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How to Make Sacrifices - Memorial Day FHE Lesson

How to Make Sacrifices – Memorial Day FHE Lesson

This Memorial Day FHE Lesson is about how we can make sacrifices in our own lives and appreciate the sacrifices made by others.



John 15:13

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



America the Beautiful, Hymn #338

1. Oh, beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

2. Oh, beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat
Across the wilderness!

America! America!
God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

3. Oh, beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!

America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine.

4. Oh, beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.




*Suitable for All Ages*

Begin by watching the video below. If you have young children, watch the video ahead of time and determine if it is suitable for your child. If it is not, begin by sharing a brief summary of what Memorial Day is.

Read aloud: On Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who have died while serving our country. Because of their great sacrifice, we get to enjoy many wonderful freedoms. The principle of sacrifice is one of the most important principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we make a sacrifice, we give something up for the benefit of someone else. Jesus Christ is the greatest example of sacrifice.

Christ sacrificed His life for all of us; because of His sacrifice, called in the scriptures an infinite and eternal sacrifice, we can return to live with Heavenly Father and become like Him. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ ask us to make sacrifices today.

Ask: What are some things Christ asks us to sacrifice today?

Read aloud: Making sacrifices can be very difficult. (Share any personal experiences you may have). We can learn a lot about how to make sacrifices by remembering all of those who have died in the military.Even though we are not asked to give up our lives like they did, we can honor their memory by following their example.

Here are some ways our fallen heros, and everyone in the military, have taught us to sacrifice:

  • They sacrifice bravely.
  • They put others first.
  • They do not hesitate to act.
  • They know what they are making sacrifices for and why.
  • They are humble about their sacrifice.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks said:

“Our lives of service and sacrifice are the most appropriate expressions of our commitment to serve the Master and our fellowmen…Latter-day Saints look on their sacrifices of time and means as a part of their schooling and qualifying for eternity.”

Ask: What do we learn by making sacrifices?

Finish by bearing your testimony of making sacrifices and how it can draw us closer to Christ. Express your gratitude for the freedoms you enjoy. If appropriate, discuss how you can support those in your community who have lost loved ones in the military.



Related Products



Celebration Pretzel Sticks or Panna Cotta and Raspberry Parfaits 

Celebration Pretzel Sticks


-Pretzel Rods
-Red, white, and blue candy melts
-Red, white, and blue sprinkles


Melt the white candy melts and dip your pretzel rods so 3/4 of the rod is covered. Place on a sheet of wax paper and allow to harden. Melt red and blue candy melts and drizzle over the pretzel rods. Immediately add sprinkles. To completely coat your pretzel rod in sprinkles, sprinkle directly onto the pretzel rod after you dip it completely in the candy melts. Allow to harden and store in a cool place.

(Courtesy of Lady Behind the Curtain)

Panna Cotta and Raspberry Parfaits 

-24 oz. red raspberries
-1 1/2 C. sugar
-3 1/4 tsp unflavored gelatin
-2 tsp unflavored gelatin
-1 3/4 C. whole milk
-1/2 C. heavy cream
-1/3 C. sugar
-1 lb. blueberries


1. In a medium to large saucepan, combine the raspberries and the sugar over low heat. Stir and smash berries until the fruit is pulverized and the sugar has melted. About 10 minutes. The mixture should be loose and very liquid. Over 1/3 cup cold water sprinkle the 3 1/4 tsp gelatin over the surface and stir, allowing it to dissolve. Once the raspberries are liquid, spoon the softened gelatin into the mixture and stir to dissolve further.

2. Strain the raspberries through a mesh sieve using a rubber spatula to press out the juices, leaving the seeds remaining. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.

3. Make the Panna Cotta: Meanwhile in a separate saucepan combine the whole milk, heavy cream and the remaining 1/3 cup sugar. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Over 1/3 cup cold water add the 2 tsp gelatin and allow to dissolve. Once dissolved add to the hot milk mixture and stir to combine. Allow to cool to room temperature.

4. Begin filling glasses by using the red gelatin first. I used a small funnel to get the mixture into the glasses neatly. 3 T of raspberry gelatin for the first and subsequently layers works perfectly. You may have a little extra left over. Refrigerate the first layer 1 hour. Layer the panna cotta mixture next, using a different funnel if desired, 3 T. of mixture. Refrigerate 1 hour. Repeat with two additional layers for a total of 4.

If the mixtures begin to thicken, heat them slightly over low heat until liquid again. Allow to cool a bit before layering them.

When ready to serve, wash blueberries and place decoratively on top. Enjoy!

(Courtesy of Pink Patisserie)




See our list of 6 things you can do this Memorial Day to honor those who have served our country here. 


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