Fun Ideas for Activities and Callings

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Mother’s Day Dinner

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For Mother’s Day we decided to have a mother’s dinner. We spent one activity night planning the menu and entertainment. We also had them write a letter to their mom’s to give to them at the dinner. Our girls decided to make potato soup, salad, rolls and apple pie. The Sunday before the dinner I passed out the official invites to the party though I had already talked to almost every mom about it casually before that.

I had the mother’s drop girls off at 5pm with the mom’s arriving for dinner at 6:30pm. The girls peeled and cut potatoes and apples, washed and cut salad, made homemade croutons, diced peppers, stirred soup, and warmed up rolls. It was pretty crazy, but all the girls were willing to help even though most of them had never used a knife before, but don’t worry we made it out just fine with no cuts or accidents! We also had food ready to go about 20 minutes before the appointed time and the girl’s took that time to practice songs they would sing and put together a quick skit.

We moved my kitchen table out on the patio since the weather was pretty nice. The girls served their mom’s each course and sang a song while putting food and plates and bowls on the table. The moms really enjoyed not having to get out of their seats for anything and just getting to chat. With each course that was served I let the mom’s know which girls had worked on it, the girls loved working in the kitchen and making new things. Most of the girls were timid about preparing food at first but quickly dropped their reservations and got right in there to help.

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After dessert plates were cleared the girls gave their mom’s the letter they had written previously and a Toblerone mini’s chocolate. Following that the girl’s finally were calm enough to eat salad, rolls and potato soup and pie in the backyard while mom’s relaxed and talked some more. It was a very fun, successful activity, I had several of the mom’s say that they really enjoyed it and had a wonderful time talking with the other ladies.

You could use this activity to pass off a requirement in the girl’s Faith in God booklets, “preparing and serving a nutritious meal.” I figured that our meal wasn’t that nutritious so we didn’t pass it off but it gave the girls tons of confidence in the kitchen to hopefully now do it at home.

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FIG Family Home Evening Kits: The First Vision

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Recently we put together family home evening kits on the First Vision, helping to pass off teaching a family home evening on the first vision in the Gospel Living Section of their Faith in God booklets. It took a lot of looking and doing, but I found some blogs and lds.org pictures to use for these kits.

Each girl received a gallon sized bag with the FHE outline, a printed and laminated sacred grove and Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and Joseph talking to a preacher. Also in the gallon bag were pictures of Joseph Smith, a girl praying, and The Book of Mormon that needed cut out and colored. Also in the bag, a colored marker they were to use on the back of their images, each girl had a different color, that way we could keep each girl’s pictures straight while cutting, laminating and putting them in the kits.

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The pdf includes directions and black and white illustrations for the girls to color. I did a mix of illustrated and coloring images because of 2 reasons: 1- time, and 2- reverencing heavenly figures. We a have a couple girls who just throw color on images and I wanted Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to remain heavenly.

FHE Outline and coloring pictures: FIG First Vision FHE Packet with coloring pictures and instructions. The instructions I got from this blog post, I did however change them slightly.

Colored pictures from lds.org:

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After the girls colored and cut out the pictures I had them number the backs to correspond with the written FHE outline.

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We then laminated the pictures and used some velcro dots to stick Heavenly Father and Jesus along with a praying Joseph Smith to the sacred grove.

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To help complete the FHE we included two bags of popcorn as the FHE treat! The girls had a wonderful time making these bags and learning more about the restoration.

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