Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Peanut Butter Boy

FHE Lesson Swap, author unknown.

Copy and laminate Nathan
Peanut Butter
Baby wipes

"Choose the Right"

This is Nathan. (Display boy)

One day, Nathan's mother told him to take the garbage cans out to the curb so the garbage men could empty them, and to please remember to put the lids on tightly to make sure the dogs didn't get in the trash. Nathan took the cans out, but ran off to play with his friends...never stopping to put the lids on securely. A couple of hours later, Nathan came home. He found papers, watermelon rinds, and other trash all over the yard.

How do you think Nathan felt? Because he disobeyed his mother, Nathan felt unhappy. He knew that by doing something wrong, it was as if he had dirtied his spirit. (smear some peanut butter on the boy.)

Nathan sometimes helped his mother with work around the house. He really tried to be good, but sometimes it was difficult. One time he and his brother both wanted to play with the same toy. They yelled at each other and hit one another. Nathan won because he was bigger, but he had hit his brother and hurt his arm.

What did Nathan do wrong? What do you think happened to Nathan's spirit when he did this? (Smear some more peanut butter on the boy and explain that his spirit doesn't look very good anymore because it has been smudged.)

One day, Nathan left school late. as he was leaving, he noticed how cold it was getting. He saw a scarf hanging on a hook by the door. It would help him keep warm on the way home. Nathan took the scarf. He knew it was not his, but no one saw him take it, and he could return it in the morning.

What was Nathan doing wrong? Because he was borrowing something that belonged to someone else, without asking, he was adding another smudge to his spirit. (Add some more peanut butter.)

The next morning Nathan had to hurry to school, and he forgot the scarf. The teacher told the class that a scarf that belonged to one of the children was missing. She asked if anyone knew where it was. No one said a word. Nathan felt bad because he had taken the scarf and had forgotten to return it. after the other children left, the teacher asked Nathan if he had seen the scarf. Nathan did not want anyone to know what he had done, so he told her he had not seen it.

How did Nathan make his problem bigger? How was Nathan feeling now? By lying, Nathan made himself unhappier. (smear more peanut butter on the boy.)

None of the smears that are on Nathan's spirit are too dirty for Nathan to clean up. How can Nathan feel happier and clean his spirit? (By repenting.)

To clean his spirit, Nathan needs to repent for disobeying his mother. What must Nathan do to repent? (Go through the steps of repentance relating to this mistake. Clean away some of the peanut from the boy.)

What must Nathan do to repent from being unkind to his brother? (Go through the steps of repentance and remove more peanut butter.)

How can Nathan repent for borrowing something without asking? (Go through the steps of repentance and remove more peanut butter.)

What must Nathan do for not telling the truth? (Go through the steps of repentance and remove the remaining peanut butter.)

How do you think Nathan felt after he repented of his mistakes? How did repentance change Nathan's spirit?

When we repent, we free ourselves of sad feelings and we make our spirits clean and pure like they were when we first came to earth when we were born.


Peanut Butter Cake
1 package yellow cake mix 1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter 1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla
chocolate frosting (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 9 inch round pans and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat cake mix, water, peanut butter, oil, eggs and vanilla for 3 minutes or until smooth. Divide batter evenly into the 2 pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool cakes and frost.

Chocolate Frosting
2/3 cup unsweetened coco powder 6 T boiling water
1/2 cup butter 3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, combine cocoa and boiling water and mix well. Add butter and blend for about 30 seconds. add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, adding more powdered sugar or boiling water as needed to acquire spreading consistency.


thebohans said...

I love your site! I teach Valiant 7 and am using some of your FHE ideas for my class. I just repeat the lesson for our family on Monday nights.