5 Minute Family Home Evening Idea
Lesson: “Standing for Truth and Righteousness”
From Dad’s Night
By Trina Boice
Opening Song: “Choose the Right Way” (Children’s Songbook #160)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
Quote: “Ancient prophets looked with enthusiastic anticipation to our dispensation when the fulness of the gospel would be restored and preached among all nations, and when final preparations would be made for the Second Coming and ultimate reign of the King of Kings, our Savior. Great eternal blessings, keys, and secrets of the gospel, which have been kept ‘hid from before the foundation of the world,’ were reserved to come forth in this final dispensation to bless our lives. How privileged we are to live in these momentous times!” (J. Lewis Taylor, “I Have a Question,” Ensign, June 1975).
Art: Captain Moroni Raises the Title of Liberty — GAB 79, GAK 312
Supplies: Salt shaker, lazy Susan or plate
Principle: These are the last days! We have much to do to prepare the world for the Savior’s Second Coming. Wickedness is increasing at a rapid pace, and our homes and values are being assaulted on every side. Still, the positive influence we, as members of the Church, can have on those around us can be powerful if we are not afraid to stand as witnesses of Christ. We can help the pure in heart feel secure as we offer them an anchor against the storms howling around us. We can prevent the adversary from having any power over our homes and hearts by obeying the Lord’s commandments, which have been designed to protect us. There is safety and power in following the Prince of Peace!
Lesson: Ask everyone if they like to eat cake [or cookies, to match the refreshment idea!]. Have them list the ingredients in a cake and ask if they like to eat the raw ingredients separately. Explain that it’s a lot like life: separately, there are some bitter times; some raw, hurtful times; and some dry, bland times. But there are also good times! God is able to blend them all together to create a life that is meaningful, useful, and tasty! The Lord has warned us that perilous times are coming but that they are part of the plan. We need to stand for righteousness and know that He has the best recipe!
Activity: Read Matthew 5:13. Explain that we are the salt of the earth and that it’s easy for us to “lose our flavor” if we don’t attend Church, pray, or study the scriptures. Place a salt shaker on the edge of a lazy Susan or plate and spin it slowly at first and then fast enough that the salt shaker falls off. The perilous days in which we live are represented by the increasing speed. Now, place the salt shaker in the center of the lazy Susan, and when you spin it, the salt won’t fall off. We need to be centered in Christ in order to withstand the difficult times that are ahead.
Game: Have everyone stand up and ask them to jump as high as they can, but with the stipulation that they can’t bend their knees. (They won’t be able to jump very high.) Now, instruct them to jump again, but this time they can bend their knees as low as they want to before launching upward. Point out that the only way to reach and jump high is to bend low first. When we stand strong on a foundation, we can propel higher. Now have contests to see who can jump the farthest or highest or do the most jumping jacks.
Closing Song: Dare to do Right (Children’s Songbook, #158)
Closing Prayer: By Invitation
Refreshments: Andes Mint Cookies from Favorite Family Recipes by Erica Walker, Emily Walker, Elise Donovan, and Echo Blickenstaff
Andes Mint Cookies (Makes about 2 dozen cookies)
3/4 C. butter
1 1/2 C. brown sugar
2 T. water
1 pkg. semisweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 C. flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350. In a small saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar, water, and chocolate chips until chips are melted. Pour into a large bowl. Add eggs, flour, baking soda, and salt. Shape by rounded tablespoons into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Lightly press each ball to flatten. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from the oven, and while still hot, place an Andes Mint on top of each cookie. When the mints melt, smooth the chocolate evenly over the top. Cool completely before serving.
Download the entire lesson and treat pdf here.