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Honor thy Mother: A Lesson For Mother’s Day

By Lara Goold

Materials needed: Scriptures, picture(s) of mom with one of the children as a baby, pen and paper, die and small objects for game pieces (for “What Makes Mom Happy”) Preparation: Purpose: Scriptures: Give this lesson to the kids or to Dad to teach. Teach family members to honor their mother for Mother’s Day and every day. 1 Corinthians 9:22 Exodus 20:12

Opening Songs:“Quickly I’ll Obey”, Children’s Songbook, page 197 “Mother, I Love You”, Children’s Songbook, page 207 Opening song and prayer: Lesson: Display a picture of mom with one of the children as a baby (ideally you could have pictures of each of the children with mom as a baby, but one is enough if that’s all you can find) Discuss: Ooh and aah over how cute and little they were as babies. Talk to them about how as babies they couldn’t walk or talk, and that they were totally dependent on their mom to do everything for them. Talk about how hard it can be to take care of babies and children, but that mom does it happily because she loves us so much. “Hats Off to Mother” story with visuals: Read the enclosed story with accompanying visuals. Put the different hats on the mother puppet as you read (or if you want you could find real hats and put them on your own mother as you talk about the story) Discuss: Talk about specific instances of mom wearing her different “hats”(Remember when you got hurt and mommy gave you a kiss and put on a bandaid…). Take this opportunity to really emphasize all that our moms do for us and how meaningful that is. Lead the discussion into finding ways that we can show our love and respect for mom for Mother’s Day (don’t focus on the everyday respect yet). Write down their ideas. Get mom’s feedback about which ideas make her excited. Next discuss about how it is good to show love and honor to mother on Mother’s Day, but that we should also honor her every day of our lives. Briefly retell the story of Helaman’s 2000 warriors (summary and visuals included) and talk about how they showed honor to their mothers by remembering what they’d been taught and living righteously. Ask for further ideas of ways that they can honor mother and show appreciation for all that she does on a daily basis. Write down these ideas and be sure to get mom’s feedback too.

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Enrichment: Based on your family’s ages and attention spans, pick one or more of the following Enrichment ideas to add meaning to your lesson. Enrichment activities can also be done at other times during the week if time does not allow for it on FHE night. “Make Mom Happy” Game—you will need to gather a die and a variety of small objects to use as game pieces (coins, buttons, etc) The directions are on the game board. Kids should have fun learning about what makes mom happy (and unhappy). Make a coupon book for mom (see below for template) and fill it with special “gifts” of service and time that you can give to her Special Flower Bouquet: Write down reasons why you love mom onto flower shapes cut out of construction paper, attach straws to each flower for a stem, and place in a vase or tie together with ribbon. Present Mom with a flower bouquet full of loving words. Pamper Mom—Bring mom a pillow and blanket. Have her lie on the couch and put her feet up. Rub her feet with lotion. Bring her snacks and let her read a book. Acrostic poem: Using the letters of your mom’s name make her a special poem (R—really thoughtful and nice, O—obedient to all of God’s commandments, S—sometimes silly, sometimes serious, E—eager and energetic) “What do you know about your mother?” questionnaire: Older kids try to answer as many questions about their mother as possible. If your kids take competition well, you could make it a contest to see who gets the most right. If that would make things too contentious, then have them fill it out, then have mom share the actual answers without focusing on who got it right or wrong. Closing song: “I Often Go Walking,” Children’s Songbook, page 202 “Mother Dear,” Children’s Songbook, page 206a Closing song and prayer: Refreshments: make your mom’s favorite treats or see below for a great recipe IMPORTANT NOTE: MAKE SURE DAD AND THE KIDS DO THE DISHES AND CLEAN UP AFTER COOKING.

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Buttermilk Pecan Waffles (for making mom breakfast in bed)
from http://recipeshoebox.blogspot.com

2 cups flour (I used half white, half whole wheat) 1 Tbs. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 4 eggs 2 cups buttermilk 1/2 cup butter, melted ( I reduced it to 1/3 cup) 3 Tbs. chopped pecans Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs until light. Add buttermilk; mix well. Add dry ingredients and beat until batter is smooth. Stir in butter. Pour about 3/4 cup batter onto a lightly greased preheated waffle iron. Sprinkle with a few pecans (if desired). Bake according to manufacturer's directions until golden brown. Repeat until batter and pecans are gone. Serve hot with fresh fruit and syrup and a big glass of orange juice. Make about 7 waffles. Don’t forget to clean up your mess!

Triple Chocolate Cake (easy and good)
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1 chocolate cake mix (dry) 1-3/4 cups milk or water (I prefer milk) 1 pkg. (4-oz.) chocolate pudding mix 2 eggs 1 pkg. (12-oz.) chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 9 or 10-inch bundt pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then invert onto serving plate. You may need to loosen the edges with a knife prior to removing from pan. Sprinkle lightly with powdered sugar. Voila...easy, moist, delicious, beautiful chocolate goodness. Enjoy and don’t forget to clean up your mess!

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Hats Off to Mother
Pat Graham and Janice Gardiner Wright, “Sharing Time: Remember Mother,” Friend, May 1983, 43

My mother’s job is sometimes hard, and I have heard her say, “The hours are long and if I could I’d change the pay.” Her profession has variety and I will tell you now About the many hats she wears and why, when, and how. My mom’s a nurse who fixes and patches All of my hurts, my sores, and my scratches My mother’s a chef who fixes each dinner Fit for a king—a blue ribbon winner My mom’s a chauffeur who drives pretty slow, But gets me to the places I need to go. My mom’s a detective and no is greater At getting the truth, sooner or later My mom is a gardener and works really hard Planting and weeding and grooming the yard. My mother’s a maid—at least that’s what she said, Cause she cleans up the house and makes every bed. My mother’s an angel—a queen in disguise, Who teaches the gospel with tears in her eyes. Today take these hats off and please wear no other. Let me do your work to show—I love you mother!

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Hats off to Mother

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Hats off to Mother

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Hats off to Mother

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Hats off to Mother—place a small slit in the center at the hairline, just the right width for inserting the tabs at the base of the hats.

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“Chapter 34: Helaman and the 2,000 Young Warriors,” Book of Mormon Stories, 93

The people of Ammon had promised God that they would never fight again. They lived near the Nephites, and the Nephites protected them.

When enemies of the people of Ammon attacked the Nephites, the people of Ammon wanted to break their promise and help the Nephites fight.

Helaman and the other Nephite leaders did not want the people of Ammon to break their promise to God.

The young sons of the people of Ammon had not made the promise. They wanted to help the Nephite army fight for freedom.

Two thousand of these young men chose to defend their country. They asked Helaman to be their leader.

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These young men were valiant, brave, and strong. They were also honest and trustworthy, and they kept the commandments of God.

Helaman led his 2,000 young warriors into battle. He called them his sons…

Although the sons of Helaman had never fought, they were not afraid. Their mothers had taught them to have faith in God and to know that he would help them.

They fought bravely and helped drive the enemy away. After the battle Helaman found that all his sons had been hurt but not one had been killed.

It was a miracle. Helaman was very happy. He knew that these young men had been protected because of their great faith in God.

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Make Mom Happy game: Game Cards 1 of 2

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Make Mom Happy game: Game cards 2 of 2

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Make Mom Happy game: Game Board

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Coupon Book Template:

Coupon Book for Mother

My service to you… ________________________
One coupon redeemable per day. Each coupon must be redeemed with a hug.

______________________________________________ One coupon redeemable per day. My service to you… Each coupon must be redeemed with a hug.

My service to you… ________________________
One coupon redeemable per day. Each coupon must be redeemed with a hug.

________________________
One coupon redeemable per day. Each coupon must be redeemed with a hug.

My service to you… ________________________
One coupon redeemable per day. Each coupon must be redeemed with a hug.

My service to you… ________________________
One coupon redeemable per day. Each coupon must be redeemed with a hug.

My service to you… ________________________
One coupon redeemable per day. Each coupon must be redeemed with a hug.

My service to you… ________________________
One coupon redeemable per day. Each coupon must be redeemed with a hug.

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What Do You Know about Your Mother?
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1. Maiden name: 2. Birthplace: 3. Was she raised by her parents? 4. Number of her brothers and sisters: 5. Her place in the family (oldest, youngest, etc.): 6. Occupation of her father: 7. Did they have financial security? 8. Religious affiliation of her family: 9. What are her most memorable spiritual experiences? 10. Does she have any special background or traditions? 11. What kind of relationship did she have with her parents? 12. What is her education? 13. What are her most memorable school experiences? 14. What kind of work did she do before her marriage? 15. What is her main goal in life? 16. What makes her happy? 17. What makes her sad? 18. What hardships has she overcome? 19. What does she most enjoy doing with her family? 20. What does she enjoy doing in her spare time?

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