Today we are sharing a VERY simple FHE we did last night all about temples!
I was inspired to talk to my kids about the importance of temples since we have the very awesome opportunity of attending the open house for the Payson Utah Temple later this week. I wanted them to understand the importance and hopefully get really excited for their chance to go inside, see, and mostly FEEL what makes the temple such a beautiful place.
To get started I made this printable to put up in our living room. If you are new to our blog, I like to make printables every week that focus on our FHE. Then we can display them and remember all week long what we are focusing on!
I actually made another one too, to put up in my girls room ;) Feel free to right-click, save to your computer, and print one up of your own!
After we sang I Love to See the Temple, we read from The Friend magazine some quotes from President Monson as he spoke in General Conference last month about temples. If you don't get your own copy click on the link and it will take you right to it! The kids loved adding up all the temples, from those already completed, those being restored, to those newly announced. They were amazed to think that by the time ALL the temples are finished that have been announced we will have 178 temples all around the world!
At this point in FHE my younger kids are always starting to get more than a little antsy so we played a really fun game I found forever ago on Pinterest that I have been planning on using for Singing Time. I figured out it would work just as well last night, and my kids totally loved it! And I am SO sorry to whomever first came up with this idea...some of my Pinterest boards got hacked into and I lost lots of pins. I have tried again and again to find the original source, but I cannot anywhere!
All you need to play Human Spinner is some sort of office chair that can spin around, like so :)
Then I put up numbers 1-5 all round the room. Have one of your kids sit in the chair and stick out their legs, the legs being the spinner part ;) Then let another kid spin them around and see what number their legs are closest too when they stop!
Then have them answer one of these questions about temples that corresponds to the number they landed on!
Since I have young kids these questions were pretty simple, you could change them up, add more, or do anything you think would benefit your family! The kids LOVED spinning around and answering questions, they wanted to play again and again so we had to keep thinking up more questions ;)
One last thought :) Our FHE last night went about like they usually do, one kid was crying and got sent to his room, two sisters were fighting and had to be separated, the 2-year old figured this was a great opportunity to destroy the house while we were all in a different room, and mom felt a little defeated when it was all said and done.
BUT! This morning the kids came down and saw this printable in our living room.
They immediately started talking about how cool it was that we have 178 temples in progress or done around the world! Then one said they couldn't wait to go inside the Payson Temple. Then my little guy said he was so happy we were sealed in the temple, and that we were a forever family.
I teared up as I felt the Spirit teach, "Don't give up on family home evenings!!" It is hard. Lots of times I just want to throw in the towel and put on a movie so I can have a minute of quiet ;) However, these little tender mercies remind me its all worth it. We are doing a sacred work as we raise these children, and the Lord will bless us in this work. I know it. I feel Him with me as I strive to teach them something, ANYTHING, that might possibly strengthen them on their journey in this life. Most fhe's aren't going to be Pinterest-worthy...and that is totally fine! Sometimes the message will click, and sometimes it just won't. Sometimes no one will get anything out of it...but sometimes someone will. And if one child receives one answer to a prayer, or gains a testimony of one gospel principal, or has one experience where they KNEW they felt the Spirit...then it is worth it.