Ella asked me on Sunday if she could be in charge of Family Home Evening. I said sure! When I asked her what she wanted to do and how I could help she told me, "I want to do it all by myself. " And that she did. All afternoon she was busy looking through the Friend magazine(a children's church publication), making copies on our scanner, gathering items, etc. It was the cutest!
When it was time for our lesson, she was so excited(can't you see the excitement in her eyes in the picture?). After a song and prayer she said(reading her paper lesson plan)"We're going to learn about if we were lost. What woud you do" So we gave our answers and talked about what we should do: answers like say a prayer, don't get scared, find an adult that can help, etc. Then she had us each do a maze on the paper copies she had made(you can get lost in a maze-I love how she put that together). For a little fun activity, she decided to do "spotlight" like they do in primary at church. She turned off some of the lights and would shine a light on one person and have them pick questions out of a jar(she has a "journal jar" with questions that she can use to help prompt her on journal topic ideas). The questions are about me type questions, like what is your favorite food, etc. And then after that she read a scripture about the liahona(she had the idea for this scripture, but asked Joey to help her find it). For those of you not familiar with what the liahona is, it was something that a prophet in the Book of Mormon used to guide his family through the wilderness. When they were righteous, it worked(like a compass) and guided them to the promised land. When they were not righteous, it wouldn't work and they would become lost. I love how she thought of this-it went with her lesson perfectly!
I was amazed at the ideas this girl came up with. She is such a creative little lady! It warmed my heart to see her get so excited about planning a family lesson and activity for us. It was seriously one of the best family home evenings we've had lately. The spirit was strong and I know we grew closer as a family that night. Thanks Ella for being such a special girl and for the blessing you are to us. We love you! I think you'll be a primary president someday:)