Monday, January 9, 2012

Family Home Evening: John Taylor on Tithing

For this week's family home evening, we will be learning about the prophet John Taylor.

Opening Wiggle Song:  Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (click on song name for music)

Opening Reverent Song:  I Wiggle (click on song name for music)

Opening Prayer: Given by Lily

Lesson: Given by Mommy
Lesson Plan: Today we are going to learn about a prophet of God. A prophet is a living person who helps us to know what our Heavenly Father wants us to do. This is the prophet John Taylor:
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President Taylor taught us that Heavenly Father wants us to pay tithing. Tithing is when we offer to give one tenth of our riches back to Heavenly Father to be used to build Temples and do other good things that will help spread the Gospel and build up our Church.

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This is how it works. If you work really hard to earn some money from Mommy or Daddy by doing extra chores, and they give you $10, you would take one of those dollars and give it as tithing to Heavenly Father.
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Some people call this a sacrifice, which means to give up something that is hard for you to do. But we know that even if it is hard, Heavenly Father has given us EVERYTHING that we have, so really we are just deciding to share some of it with him again! And when we do share, he will continue to bless us with the things that we need.
Lesson Application:  Gather your children together and assign them a special task to do that they will earn money for (i.e. load the dishwasher, clean up the yard, vacuum the house, etc.) When they are done, give them their payment and then help them to subtract 10%. Take that 10% and put it in a tithing envelope to give to the Bishop on Sunday, or into a special piggy bank that was designed to hold tithing until you're ready to pay it. Then don't forget to help your kids get their tithing money to the Bishop the following Sunday!
Closing Song: I'm Glad to Pay Tithing (click on song name for music)

Closing Prayer: Given by Brooklyn

Treats: Prepared by Daddy... Cake Mix Waffle Ice cream Sandwiches!