Family Home Evening

FHE – Similitudes of the Savior

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Objective

To help family members understand the importance of keeping their baptismal covenant to always remember the Savior and show them a way to do it.

Basic Doctrines

Godhead, Atonement of Jesus Christ, Ordinances and Covenants

Beforehand

  1. Come up with a similitude for each family member. For example, here is what I would do for my own family:
    1. This cotton ball is like my husband, Whit, because he always speaks softly.
    2. This toothpaste is like my daughter, Zula, because she always makes me smile when I am with her.
  2. Print the Sacramental prayer from D&C 20:77 and have a copy for each family member.
    1. O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
  3. Have a paper, pencil, and basket (or bag) for each family member.

Song

We’ll Sing All Hail to Jesus’ Name, Hymn 182

Prayer

Scripture

3 Nephi 18:7, 11

Lesson

Show and tell your family the similitudes you thought of for each of them. Tell them that you are often reminded of each of them throughout your day when you see various things. Tell your family that they are always on your mind.

Pass out the Sacramental prayer from D&C 20:77 and tell your family that we’ve been asked to have another person always on our minds – the Savior! Read the scripture and have your family look for and underline where it tells us to keep the Savior always on our minds.

O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.

Tell your family that it is very important to keep our baptismal promise to always remember the Savior.

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Read this quote from Dallin H. Oaks. Ask your family to listen for what we get in return for remembering the Savior:

He whom we should always remember is He who gave us mortal life, He who showed us the way to a happy life, and He who redeems us so we can have immortality and eternal life.

If we keep our covenant that we will always remember him, we can always have his Spirit to be with us. That Spirit will testify of him, and it will guide us into truth.
(Always Remember Him
, Dallin H. Oaks, April 1988)

Tell your family they can look for ways each day to remember Him by finding similitudes, just like the ones you shared at the start of the lesson. A “similitude” is something that has a resemblance to or is like something else.

Read and Discuss This Quote:

“It is wholesome and proper to look for similitudes of Christ everywhere and to use them repeatedly in keeping him and his laws uppermost in our minds.”
(Bruce R. McConkie, Ibid., p. 453)

  • Ask your family how looking for similitudes of Jesus could help them keep their baptismal covenant to “always remember Him?”

Activity

Give each family member a paper, pencil, and basket (or bag).

Set the timer for ten minutes.

Tell your family they are going to search the house and yard for similitudes of the Savior. Tell them they can either collect the similitudes in their basket or, if they can’t carry them, to write them down on their paper. Give them an example of each so they understand what you’re looking for.

Here are some examples of written similitudes:

  • The Savior is like the kitchen sink because they both make things clean again!
  • The Savior is like my mattress because they both help me to rest.
  • The Savior is like the car because they both help you get to where you need to go.

Here are some examples of similitudes they could collect and bring back:

  • The Savior is like this rock because the rock is a rock and Jesus is the Rock.
  • The Savior is like this flashlight because they both provide light.
  • The Savior is like this rubber band because it holds things together when they’d fall apart otherwise.

After the timer goes off, regroup and allow everyone to share!

Closing

Encourage your family to look for similitudes of the Savior every day!

Prayer

Treat
Pretzels – Pretzels look like little arms folded just like mine when I pray to the Savior!

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