Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
1. I often go walking in meadows of clover,
And I gather armfuls of blossoms of blue.
I gather the blossoms the whole meadow over;
Dear mother, all flowers remind me of you.
2. O mother, I give you my love with each flower
To give forth sweet fragrance a whole lifetime through;
For if I love blossoms and meadows and walking,
I learn how to love them, dear mother, from you.
*Suitable for All Ages*
(Language has been simplified for younger children. For teenagers or older groups, feel free to expand upon the ideas presented or adjust based on your family’s specific needs.)
Read aloud: Today we have a special lesson about mothers. Jesus Christ’s mother was named Mary and He loved her very much. When Jesus was on the cross, one of the last things He did was to tell his Apostle and friend John to take care of Mary. He said, “Behold thy mother,” telling John he was to love and help Mary like a son.
Jesus is our perfect example! We should be like Him and take care of our Moms! But before we can discuss what we can do for our Moms, we need to talk about what Moms do for us.
Ask: What are some things Moms do for us?
Read aloud: Heavenly Father has asked Moms to do a lot for us! Moms take care of us, love us, and teach us about Jesus Christ. Though being a Mom can be hard sometimes, Moms love being Moms.
If the mother is present in the home, or if you have another figure who acts as a mom, have them talk briefly about what they love about being a mom.
Just as Heavenly Father has asked Moms to do these things for us, He has asked us to love and respect our mothers. And just as Moms have so much joy from being moms, we can have joy when we serve them!
Ask: How can we show Moms we love them?
Read aloud: The Church has released a video giving us some ideas of what we can do to show Moms our love.
Ask: What are some ways the people in the video served their Moms?
Read aloud: This video lists 5 things we can do for moms this Mother’s Day! Listen for one that you really want to try:
- Write a note to Mom
- Give an hour to Mom helping her
- Get to know Mom
- Record a memory of Mom
- Give back to Moms everywhere (visit this link to learn more)
Finish the lesson by discussing as a family which one they want to do, then setting aside a time to do it. Discuss how you can continue serving Moms all year long and not just on Mother’s Day. Finish the lesson with your testimony on the importance of mothers and loving one another.
Flower Pot Cupcakes or Cheesecake Filled Strawberries
-Chocolate cupcake mix (or your favorite recipe)
-Fondant (found at most grocery stores or baking-supply stores}
-Mini cupcake pan
-Mini cupcake liners
-Food coloring of choice
-Mini terra-cotta pots (found at most gardening stores)
Step 1: Make the chocolate cupcakes.
Step 2: While the cupcakes are baking, prep the fondant by separating it into sections and adding desired food coloring. Knead each colored fondant until completely blended.
Step 3: Roll out each fondant color using a rolling pin until you have a thin, smooth layer.
Step 4: Using a butter knife, cut out leaf shapes from the green fondant, and flower shapes from the colors you’ve chosen. (Tip: To make flowers, cut out a five-petal flower shape. Hold the shape between your fingers and pinch the middle of the flower together to create a 3D effect.)
Step 5: When the cupcakes have cooled, add the leaf and flower designs on top. (Tip: Cut a little hole in the top of each cupcake to place the middle of each flower.)
Step 6: Place each cupcake in a mini terra-cotta pot.
(Courtesy of Building Blocks)
-1 lb large strawberries
-1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
-1/4 – 1/2 cup powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/4 – 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top and clean out with a paring knife, if necessary (some of them are hollow already. Prep all of the strawberries and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill the strawberries with cheesecake mixture.
Once strawberries are filled, sprinkle or dip the tops with graham cracker crumbs. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.
(Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything)
Mother’s Day Plates or Favorite Mom Stories
-Glass opaque paint
-Sponge (also bought this at the 99 Cent Store)
1. Run the plate through the dishwasher, this will also take off any of those annoying stickers on the bottom!
2. Write your message with a Sharpie. Doing this first will make it easier to center whatever you are painting in the middle.
3. Cut the sponge into a heart shape, use the paint brush to paint color onto the sponge. Cover generously. Then use the sponge like a stamp onto the center of the plate. Let paint dry completely. I actually took a hairdryer to in on the cool setting for about 10 minutes!
4. Use the paint brush to apply an even, thin layer of paint on your thumb. Carefully press onto the center of the heart. Let dry.
5. To cure the plate for use, stick the plate into unheated oven and set the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes, then let cool completely. DO NOT put the plate in a pre-heated oven, or you’ll risk having the glass shatter. The glass needs to heat gradually with the oven. After the plate is cured, you’re good to go, and it’s topshelf dishwasher safe!
(Courtesy of Boardwalks and Boulevards)
Favorite Mom Stories
Have your Mom sit on the couch or in a chair. Give everyone a couple of minutes to think of their favorite memory of Mom and then have them recite it. You can tell them to act it out as dramatically or as humorously as possible if your children are older. You can also give them prompts, telling them to think of a time Mom helped them or a time Mom did something funny, etc.