This Valentine’s Day FHE lesson reminds us how important it is to express our love and teaches us how to be more confident in sharing charitable feelings with others.
And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1. Jesus said love ev’ryone;
Treat them kindly too.
When your heart is filled with love,
Others will love you.
Begin the lesson by asking: How do you show someone you love them?
Read aloud: Heavenly Father commanded us to “love one another.” We often think people know we love them, but it is important we express love daily to those around us. We express love through our words and actions. We can thank someone for being nice. We can do an act of service. We can give someone a hug. We can listen. We can say, “I love you.”
Share a personal experience when someone expressed their love to you.
Ask: How do you feel when someone expressed their love to you?
Read aloud: Heavenly Father is full of love. As his children, we can be like him and be filled with love too. It isn’t always easy. Sometimes we get angry or upset. Sometimes others are mean to us and make it hard to love them. As we pray to Heavenly Father for love to fill our hearts, he can help us.
Ask: What are some ways we can express our love more this week?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
For Teens & Adults
Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Ask everyone to consider what expressions of love mean the most to them.
Read aloud: Elder Marvin J. Ashton once said:
“We must at regular and appropriate intervals speak and reassure others of our love and the long time it takes to prove it by our actions. Real love does take time. Love demands action if it is to be continuing. Love is a process. Love is not a declaration. Love is not an announcement. Love is not a passing fancy. Love is not an expediency. Love is not a convenience. ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments’ and ‘If ye love me feed my sheep’ are God-given proclamations that should remind us we can often best show our love through the processes of feeding and keeping.”
Heavenly Father invites us to feel of his love and share it with others. Developing deep feelings of charity and tenderness for our loved ones can be one of the most joyful and rewarding parts of our life. We learn from Elder Ashton that this isn’t always easy.
Ask: Why can it be hard to express our love?
Read aloud: Heavenly Father believes in love. As we grow to love others and express our feelings, we are also sharing his love. We can seek his guidance to know how best to express love to others in meaningful and appropriate ways. If we will do this consistently, we will find ourselves growing more confident and comfortable in opening up.
Ask: How can we get better at expressing our love to others?
Finish the lesson by sharing any personal experiences and bearing your testimony.
For Single Study
Read or watch the talk, Love Takes Time. Write down your impressions. Then, create a list of everyone you’d like to express love to. Make a plan on how you’ll do it as soon as possible.
Valentine’s Day Rice Krispies Treat
Valentine’s Day Cards
Gather construction paper, stickers, or store bought Valentines. Have everyone write kind notes to someone they would like to express love to. If time permits, go and deliver them.