5-Minute prep Family Home Evening Ideas
Lesson: "My Choices Have Consequences"
By Heidi Doxey
From Tiny Talks Vol. 13
Opening Song: Choose the Right Way (Children’s Songbook #160)
Opening Prayer: By Invitation
Scripture: D&C 58:28
Lesson: Jesus told a story about two builders. One built his house on a rock, and the other built his house on sand. Then a storm came along. The house on the sand fell down, but the house on the rock stayed standing.
This story teaches an important lesson about choices. Heavenly Father has given us a gift called agency. Agency means that we have the power to choose for ourselves. But the choices we make still have consequences.
A consequence is something that happens because of something you have chosen. In the story about the builders, the choice was between a strong, rocky foundation or a weak, sandy one. And the consequence was having a house that stayed firm or one that fell down in the storm.
Every choice has a consequence. That’s why you need to think carefully before you choose. If you try to make good choices, you’ll be blessed with good consequences.
Activity: Give each of the younger children a sheet of paper with a circle drawn on it to represent a face, and have them draw the eyes, nose, ears, and hair. Give each child a colored, crescent-shaped piece of paper to put on the face to represent a smile or a frown, showing how they would feel in the following situations: (1) Your mother asks you to clean up your toys, and you do; (2) you draw a picture of your grandmother, and she puts it on her refrigerator; (3) you eat some of your brother’s candy without asking him. Make up more situations as time permits.
Closing Song: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man (Children’s Songbook #281)
Closing Prayer: By Invitation
Refreshments: Homemade Oreo Cookies
For the Cookies:
2 packages Devils Food Cake Mix
¾ cup shortening or margarine (softened)
1 tsp vanilla
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese-softened
1 cube butter or margarine-softened
1 to 1½ lbs powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix together into cookie batter texture, roll into balls as big as desired (walnut size). Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not over-cook. Leave cookies on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes after removing from oven. Cool and assemble cookies with cream cheese frosting in the middle.
*For grasshopper cookies add a little mint extract and green food coloring to the frosting.
Download the lesson pdf (includes the dessert recipe) here.