Today we did the lesson/activity that I had planned for last week, the boys have been BEGGING to have this lesson since grandma brought over the BOWS and ARROWS last week.... I'm sure you guessed already guessed it, but today's lesson is Nephi and the Broken Arrow. We are actually having our FHE on MONDAY this week, WHAAA!! Since today is a holiday Dad is off of work, Ryker has no school, and even grandma and grandpa are free so we decided to have a BIG FHE activity! ( THANK YOU SOO MUCH TO MY AWESOME MOM... she made the bows and arrows for each of the kids... SERIOUSLY she can do/make ANYTHING!! These aren't your wimpy bows and arrows, nope she made them out of PVC pipe and a bunch of other things I don't even know the names of... THEY ARE LEGIT, these will make for hours and hours of fun, thanks GRANDMA!!!) ..This lesson has always been one that caught the boys eye, they love anything and everything guns/bow and arrows right now so they wanted to know all about Nephi and his Bow:). Last year I tried to focus more on behavior and friendliness in our FHE's because we had a MAJOR hitting and kicking problem!! :) This year the kids are doing much better, and that's why we decided to focus on the Book of Mormon.. I was a little hesitant because alot of the stories have some kind of "violence" in them.. (Nephi killing Laben, Laman and Lemuel beating Nephi, Ammon chopping off arms.. you get my drift) I didn't want the boys to think that because they heard it in the scriptures it was ok to act that way at home (it seems like they gravitate to the violent actions and once they hear or see them that's all they think about..).. I think they are old enough now that they are able to understand why those actions were necessary and more importantly the moral of the stories.. So far so good:) We are still pretty early though so we will see how the rest of the year goes ....
Our handy Kids Book of Mormon stories
Opening prayer: Briyler
Lesson: Read: (1Nephi 16: 18-32), then recap in our "first Book of Mormon stories" book.. When Lehi and his family traveled into the wilderness they took there Bows and Arrows to hunt for food, when Nephi's steal bow and arrow broke (and Laman and Lemuel's bows lost there springs), everyone began to murmur (even Lehi).. Nephi however chose not to murmur, he had FAITH that after HE did ALL he could do Heavenly Father would help provide the things that his family needed. Nephi made a new wooden bow and arrow and then asked his father where he should go to hunt. Lehi felt bad for complaining, he repented and then asked the Lord where Nephi should go to find food. The Lord answered his prayers and Nephi brought back plenty of food to feed EVERYONE. We talked about how important it is to not murmur when times get hard but rather to turn to our Father in Heaven and ask for his guidance and help. The Lord has a plan and if we make sure to turn to him he will guide us in the direction that He wants us to go.
This lesson WAS DEFINITELY FOR ME!! Kaj and I have been having a really hard time trying to figure out what direction we should go with Ryker and his dad. This lesson was a great reminder to me that Nephi had to be PRO ACTIVE, he had to do ALL that HE could before the Lord stepped in to help. Heavenly Father didn't just bring food to Lehi and his family, or magically fix the broken steal bow. Nephi had to show faith, he had to go out and find wood, he had to build his own bow and arrow and even after that he still had to go to his Father in Heaven to get the guidance he needed so he could find food. It reminded me that I need to have Faith in Heavenly Father and his plan for our family, I need to remember that things don't always happen in "my time" but they do happen when the time is right. I also learned that most importantly I need to be PRO ACTIVE!! GO AND DO!! I know that Heavenly Father is just itching to give me the answers that I desire but before he can do that I need to go to him, in prayer, in studying, in the temple. I need to make a decision and then I need I need to Do all that I can and he will show me the direction that we need to go :) What a blessing it is to know that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us and who is with every step of the way in the crazy journey called LIFE:) .... and a special thanks to my AMAZING friend Ash, she was a great listning ear for me this week and she reminded me to focus on myself and what I AM DOING, to endure, and to have FAITH!! LOVE YOU ASH!!
Activity: I knew the boys would LOVE the bow and arrows so I decided to make that our activity. Uncle Trevor and Coby showed up for the fun and the boys were soo excited to show off there new "skills" :) The boys each got there own bow and arrow set (probably the most exciting thing EVER for them), and I set up some targets for them to shoot at.. Each of the targets had a question on the back pertaining to the story and the boys had to answer the question before they could move on. Once they hit all the targets they got to go outside and shoot there bow and arrows until there little hearts were content... :) (it was a LONG day of bows and arrows, lets just say that )
Treat: the boys were soo excited to go out and play they didn't even ask or miss the treat that I forgot to prepare:)
Let the picture OVERLOAD begin!! :)
This is our door of targets :) I didn't think about putting the questions on a separate piece of paper and taping them to the back until after I had already written on some of them, so you can see the questions through the paper.. oh well ;)
This happy little guy is getting over his double ear infection and he's been a much happier baby to be around the last couple days.. :) SOO CUTE!!
Seriously Dugi cracks me up!! Just chillin, "reading" the questions, at least that's what he said he's doing.
Him and Kynlie wanted to poke the targets all morning long
that is until he found out he could shoot at them!! :)
Look at that happy little face!
Bri was SERIOUSLY over the moon!! He has been wanting to shoot these for an ENTIRE WEEK!! :)
Kynlie liked playing with the balls on the end of the arrows.. Who could blame her, looks like fun!! :)
Bri picking his target and answering his question.. Him and Ryker knew the story a lot better than I thought :)
ACTION SHOT!!! Ryker the PRO is in the house!!
He wanted Dad to help him shoot it FAST!! :) Not in the house dude, these bad boys put holes in grandma's walls when she was testing them out!
This is what Pipa thought of the Bow and Arrow. You and me both girlfriend! :o)
Victory "fist pump" ... LOVE IT, and love his toothless smile :)
The day got even better when GRANDMA showed up!! The boys couldn't wait to show her "how good they were" :)
Grandpa holding down the babies!! He's good at that, and lately he is Kynlie's and Tui's favorite!
Briyler doing it all by himself.. He was soo excited!
Love these 2 crazy boys!!! and I especially love seeing them smile!
Grandma and Grandpa get lots of snuggles when they come over :) Kynlie was mad at me for getting my camera to close to her... apparently she didn't want to have her picture taken.
So you ask who enjoyed these bows and arrows more, Dad/Uncle Coby or the Boys... I'm going with it might be pretty equal.. These 2 stayed outside shooting at a box target for A WHILE!! :)
While these boys had to "wait there turn" ... nice work dad:)
Kynlie hanging out with the boys, but not wanting anything to do with the shooting.
Finally its Rykers turn!
Dugi was over it a long time ago, he just wanted to slide on the NEW play set we got this week.. (for free might I add... the kids are in LOVE with this too!)
Uncle Coby torturing Kynlie, all he has to do is pick her up for her to have a temper tantrum.. Gotta love the terrible 2's..
Dugi however loves when they pick him up to play :)
This is what FHE looks like with the FAM!!
and this is where the 2 little ones sit when they want to join in the "adult" conversations:)
Sooo fun to have the family over.. The kids really love being around them and it makes it soo much more fun for them to answer the questions and show grandma and grandpa what they learned.. This might be a hard one to top!! :O) and actually it might be re done in the NEAR future, when all of the cousins get here for the summer.. Shooting is right up there alley.. :)