FHE – The Living Christ Week 5

Sorry about last week.  I had a crazy week and didn’t get a new lesson put together.  We reviewed what we had learned so far.  I am finding that this is quite an undertaking and we all need review now and then! 🙂

This week we talk about the Resurrected Savior and start into Joseph Smith’s First Vision.  These are some very important doctrinal lessons to teach.  Be sure to take the time to discuss what each line means as you memorize it.

Here is the pdf:    The Living Christ Week 5

Here is the outline for Family Home Evening:

Opening Song:  I Know that my Redeemer Lives p. 136 in Hymn Book (most children have learned this in primary)

Opening Prayer:

Scripture:  John 11:25 – Discuss what the word resurrection means.  Talk about how the only way for us to return to the father was through Jesus Christ and his death.  Because he died for us, he was resurrected for us.  All men will be resurrected.  If we live our lives making good choices we will be able to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again.

Lesson:

1.  He was the Firstborn of the the Father, the Only Begotten Son in the flesh, the Redeemer of the world.  – Jesus Christ was the Firstborn in Heaven.  He was also the Only Begotten Son in the flesh.  This means that His father is our Heavenly Father.   You may want to explain this in more or less detail depending on the age of your children.  Discuss what the word Redeemer means (the dictionary definition is someone who redeems or buys back) and why the Savior is called the Redeemer.  President Ezra Taft Benson said:

“Even though He was God’s Son sent to earth, the divine plan of the Father required that Jesus be subjected to all the difficulties and tribulations of mortality. Thus He became subject to ‘temptations, … hunger, thirst, and fatigue.’ (Mosiah 3:7.)

To qualify as the Redeemer of all our Father’s children, Jesus had to be perfectly obedient to all the laws of God. Because He subjected Himself to the will of the Father, He grew “from grace to grace, until he received a fulness” of the Father’s power. Thus He had ‘all power, both in heaven and on earth.'(D&C 93:13, 17.)”

He had “all power” – even power over death.  Thus, he was able to redeem us from the fall.  He was able to sacrifice His life so we can all live again.

2.  He rose from the grave to “become the first fruits of them that slept” (1 Cor. 15:20). – He LIVES.  He died for us but he lives again.  He was the first to be resurrected and all mankind will follow because of His sacrifice.

3.  As Risen Lord, He visited among those He had loved in life. – He visited Mary in the Garden when she found He was missing.  He also visited his apostles.  They even had trouble believing it was Him.  He showed them the nail marks in His hands and feet so they would know it was Him.

4.  He also ministered among His “other sheep” (John 10:16) in ancient America. – He visited the American continent.  He taught them and had the children come to Him.  He loved all people no matter where they lived and He loves and knows each of us today no matter where we live.

5.  In the modern world, He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, ushering in the long-promised “dispensation of the fulness of times” (Eph. 1:10) – Introduce the First Vision.  Explain that we live in the last dispensation.  The priesthood will not be taken from the earth again.  You can use this opportunity to talk about Joseph Smith.  You can testify that the First Vision really happened, that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and told Him to join none of the churches.  The church was restored to the earth through Joseph Smith by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  The next lesson will talk more about the First Vision and what we learned from it.

Activity:  Review what you have memorized to this point.  If you have younger children, you may want to assign them specific lines to memorize and work with them so they can say them with the rest of the family.  Make sure everyone is taking part.  Remember even if they don’t have it memorized word for word, they are getting an amazing history of our Savior’s life and testimonies of His life each time you discuss each line of The Living Christ.  They will remember this and someday will be able to say it with you! 🙂

Once you have reviewed what you know, start on the new section for this week.  Go through it a few times and then post it so everyone can see it throughout the week.

Closing Prayer:

Treat:

I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am.  I love the lessons my kids are getting and I love that they can repeat most of it.  You may want to show them where you are and how much progress you have made.  We are getting there!! 🙂

Posted on November 15, 2010, in Everything Family, Family Home Evening, LDS Families and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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