To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Come unto Jesus, Hymn #117
1. Come unto Jesus, ye heavy laden,
Careworn and fainting, by sin oppressed.
He’ll safely guide you unto that haven
Where all who trust him may rest.
2. Come unto Jesus; He’ll ever heed you,
Though in the darkness you’ve gone astray.
His love will find you and gently lead you
From darkest night into day.
3. Come unto Jesus; He’ll surely hear you,
If you in meekness plead for his love.
Oh, know you not that angels are near you
From brightest mansions above?
4. Come unto Jesus from ev’ry nation,
From ev’ry land and isle of the sea.
Unto the high and lowly in station,
Ever he calls, “Come to me.”
Read aloud: In many places around the world, you can tell when the seasons are changing by looking at the trees. In the summer, many trees are lush and green and full of leaves. When autumn comes, the leaves change color and eventually fall to the ground. During winter, the trees are bare. When spring comes, small buds appear as new leaves grow and the process begins.
The leaves on the trees and the different ways they change can teach us about Jesus Christ.
Sometimes life is very good. We are very happy. This is like the summertime, with a warm sun and bright green leaves.
Ask: What are some things that make you happy?
Read aloud: Sometimes, life isn’t so happy. In fact, life can be very hard. We might be going through a trial or we might have made a bad choice. We may feel sad, overwhelmed, or guilty. This can be like when the leaves change colors and fall to the ground.
Ask: What are some things that make you sad?
Share a time in your life when you did something wrong or had something bad happen.
Read aloud: When we watch the leaves falling, it can make us sad. It means winter is coming and we won’t enjoy the leaves anymore. But there is also something really beautiful about it too. In our lives, there is also something beautiful that can help bring summer back into our lives. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When we fall down, Jesus has promised to pick us up. When we make a mistake, we can repent and be forgiven. Jesus comforts us, listens to us, and cries with us. While not all of our problems are magically fixed, we can take comfort in knowing that the cold seasons of lives won’t last forever.
Ask: Can you think of a time when Jesus Christ helped make you feel better? Tell us about it.
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony and giving everyone a piece of paper. Instruct your children to draw a tree with leaves on it and have them draw the season they feel they are in right now.
*For Teenagers and Adults*
Begin by reading the following quote from Elder Orson F. Whitney:
No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. … All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable. … It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.
Ask: Based on this quote, what is the purpose of this life? How can trials be beneficial?
Read aloud: In the midst of hard times, it can seem nearly impossible to find beautiful or happy things. While the Lord does not want us to pretend we are happy, He has given us His gospel and His love to help find a way through. This plan is meant to help us find bits of light when we are going through dark times.
Just as we must endure the cold, winter seasons, we always have the promise that the warmth of summer will always return to us. If we hold to Christ and His teachings, we understand that not only will our trials end one day, but we will be changed to be more like the Savior.
Share a time when a trial brought you closer to Jesus Christ. Invite others to share their experiences as well.
Ask: What are some ways we can hold on to Jesus Christ when we are going through the winters of our lives?
Finish by bearing your testimony and inviting anyone to share any last thoughts or experiences.
Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies or Cinnamon Apple Chips
-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 1/2 cups quick oats
-1 tsp baking soda
-3/4 tsp salt
-1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
-1/4 tsp ground ginger
-1 cup unsalted butter, softened
-1 1/3 cups packed light-brown sugar
-2/3 cup granulated sugar
-1 large egg
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
-1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for 30 seconds, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy (occasionally stop and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl throughout entire mixing process). Blend in egg then blend in vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and pecans (if you want some chocolate to show through set some aside to press into tops before baking). Let batter rest 5 – 10 minutes (this just gives the oats some time to absorb the liquids so batter isn’t so sticky and cookies don’t spread so much).
Scoop dough out 2 Tbsp at a time (I used a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop, which I recommend using for evenly shaped cookies and fill it heaping), and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 12 – 14 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
(Courtesy of Cooking Classy)
-4 Apples, cored and sliced ⅛” thick (I used McIntosh)
-1-2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
-1-2 tsp. Granulated Sugar, if needed
Preheat oven to 200 degrees fahrenheit. Add the sliced apples to a large bowl; then coat the apples with the cinnamon and/or sugar. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and line the apples flat on the pan. You may need to use two pans so that they are not overlapping.
Bake 2-3 hours until the chips are dry yet still soft. Allow to cool completely before placing them in an air tight container for up to 4 days (if they last that long!).
(Courtesy of Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen)
Leaf Art or Autumn Walk
You’ll need fall leaves, craft paints, small sponges, newspaper, and paper. First, pick the leaf or leaves you want to use. Apply a small amount of craft paint in colors onto your leaf with a sponge. Gently smooth the coated leaf onto the paper. Carefully remove and allow to dry.
Go on a walk as a family! If you’d like, try doing a nature scavenger hunt. Look for different colored leaves, shapes of leaves, plants, rocks, etc.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.