D&C 25:12 says "..the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me...". Music is, indeed, a powerful way to bring us closer to Heavenly Father. Check out this great family home evening lesson on Music! Scripture: D&C 45:71 Hymn:Hum Your Favorite Hymn or Praise to the Lord the Almighty or Other Favorite Hymns/Songs Lesson: Sing and Dance to favorite Music or Share favorite songs and discuss the power of music Treat: Simply Strawberry Crumble or Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies Activity: Family Orchestra or Outdoor Game •View entire lesson...

Music

FHE Scripture

Scripture

D&C 45:71

71 – And it shall come to pass that the righteous shall be gathered out from among all nations, and shall come to Zion, singing with songs of everlasting joy.

1. If on occasion you have found
Your language is in question,
Or ugly thoughts come to your mind,
Then here’s a good suggestion.

Just hum your favorite hymn,
Sing out with vigor and vim,
And you will find it clears your mind.
Hum your favorite hymn.

2. Before you say an angry word,
Remember you’ll regret it,
For once it’s said the harm is done,
And some folks won’t forget it.

Praise to the Lord the Almighty1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
Join the great throng,
Psaltery, organ and song,
Sounding in glad adoration!

2. Praise to the Lord! Over all things he gloriously reigneth.
Borne as on eagle wings, safely his Saints he sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen
How all thou needest hath been
Granted in what he ordaineth?

3. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy way and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee.
Ponder anew
What the Almighty can do,
Who with his love doth befriend thee.

4. Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath breath, join with Abraham’s seed to adore him!
Let the “amen”
Sum all our praises again,
Now as we worship before him.

 

FHE Lesson

Lesson

*For Younger Children*  Sing and Dance to favorite songs. Discuss the power of music. Watch/Listen to “I Am a Child of God” by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Testify of the power of uplifting music.

Sing and Dance to favorite songs.

Play, sing, or have family members name several of their favorite songs. These may range from hymns to classical selections to currently popular songs.

Point out that music has great power over us; some music makes us want to dance, some makes us want to march, some makes us want to sit and think. Have the family participate by marching to some marching music and dancing to some dancing music.

Discuss the power of music.

Have family members analyze how each of the songs they have named makes them feel. Which of the pieces make them feel closer to our Father in Heaven, and which ones would not make them feel close to him? Are there any that would not be pleasing to him?

Point out that music has great power to inspire us and to bring us closer to our Father in Heaven and that it also has the power to encourage evil thoughts and acts. Give examples of some of your favorite songs (Hymns or other songs) that bring you closer to Heavenly Father. Explain how these songs help you feel the spirit.

Suggest that your family adopt a standard of singing, playing, or listening only to music that is pleasing to the Lord.

Watch the following video of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing a familiar primary song. Encourage your young children to sing along with them and pay attention to how they feel.

Testify of  power of uplifting music.

*For Teenagers or Adults* Sing family member’s  favorite songs. Discuss the power of music. Watch the video of Jenny Oaks Baker, Grammy Award winning violinst. Testify of the power of uplifting music.

Sing favorite songs.

Have each family member take a turn to name one of their favorite songs. These may range from hymns to classical selections to currently popular songs. Together as a family sing, or listen to the song

Discuss the power of music.

Point out that music has great power over us. Some music makes us happy and makes us feel like we want to dance. Some music makes us sad. Some music makes us think. Some music drives the spirit away, and some brings the spirit into our lives.

Have family members analyze how each of the songs they have named makes them feel. Which of the pieces make them feel closer to our Father in Heaven, and which ones would not make them feel close to him? Are there any that would not be pleasing to him?

Point out that music has great power to inspire us and to bring us closer to our Father in Heaven and that it also has the power to encourage evil thoughts and acts. Give examples of some of your favorite songs (Hymns or other songs) that bring you closer to Heavenly Father. Explain how these songs help you feel the spirit.

Suggest that your family adopt a standard of singing, playing, or listening only to music that is pleasing to the Lord.

Watch the following video as Jenny Oaks Baker, Grammy Award Winning violinist, explains how the the power of music is blessing in hers and her family’s life.

Testify of  power of uplifting music.

 

FHE Treat

Treat

Simply Strawberry Crumble or Healthy, Impossibly Easy Banana “Ice Cream”

Simple Strawberry Crumble

Ingredients:

1½ cup Strawberries
½ Lemon, Juiced
3 Tablespoons Flour, Divided
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
⅛ teaspoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Grapeseed Or Canola Oil
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray 4 half-cup ramekins with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix the strawberries, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of flour until blended. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix oats, the remaining flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together until mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stream into the oat mixture and stir with a fork until all the liquid is well-incorporated into the dry. Spoon 1/3 cup of the topping ingredients into the strawberry mixture and stir.

Divide the strawberry mixture evenly among the ramekins and divide the oat mixture evenly on top of the strawberries.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the strawberries are tender and the topping is golden brown and crisp.

Note: Swap out the strawberries for any fruit that you like. A mixture of various berries would be delicious!

Healthy, Impossibly Easy Banana “Ice Cream”

Ingredients: 

3 whole Bananas

Instructions:

Peel the bananas and cut them into 1/2 slices. Place them on a plate and freeze overnight.

Let bananas sit for about 5 minutes so it’s easier to get them off the plate.

Slide them in a blender and puree until smooth. This took me a while, but be patient!

Serve immediately and enjoy!

(Recipes taken from www.TastyKitchen.com)

 

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

1- Family Orchestra – Form a family orchestra, using the instruments the various family members play. If family members do not play traditional instruments, form an orchestra using such things as kitchen utensils, kazoos, and tissue-paper combs.

2- As it is getting warmer, play a fun outdoor game such as tag or duck – duck – goose!

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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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