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Fasting FHE Lesson

Fasting FHE Lesson

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Published by Lara Goold
A ready-to-print family home evening lesson designed to teach families about fasting and the power it gives to our prayers.

FHE lesson is in full-color and is ready-to-print, cut, and use! Includes fasting game, Sons of Mosiah booklet, object lesson ideas, fasting wheel, fasting role play, and a display magnet.
A ready-to-print family home evening lesson designed to teach families about fasting and the power it gives to our prayers.

FHE lesson is in full-color and is ready-to-print, cut, and use! Includes fasting game, Sons of Mosiah booklet, object lesson ideas, fasting wheel, fasting role play, and a display magnet.

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Published by: Lara Goold on Sep 13, 2010
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Fasting FHE Lesson
by Lara Goold
Materials needed:
Scriptures, a large block or small box (for the die in the
 Fasting with Power 
Read “
 Learning to Fast 
” which came from an old FHE manual (included on page 4)
A lesson designed to teach family members about fasting and the power it gives to us as we pray.
“I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth.”
 Doctrine and Covenants 88:76Opening song(s) and prayer:
“Teach Me to Walk in the Light,
Children’s Songbook, page 177
Ask your family the following questions about fasting and use the resources/activitieslisted to teach as you go.What is Fasting?:
To fast is to go without food and drink. Proper fasting, with prayer as its companion, increases spirituality, fosters a spirit of devotion and love of God, increases faith, encourages humility,teaches man his dependence upon God, and provides an opportunity for the spirit to take control over the body
Bruce R. McConkie
Why Do We Fast?:
ROLE PLAY: “Why do we have Fast Sunday?” Pick 2 volunteers to play the parts of Dadand Glen and learn about why we fast.Use the FASTING WHEEL as visual reinforcement of why we fast.Ask which of these reasons seems the most important to you, and why?Discuss the various answers, agreeing that all are important, but concluding that helping us praywith special meaning and to draw closer to our Heavenly Father are the most important reasonswhy we fast.
 How Should We Fast?
Read Matthew 6:16-18 and Doctrine and Covenants 59:13-16. Answers should include thefollowing: in secret, joyfully, with thanksgiving, with cheerful hearts and faces.
What Blessings Do We Receive When We Fast?
Using the same scriptures mentioned above, discuss the blessings that come to us when we properly fast. Answers will include: we will be rewarded openly, we will receive fullness of joyand fullness of earth.
Scripture Story— 
using the small booklet included, read about the
Sons of Mosiah
and discusshow the Lord blessed them after fasting.
Fasting with Power 
 —Distribute a game board to each person. Take turns rolling the die.Take the “weight” corresponds with what the die shows. The first person to collect each of thefour different “weights” onto their game board is the winner. Take time to tie in the points madein the lesson to the different “weights”.
It is important for everyone to understand that sincere prayer along with fasting is crucial. Youmay also want to remind them of the previously discussed scriptures that we should be fastingwillingly, cheerfully, and without complaining.
Bear Testimony
If possible, share an experience where fasting has impacted your life and bear your testimony of the power of fasting.
Closing song:
Children’s Songbook, page 96
“A Child’s Prayer,
Children’s Songbook, page 12
 Closing Prayer
See below for a yummy recipe
: Based on the ages and attention spans of your children, choose one or more of the following enrichmentactivities to enhance the message of the lesson. Enrichment activities do not necessarily need to be completed on thesame night as the lesson. We often use them as reinforcement/reminders during the week.
More Scriptures to ponder
2 Chronicles 20:1-3, 13-24—Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, called the people together in prayer and fasting when their enemies came to battle. They were promised victory and they won without having to fight!Ezra 8:heading, 21-24, 28-31—Ezra and his people fasted and prayed for guidance in taking temple treasures toJerusalem from Babylon. They were delivered from the hands of enemies and thieves and arrived safely inJerusalem.Alma 5:1, 45-46—Alma testified that he had fasted and prayed many days to gain an understanding and a testimonyof the gospel truths that he taught.Matthew 4:1-11—Jesus fasted for 40 days as he prepared Himself for His great ministry. He was able to withstandSatan’s temptations and was ministered to by angelsEsther 1-10—Esther had the Jews fast and pray as she approached the King to ask for their deliverance from thewicked new lawDaniel 6:16-23--
Fasting Magnet
Cut out and decorate the quote about fasting. Hang it up somewhere in the house to remind you of whatyou’ve learned about fasting during FHE this week.
 —using a piece of wood, 2 screws, screwdriver and a power drill—demonstrate thedifference in the ease of screwing in a screw with a screwdriver compared to a power drill. Liken the power of the power drill to the power that fasting can give to our prayers.
 Strawberry Filled Oatmeal Coconut Muffins
 From http://recipeshoebox.blogspot.com
 The ingredients:1 cup
 1 cup
 1 cup
(I used 1/2 whole wheat, 1/2 white flour)1/2 tsp.
 1/2 tsp.
baking soda
 1/2 tsp.
baking powder
 1/2 cup
 1/2 cup
brown sugar
 3/4 cup
Strawberry preserves
(or whatever flavor you prefer)Combine oats in buttermilk and let soak at least 30 minutes. Sift four, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together. Set aside. Blend oil, brown sugar, egg, and coconut and add to oatmeal mixture. Blend well. Add dryingredients, mixing just until moistened. Spoon into greased muffin tins. Spoon a small teaspoon strawberry preserves in center of each muffin and cover preserves with a little more dough. Bake at 400° for 15-18minutes. Make 12 muffins. Enjoy!

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