Thanksgiving FHE Lesson – Give Thanks in All Circumstances

Thanksgiving FHE Lesson – Give Thanks in All Circumstances

Gratitude is a principle with a promise. As we give thanks to the Lord, we will be strengthened and find His hand working in our lives. This Thanksgiving FHE lesson helps us understand how to be grateful in all circumstances.

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Scripture

Luke 17:11-19

And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

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Hymn

Come, Ye Thankful People | Hymn #94

1. Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin.
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God’s own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.

2. All the world is God’s own field,
Fruit unto his praise to yield,
Wheat and tares together sown,
Unto joy or sorrow grown.
First the blade, and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear.
Lord of harvest, grant that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Song: Children All Over the World, Children’s Songbook, p. 16

Read: Luke 17:11-19

Act: Have one child act out the part of the grateful leper, one family member the part of the Savior, and the rest of the family act out the lepers who continued on their way after being cleansed.

Quote: “The ten lepers is about expressing gratitude, not just being grateful. All ten felt grateful. Jesus had healed them from a life of misery. They were healed. Only one took the time to come back and express gratitude. He was made whole. Don’t just feel grateful. Say something.” –Hank Smith

Ask: Why isn’t it enough to just feel thankful without expressing gratitude?

Video: President Nelson taught the importance of expressing gratitude in this short clip.

 

Make a video: Using a smartphone, have each family member record a short video of thanks for someone who deserves your thanks. Maybe it’s a grandparent, piano teacher, coach, primary teacher, co-worker, or neighbor. Record the video and then be sure to send it!

Quote: “Why does God command us to be grateful? All of His commandments are given to make blessings available to us. Commandments are opportunities to exercise our agency and to receive blessings. Our loving Heavenly Father knows that choosing to develop a spirit of gratitude will bring us true joy and great happiness.” – Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Testify: Expressing gratitude doesn’t only feel good to the person receiving thanks, it also brings joy to us as we remember our blessings. Tell each family member something about them you are thankful for and close the lesson.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Listen, Watch, Or Sing: Come, Ye Thankful People, Hymn #94

Video: Watch this video called, “In the Spirit of Thanksgiving” with clips from Elder Dallin H. Oaks about being grateful no matter our circumstance because God is watching over us and knows our needs.

 

Ask and Teach: At 1:14 into this clip, a young man in the video kept mentioning things like, I’m thankful for “when someone doesn’t get in a fight on the train” or about being grateful when it doesn’t happen that a cabbie yells out the window to get off the road.

Is this young man expressing true gratitude? Or is it a thinly veiled complaint?

Do our prayers to Heavenly Father ever sound like this? “I’d be really grateful if You…removed this burden…changed someone else’s heart…fixed this problem for me.” Is this an expression of gratitude? Or a thinly veiled complaint?

How can our prayers be more sincere expressions of gratitude for the blessings and circumstances we find ourselves in right now rather than waiting for better days ahead to be grateful?

Quote: “We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain?” –Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Quote and Invitation: President Thomas S. Monson counseled, “I would like to mention three instances where I believe a sincere “thank you” could lift a heavy heart, inspire a good deed, and bring heaven’s blessings closer to the challenges of our day.

“First, may I ask that we express thanks to our parents for life, for caring, for sacrificing, for laboring to provide a knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s plan for happiness….

“Next, have we thought on occasion of a certain teacher at school or at church who seemed to quicken our desire to learn, who instilled in us a commitment to live with honor? …

“Third, I mention an expression of “thank you” to one’s peers. The teenage years can be difficult for the teens themselves as well as for their parents.”

Take the time now to express thanks to parents, teachers, or peers who have blessed your life. You can do this through a card, phone call, or video (recorded and sent).

Testify and Close: Expressing gratitude not only lifts the person receiving thanks, but it helps us to open our perspective and take joy in the abundance of gifts Heavenly Father has provided—even when circumstances are difficult. Being filled with gratitude means being filled with joy.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Listen, Watch, Or Sing: Come, Ye Thankful People, Hymn #94

Read: Luke 17:11-19 (See above)

Ponder: What made most cleansed, but only one whole? A recognition of our blessings acknowledged in our words and our prayers can refine and fill the soul.

Watch: Corrie ten Boom and her sister Betsie were Christians from Holland who discovered what was happening to their Jewish brothers and sisters and knew they must get involved. They offered up their home as a hiding place to Jews and prepared documents to help smuggle others out of the country. Their sacrifices saved many lives. Eventually, they were caught and sent to Ravensbrück, the second largest concentration camp for women. Starting at 2 minutes, 30 seconds, Corrie is encountering the bunk of their barracks for the first time when she discovers fleas. See how their reaction to their circumstances gave them hope and reassurance in desperate times.

 

Quote: “When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ’s Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven’s embrace. We sometimes think that being grateful is what we do after our problems are solved, but how terribly shortsighted that is. How much of life do we miss by waiting to see the rainbow before thanking God that there is rain? Being grateful in times of distress does not mean that we are pleased with our circumstances. It does mean that through the eyes of faith we look beyond our present-day challenges. This is not a gratitude of the lips but of the soul. It is a gratitude that heals the heart and expands the mind.” – Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf

When Jesus cleansed the lepers, only one returned to express his gratitude. He is the one Jesus described as not just cleansed, but whole. How can you express gratitude this week in a way that will make you more whole?

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FHE TreatTreat

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

FOR PUMPKIN COOKIES:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups chilled pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR MAPLE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

MAKE PUMPKIN COOKIES:

  • Move oven rack to middle positions, and preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and spices; set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk sugars and oil together. Add pumpkin puree and whisk to combine thoroughly. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  • Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until completely combined and no flour streaks remain.
  • Use a cookie scoop with a 1.5-2 tablespoons capacity to drop dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.
  • Baking 1 cookie sheet at a time, bake 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cookie comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on pan for about 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

MAKE FROSTING:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth with no visible lumps.
  • Add cream cheese and beat until combined. Add powdered sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Be careful not to overbeat filling or it will thin out. If you think the filling is too loose, put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up.

ASSEMBLE:

  • Turn half of the cooled cookies upside down. Pipe filling onto the flat side of overturned cookies.
  • Place another cookie, flat side down, on top of filling. Press down slightly so that filling spreads to cookie edges.
  • Repeat until all cookies are used. If you’re using sprinkles to garnish, hold each whoopie pie in your hand and sprinkle the garnish in the crack of the whoopie pie and turn until all exposed frosting is covered.
  • Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
(Courtesy of foodfolksandfun.net)

  

FHE Game / Activity

Activity

Express gratitude through a card, note, video, or in another way. Think of who you’re thankful for, and also consider who might need your note of thanks.

 

Thanksgiving FHE Lesson – Give Thanks in All Circumstances

 

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