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What Is Zion? - FHE Lesson

What Is Zion? – FHE Lesson

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Scripture

D&C 97:21
Therefore, verily, thus saith the Lord, let Zion rejoice, for this is Zion—the pure in heart; therefore, let Zion rejoice, while all the wicked shall mourn.

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Hymn

Israel, Israel, God Is Calling | Hymn #7

1. Israel, Israel, God is calling,
Calling thee from lands of woe.
Babylon the great is falling;
God shall all her tow’rs o’erthrow.
Come to Zion, come to Zion
Ere his floods of anger flow.
Come to Zion, come to Zion
Ere his floods of anger flow.

2. Israel, Israel, God is speaking.
Hear your great Deliv’rer’s voice!
Now a glorious morn is breaking
For the people of his choice.
Come to Zion, come to Zion,
And within her walls rejoice.
Come to Zion, come to Zion,
And within her walls rejoice.

3. Israel, angels are descending
From celestial worlds on high,
And to man their pow’r extending,
That the Saints may homeward fly.
Come to Zion, come to Zion,
For your coming Lord is nigh.
Come to Zion, come to Zion,
For your coming Lord is nigh.

4. Israel! Israel! Canst thou linger
Still in error’s gloomy ways?
Mark how judgment’s pointing finger
Justifies no vain delays.
Come to Zion, come to Zion!
Zion’s walls shall ring with praise.
Come to Zion, come to Zion!
Zion’s walls shall ring with praise.

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Lesson

 

*Suitable for All Ages*

Begin by asking: What do you think of when you hear the word “Zion”?

Read aloud: Zion is a unique word that has represented many different things. At times, it has meant a literal place. In the scriptures, the cities of Enoch and Jerusalem were both referred to as Zion. For most people, Zion reminds them of pioneer times, when the saints were called to gather in one place and create Zion. Today, the word Zion represents the Church and the members striving to be pure in heart. We are no longer asked to travel together, but to stay where we are and build the kingdom of God on earth.

Ask: What does it mean to be pure in heart?

Read aloud: President Spencer W. Kimball gave us three ways we can become pure in heart and help build Zion.

First, he said we need to eliminate selfishness from our souls. We need to care for those around us and esteem the needs of others as our own.

Second, we need to do our best to work in harmony with each other. It can be difficult sometimes, but we need to be unified and avoid contention.

Third, President Kimball reminded us we need to sacrifice what is required by the Lord. This will be different for everyone, but we will all be asked to give up things in order to serve God. We need to be prepared to do as God directs us to do, even if it seems impossible at first.

If we can do these three things, we can be successful in building Zion in our home and all around us.

Give everyone a minute to think about these three things. Instruct them to come up with a goal they’d like to work on for the week to do better in that area. If time permits, share these thoughts with one another. Finish with your testimony. 

 

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FHE TreatTreat

Pioneer Scones

Ingredients:

-¼ C butter
-1 tsp salt
-4½ tsp dry active yeast (2 packages)
-4 Tbsp sugar
-2 C hot water
-4-6 C flour

Directions:

1. Add butter into hot water and allow to melt.
2. After water cools to warm (105-110 degrees F) add in yeast, sugar and salt. Mix well.
3. Add in flour to make a stiff, but soft dough.
4. Knead 8-10 minutes
5. Let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
6. Punch down and knead again several times.
7. Roll out dough to ¼ inch thick and cut into strips and then squares.
8. Drop into hot oil (350 degrees F) and deep fry until golden brown and cooked through.
9. Scones will “pop” or inflate.
10. Serve with powdered sugar and honey.

(Courtesy of Your Home Based Mom)

 

FHE Game / ActivityActivity

Cup and Ball Game

With a few basic supplies, you can make this fun game! You’ll need foam cups, pom poms, clear tape, scissors, pencils, yarn, and crayons. Get the full instructions here.

 

 

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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 social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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