Family Home Evening

FHE – Spiritual Nourishment

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Objective
We must make sure that our children have sufficient spiritual food and that they are protected from those influences that will prevent this food from being assimilated into spiritual nourishment. ~Dallin H. Oaks

Basic Doctrines
Atonement of Jesus Christ, Prophets and Revelation, Priesthood and Priesthood Keys, Ordinances and Covenants, Marriage and Family, Commandments

Beforehand
1. Make a copy of this quote for each family member:

We know the principal sources of spiritual food: prayer, studying the scriptures, attending inspirational meetings, singing the hymns of Zion, serving in our callings, fasting, partaking of the sacrament, and making other covenants, such as in the temple. We also know that some experiences can interfere with the assimilation of spiritual food, just as certain poisons can interfere with obtaining needed physical nourishment from physical food. For example, anything that drives away the Spirit of the Lord, such as pornography, profanity, or anger, will prevent us from obtaining the spiritual nourishment we need from experiences that would normally be effective as spiritual food. Some physical substances, like those forbidden by the Word of Wisdom, are harmful to both body and spirit.
As we seek to transmit faith and spiritual nourishment to our children, few methods are more effective than parental example. Family prayer and parental teachings and testimonies, such as in family home evenings, are powerful transmitters of religious values. So are Sabbath observance, tithe paying, and missionary service.
…Gospel truths and testimony are received from the Holy Ghost through prayerful seeking, through faith, through scripture study, through righteous living, through listening to inspired communications and counsel, through serious conversations with persons of faith, and through reverent personal study and quiet contemplation. It is by these means that our souls are nourished and we realize the promise given in 3 Nephi that we will be “filled with the Holy Ghost.”
…There are other important ingredients. The prophet Ammon gave this significant recipe: “He that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God” (Alma 26:22).

2. Get one red and one green colored writing utensil for each family member (or whatever colors you have handy).
3. Print off one Spiritual Food Pyramid for each person.

Song
For Health and Strength, Children’s Songbook, pg 21

Scripture
3 Nephi 12:6

Lesson

Food_Pyramid
Show your family the picture of the food pyramid and ask them to explain it to you. Ask them these questions to help them:

  • Why is eating these foods important?
  • What will happen when we don’t?

Ask your family to name some other things that keep our bodies healthy.

Scripture Discussion: Have one family member turn to each of the following scriptures and read aloud. Invite your family to listen for what else we must have to be healthy and discuss afterward. It is best for each family member to have their own scriptures and be turned to at least one of the discussion references.

  1. 3 Nephi 20:8
  2. John 4:7-15
  3. John 6:35

Quote Discussion: Invite your family to listen for the consequences of physical malnutrition and spiritual malnutrition as you read this quote from Elder Dallin H. Oaks:

We know that our physical bodies require certain nutrients to sustain life and to maintain physical and mental health. If we are deprived of those nutrients, our physical and mental vitality are impaired and we have a condition called malnutrition. Malnutrition produces such symptoms as reduced mental functions, digestive disorders, loss of physical strength, and impairment of vision. Good nutrition is especially important for children, whose growing bodies are easily impaired if they lack the nutrients necessary for normal growth.
Our spirits also require nourishment. Just as there is food for the body, there is food for the spirit. The consequences of spiritual malnutrition are just as hurtful to our spiritual lives as physical malnutrition is to our physical bodies. Symptoms of spiritual malnutrition include reduced ability to digest spiritual food, reduced spiritual strength, and impairment of spiritual vision. (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Nourishing the Spirit, 1998)

Ask your family which they think is more important: physical health or spiritual health? (help them understand that both are important and affect each other).

Quote Discussion: Pass out the quote from Dallin H. Oaks you prepared and invite your family to underline the things that will help us stay spiritually healthy. Underline the GOOD things we must do in green and the BAD things we must avoid in red.

We know the principal sources of spiritual food: prayer, studying the scriptures, attending inspirational meetings, singing the hymns of Zion, serving in our callings, fasting, partaking of the sacrament, and making other covenants, such as in the temple. We also know that some experiences can interfere with the assimilation of spiritual food, just as certain poisons can interfere with obtaining needed physical nourishment from physical food. For example, anything that drives away the Spirit of the Lord, such as pornography, profanity, or anger, will prevent us from obtaining the spiritual nourishment we need from experiences that would normally be effective as spiritual food. Some physical substances, like those forbidden by the Word of Wisdom, are harmful to both body and spirit.

As we seek to transmit faith and spiritual nourishment to our children, few methods are more effective than parental example. Family prayer and parental teachings and testimonies, such as in family home evenings, are powerful transmitters of religious values. So are Sabbath observance, tithe paying, and missionary service.

…Gospel truths and testimony are received from the Holy Ghost through prayerful seeking, through faith, through scripture study, through righteous living, through listening to inspired communications and counsel, through serious conversations with persons of faith, and through reverent personal study and quiet contemplation. It is by these means that our souls are nourished and we realize the promise given in 3 Nephi that we will be “filled with the Holy Ghost.”

…There are other important ingredients. The prophet Ammon gave this significant recipe: “He that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God” (Alma 26:22). (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Nourishing the Spirit, 1998)

Activity

Pass out the Spiritual Food Pyramids and invite your family to create a Spiritual Food Pyramid for themselves that will help them stay spiritually healthy.

blank Food_Pyramid

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Treat
Zucchini brownies. (Best of both worlds!)

 

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