{Family Home Evening} Reverence

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Question…does anyone else feel like their row is the loudest row on Sunday?I don’t know what is going on, but my children have been going crazy lately, and I’m my husband is going crazy trying to keep them quiet (I’m usually in the Mother’s room with my sweet baby girl, sorry honey!).
Last night we decided to have an FHE on reverence. This was a very last minute idea, but I think it went great and the kiddos really enjoyed it. I guess we’ll have to wait until Sunday to see if it actually helped though.
I wanted to share what we ended up doing, just in case some of you are having the same problem (please say you are…I hope it’s not just us). :)
Reverence FHEWe began by singing ‘The Chapel Doors’. Then I showed everyone a picture of ‘Moses & the Burning Bush’.
Moses was a righteous man who lived long ago. One day he was leading a flock of sheep to grazing land when he came to a mountain. On the mountain he saw a bush that was on fire. When he went to look, he saw that the bush was not burning up. Moses heard a voice call to him, saying, “Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” It was the voice of the Lord calling to Moses.The Lord said that He had a great work for Moses to do. He wanted Moses to lead the children of Israel out of captivity and into the promised land. (See Exodus 3:1–10.)Why do you think the Lord asked Moses to take off his shoes?The Lord told Moses to take off his shoes because he was on sacred ground. We don’t take off our shoes to show respect when we go into our church buildings, but we can show love and respectfor our Heavenly Father by being reverent.
We also discussed why it’s important to be reverent. Some of our answers were:So we can listen to the speakers/teachersSo others can listen to the speakers/teachersTo show respect for our Heavenly Father & Jesus ChristSo we can feel the Spirit
Reverent Potato Activity-Before FHE, place the arms, ears, feet, hair/hat, nose, mouth and eyes inside of a bag or container.
Tell your family that tonight we are going to learn how we can be reverent at church. For our activity I have brought a helper with me.Show your family the potato head and the bag of body pieces.Tell your family that inside of the bag are the different pieces to the potato head. We are going to take turns picking a piece and discussing how that part of our body can/should be reverent at church.
Eyes: should be closed during prayersArms: shouldn’t be bothering anyone and should be folded during prayerEars: should be listeningFeet: should be walking quietly through the halls of the church.Hair/Hat: our thoughts should be about Jesus ChristMouth: we should talk quietly and kindlyNose: well, that’s up to you. My wonderful husband asked my children if they should be picking their nose during church…we have a couple who do that sometimes. :)
As we put our potato head together we discussed how we should act at church, especially during Sacrament. We even had them demonstrate some of the actions; ie: folding arms, walking quietly, etc.
Close by reminding your family why reverence is important.
Overall, I would say our FHE was a success. It kept them entertained while teaching them an important lesson on reverence.   What do you do to teach your children reverence? What has worked for your family? I would love to hear.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.
sheena

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