Day #11, Parable of the Ten Virgins

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Parable of the Ten Virgins, Day 11

To begin the lesson, watch this short video Christ Like Attributes – it’s also found HERE.  It is such a beautiful overview of what we have been learning these last 10 days.

Jesus often taught using familiar objects and situations to teach a spiritual truth; called parables.  The parable of the ten virgins teaches us about the second coming of Jesus Christ and how we can prepare.  
I thought both these lessons were perfect references to teach your children about this parable:
Lesson from Sugardoodle click HERE
Ten Virgins lesson click HERE
Once you’ve gone over the parable, have the family act out the story so it comes to life.  
Now talk about the hidden spiritual truth in this story.  Who are the 10 Virgins?  Who is the Bridegroom?  What is the oil?  What is the marriage?
I liked this music video on youtube depicting people living righteously and putting oil in their lamps.
Have the children cut out the drops of oil and a lamp. (I had to make them colorful, it’s Easter!!)  They can write on each drop of oil what they are doing to prepare for Jesus to come again.  Glue them in your journals.  In the Sugardoodle lesson, there are instructions on how to make this lamp out of a paper plate.

 

Download oil drops

Because of Him, Day #10

Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. Because of Him, death is not the end, and life takes on new meaning. We can change, we can start over—and we can live again with God. This Easter, celebrate His life and discover all that’s possible because of Him.

Watch video

If you haven’t already, talk to your family about the #BecauseofHim challenge that’s going on this week.

Every day post a photo on your social media sites relating to the day’s topic and type the hashtag #BecauseofHim.

 Show your posts to your children so they can see the photos you post each day.

For younger children who don’t have social media accounts, encourage or help them draw pictures relating to the day’s topic, or print out pictures and hang them up in your home.  I have made these little printables with the topic for each day and they can write something or draw a picture.  You could even take a picture of their picture and text it to Gramma and Grandpa!

Click HERE to download the PDF version

Journal:
Have each person list as many “Because of Him” statements they can think of.  Keep adding to the list throughout the week.
I sized the photos down and you can print this page and your children can choose one of the photos to put in their journals.  Click HERE for download

Amanda

Day #9, Service

Hi! I’m Heather Lynne from Raising Memories. I blog about fun things parents can do with and for their kids and like to throw in some photography posts, giveaways, and other fun things for moms.  I’m so happy to be visiting Amanda’s blog today to share a fun lesson idea with you!  (Thank you so much for having me, Amanda!)
Alright, enough about me (if you’re dying of curiosity and want to know more about me or get a glimpse of what kind of fun things I like to post about, just head over to my fun About Page 😉 Now, on to the lesson:
Day #9: Service

Preparation:
You’ll need 12 plastic Eggs & the items needed to create this Easter countdown. You can find a list here as well. – Prepare some small slips of paper and something to write or draw with for each family member. – Have an empty box or bowl ready. – Print the handouts and the “You’ve Been Egged” note.

Download “You’ve Been Egged” note HERE.
Preparation:
  As I Have Loved You would be a great song to start with. You can listen to it here.  You can also find lyrics and piano music at that link.

  Lesson:
Start by giving each member of the family a couple of slips of paper & something to write with. Ask them to write down something that someone could do for them that would help them. They should put their name on the paper, fold it, and put it into the box or bowl. (If children are too young to write, they can draw a picture of their thing and a parent can write an explanation by the picture) Read John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Explain that Jesus is our example. He loved and served others by doing things for them to help them. He healed people, He blessed people, and He helped people. He loves all people. Explain that when we do something for someone else it usually makes us love them more. Ask family members to share stories of times when someone did something for them that made them feel happy. Also ask for stories of times they did something nice for someone else and then felt more love for that person. Family members can now choose to draw as many slips of paper as they wish from the bowl or box and do that service idea for the person who wrote it down. You can follow up with them later to see how it made them feel to help someone else.

  Activity:
 For the activity, you’re going to do something nice for someone else! This is something that will help them to celebrate the real reason for Easter. Together, assemble the 12 eggs with the bible verses and items outlined in this post and then go to someone’s house and hide the eggs in their yard. Leave the “You’ve Been Egged” note on their door, ring the doorbell, and run! 🙂 You can talk about the real meaning behind Easter as you are assembling the eggs at home, too 🙂

  Handout: Download Here.

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Day # 8, Christ-like Attributes: Charity & Love

Hi friends! This is Amber from Crazy Little Projects! Crazy Little Projects  

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I’m happy to be here to talk about something that is very near and dear to my heart-Jesus Christ and his example of Charity and Love. If there’s one topic that I get most excited about when talking about Christ, it’s that one. I love what he taught us about loving others and I love to teach my kids the same. I’ve put together a short and simple lesson to help your children learn more about Jesus Christ and his example of Charity to those he met. Do what works best for your family…and enjoy! Lesson: Start off by watching 1-2 of these Bible videos about the life of Jesus. I recommend:

  Then talk about the principles taught in those videos. Reread the scriptures and talk about what they mean and how you can apply them to life today. What does it mean that “ye have done it unto me?” How does that translate into the life of a 6 year old? A 10 year old? A teenage? Talk about how they can show love to others in their life. Talk about some specific examples of how they can show charity and Christlike love in their lives. Have them take a few minutes to write their ideas in their journal. If your family is like mine, one of the biggest areas to work on in showing love is in the home. Talk about how you can show love to each other better. For us, it all boils down to some simple words, which my boys hear out of my mouth every single day and in most of my prayers as well-Be Kind! To help them remember, I’ve made some cute little printable handouts for them. Click to open them, then right click and save and then print them and have each person place one somewhere that will remind them each day to be kind to others: (I made several colors so take your pick!) Bekindturquoiseandgreen Bekindturquoiseandgray Bekindpinkandpurple Bekindpinkandgray Bekindblueandgray
Share with your family WHY charity, love and kindness matter to you.   Activity (and Treat!): One thing my family loves to do together is to get out and spread the love. So, for an activity tonight, take your family and go do something nice for someone. Here are a few simple ideas to get you started thinking:

  • Take treats to someone. You can even ding dong ditch them if you want to make it really fun!
  • Go through a drive thru and pay for the person behind you. (When we did this the lady at the drive thru said someone earlier had done the same thing and then one car after another paid for the person behind them and it lasted for about 10 cars. So cool.)
  • Take a treat and a thank you card to the local fire station or police station
  • Leave quarters on vending machines
  • Leave dollars in the dollar spot at Target or at the dollar store
  • Take flowers to a nursing home
  • Make lunches and hand them out to homeless people
  • Find a beggar on a corner and give him money
  • Serve a meal at a food bank
  • Send money to someone in need
  • Put together a package for service men and women
  • Write thank you notes to people who make a difference in your life
  • Make a meal for someone in need (just had a baby, someone’s been sick, etc.)
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There’s tons of things you can do! Just pick some simple acts of kindness and do them. I’ve also created a printable tag that you can leave if it fits with your service. Kind of a pay it forward idea:
 One idea we do a lot is simply to make cookies and take them to a friend, a new neighbor, someone with a birthday, etc. It’s simple, but it makes people happy! Here is our favorite cookie recipe. This will also make a great treat for your family night:

Chocolate peppermint cookie recipe

Christ-like Attributes: Patience


Today is Day 7 of the 14 Day Walk With Christ.  I hope you are enjoying the lessons, my family is loving them!  Even if you don’t get to all of them, you can use them for Family Home Evening lessons.  

Lesson # 7 Christ-like Attributes: Patience
Preparation:  Purchase a large bag of candy (M&Ms, Skittles, Gumi Bears, etc.)  Put a few in a bowl and set them out at the beginning of the lesson.  Tell your family if they wait and don’t eat the candy in the bowl, they can have a better reward later.  Wrap or tie a bow on the large bag and reward it at the end of the lesson.
 
I love this saying, “Patience is not about how long you can wait, but how you behave while waiting.

Scriptures:
Psalms 27:14 When I wait you strengthen my heart.

James 1: 3-4  
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may beaperfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Lesson:
What is Patience?
Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious.  It is the ability to do God’s will and accept His timing.  Patience is related to Hope and faith; you must wait for the Lord’s promised blessings to be fulfilled; Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best – better than does God. Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than his. Either way we are questioning the reality of God’s omniscience.

    Show a picture of Jesus

    The Lord, Jesus Christ, is our perfect example of patience. Though absolutely unyielding in adherence to the truth, he exemplified patiencerepeatedly during his mortal ministry. He was patient with his disciples, including the Twelve, despite their lack of faith and their slowness to recognize and understand his divine mission. He was patient with the multitudes as they pressed about him, with the woman taken in sin, with those who sought his healing power, and with little children. Finally, he remained patient through the sufferings of his mock trials and his crucifixion. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

    Testify to your family that patience is one way we come to be more Christlike. Remind your family that patience gives us the hope that Christ’s Atonement will save us.

    Role play, charades, or scenarios
    Brainstorm with your family situations in which it might be easy to “loose their patience”.  My children love playing charades, each child will come up with a scenario and act it out.  You can also role play, or just discuss situations that make them feel impatient.
    Show the videoContinuing in Patience” by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    Talk about the dish of candy – was it hard to wait?  Was it hard not to sneak just one piece?  Give the children the large bag of candy and explain that it is always worth waiting patiently for something better.  
    Game:  Play Chutes & Ladders or Candyland or a similar type board games (don’t you agree, these games strengthen patience!!!)
    Handout:  Download HERE

    Amanda

    Day #6, Christ-Like Attributes: Faith

    Hi! I’m Marci Coombs and I’ve been writing my own little lifestyle blog over HERE
    for quite some time now.

    I blog about everything from: church ideas and recipes to craft tutorials and party details.  

    I love my life!  And I love the people I share it with EVEN MORE!
    I’m addicted to:  Diet Dr. Pepper, the color purple and all things polka dots!
    I was SUPER excited to be asked from the Jedi Craft Girl to be apart of the 14 Day Walk with Christ.  
    Is this not the BEST IDEA EVER for families to take part in?
    Kuddos to Amanda for creating and organizing it all!
    The topic I was given was:
    Christ-Like Attributes – Faith

    Start the lesson out by asking your children the question: 
    “What is faith?”

    Answers may include – –
    * Confidence in something or someone
    * A hope for things which are not seen, but which are true.
    Have everyone turn to Alma 32:21.
    “And now as I said concerning faith – faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”
    Attention Activity: Gather a plastic Easter egg, a few pebbles or grains of rice, and a small picture of the Savior. I printed mine out and just changed the sizing HERE.
    Roll up the picture so that it fits inside the egg and cannot be seen when shut.
    Shake the egg {with the rice in it} and ask the kids if they think anything is INSIDE of the egg?
    They will answer YES and then you can follow up with
     “But you can’t SEE anything in there…so how do you KNOW?”  
    Have the kids open up the egg to discover the picture.
    Explain that even though we have not seen Jesus Christ, we know He is there. We have had living prophets testify of the Savior, the scriptures are written ABOUT the Savior, and we can see His existence and all of His creations in the natural beauty of the earth everyday.
    “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

    Which indeed is the least of all the seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.”
    Ask the kids if they know how big a mustard seed is?
    A mustard seed is about 1/20th of an inch in size.  It is one of the smallest seeds in the world.  Follow up by showing them this picture.
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    Ask the kids: Do you think that it took great FAITH on the farmer’s part, to plant that teeny tiny seed – – and trust that it would grow into something large and bountiful?
    Ask the kids:

    What things are necessary to help a seed grow? Sunshine, water and air.
    If we stop watering our seeds or place it in a dark room, will it continue to grow? No.
    IF we continue to take care of our litte seed, doing everything that is necessary, our seed will staret to blossom and turn into something beautiful.
    Let’s compare our FAITH to a SEED.
    In order for faith to work, we need to plant it in our hearts.  
    Then we have to nourish it with: reading the scriptures, saying our prayers, going to church – all of these Gospel principles will help our own faith grow – – just like sunlight and water do with any type of seed.
    Read Alma 33:23.
    “And now, my brethern, I desire that ye shall plant this word in your hearts, and as it beginneth to swell, even so nourish it by faith.  And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life. And then may God grant unto your burdens may be light, through the joy of his Son. And even all this can ye do if ye will. Amen.”
    Activity: Let the kids plant their OWN seeds….literally!
    Purchase little clay pots {white styrofoam cups do the trick as well for this!} and have them decorate their pots however they’d like!
    Show them the correct way to plant a seed — while discussing the necessities for the seed to grow.
    Explain to them that faith is something that will continue to grow within us throughout our entire lives.  As long as we constantly NOURISH our faith, in doing what is righ, our lives will be blessed.
    Dessert: Serve ‘Dirt Cups’.
    This easy treat is always a hit with kiddos!
    All you’ll need is:

    Place your pudding into a cup of any kind, and top with crushed Oreos, gummy worms and gummy flowers.

    Thanks again for having me here and taking the time to read this post.  I hope that in some way, it can help your family come closer to our Savior, during this Easter season!
    For a copy of my Faith Printable for your journal you can click HERE.
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    Day #5, Christ-Like Attributes: Obedience

    Today’s lesson is from Jessica who writes the Latter-day Chatter blog.  Jessica writes and designs fabulous lessons and hand-outs.  This is an overview of the Obedience lesson, scroll down for the link to download the PDF.
     Click HERE to download the entire Obedience Lesson PDF

    Consider the Lilies, Day #4

    Hi! I am Rachel from Family Ever After. I love Easter, and I’m happy to be a guest on Amanda’s blog!
    Easter is a special time in our home, and this year I am making a concentrated effort to help my children understand why it is that we truly celebrate Easter. It is such a neat time to learn about the last week of Christ’s life spent ministering on Earth. There is so much symbolism to be found… 

    Spring (newness of life), the Sun (Jesus is the light of the world), Easter Grass (mortality doesn’t last forever, it withers like the grass, Christ offers Eternal Life), Easter Eggs (newness of life, resurrection), Lambs (Lamb of God, Good Shepherd), Flowers (many important events happened in gardens- the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the Atonement in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Resurrection in the Garden of the Empty Tomb). In this blog post, I am focusing on the Easter Lily, and how it relates to the phrase, “He is Risen.”

    LESSON: EASTER LILY
    Content-
    Lilies are Easter flowers because they teach and remind us of Christ in 3 ways.
    1. Consider the Lilies of the Field- Faith in Christ
    While Jesus lived on the earth, he taught, through the imagery of lilies, about having faith in 
    Him: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they 
    grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: …Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the 
    field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe 
    you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What 
    shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? …for your heavenly Father knoweth 
    that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his 
    righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:28, 30-33. 
    When we see the lilies, we can remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us, and they know our needs. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, He will provide for us in all that we need. 
    2. Bulbs to Blooms- Burial to Resurrection
    Lilies are flowers that grow from bulbs. Bulbs stay buried in the ground all winter, and in 
    spring blossom forth with beautiful life. Jesus was buried in a tomb for three days, and then 
    came forth in a perfect form, having immortal life. Lilies remind us of this miracle and 
    symbolize the hope we have of everlasting life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and provided a way for all of us to rise again after we die. 
    3. Trumpet Ushers in the Second Coming of Christ
    Lilies are shaped like what instrument? (trumpets) “In the scriptures, trumpets are used to sound warnings, proclaim news, and herald visitors. Moroni holds a horn to his lips with his right hand, symbolizing both the spreading of the gospel throughout the world and the long-anticipated Second Coming of the Savior, which will be announced by trumpet-blowing angels” (“Looking Up to Moroni” by Wendy Kenney, November 2009 New Era). 
    The trumpet shape of the lily reminds us that trumpets will herald (announce) the second coming of Christ.
    Matthew 24:31 “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” 
    Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.” 
    (Content compiled by Jen Lund)
    Visual Aids- 
    a bouquet of Easter lilies or picture of lilies in a field
    lily bulbs
    picture of resurrected Christ
    Moroni with trumpet
    Audio-
    listen to “Consider the Lilies” sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Printable-
    Download this free 8×10 printable here.
    Craft-
    Make handprint lilies. 
    Supplies needed: paper, markers, glitter, yellow and green pipe cleaners, tape, scissors.
    Directions: Trace hands on white paper. Allow children to color and decorate as desired. Cut out as many as you want for the lily blooms. Roll the handprint vertically to form a funnel shape. Secure the side with clear tape. Roll each finger down to form the curls of each bloom. Cut yellow pipe cleaner ~3” (1 for each bloom). Loosely curve the yellow piece to form a U shape. Wrap the top of a green pipe cleaner at the bottom of the U. Curl the ends of the yellow cleaner to form the center of the bloom. Insert the completed green stem into the center of the bloom and pull through. Display the 
    lilies in a vase or wrap with a ribbon.
    I hope you find this useful, perhaps as a Family Home Evening lesson, or a Primary lesson in church. May you have a happy Easter!


    Jesus Loves Me, Day #2


    Hello! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts! I am so excited to be participating in the 14 Days of Christ series! I think it’s a wonderful thing to do with your family this Easter season! 🙂 Speaking of family ~ I have a fun, wild & crazy one that’s for sure! ha! 😉 My husband & I have 5 beautiful & active children ages 16 to 4. They sure do keep it interesting around here. 🙂 Over on my blog I share fun crafts, easy recipes, organization tips & more.
    One of our favorite spring time traditions (that we have done several times over the years) is to hatch eggs in an incubator. We usually hatch chickens, but this year we have some turkey eggs in our incubator! I’ll have to do an update on our turkey chicks on my blog in about 28 days or so. 
    We also use this tradition to teach our kiddos about the wonderful creations that Jesus has made for us. We talk about how much Jesus loves them, and how he has created this beautiful world full of wonderful things just for us. It’s amazing to see one of Heavenly Father’s creations up close. It’s so fun watching my kiddos seeing the miracle of life. We still laugh when we think about my youngest daughter asking, “How did that chicken get in the egg?” She just couldn’t figure that one out! haha! 😉

    I know many of you probably aren’t able to hatch your own chicks but maybe you could take your kiddos to a petting zoo, classroom or farm that has some chicks hatching. It really is an amazing thing to watch. You can also find lots of fun egg hatching videos online, too. I’ve included a link to a super cool hatching video below along with some other fun activities to go along with the Jesus Loves Me theme for today.

    Today’s Activity:

    Watch this video of chicks hatching or visit a petting zoo or farm. 🙂

    Talk about how Jesus created the animals for us. Tell them that Jesus created the world, plants, animals & our families for us because he loves us. You could also talk about why we color Easter eggs & hunt eggs at Easter. Eggs symbolize new life & are a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.

    Song: 

    I Know That My Savior Loves Me

    Lesson Ideas: 
    Treat:
    Lil’ Chick Cookie Cups from The Gunny Sack
    Handouts: 
    I also made these handouts to include in your 14 days of Christ notebooks. 🙂
    You can just right click on the image & save to your computer.
    With this handout have your older kids list all the ways
    that they know that Jesus loves them.
    For younger kiddos you could have them draw a picture.
    This handout is the chorus of one of my favorite songs.
    You can really feel the love of the Savior when you hear this song.
    I made one where you can add a picture of you & the Savior.
    Then I made a handout with just the words. Enjoy! 🙂

     

    Jesus is the Light of the World

    Welcome to the first day of our 14 Day Walk with Christ.  I hope you and your family enjoy these lessons and take time to Come unto Christ as we anticipate the wonderful celebration of Easter.

    Day #1 – Jesus is the Light of the World
    Lesson Printable:  Download PDF, Download JPEG
    This lesson is a little backwards as we are doing the activity/craft first.  We are making lanterns to be used in the lesson.
     
    Activity: Mason Jar Lanterns
    Supplies: Mod Podge, Mason Jars, Tissue Paper, Wire. Paper Punch, colored tissue paper, tea light
    I used a hexagon shape paper punch, you can use any shape to cut the colored tissue.  Mod Podge the tissue paper shapes to the outside of the jar.  Let dry.  Wrap wire around the mouth of the jar to secure and form a handle.  Place a tea light in the jar.

    Have everyone design their own pattern – you can’t mess them up!  They all turn out cute!!

    Lesson:
    Begin the lesson by turing off all the lights, or going into a dark room.  Have a discussion about light and darkness.  What types of physical light do we need in our life (sun, flashlight, light bulbs, candles, headlights, night light, moon, etc.) ?  How do you feel in the dark?  Do you remember a time you were afraid of the dark?  
    One by one, light the tea lights in each person’s lantern and notice how the light gets brighter with each light.

    Light always dispels darkness, it can never be the other way around.
    Sing: Teach me to Walk in the Light of His Love
    Scripture:  John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
     
     He also declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He is the way and He is the light because His teachings light our path in mortal life and show us the way back to the Father.
     
    What does “the path” refer to?
    How can we feel spiritual darkness?
    How can Jesus light your path?
     
    As we keep the Lord’s commandments, we see his light ever brighter on our path and we realize the fulfillment of Isaiah’s promise, “And the Lord shall guide thee continually” (Isa. 58:11).
     
    And so we see that Jesus Christ is the light of the world because he is the source of the light that quickens our understanding, because his teachings and his example illuminate our path, and because his power persuades us to do good.” – Dallin H Oaks
     
    Sometimes the path is hard
    Jesus taught that “there will be times when you will walk a path strewn with thorns and marked by struggle. There may be times when you feel detached—even isolated—from the Giver of every good gift.” For these times, he reminded us that “we were not placed on this earth to walk alone. … He will be there for us to provide help if we but ask.  Two ways we can find comfort: as we remember prayer and take time to turn to the scriptures, our lives will be infinitely more blessed and our burdens will be made lighter.” Thomas S. Monson
    Journal time:
    What is “the path” and where is my path leading?
    How can Jesus light your way?  What can we do to see the light?
    How have you felt Him light your path?

    If you have little ones who have a hard time writing in a journal, they might enjoy coloring this picture: