5 Minute Family Home Evenings

First Article of Faith

This 4 week series is based on the song "The First Article of Faith" from the Children's Songbook.  Each week you will repeat the song and do an activity based on the parts of the verse.

Learn the Song

The Article of Faith songs are easy ways to help your children memorize the Articles of Faith.

 Learn the melody and verses of the song "The First Article of Faith" in the Children's Songbook, page 122.  Click here to access the sheet music, lyrics and an mp3 of the song.  (Scroll down the page and find the song under its page number 122.  Click on the title to find the sheet music, or on the mp3 logo to access the recording).

 

The most effective way to teach music is in repetition.  The easiest way for children to learn the song is by simply hearing you sing it over and over again.  No need to speak the words or involve complicated actions or visual aids. 

Week 1 - God, the Eternal Father

SONG

We believe in God, the Eternal Father

And in his son, Jesus Christ

And in the Holy Ghost. 

 

LESSON

Ask your children to identify the members of their family.  Ask what each member of the family does for the family (ie: dad barbecues, baby sister likes to cuddle, big brother helps tie shoes, mom takes everyone on bike rides.)Then tell them that they also have a Heavenly Father.  Talk about what God the Father can do as their father (he loves you, answers prayers, helps you feel good, wants to know what you are doing through prayer.)

 

ACTIVITY

Draw a picture of your family, and include your Heavenly Father.  Put the family portraits into a frame (you can buy frames at Dollar Stores) and display the it in the house.

Week 2 - Jesus Christ

 

SONG

We believe in God, the Eternal Father

And in his son, Jesus Christ

And in the Holy Ghost. 

 

LESSON

Choose any children's storybook about the life of Jesus to read with your children.  Or choose a couple of verses from the New Testament to share.   Highlight that Jesus Christ is part of the Godhead, but that he also came to live on earth like all of us.

 

New Testament passage suggestions:

1.  The birth of Jesus (Luke 2:6-16)

2.  Jesus feeds the multitudes (Matthew 14:15-21) 

3.  Jesus calms the storm (Matthew 8:23-27) 

4.  Jesus is baptized (Matthew 3:13-17) 

 

ACTIVITY

Dress up as people from Jesus' time (wear bathrobe, wear a small towel on your head tied with a string) and do play a game that kids play today that Jesus might also have played when he was a child (like tag, hide and go seek)

 

Week 3 - The Holy Ghost

SONG

We believe in God, the Eternal Father

And in his son, Jesus Christ

And in the Holy Ghost. 

 

LESSON

Gather a few items that demonstrate the different roles the Holy Ghost has:

1.  A blanket (comforter)

2.  A flashlight (revelation, teacher)

3.   A map (guide) - if you have time, make a map of your house or yard or park that you could use in the activity portion (see below).  Have a starting place and an end place on the map.

  

Read John 14:26.  Wrap everyone in a blanket (each in their own, or all together under a big one.)  Talk about how the Holy Ghost can comfort you and make you feel warm.  Then turn on a flashlight and talk about how the Holy Ghost can teach us, helping us understand what we read in the scriptures.  Finally, show a map and talk about how the Holy Ghost can show us the way to go

 

ACTIVITY

Go on a walk with the items you have the represent the Holy Ghost.  Everyone can wrap themselves in a blanket, and then use the flashlight to shine on the map of your route.  You could start and end in different rooms in the house, or around your property, or at a park.  If it gets dark enough before bedtimes, try a walk in the dark (or turn off the lights in your house.)

Week 4 - The Godhead

 

SONG

We believe in God, the Eternal Father

And in his son, Jesus Christ

And in the Holy Ghost. 

 

LESSON

Read 2 Nephi 31:18.  Talk about how God the Eternal Father and his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost work together.

 

ACTIVITY

Find a heavy piece of furniture that is too heavy for one person to lift, but can be safely lifted by three people.  Have 3 people of the family work together to move the piece of furniture (or other comparable item.)

 

You could also choose any activity that is easier in a group.  If you have something in the house that actually needs doing (like cleaning a room, or baking a treat, or setting up a backyard item) choose that instead for an even better hands-on lesson about working together to get something accomplished.