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Jesus Christ led a perfect life and is the perfect example. We must learn to follow his examples and apply his teachings to our daily lives. Check out this great family home evening lesson on Jesus Christ, Our Example. Scripture: John 8:12 Hymn: Teach Me to Walk in the Light or Come Follow Me Lesson: "John Was Happy" or Examples of Jesus Christ Treat: Creamy Pear Pie or Strawberries and Cream Pudding Pops Activity: "Do As I Do" or Service •View entire lesson...

Jesus Christ, Our Example

FHE Scripture

Scripture

 John 8:12

12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

1. (Child) Teach me to walk in the light of his love;
Teach me to pray to my Father above;
Teach me to know of the things that are right;
Teach me, teach me to walk in the light.

2. (Parent) Come, little child, and together we’ll learn
Of his commandments, that we may return
Home to his presence, to live in his sight
Always, always to walk in the light.

3. (Both) Father in Heaven, we thank thee this day
For loving guidance to show us the way.
Grateful, we praise thee with songs of delight!
Gladly, gladly we’ll walk in the light.

Come Follow Me

1. “Come, follow me,” the Savior said.
Then let us in his footsteps tread,
For thus alone can we be one
With God’s own loved, begotten Son.

2. “Come, follow me,” a simple phrase,
Yet truth’s sublime, effulgent rays
Are in these simple words combined
To urge, inspire the human mind.

3. Is it enough alone to know
That we must follow him below,
While trav’ling thru this vale of tears?
No, this extends to holier spheres.

4. Not only shall we emulate
His course while in this earthly state,
But when we’re freed from present cares,
If with our Lord we would be heirs.

5. We must the onward path pursue
As wider fields expand to view,
And follow him unceasingly,
Whate’er our lot or sphere may be.

6. For thrones, dominions, kingdoms, pow’rs,
And glory great and bliss are ours,
If we, throughout eternity,
Obey his words, “Come, follow me.”

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children*  Teach using the “I Am the Light of the World” object lesson. Tell the story “John Was Happy” Make a chart to help follow Christ’s Example. Testify of the perfect and wonderful example of Jesus Christ.

Demonstrate how Jesus Christ is the light of the world through the “I Am the Light of the World” object lesson.

Turn out all the lights in the house, or use a blindfold if it is still light. Ask one of the family members to perform a difficult task, such as writing a sentence on a piece of paper or finding several household items and putting them in one place. Then turn on the lights or remove the blindfold, and show how easily the same task can be done in the light.

Have a family member read aloud John 8:12.

  • How is Jesus the Light of the World? (He is the one who lights our way.)
  • How does he give us light? (He gave us his example and teachings.)
  • Why is it easier to make the right decisions with the aid of Jesus’ light? (His examples and teachings light the way for us. We can see the paths we should take more clearly.)
Memorize John 8:12 together as a family. Then sing “Teach Me to Walk in the Light”, if you have not already.
In your own words, tell how Jesus was always loving, kind, and truthful. Explain to your children in simple terms the idea of asking yourself, “What would the Lord have me do?” Then read the following story about John:

 

John Was Happy

John was on his way to school. He was hurrying because he wanted to have fun playing before school began. He passed Jenny. She was on her tricycle. But she was not riding. She was just sitting there. Jenny was only three, and John was six.

John said, “Hello, Jenny.” Then he saw that Jenny was crying. John stopped. “What is the matter, Jenny?” he asked.

“I can’t find my house,” Jenny cried. John knew where Jenny’s house was, but if he stopped to take her home, he wouldn’t get to school in time to play.

  • What would you do if you were John?
  • What would the Lord want John to do?

John didn’t want to stop, but when he saw the tears on Jenny’s face, he couldn’t leave her there lost. He said, “Don’t cry anymore, Jenny. I’ll take you home.” He helped her turn her tricycle in the right direction and walked beside her. Jenny stopped crying. When she saw her house, she looked happy.

  • How do you think John felt?
  • How do you think he would have felt if he had left Jenny crying and had gone to school in time to play?

Following Christ’s Example

You may wish to display a picture of Jesus on a chart. Below it, down the left side, write the name of each child. Draw a line across the paper separating each name.

When a child does something to make someone happy, let him paste or tape a happy face in his space.

Let the children make the happy faces during the home evening. The outline can be made by tracing around a coin or button.

Testify of the perfect and wonderful example of Jesus Christ.

*For Teenagers or Adults* Teach using the “I Am the Light of the World” object lesson. Memorize John 8:12. Discuss ways Jesus Christ is an example to us. Testify of the perfect and wonderful example of Jesus Christ.

 

Demonstrate how Jesus Christ is the light of the world through the “I Am the Light of the World” object lesson

Turn out all the lights in the house, or use a blindfold if it is still light. Ask one of the family members to perform a difficult task, such as writing a sentence on a piece of paper or finding several household items and putting them in one place. Then turn on the lights or remove the blindfold, and show how easily the same task can be done in the light.

Have a family member read aloud John 8:12.

  • How is Jesus the Light of the World? (He is the one who lights our way.)
  • How does he give us light? (He gave us his example and teachings.)
  • Why is it easier to make the right decisions with the aid of Jesus’ light? (His examples and teachings light the way for us. We can see the paths we should take more clearly.)

Memorize John 8:12 together as a family. Then sing “Teach Me to Walk in the Light.”

What are some of the things for which Jesus has given us his example, things that apply to our own lives?

Direct your discussion according to the needs of your family. Following are some examples:

  1. He showed us the way to be baptized (Matthew 3:13–17).
  2. He loved little children (Mark 10:13–16).
  3. He helped the sick and the handicapped (Mark 6:53–56, 7:31–35).
  4. He was kind (John 4:6–10).
  5. He did not get angry with those who offended him (Matthew 27:29–31).
  6. He forgave those who were cruel to him (Luke 23:34).
  7. He showed us how to pray (Matthew 6:5–13).
  8. He taught the importance of truth (John 8:32).
  9. He resisted all temptation (Matthew 4:2–10).

In your discussion, show how Jesus always chose to do the will of the Father. He exemplified the principle of love toward others.

Testify of the perfect and wonderful example of Jesus Christ.

FHE Treat

Treat

Creamy Pear Pie or Strawberries and Cream Pudding Pops

Creamy Pear Pie

Ingredients:

pie crust
About 1 1/2 lb. firm (not too ripe, not too green) pears, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
3 oz. cream cheese (from a block, not from a tub)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Topping
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450.

Roll the bottom of the pie crust into the pie plate.

Toss the sliced pears in the flour. Arrange them evenly over the pie crust in the pie plate. Set aside.

In the jar of a blender, combine the sweetened condensed milk, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and cream cheese. Blend until smooth. Pour evenly over the pear mixture. Use the remaining pie crust to form the top of the pie (we like to make a lattice top crust). Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 450 for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 and bake for another 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the creamy mixture has thickened but not solidified. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. This pie can be served warm or cold, preferably with ice cream or sweetened whipped cream.

Strawberries and Cream Pudding Pops

Ingredients: 

1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 C milk
6oz vanilla yogurt (strawberry is great too)
12 medium strawberries (about 1 3/4-2 C roughly chopped)
2-3 T sugar

Instructions:

Remove stems from berries and pulse with 2 T sugar in a food processor until completely smooth. Taste and add more sugar if needed. You should have just over a cup of puree. Set aside.

In a blender combine pudding, yogurt, and milk and blend until combined. Layer or swirl the pudding mixture with the strawberry mixture in popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

(Recipes taken from www.OurBestBites.com )

 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1-Play “Do as I Do.” – Each member of the family takes a turn as leader. The leader stands in front of the others and performs some action like clapping, touching his nose, winking, or saying something. The rest of the group then imitates his actions. Parents or the one conducting the family home evening may want to be leader after the others have had a turn so they can introduce a few examples of reverent behavior for the others to follow, such as folding arms or kneeling as if for prayer. Discuss the idea of using Jesus as our example.

2- Serve a neighbor or extended family member.

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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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    I felt the spirit.

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