FHE – Parable of the Dirt, I mean Sower

FHE – Parable of the Dirt, I mean Sower

Objective

To help family members better understand their role in gospel learning and application.

Basic Doctrines

Godhead, Atonement of Jesus Christ, Prophets and Revelation

Beforehand

  1. Get a potted plant or a picture of one.
  2. Get some sesame seeds or other small seeds.
  3. Prepare three types of soil in three clear plastic cups.
    1. Good soil – one half cup of dirt
    2. Thorny soil – one half cup of dirt with thorns on top
    3. Stony ground – one half cup of rocks with a small layer of dirt
  4. Cut out a construction paper “path”
  5. Prepare four index cards with the following:
    1. Birds ate seeds.
    2. Grew quickly but had no root so it died.
    3. Seed grew but the thorns choked the plant and it died.
    4. Seed grew well!
  6. Make copies of the following quotes for your family:
    1. In this parable, the seed is the same but it lands on four different kinds of soil. The Savior also explained the meaning of the parable. The seed that “fell by the way side” represents those who hear the word of God but do not understand it and fall into the clutches of Satan. The second seed, which “fell upon stony places,” describes those who joyfully hear the word and thrive as long as all goes well. But when trials come and they feel peer pressure because of their beliefs, they are offended and do not endure. The third seed, which “fell among thorns,” represents those who hear the word, but worldliness and riches are more important to them, and they fall away from the truth. The last seed, however, which “fell into good ground,” represents those who hear the word, understand it, live it, and reap great eternal rewards. (President James E. Faust, Of Seeds and Soils, October 1999)
    2. We also need to prepare our own seedbed of faith. To do this we need to plow the soil through daily humble prayer, asking for strength and forgiveness. We need to harrow the soil by overcoming our feelings of pride. We need to prepare the seedbed by keeping the commandments to the best of our ability. We need to be honest with the Lord in the payment of our tithing and our other offerings. We need to be worthy and able to call forth the great powers of the priesthood to bless ourselves, our families, and others for whom we have responsibility. There is no better place for the spiritual seeds of our faith to be nurtured than within the hallowed sanctuaries of our temples and in our homes. (President James E. Faust, Of Seeds and Soils, October 1999)

Song

We Are Sowing, LDS Hymnal, pg 216 https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/we-are-sowing?lang=eng

Scripture

Alma 32:28

Lesson

Show your family the potted plant and ask them to describe its growing process. Help them by asking these questions:

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  • How did this plant start out?
  • What is in the pot that helps it grow?
  • What kinds of nourishing did it need?

Tell your family that some gardeners don’t plant each seed one by one, but they throw the seeds to plant them. Tell them that planting a seed is also called “sowing” a seed and a farmer or planter can also be called a “Sower.”

Scripture Discussion

Read the parable of the Sower in Mark 4:3-8. Have your family follow along in their own scriptures and ask them to listen for the four places the seeds landed.

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As your family recalls the four places where the seeds landed, display the place you made beforehand.

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Take the sesame seeds and sprinkle them on the four types of ground. Show your family the cards you made indicating what happened to each seed when it fell onto a type of ground and have them match the card with the soil.

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Invite your family to share why they think the seeds responded the way they did and what needs to be fixed with each soil for it to be good for the seed.

Discussion

Tell your family that the ultimate Sower is the Savior and He appoints other Sowers in our lives who sow seeds of testimony and gospel knowledge. Invite your family to list some of the savior’s sowers in their and others’ lives. (Prophets, Apostles, Primary and Sunday School teachers, YM/YW leaders, parents, seminary teachers).

Tell your family that these Sowers do their best to sow seeds of truth and righteousness, but whether or not the seeds grow is up to us! Pass out the quote you prepared and read with your family, inviting them to underline who is represented by each different ground:

In this parable, the seed is the same but it lands on four different kinds of soil. The Savior also explained the meaning of the parable. The seed that “fell by the way side” represents those who hear the word of God but do not understand it and fall into the clutches of Satan. The second seed, which “fell upon stony places,” describes those who joyfully hear the word and thrive as long as all goes well. But when trials come and they feel peer pressure because of their beliefs, they are offended and do not endure. The third seed, which “fell among thorns,” represents those who hear the word, but worldliness and riches are more important to them, and they fall away from the truth. The last seed, however, which “fell into good ground,” represents those who hear the word, understand it, live it, and reap great eternal rewards. (President James E. Faust, Of Seeds and Soils, October 1999)

Ask your family what soil they would you want their seeds to land on if they were Sowing good seeds for the Savior. Read the second quote with your family, invite them to underline HOW we can prepare ourselves to be the good soil that will grow the seeds well.

We also need to prepare our own seedbed of faith. To do this we need to plow the soil through daily humble prayer, asking for strength and forgiveness. We need to harrow the soil by overcoming our feelings of pride. We need to prepare the seedbed by keeping the commandments to the best of our ability. We need to be honest with the Lord in the payment of our tithing and our other offerings. We need to be worthy and able to call forth the great powers of the priesthood to bless ourselves, our families, and others for whom we have responsibility. There is no better place for the spiritual seeds of our faith to be nurtured than within the hallowed sanctuaries of our temples and in our homes. (President James E. Faust, Of Seeds and Soils, October 1999)\

Invite your family to name other ways they think they can better keep their soil good. Tell your family there are many Sowers in our lives, some sow good, righteous seeds and some do not. Invite them to search Alma 32:28 to find how they can tell the difference between good and bad seeds

Activity

Mud Painting.

Invite your family to review the quotes and scriptures and ponder what, specifically, they can do to become good soil.

Go outside to where you’ve set up cardboard, brushes, and mud buckets and have them paint a picture of one thing they can do to improve their own “dirt” so they will be ready to nourish the righteous seeds planted by the good Sowers in their life.

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When everyone is done, have each family member share about their painting and goal!

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Treat
Dirt Cups!

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