Monday, November 8, 2010

Thanksgiving and Service FHE Lesson

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Mondays always used to be my weekend recovery days.  I'd clean up, get caught up on laundry, menu plan, etc. and wait for my kids to come home, all the while putting these lessons together.   This year, however, I've found that Mondays are one of my craziest days of the week.  I'm feeling lucky to get this lesson done today and wondering whether I should choose another day to be my lesson typing/scanning day!  Finally after driving the carpool to Activity Days,  I just ran to the library (with girls still in tow) where I'm uploading the lesson in only 20 seconds instead of 20 minutes at home!  :)  

This lesson ties the concepts of gratitude with service.  The lesson is loosely based on Matthew 25:31-45, where you'll read, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren ye have done it unto me."   I love teaching my family that gratitude is more than just saying thanks or making lists, but also is selflessly looking for ways to reach out to others.  While big, time-consuming service projects are wonderful, I want my family to understand that it's the small, daily acts of service that can be the most meaningful. 

I hope you'll enjoy "Erin, the Good Samaritan" with its cute visuals and the pictures to accompany Matthew 25:31-45.  My kids loved the service matching game to get their creative juices flowing in thinking of ways they can show service. 

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It has been brought to my attention that some of my older lessons have been moved into the Scribd archives, which means that you have to pay a fee to download them.  The fee is nominal ($5 to download as many lessons as you want in 24-hours), but if you'd like me to send one or two of them to you as an email file let me know.  Unfortunately, due to my slow internet connection (30+ minutes to upload each lesson), I would not be able to email more than one or two lessons to you, but I'd be happy to do it if you let me know.  



melissa said...

oohhhh an added dimension to gratitude... I love it!! thank you!!

Day By Day Mormon said...

Loved this lesson idea! Thank you for sharing your great ideas!