My husband came home from work yesterday and said “We should do a Family Home Evening lesson on Joseph Smith”. Since it was 5:45 p.m. and I still didn’t have a solid plan for FHE (yes, things are not always well planned around here!), I jumped on the idea. It was good night to talk about Joseph Smith, since June 27th marks the anniversary of his martyrdom.
After a quick search on Sugardoodle, I had a fun activity: Joseph Smith Tic Tac Toe. You can play the game in the regular tic tac toe fashion, but to place a marker on a square each team must first answer a trivia question about Joseph Smith. Sample questions: “What part of Joseph’s body was operated on when he was 7 years old? His leg” and “What river was Joseph baptized in? Susquehanna”.
I knew that my children wouldn’t really know the answers to start with, but my husband and I played on opposite teams and coached our partners in the answers. It was a fun way to learn about the Prophet, and by the end of the evening we had all learned a few things. The evening was complete with the singing of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” and “Praise to the Man”.
“Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah! Jesus annointed that Prophet and Seer.
Blessed to open the last dispensation, Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.
Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven! Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren; Death cannot conquer the hero again.”
Another great resource is this summary of highlights from the life of Joseph Smith, as printed in The Friend magazine.
While we’re on the topic of Joseph Smith, last Friday for our date night my husband and I watched Emma Smith: My Story. The movie is well done, and a good way to learn more about Emma and Joseph. You can watch the movie right now for free on Hulu, or I’ve included it below.