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Understanding Diversity – FHE Lesson

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Scripture

Revelation 7:9-10

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

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Hymn

We Are Different, Children’s Songbook, Pg. 263

1. I know you, and you know me.
We are as diff’rent as the sun and the sea.
I know you, and you know me,
And that’s the way it is supposed to be.

2. I help you, and you help me.
We learn from problems, and we’re starting to see.
I help you, and you help me,
And that’s the way it is supposed to be.

3. I love you, and you love me.
We reach together for the best we can be.
I love you, and you love me,
And that’s the way it is supposed to be.

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Lesson

*Suitable for All Ages*

Begin by doing the following activity, courtesy of Kids Activities Blog:

Gather eggs of different colors. Examples could include a white egg, brown egg, spotted egg, etc. Give each member of your family or group a piece of paper and have them write down everything that is different about each egg. When they are done, ask them to describe the differences they expect to find with the yolks or insides of the eggs. Discuss what everyone thinks.

Distribute the eggs amongst your family and take turns breaking the eggs open onto a large plate. Then discuss with your family how the insides of each egg are essentially the same.

Understanding DiversityRead aloud: Heavenly Father has created all of his children to be different. We have different skin colors, different languages, different cultures, different families, different bodies, and different likes and dislikes. We all have our own ideas and thoughts and how we see things. This is the way Heavenly Father wanted it to be. (If you’d like, share the photo on the right with your family to illustrate the point.) 

Just like the eggs, we may all seem different on the outside. But to Heavenly Father, we are all his children. We should treat everyone like our brothers and sisters, and love them as Jesus Christ loves them. It doesn’t matter if they look different, talk different, or even believe differently than we do. Heavenly Father and Christ has commanded us to love everyone and treat all people with respect.  In this way we can be united as children of God, in spite of our differences.

Watch the video: 

 

Ask: Even though the people in this video had many differences, what were some things they have in common? [Followers of Christ, find joy in families, have received blessings and comfort from Gospel, etc.]

Discuss with your family how you can be more tolerant and loving to those who are different. This can include not pointing or staring at those who look differently than we do, not excluding people because they are different, using vulgar terms for those of different races, and how we can proactive in learning about other cultures.

 For teenagers, adults, and young single adult groups, you can also discuss Elder Oak’s talk, Loving Others and Living with Differences.

 

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Treat

Colorblind Cookies or Pecan Pie



Colorblind Cookies

Ingredients: 
-2 Packages Betty Crocker Sugar Mix
-Butter (as directed on cookie mix)
0Eggs (as directed on cookie mix)
-Food coloring

Directions:

1. Make cookie mix as directed on package. Divide the dough into fourths and tint with various colors.

2. Cut out the cookies using a hand-shaped cookie cutter or by using a temple you cut from wax paper of your own hand. Then carefully remove hearts from the center and swap with another color.

3. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely before eating.

(Courtesy of Courtesy of Gourmet Mom on the Go)

 

Pioneer Woman’s Pecan Pie

Ingredients:

-1 whole, unbaked pie crust
-1 cup white sugar
-3 tablespoons brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup corn syrup
-3/4 tablespoons vanilla
-1/3 cup melted butter (salted)
-3 whole eggs, beaten
-1 cup (heaping) chopped pecans

Directions:

1. First, whip up your pie crust or prepare your store bought one.

2. Next, mix sugar, brown sugar, salt, corn syrup, butter, eggs, and vanilla together in a bowl.

3. Pour chopped pecans in the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.

4. Pour syrup mixture over the top. Cover top and crust lightly/gently with foil. Bake pie at 350º for 30 minutes. Remove foil, then continue baking for 20 minutes, being careful not to burn the crust or pecans.

5. NOTE: PIE SHOULD NOT BE OVERLY JIGGLY WHEN YOU REMOVE IT FROM THE OVEN. If it shakes a lot, cover with foil and bake for an additional 20 minute or until set. Required baking time seems to vary widely with this recipe. Sometimes it takes 50 minutes; sometimes it takes 75!

Allow to cool for several hours or overnight. Serve in thin slivers.

(Courtesy of Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman)

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Activity

 

Diversity Playdough or Meet the Mormons or Diversity Storytelling

Diversity Playdough

Playdough Recipe:

-3 cups flour
-3/4 cup salt
-3 tablespoons cream of tartar
-3 tablespoons oil
-3 cups water
-Food coloring

Directions:

1) Start by mixing your flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and water in a medium saucepan.

2) Whisk your ingredients together until your mixture is smooth and clump free.

4) Cook your playdough in the saucepan over medium heat, mixing constantly with a wooden spoon or a spatula.

5) Mix until it takes on a dough-like consistency.

5) When it looks done remove from the pan on to your counter top and let cool until its easy to handle.

6) When it is cool enough to work with knead your playdough for an extra smooth consistency.

7) Let your playdough cool completely before children handle it and before you add in your colors.

Begin by having your children play with the white playdough. You could ask them to make a rainbow or another object. Then, have them add the food coloring and discuss the beauty of having diversity in our world and how the playdough is still playdough, despite what color it may be.

(Courtesy of Bon Bon Break)

 

Meet the Mormons Viewing Party

Meet the Mormons is a great film that showcases members of the church from different cultures and different races. If you live close to one of the theaters or visitor’s center, consider taking your family to see it. You can find a list of all locations here.

Diversity Storytelling

If a member of your family has served a mission or taken a trip to a foreign country, have them share some stories, pictures, and objects from the experience. This person can also be a member of your ward or your community.

 

 

 

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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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