Monday, January 9, 2012

Love thy Neighbor

I really love it when a Family Home Evening lesson presents itself. During the past 2 weeks our little circle of the world received 3 new neighbors. So after the last moving trucks left I planned a fun and simple FHE that we all really enjoyed.


We had our opening prayer, sang a song, and read the scripture Mark 12:30-31.


"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. "


For the Lesson: Mike and I asked our kids to name some ways we show love inside our family. After everyone gave examples like making someone's bed, helping eachother with chores, sharing our snacks with babies that cry,etc. So after everyone had a chance to express their thoughts Mike and I explained that the list of love that we share with each other; we are to show these with our neighbors. We are to be friends with our neighbors. Help them with whatever they need..... might it be helping to fix their car( Mike did this past week), taking their trash cans to the curb, fixing a fence, a baby gift, or if they just need a friend to play with. 


So for our family activity I was inspired by this lady's ideas on Pinterest.....she made these nice tags with some local info like doctors, stores, etc. and attached them to a bag of cookies.



 But I didn't make these fancy tags.  I just used some scrapbook paper and wrote on the tag "Welcome to 50 West" and included our phone number just in case they need help or just want to chat with a neighbor. And made a batch of cookies.


So everyone was excited to spread some love to our new neighbors. Since we only had 3 bags of cookies Hailey agreed to be the official door knocker while the other kids held the cookie bags. Within 5 minutes we knocked, chatted, and met our new neighbors. The funny part was Mike and I trying to remember their names when we got back home. I was successful at remembering all but 1. 


After we had our closing prayer we had ourselves a nice bowl of GF popcorn and juice. (Everyone has been wanting popcorn but I didn't have any in stock so I purposely purchased a box for tonight. We were all very happy!)


I love FHE! :-)



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