Opening Song: Love one Another (click HERE for music and lyrics)
Lesson: (Choose whichever parts suit your family needs the best)
1. Watch Video clip:
2. Read John 13:34–35
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
3. Discussion - Use as the Spirit and your family needs guide:
- When Jesus gave this new commandment to “love one another” (John 13:34–35), was He speaking only to His twelve disciples? (No.)
- What is a disciple? (One who believes in and follows Jesus.)
- How can we show Jesus that we are His disciples? (By loving one another and keeping the commandments.)
(He provided a Savior for us, so we can return to live with Him.)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16.)
5. Is love important? (Yes.)
“Love is of the very essence of life...Love is the security for which children weep, the desire of youth, the cement that binds marriage, and the smoothing oil that prevents devastating friction in the home; it is the peace of old age, the sunlight of hope shining through death. How rich are those who enjoy it in their associations with family, friends, church, and neighbors.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Tambuli, Aug. 1982
6. Can love make the world a better place? (Yes.)
“Love is the only force that can erase the differences between people, that can heal relationships shattered by bitterness....If the world is to be improved, the process of love must make a change in the hearts of men. It can do so when we look beyond self to give our love to God and others, and do so with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Tambuli, Aug. 1984
7. How can we can show our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus? (By serving and loving others and following our Savior’s example.)
8. What can we do to show greater love for each other? (Discuss ideas.)
STORY: Valentines for Jesus
Mother put the box of colored paper, ribbon, and lace on the kitchen table where the children were busy addressing their valentines for their classmates.
“When you’re done, do you want to make some special valentines?” Mother asked the children.
“I want to make a special valentine for Daddy!" answered Heidi.
“Oh, Daddy will love that, Heidi!”
“Mommy, would it be okay if I make a valentine for my school teacher?” asked Janece.
“I think you should make one for your teacher,” Mother answered.
“I want to make a valentine for my primary teacher!” Thomas added.
“That’s a great idea, Thomas! I’m sure that will make Sister Wells very happy.”
Five-year-old Breanna sat quietly, listening to her brothers and sisters make a list of people they wanted to make valentines for. “Do you have someone special you want to make a valentine for Breanna?” Mother asked.
“Can I make a valentine for anyone I want?” Breanna queried.
“Of course, Sweetie!” Mother assured her youngest daughter.
“Then I want to make a valentine for Jesus!” the little girl exclaimed.
“You’re silly, Breanna. You can’t give Jesus a valentine. Can you Mom?” Thomas taunted.
Mother looked at Thomas and then at Breanna, who’s eyes had filled with tears. “Breanna, tell Thomas, why you want to make a valentine for Jesus.”
“To show Him I love Him!”
“I think love, is the best reason to send a valentine. Don’t you, Thomas?”
Thomas looked down, “Yes, Ma’am.”
“Mommy, can we all make valentines for Jesus?” asked Heidi.
Mother smiled at her eager children, “Of course!”
“We need to make the very best valentines for Jesus!” added Janece.
Mother thought about what they could do to make special valentines for Jesus. “I know what we can do!” she said.
Heidi and Janece you help me trace two paper hearts on this white paper for each of you. Mother then showed Brianna and Thomas how to glue the hearts onto a piece of poster board. They then took a piece of red construction paper and glued it to the poster board. After the glue dried Heidi and Janece carefully cut out the hearts, while Thomas and Brianna cut the red paper into long strips.
As they worked on the special valentines, they sang, “As I have loved you, love one another....”
Mother then taught the children how to weave the red strips in and out of the slits, she had cut, in one of the hearts.
“Mommy, what’s a disciple?” asked Breanna.
“A disciple is someone who believes in and follows Jesus,” Mother answered.
“Are you a disciple, Mommy?” the little girl asked.
“I am! Are you?”
Breanna smiled and nodded.
“So, how do we show Jesus that we are His disciples?
“I know, I know!” shouted Thomas, “By loving one another. Like the song says!”
“That’s right Thomas. The song was written about the new commandment Jesus gave us in the scriptures. Should we write the scripture on your valentines?
“Yes! That’s my favorite song! And I want to also tell him that; I will be His disciple.”
“That a good idea,” Mother agreed.
The children finished their special valentines for Jesus by trimming them with lace and ribbon.
“Mommy, how will we give our valentines to Jesus?” Brianna asked.
“How about if we hang it in your room, where it can remind you to be Jesus’s disciple by loving one another. That way Jesus can see it and He will know that you love Him!”
by Margie Nauta Lee © 2007 Living Scriptures, Inc.
VALENTINES FOR JESUS ACTIVITY:
Make valentines for Jesus. Click HERE for full instructions.
Or, maybe cut out some paper hearts and everyone write down something they are going to do this week to show Jesus that they love Him, and review at next weeks FHE.
TREATS: Valentine Day Oreo's