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Building a House of God FHE Lesson

Building a House of God FHE Lesson



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Published by Lara Goold
A ready-to-print family home evening lesson designed to teach family members how they can help our home to be a house of God. Lesson is based on D&C 88:119.

Lesson is in full-color, including Wise Man/Foolish Man story and visuals, coloring page, and activities. Everything is ready to print, cut, and use!
A ready-to-print family home evening lesson designed to teach family members how they can help our home to be a house of God. Lesson is based on D&C 88:119.

Lesson is in full-color, including Wise Man/Foolish Man story and visuals, coloring page, and activities. Everything is ready to print, cut, and use!

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Published by: Lara Goold on Sep 20, 2010
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Building a House of GodFHE Lesson
by Kim Simkins, Digitized and adapted by Lara Goold
Materials needed:
Scriptures, Velcro or tape to put the house together, rice krispie treat ingredients
A lesson designed to teach family members how we can make our home a house of God.
“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish ahouse , even a house of  prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God; .”
Doctrine and Covenants 88:119Opening song(s) and prayer:
“The Wise Man and the Foolish Man,
Children’s Songbook, page 281
 Wise Man and Foolish Man Parable:
Using the summary and visuals included, tell the story of the wise man and foolish man.Ask if anyone knows the meaning of the parable.Explain that the rock symbolizes the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we have the gospel as afoundation in our lives, then we will be able to stand in times of adversity and not fall, just as thewise man’s house withstood the rain and floods.
 Ask: What should we do to make the gospel a foundation for our ‘house’?:
Display the outline of the house and read Doctrine and Covenants 88:119 (display magnetincluded).Put the house part labeled
in its proper place on the house.ASK: “
 How can we have a house of prayer?”
(By having family prayers and personal prayers)Optional: Read 3 Nephi 18:21 and 2 Nephi 32:9 Now put the house part labeled
in its proper place.ASK:
“How can we have a house of fasting?”
(By observing Fast Sunday, bearing our testimonies, and paying fast offerings.) Optional: Read 3 Nephi 12:16-18 Next is the label of 
“How can we have a house of faith?”
(By praying, attending church, and studying the
scriptures.) Optional: to learn the blessings of faith, have someone read Ether 12:28-30 Now add
 ASK: “
 How can we have a house of learning?”
(By reading good books, having family homeevenings, working hard on our school work, and studying the scriptures.) The scriptures say weshould not only learn of Christ, but of languages, tongues, and people.Optional: read Doctrine & Covenants 19:23 and Doctrine & Covenants 90:15. Next is the label of 
The dictionary defines glory as the “splendor and perfect happinessof Heaven.”ASK: “
 How can we achieve that kind of happiness in our own home?”
(By living thecommandments of Heavenly Father and by treating one another with love and respect) Optional:read Mosiah 2:41 to learn about the blessings of living the commandments. Now add the label of 
“How can we achieve order in our home?”
(By fulfilling individual responsibilities,following rules or guidelines, and showing respect for each other.) The scriptures tell us that our homes should be clean and free of confusion (both physically and spiritually). Optional: ReadDoctrine and Covenants 90:18 and Doctrine and Covenants 132:8.Finally, add the label of 
“How can we have a house of God?”
(By showing kindness, patience, love, and respectfor one another [and by doing all of the other things previously talked about]) In the Book of Mormon we learn that when the people had a love for God, there was no contention in the land(4 Nephi 1:15). If our hearts are filled with the love of God, then our homes will have lesscontention and more peace and happiness.Optional: Conclude by reading Doctrine and Covenants 124:55.
the house during the week and challenge every family member to strive to establish a“house of God.”
Bear Testimony
Closing song:
“I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus,
Children’s Songbook, page 78-79
“Love is Spoken Here,
Children’s Songbook, page 190
 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.
Enrichment ideas
 House Demonstration:
Demonstrate how a house on a rock remains standing. Make two simple housesout of lightweight cardboard. In a large dishpan, put one house on a pile of sand and securely tape theother house to a rock. Pour a “flood” of water into the pan and show that the water will wash away thesand but that the house on the rock will be safe.
Testimony building blocks:
Label rocks of building blocks with ways to build your testimony. Placearound the room and have the children find them. Discuss why each is important.
Group Activity: Exploring D&C 88:119:
Explain thatD&C 88:119is a blueprint for building our homes and personal lives (see
Oct. 1999, pp. 2–5). Have the children divide into pairs or groups(or together as a family) to discover some things we can use to build stronger homes and lives, then present their information. Prepare the following lists, one for each group:• Prayer—learn the steps in prayer by learning part 2 of “I Pray in Faith” (p. 14).• Fasting—discover what Jesus Christ taught about fasting by reading and discussingMatt. 6:16–18.• Faith—tell a scripture about someone who showed faith (brother of Jared—seeEther 1–3; Esther—seeEsth. 1–7; Daniel—seeDan. 1; etc.). • Learning and Glory—recite an article of faith, from memory if possible. Discuss why it is important tostudy and learn.• Order—tell the order of the first principles and ordinances of the gospel by reciting thefourth article of faith. Pick a law of the land and discuss why obeying it helps build your community. Pick a rule in your family and explain why it helps to build your family.As the groups finish, have them learn part 1 of “I Pray in Faith” (p. 14). When all are done, sing bothverses, then divide the Primary into two groups and have them sing the parts simultaneously.Give one piece of paper and one pencil to every two children. Have them sit with the paper and pencil between them, each holding a pencil. Ask them to draw a house. Show some of the drawings. Point outthat it is easier to do if they cooperate. Explain that parents want their homes to be houses of prayer,fasting, faith, learning, glory, and order. Parents can’t do it alone. Parents and children have to work together to build such a home. Testify that as we live these principles, our temples, our homes, and our lives will be places of order and strength.
Coloring page:
print off enough coloring pages for each member of the family and use it as anopportunity to review some of the ways you can apply this scripture/lesson to your every day life.

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