Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday's Matter: FHE Repentance, Atonement, Pumpkins and YOU

At our house, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for time spent with family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Ah October!!  I can't get enough of fall's crisp, cool evenings.  Thoughts of sweaters and throw blankets, warm beverages with marshmallows in them and lounging by the fire swirl through my mind.  Never you mind that it is still regularly in the 90's right now.

What better month to have an awesome FHE all about repentance, doing good and the atonement all featuring the mighty PUMPKIN?!?

Oh sure, it may look like just another gourd but this baby is a star!

{LESSON PREP}  That's right, this lesson does have some prep but don't despair it is fun stuff!

You will need two pumpkins of identical size and shape (or as close as you can get them)

Cut the tops off of both pumpkins.

Scoop the seeds out of only one of the pumpkins. Replace the tops

Paint or draw faces on each pumpkin - one boy, one girl (eyelashes and lipstick?) OR you can use Mr and Mrs Potato Head parts to make faces!


The Parable of the Pumpkins

Once in a pumpkin patch, not far from here,
There were two little pumpkins, both friends so dear.
They were so much alike, both orange and round,
They both had a stem, and they both grew on the ground.
But that is where the similarity ends,
You see, there is one big differene between these closest of friends.
Patty the pumkin is not always nice,
She often tells lies, hits, screams and fights.
She never says sorry, and she really is quite mean,
Though she looks fine on the outside, her insides are not clean!
Then you have Perry, our other pumpkin friend,
Perry is someone on whom you can always depend!
Perry can make mistakes like all of us do,
But Perry says he's sorry, and you know what he says is true.
He tries his very hardest to be the best he can,
It's not always easy, but he has a plan!
He knows how important it is to be truly clean,
Not just on outside, but also where it CAN'T be seen.
He knows of the importance to stay clean and pure,
By saying I'm sorry, repenting, telling the truth and more!
As we leave our two pumpkin friends, there are great lessons to learn,
Our actions WILL determine what kind of insides we earn.
We all make mistakes, that is for sure,
What makes our insides different is our DESIRE to be pure.
As we strive our hardest to be the best we can be,
There will be rough times, days we have to say "Sorry!"
But just like in the pumpkin patch not far from here,
The way I want my insides is SO very clear!
I'll choose Perry over Patty every day of the week,
Even though I may look okay on the outside, clean on the inside is what I truly seek!

{The Big Reveal}
Take the tops off of the pumpkins and let everyone peek inside.

{TALK about it}
Who do you want to be like?  Perry or Patty?
Discuss how you want YOUR insides to be.  What actions can we improve upon? Do we need to make any changes?  What are we doing right?

Make sure and note that  although Patty has some yucky insides right now, through a loving Heavenly Father and the atonement of our Savior she too (and all of us!) can be made clean once more. The fact is, we will all make mistakes. We HAVE to know there is a way back, that it is never too late.


Carve your pumpkins!!  Make sure you have enough for everyone who wants to carve and have fun scooping out all the seeds and roasting them!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  2. Toss seeds in a bowl with the melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown; stir occasionally.

Don't forget the hot cocoa!

{FHE Doesn't Have to Be Perfect, It Just Has to BE!}

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