This Spring Family Home Evening lesson makes connections between the arrival of spring and how God can make beautiful things grow in our lives.
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
1. Little seeds lie fast asleep
In a row, in a row.
“Wake up, wake up,” calls the sun,
“Wake up now and grow.”
2. Little seeds wake one by one
In a row, in a row.
Then they stretch up t’ward the sun
And begin to grow.
Begin by reading aloud: With the arrival of spring comes new growth. The trees have blossoms and bright, colorful flowers pop up from what was once frozen earth. It was a time of renewal and warmth. As we enjoy this season, our hearts and minds can learn things about God’s love and Jesus Christ’s grace in our lives.
In the scriptures, God uses nature many times to teach gospel principles. As we take a closer look at some of these parables, think about what we can learn about Jesus Christ and the gospel from nature.
Instruct everyone to open their scriptures and begin looking for analogies and teaching moments involving growth and nature. Examples include Alma 32, Jacob 5, and multiple verses in Luke 12. Give everyone a few minutes to read over some verses and then gather back together to discuss what gospel principles they learn from nature.
Read aloud: We can learn lessons in our own lives today from the arrival of spring and the growing of new things. Plants need many things to grow. We need seeds! After a cold, hard winter, we need sunlight and warmth. There needs to be water and time. It may seem strange, to stick a tiny seed in the deep, dark earth and expect it to grow. Yet, it does! Eventually, we are blessed with beautiful blossoms.
God works similarly in our own lives. Beautiful things can grow, even from our darkest trials, if we will nourish eternal truths.
Ask: Is there a time when God made something beautiful grow in your life?
Share personal experiences.
Ask: How can we nourish the seeds of testimony in our lives? What are some other lessons we can learn from springtime?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony of renewal and progression.
-2 cups cold milk
-1 package (4 oz) chocolate instant pudding
-1 – 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
-1 package (16 0z) Oreos (crushed into crumbs)
-10 plastic cups (8 oz. size)
- Pour the milk into a mixing bowl and add the pudding mix.
- Beat with a wire whisk until well blended (about 2 minutes)
- Let pudding stand for five minutes.
- Stir whipped topping into the pudding very gently until it is all the same color.
- Place about 1 Tablespoon of the crushed cookies into the bottom of each cup.
- Then add a 2 Tablespoons of pudding to each cup.
- Then repeat another layer of cookies, then pudding, and then cookies.
- Finish up by adding 2 gummy worms cut in half to the top of each of the cups.
- Put cups into the refrigerator for about one hour to chill them.
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Plant Some Seeds
You’ll need paper cups, seeds, and dirt. Have everyone plant some flowers! If you’d like, you can buy small clay planters and give everyone time to decorate them with paint or markers. You can also work on a larger garden as a family.
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.