Let us know how they turn out.

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