This Pioneer Day FHE Lesson helps us honor the heritage of faith the pioneers left us while learning how to take on hard journeys in our own lives with zeal.
Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
1. Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and walked and walked.
Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and walked and walked.
They washed at streams and worked and played.
Sundays they camped and read and prayed.
Week after week, they sang as they walked and walked and walked and walked and walked.
Begin the lesson by asking: What is the farthest distance you have ever walked?
Share a personal experience of a long walk you have been on, whether it was a hike, a reenactment trek, or any other time you walked a far way.
Read aloud: This month, we celebrate our pioneer history. The pioneers were early members of the church who traveled across the country to find a place to call home after years of persecution and struggle.
In total, the pioneers walked 1,300 miles! It was a difficult journey that took many months.
Ask: How do you think you would feel going on such a journey?
Read aloud: During the long, long journey, it would have been very easy for the pioneers to become discouraged or angry. They certainly had hard days. But the pioneers are known for their zeal and their willingness to remain faithful and optimistic.
In Primary, we sing the song “Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked.” This is a great example of how they pioneers faced their hard journey with faith.
Today, we can be inspired by the pioneers. Even though we do not have to walk across the country like they did, we have to symbolically walk through hard times.
Ask: What are some ways we can remain hopeful and cheerful even when things are hard?
Share any personal experiences and finish with your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by watching this video. Ask everyone to contemplate what the heritage of the pioneers means to them.
Read aloud: The pioneers have left us a powerful legacy of faith and sacrifice. One of the things that strike us all is the way the pioneers were able to infuse each step of their journey with zeal and hope. Though they faced terrible danger, heartache, and loss, the pioneers never lost their optimism in finding God in Zion.
Ask: Why is it so important to find joy and hope through the difficult journey of our lives? Do you have any personal experiences where you were able to move forward in hope and faith?
Read aloud: The greatest way we can cultivate faith in every footstep is to cultivate faith in Jesus Christ.
“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” – Hebrews 12: 1-2
Ask: What are some practical ways we can grow our faith in Jesus Christ so we can remain close to him during difficult times?
Finish the lesson with your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Watch the video and read through the quotes on this page. Reflect on what you appreciate most about the pioneers and write down a few ways you would like to demonstrate zeal and faith during the next week.
1 pound of real honey
Bring honey to a boil in an uncovered medium saucepan over medium heat (about 5 to 7 minutes). Continue to boil until honey registers 280 degrees on a candy thermometer (about 10 to 12 minutes).
Line a pan with parchment paper and coat lightly with cooking spray. When the honey reaches temperature, pour it onto your prepared pan and allow to cool on the counter for 20-25 minutes.
Spray your hands with nonstick spray, and break off about a third of the cooled honey. Begin to pull and stretch the honey, continually folding it and working more air into the taffy.
As you continue to pull and incorporate air into the taffy, it will start to firm up and become lighter in color. Keep doing this for about five minutes, or until taffy has lightened in color from dark amber to tan.
When taffy is tan and firmed up, roll it into several long thin snakes and place these back on your parchment paper lined pan. Refrigerate pan for 10 minutes, then use a knife coated in cooking spray to cut each taffy roll into one inch long pieces.
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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.