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Thanksgiving and Squanto, A True Hero

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A true story of how turning hard experiences into positive ways to help others. Trusting God and His ways in our life.

Thanksgiving and Squanto, A True Hero

Do you know the story of Thanksgiving and Squanto, A True Hero?

The story of the pilgrims is familiar, remarkable and exemplary; however, the story of Squanto completely intrigues me.

Granted as you investigate, you will find many variations of the story, but here I have done my best to bring you the most common and universal one that has been researched best possibly since it happened so long ago. 

It a story of miracles, forgiveness, love, surviving with  dignity and seeing God’s hand in ways never imagined.

You will never think of Thanksgiving the same after reading this amazing life of Squanto.

To easily teach your family his story I have a Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lesson all about Squanto HERE


SQUANTO’S STORY

Squanto, or his Indian name, Tisquantum, was a Patuxet, which was a band of the Wampanoag tribe.

Traders were known to the Indians as they came from far away Europe, including, of course, England. One day in 1614, a Captain Hunter directed his ship along the coast of what we now call Massachusetts to trade with the Indians. Squanto and some friends went to see the Captain, as he had traded with them before. Rather than trade with the boys, Captain Hunter and his men hit the young men over the head. The boys were immediately transformed into his captives.

Can you imagine the terror these Indian boys felt as they regained consciousness in a dark, stuffy, rolling vessel? The food was putrid; rats were scampering about; the water was rancid; not to mention the sheer brutal treatment as a young Indian captive. After what would have been several months, the ship stopped in a land the youth had never imagined even existed: Malaga, Spain.

The Indians were herded off the ship and into the sunlight. The light stung their eyes and drove an intense pain right to their brain after spending several months in the dark hull of the ship. Horror, dread, and shock were likely but a few of the emotions these boys felt as they were lined up to be sold as slaves.


Here is one account of Squanto’s kidnapping:

When Friars, or Monks as they are also referred to in many historical accounts, in Malaga discovered that Squanto and others had been kidnapped and were being sold as slaves, immediately took custody of as many of them as they could.  

The Monks took them to the Catherdral where they were taught the Christian faith, the Spainish language and the culture of Spain. 

Many did not believe in slavery or what was happening all over the world  and did not agree at all; knowing it was inhumane, cruel and evil .  In fact, Sir Ferdinando Gorges states, the Friars (Monks) were “so disappointed this unworthy fellow of the hopes of gain he conceived to make by this new and devilish project.”

Although living with the Monks was unfortunate, in the circumstances that took him there in the first place, he must have realized  how different his life could have been, had someone else purchased him that day at the auction.

Naturally he missed his home, his family, his people, and his land.  The Monks, understanding this, managed to arrange for Squanto to travel to England from Spain, in hopes of finding a ship. It must be noted that the odds of Squanto actually traveling back to the American continent were stacked high against him.

It is unfortunate that we do not have the history of how Squanto traveled from Spain to England. Did he have a map? Did he travel with a caravan?

The speech he had learned as a baby was now replaced with the Spanish dialect of the monks.

As he traveled, he likely did not understand English, which would be a major detriment once he entered the country.

 

Squanto somehow came to reside as a stable boy for a family in London, England,whose name was Slaney. He prayed fervently every single day to someday return home to his family, to hug and kiss his parents, his siblings, his friends. The longing for this reuniting must have been agonizing.

Finally, a trading ship was scheduled to sail to the coast of North America. It was around 1618, and another five years had passed while he was in England and learning the English culture and language. Because of his linguistic capabilities, he became the translator on the ship in trade of passage.

Another Popular Account of the kidnapping:

After landing in Spain, Squanto was taken by a ship captain to London, then to Newfoundland, then back to England after a few years to be an interpreter.   While working as as an interpreter he was on a ship that sailed back to New England and to his homeland. 

Back to our story:

Any travel by ship back then would have been rigorous and long.

It was now 1619 when the ship landed and, by providence, it stopped on the coast of Massachusetts. He must have bolted off the vessel and ran as swiftly as he could to the home of his boyhood. I’m sure tears of joy were streaming down his face as he made his way to the village.

Horrified, he saw the place was abandoned. There was no one there, not even a dog to bark and announce his arrival.

 



Traveling on, he found Indians in a neighboring tribe who told him the devastating news that a disease had struck and everyone had died. There was not a soul left of his family or his friends.

The heartbreak and sadness, even depression hung around him, weighing  like the smoke of the continual camp fire.

He had yearned for this moment: to see his beloved people for over ten years, and now it was never to be.

Squanto went to the woods to live by himself, in self-designated seclusion.

He was no longer an Indian with the ways of the tribes. 

He was not an Englishman or a stable boy.

He was not an interpreter to merchants, sailors or those who needed his language skills. 

His family and tribe were gone.

He found himself as a lone man without family or country; truly a stranger in a strange land, if there ever was one.

Meanwhile, in 1620, a little band of Pilgrims suffered great persecution from their own countrymen and government.  They decided to sacrifice all for the opportunity to worship God freely, and in their own way. Crossing the great Atlantic in a relatively small boat for a long ocean voyage, and put complete trust in God and His purpose for them.

Landing at Plymouth, they anticipated and dreamed of a life of freedom to worship as Christians, along and with enough prosperity to raise their families.

The first year for the small band was nightmarish. Disaster struck the settlement, and fifty percent of their population died. No one could have blamed them had any questioned God’s purpose in all that had happened. Their disastrous situation was catastrophic, leaving the Pilgrims barely able to see any light or prospects in the situation; only more death and starvation.

An Indian from a neighboring tribe tried to communicate with the Pilgrims, to help them; but to no avail. He traveled to find Squanto, knowing he had lived with the white man and could communicate with these people who were obviously suffering.

Squanto sympathized with the news of the strangers, ignored his own pain and sorrowful circumstance and walked to the village.  As he approached he spoke to them in English. Can you imagine the shock of the Pilgrims? An Indian brave speaking the King’s English in 1621!

Ironically, the Pilgrims had settled and made their homes on the very spot that Squanto’s parents, friends and family had lived.

See, the village that had been abandoned, providing the Pilgrims a much needed place of shelter.

Squanto not only taught them, but was such a good and trusted friend, that he was adopted by this group of people as ‘one of them’! A place, friends, FAMILY!

 

 



Squanto knew this land well as he had worked alongside his parents; now he could teach the Pilgrims how to plant corn with fish as a fertilizer, how to embed a gourd around the cornstalk to help it grow and other ways to live on the land.

Not only that, but he taught them to fish, to get eels out of the muddy streams, and to find lobsters.

Because Squanto  had been in the places he had, learned the language to communicate, had the vast resource of knowledge to communicate AND chose to look to God for His will and purpose in his life, Squanto was prepared and able to be a savior to this very special group.

Why is that important?

Because this little band of struggling Pilgrims would be a seed, the beginning and foundation for the United States of America!

Squanto opened relations and trade with various Indian tribes and the settlers which was critical for survival.

In fact, Plymouth Governor William Bradford was moved to declare him a “spetiall (special) instrument sent of God for [their] good”.

We all have struggles, trials and circumstances that are so foreign and even incomprehensible at times that we naturally question why we must endure these incredible hardships.

We may even wonder if God is there, knows us, and has a plan that is for our good?

I know that if we pray, stay close to Him and remember that He loves each one individually, because we are His son or daughter, then we can begin to realize that His love is unfathomable and enduring.

Our Father in Heaven has not sent us here to fail, but to overcome the things of the world that do not matter, to be triumphant in overcoming our own weaknesses, to be steadfast in persevering through difficulties and to endure well to the end by never losing faith in Him, His son Jesus Christ, or our ability to love as He loves us.

We may not have the spectacular events of Squanto, but be assured, and do not doubt that God has a plan for you!

His loving and kind eye is always on you.

His love is continually there to surround you.

His ways are not always going to mirror ours, but they are perfect. His hand is outstretched continually, never failing to lead you along on correct paths.

As we celebrate this Thanksgiving season, let us count our blessings one by one. It is amazing what the Lord is doing to help us be more like Him. Let us have courage and determination to be victorious while on our journey here in this life, despite challenges that may be placed in our way. For this I pray, for each and every one. Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014 (edited by Dallin Groneman 2016 – THANK YOU son!!!)

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The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth

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PREPARATION:

1- Down load the family chart HERE which is editable/fill-in so you can keep track of which family member has participated how and when. It’s a great way to keep track of assignments during family time and family home evening

Chart for Family time

 

2- Read through the lesson ahead of time, as well as provide support to all participating so they can be prepared. It may be helpful to young children or those needing extra guidance, to be ready with their part of the Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lesson so everyone can feel needed and successful.

 

3- Print of any pictures, coloring pages, etc., that you will be using during the lesson.

 

4- Here’s a big secret I’ve used with raising 5 kids and having Family Home Evenings.  Of course a treat is NOT necessary, but it IS a great help.  My biggest trick…ssshhhh…. keep a hidden purchased bag of candy or cookies that everyone likes as a backup, just in case there isn’t time to make a dessert.  I know it isn’t necessary to have something, but it’s easy to use it as an excuse for some reason sometimes. Having a treat, some fruit, something everyone likes, goes a long way in getting everyone together 🙂

 

5- Most important! Remember that not everyone is going to be cooperative and supportive all of the time.  But keep at it.  This is one of the most valuable and long-lasting ways you can spend your time with your family. Let discussions and conversations flow naturally. It will bring a spirit of cooperation, love and long lasting relationships like nothing else can.

 

LESSON TIME:

The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth

1- Begin with a SONG: (you can sing along with just the music or the music and voices, as you click on the tabs provided)

The Nativity Song   Children’s’ SongBook  Click on the song title and choose music, or music and vocal

 

2- Opening PRAYER:   Take turns, or whoever is most comfortable saying a prayer

 

3- Ask this QUESTION:

1- Why do we need a Savior, or Jesus Christ? 

2- Why was it important that He was born and came to earth anyway?

 

4- Watch this video 

 

4 – SCRIPTURES: Luke 2:1-7 King James Version

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

5- Show this Video:

Mary taught her son Jesus to pray as parents do. She knew he, and all her children had much to accomplish here on earth.  Of course our Savior had the greatest mission of ALL.  We must try every day to follow Him and be like Him.

“(Mary)…kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19)

Jesus learned to work alongside Joseph to be a carpenter  (Mark 6:3) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus learned and studied many subjects including the scriptures. He understood them so well, that he taught the most knowledgeable men gathering in the temple as they did in the day to discuss and learn the scriptures. 

Luke 2:

40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among theirkinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke 2: 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature (took care of his body, and in favour with God and man.

Notice this verse includes: spiritual, physical, mental and emotional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus took on His mission of teaching of His Father, God, Heavenly Father – who is the same for us, living a perfect life and being the example in all ways; so that we can go back to live with Him and our Father again.

Because He chose to be selfless, overcome the temptations of the world and loves us, He atoned for our sins, died and was resurrected and lives.  He gives us the opportunity to repent, change and be like Him more every day because of His GREAT LOVE for every single one of us – You and me.  He knows each person by name, individually. All He asks is that we follow His example and do the very best we can. 

1- I have given you an example, John 13:15.

2- I am the way, the truth, and the life, John 14:6.

Discuss the two scriptures and these two statements:

Through Jesus’ Atonement and Resurrection, those who repent of their sins and obey God’s commandments can live eternally with Jesus and the Father

Jesus Christ is the greatest being to be born on this earth. His life is the perfect example of how all mankind should live.

 

8- Closing Listening to one, or both of these songs, is a wonderful way to end this lesson.

 

 

8- Closing PRAYER 

9- Treat of choice

10 –  I hope you will visit the 25 Ways, 25 Days #LightTheWorld 2017 and consider participating in the  #LightTheWorld   with me and all of us at A Mother’s Shadow.  Even if it’s already begun, that’s OK!  Jump in, or catch up.  It’s a wonderful experience that will change your family forever. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today

Make time for family and teach

The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth

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Make time for family and teach

The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth


PREPARATION:
1- Down load the family chart HERE which is editable/fill-in so you can keep track of which family member has participated how and when. It’s a great way to keep track of assignments during family time and family home evening
Chart for Family time
 
2- Read through the lesson ahead of time, as well as provide support to all participating so they can be prepared. It may be helpful to young children or those needing extra guidance, to be ready with their part of the Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lesson so everyone can feel needed and successful.
 
3- Print of any pictures, coloring pages, etc., that you will be using during the lesson.
 
4- Here’s a big secret I’ve used with raising 5 kids and having Family Home Evenings.  Of course a treat is NOT necessary, but it IS a great help.  My biggest trick…ssshhhh…. keep a hidden purchased bag of candy or cookies that everyone likes as a backup, just in case there isn’t time to make a dessert.  I know it isn’t necessary to have something, but it’s easy to use it as an excuse for some reason sometimes. Having a treat, some fruit, something everyone likes, goes a long way in getting everyone together 🙂
 
5- Most important! Remember that not everyone is going to be cooperative and supportive all of the time.  But keep at it.  This is one of the most valuable and long-lasting ways you can spend your time with your family. Let discussions and conversations flow naturally. It will bring a spirit of cooperation, love and long lasting relationships like nothing else can.
 

LESSON TIME:

The Nativity: Jesus Christ, Our Savior’s Birth
1- Begin with a SONG: (you can sing along with just the music or the music and voices, as you click on the tabs provided)
The Nativity Song   Children’s’ SongBook  Click on the song title and choose music, or music and vocal
 
2- Opening PRAYER:   Take turns, or whoever is most comfortable saying a prayer
 
3- Ask this QUESTION:
1- Why do we need a Savior, or Jesus Christ? 
2- Why was it important that He was born and came to earth anyway?
 
4- Watch this video 

 
4 – SCRIPTURES: Luke 2:1-7 King James Version

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judæa, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 

5- Show this Video:

Mary taught her son Jesus to pray as parents do. She knew he, and all her children had much to accomplish here on earth.  Of course our Savior had the greatest mission of ALL.  We must try every day to follow Him and be like Him.
“(Mary)…kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19)

Jesus learned to work alongside Joseph to be a carpenter  (Mark 6:3) 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jesus learned and studied many subjects including the scriptures. He understood them so well, that he taught the most knowledgeable men gathering in the temple as they did in the day to discuss and learn the scriptures. 
Luke 2:
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.

43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.

44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among theirkinsfolk and acquaintance.

45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.

46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Luke 2: 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature (took care of his body, and in favour with God and man.
Notice this verse includes: spiritual, physical, mental and emotional

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jesus took on His mission of teaching of His Father, God, Heavenly Father – who is the same for us, living a perfect life and being the example in all ways; so that we can go back to live with Him and our Father again.
Because He chose to be selfless, overcome the temptations of the world and loves us, He atoned for our sins, died and was resurrected and lives.  He gives us the opportunity to repent, change and be like Him more every day because of His GREAT LOVE for every single one of us – You and me.  He knows each person by name, individually. All He asks is that we follow His example and do the very best we can. 
1- I have given you an example, John 13:15.
2- I am the way, the truth, and the life, John 14:6.
Discuss the two scriptures and these two statements:
Through Jesus’ Atonement and Resurrection, those who repent of their sins and obey God’s commandments can live eternally with Jesus and the Father
Jesus Christ is the greatest being to be born on this earth. His life is the perfect example of how all mankind should live.
 
8- Closing Listening to one, or both of these songs, is a wonderful way to end this lesson.

 

 
8- Closing PRAYER 
9- Treat of choice
10 –  I hope you will visit the 25 Ways, 25 Days #LightTheWorld 2017 and consider participating in the  #LightTheWorld   with me and all of us at A Mother’s Shadow.  Even if it’s already begun, that’s OK!  Jump in, or catch up.  It’s a wonderful experience that will change your family forever. 
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017
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Make time for family and teach

Squanto, a True Hero!

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Squanto, A true hero who saved the pilrams

SQUANTO, A TRUE HERO

The purpose of Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lessons are to give your family the opportunity to be together: learn God’s commandments, His Gospel, strengthen family relationships, open communication and have the tools to teach important values and morals.   I’ll explain as I fly a kite HERE 

 

TOPIC:

This lesson is teaching that God has an important purpose for each of us in our life, though we may not understand it as things happen or events occur.  Our goal is to align our will with His so that we can fulfill our mission that Heavenly Father has for us and not become bitter but better.  Squanto is a tremendous example of this in how he lived his life.

 

PREPARATION:

1- Down load the family chart of your choice and lesson materials HERE

Using the chart, keep track of which family member has participated how and when; it keeps everyone involved.

Chart for Family time

 

2- Read through the lesson ahead of time, as well as provide support to all participating so they can be prepared. It may be helpful to young children or those needing extra guidance, to be ready with their part of the Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lesson so everyone can feel needed and successful.

 

3- Here’s a big secret I’ve used with raising 5 kids and having Family Home Evenings.  Of course a treat is NOT necessary, but it IS a great help.  My biggest trick…ssshhhh…. keep a hidden purchased bag of candy or cookies that everyone likes as a backup, just in case there isn’t time to make a dessert which I have an idea for you at the bottom of this post.  I know it isn’t necessary to have something, but it’s easy to use it as an excuse for some reason sometimes. Having a treat, some fruit, something everyone likes, goes a long way in getting everyone together 🙂

 

4- Most important! Remember that not everyone is going to be cooperative and supportive all of the time.  But keep at it.  This is one of the most valuable and long-lasting ways you can spend your time with your family. Let discussions and conversations flow naturally. It will bring a spirit of cooperation, love and long lasting relationships like nothing else can.

 

LESSON TIME:

SQUANTO, A TRUE HERO!

Display the picture of Squanto

Family Time - Family Home Evening Lessons (FHE)

A true story of how turning hard experiences into positive ways to help others. Trusting God and His ways in our life.

Adapt this lesson in accordance to your family’s needs, so each individual is able to grasp the importance of trusting in God, His purpose and will in our life, even when we do not always understand why things may happen when we are doing our best to be good.  God’s mission for us is greater than we can imagine, just like Squanto’s was!

 

1- Begin with a SONG: (you can sing along with just the music or the music and voices, as you click on the tabs provided)

When Faith Endures, Children’s’ SongBook  Click on the song title and choose music, or music and vocal

 

2- Opening PRAYER:   Take turns, or whoever is most comfortable saying a prayer

 

3- Ask this QUESTION:

Do you ever wonder why hard things happen to you, or other people, when you are doing all you can to be good? Does God have a plan for you in this life?

 

4- Person in charge of the STORY: (give whichever version, or adapt to combine)

I have a post with much more information and details about Squanto you can read about HERE if you’d like.  However, remember to give only information that is age appropriate and in a manner that is teaching and beneficial to this particular lesson. 

 

Younger Version

Squanto was a Patuxet from the Wampanoag tribe. He lived a long time ago in the area of Massachusetts (USA).

In  about 1614 some Englishmen  wanted to make money so they sailed across the ocean to where Squanto and his people were living.

These Englishmen tricked Squanto and other young Indian braves onto their ship and sailed to far away Spain.  Squanto and the others did not want to go.

The ship landed in Spain where the Englishmen gathered people together and started to sell the Indian braves to anyone who had money to buy them.

Some stories say that local Monks heard what was happening to the kidnapped Indians and hurried to help.

Squanto was one who was rescued by kind strangers, who then helped him get to England, hoping he could get on a ship that would take him back home. 

He did get to England and was hired on to work as a stable boy. He learned English and he learned about God. Squanto longed to see his family again, and he prayed to know God’s purpose for his life.

In the year 1618 Squanto finally found a ship set to sail to America. Squanto had learned to speak English so well, he was able to work as a translator on the ship, in exchange for his passage.

Upon his return to America he was sorry to find that all of his friends and family had died from disease.  He was so sad he was all alone. 

Meanwhile, the Pilgrims had left their home, boarded the Mayflower, to travel to cross the ocean to the new world,  in order to freely worship God.

Once the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they found an empty village that once had been home to Squanto and his family.

The Pilgrims did not know how to grow crops in the new world, because they had landed in a much colder climate than they had planned.  Many Pilgrims died. Those who survived wondered what they were going to do.  The Pilgrims prayed hard for help.

Indians from a near-by village tried to help, however the Pilgrims and the Indians could not understand each other because they didn’t speak the same language.  One of the Indian braves knew Squanto and his story. He knew that Squanto would be able to communicate with them. He set out to find Squanto.

When the Indian brave found Squanto, the brave related the story of the Pilgrims and their dire circumstances.

Squanto wanted to help because he could speak the Pilgrims language, which was a miracle!  

He and the other Indians taught the Pilgrims how to plant corn by adding a fish with the kernel of corn to help it grow.   Squanto also taught the Pilgrims how to fish, and hunt, so that they would not starve. 

God’s hand had played a significant role in Squanto’s life.  He had traveled across the ocean, he had learned the customs, culture and language of Europe.  When the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Squanto was able to save them from certain death.  

 

 

Older Version

Squanto was a Patuxet from the Wampanoag tribe.

The year was 1614 when Captain Hunter and his crew sailed across the ocean from England to where Squanto and his people were living near modern day Plymouth Massachusetts, USA.

The Captain and his crew had traded with Squanto and the tribes-people before; however this time, they tricked Squanto and other young Indian braves onto their ship and took them to far away Spain.

Once in Spain, Captain Hunter began selling the Indians as slaves.

Several accounts say that local Monks heard what was happening to the kidnapped Indians and hurried to take custody of all they were able; Squanto was one they were able to rescue.

Those who were kind, helped him make his way to England in hopes of finding a ship traveling to his home land.

Squanto was hired on to work as a stable boy when he arrived in England.  While there he learned English, about Christianity and the European culture.

Squanto always prayed that he would see his family again.  He also wanted to understand God’s purpose for his life.

Five years later, in 1619, a trading ship departed for the new world. Squanto’s linguistic capabilities enabled him to work as the  translator aboard ship in exchange for his passage.

Once home, Squanto found that his family and friends had tragically fell victim to a deadly illness.  All that was left was a vacant village that he knew as a young man.   

Squanto was so sad. It is said that he was so distraught that he left to live alone in the forest.   However, it was not long before he joined with another group of Indians living in the area. 

It was about this same time, that a group of religious settlers, that we know as the Pilgrims, were transiting the Atlantic Ocean escaping religious persecution and seeking freedom from oppression.  

The Mayflower landed in 1620 at Plymouth, Massachusetts (USA).  Upon arrival, the settlers were grateful to find an empty village to find shelter from the cold and the elements on Plymouth Rock. 

Having experienced much tribulation in their journey over the ocean, landing hundreds of miles north of their intended destination, the Pilgrims encountered much colder weather and harsher conditions than they had anticipated.  Many of the settlers died, in fact only fifty percent of the Pilgrims survived to this point.  

The Pilgrims who survived, wondered what they were going to do. 

Could they make it in this new land? 

Accounts speak of fervent prayer being offered up unto God for relief and assistance to preserve them.

Indians in the area recognized the new-comers desperate situation.  However, they were unable to communicate, adding to a certain level of distraught. 

Squanto devastated that his family and friends were gone despite his years of praying while trying to return to them; still prayed to understand God’s purpose for him.

When Squanto heard about the Pilgrims, he was anxious to help. 

He spoke English, which was a miracle!

Squanto and the other Indians taught the Pilgrims how to plant crops so they would survive.  How to fish,  hunt, and live off of the land so that they would not starve. 

God had a plan for Squanto, which included him learning English and the culture of the Euorpeans so that he could save the Pilgrims.  

It was crucial that the Pilgrims survived in their new home as they were the infancy and beginning of America becoming a country.  A land of religious freedom and so much more.  

 

 

(Person in charge of this would be prepared to read from their scriptures or from online)

5- SCRIPTURE: (see younger and older version below for more helps)

King James Version – Psalms 7:1

 Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Questions to ask after reading the appropriate version of the scripture below (younger or older):

1- Is our life always going to be what we plan?

2- Will bad things happen to good people?

 

Young Version

King James Version – Psalms 7:1

Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust.

Sometimes we have bad things happen to us even when we are doing our best. 

Sometimes people are cruel, or natural disasters happen. 

Sometimes those we love get very sick, are hurt, or are taken from us.

Even though these hard things happen sometimes, it is always true that God is there to help us feel His love, to help us not be mad or sad.  He will fill us up inside with happiness and comfort if we keep His commandments and follow Jesus’s example. 

 

Older Version

King James Version

King James Version – Psalms 7:1

 Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me.

There are times when we are worried, and afraid because of what is happening in our life, or in the world that is our of our control.  

However, we look to God and trust in Him, no matter what others may do, we can still have peace, happiness and joy in our life as we keep the commandments and follow Christ’s example the best we can every day.

Even in times of loneliness, sorrow and wondering why our life is taking the turn it is when we are doing our best, God will bring hope, and light to our soul because he knows us individually and loves us.  

 

 

6- Person in charge of this, should have it copied off in advance, with colored pencils or crayons ready –

ACTIVITY:

 

Use this version of the provided coloring page for younger children.

Family Time - Family Home Evening Lessons (FHE)

A true story of how turning hard experiences into positive ways to help others. Trusting God and His ways in our life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or use this version of the coloring page for teens and adults.

 

Family Time - Family Home Evening Lessons (FHE)

A true story of how turning hard experiences into positive ways to help others. Trusting God and His ways in our life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7- The person in charge of the Activity would arrange to have the items / supplies ready before Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) begins.

ACTIVITY for this lesson are 2 different Native American Games to choose from, or do both!

 

GAMES

Apache Game Foot Toss Ball: To play this game, you needed a stone. To set up play, you balanced the stone on your toes. This game had a choice. You could either play to see how far you could toss or how high you could toss the stone with your toes. Kids used light stones, adults used heavy stones, and they completed with each other. Your family could use small bean bags or even folded up socks for this game

 

Ojibwa Game Butterfly Hide and Seek:  Children were taught never to hurt a butterfly. To the Ojibwa people, it was considered a gift of good luck if you stayed so quiet that a butterfly would trust you and land on you. 

To play this game, the person who is ‘IT’ covers their eyes and repeats 5 times slowly:  “Butterfly, butterfly, show me where to go.” while everyone hides to play Hide & Seek.

 

8- Closing PRAYER –

 

9- TREAT/Dessert –

Of course CORNBREAD!  We love this rich, moist and tender BEST Cornbread which is one of my own recipes.  Serve along  with Honey Butter, which is shown in my signature-style-tutorial-recipe at the bottom of the post. Make up jumbo muffins as I did here or regular muffins –

Flavorful and moist Cornbread

 

Or the traditional way.  All are delish!  Check out this recipe link to make it up a batch to go with your lesson.

It’s easy to make, and gets even better as it sits. Meaning you can make them up in the morning or even the night before and everyone will enjoy them warm or cold; especially with the honey butter.

Flavorful and moist Cornbread

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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Be Kind To All Animals, They Are God’s Creations

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A lesson about being kind to animals and our own value taken from a portion of George Dawson's life a real life person who lived to be over 100 and learned to read at 98.

Be Kind To All Animals, They Are God’s Creations

 

Family Time Family Home Evening:

Be Kind To ALL Animals, They Are God’s Creations

The purpose of Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lessons are to give your family the opportunity to be together: learn God’s commandments, His Gospel, strengthen family relationships, open communication and have the tools to teach important values and morals.   R

Remember the kite string allows a person to soar, not hold them back.  To learn more, click HERE  

TOPIC:

This lesson is about the importance of being kind to animals, being patient with them and realizing that they are not the same as people. It also addresses the value we have as human beings. 

The purpose of the Family Time Chart is to give each person a responsibility so they have a purpose and reason to be involved in the lesson.  As they rotate in the tasks, they learn new talents they may not know they had!  

I hope you can use this lesson as a resource and adapt to your family so that each feels included, loved and it is a way to explain ethics and beliefs that God has given as a foundation so we can soar and reach our highest potential here on earth. 

 

PREPARATION:

1- Down load the family chart of your choice and lesson materials HERE

Using the chart, keep track of which family member has participated how and when; it keeps everyone involved.

Chart for Family timeWay to keep track of assignments during family time and family home evening

2- Read through the lesson ahead of time, as well as provide support to all participating so they can be prepared. It may be helpful to young children or those needing extra guidance, to be ready with their part of the Family Time-Family Home Evening (FHE) Lesson so everyone can feel needed and successful. 

 

3- Print of any pictures, coloring pages, etc., that you will be using during the lesson.

 

4- Here’s a big secret I’ve used with raising 5 kids and having Family Home Evenings.  Of course a treat is NOT necessary, but it IS a great help.  My biggest trick…ssshhhh…. keep a hidden purchased bag of candy or cookies that everyone likes as a backup, just in case there isn’t time to make a dessert.  I know it isn’t necessary to have something, but it’s easy to use it as an excuse for some reason sometimes. Having a treat, some fruit, something everyone likes, goes a long way in getting everyone together 🙂 

 

5- Most important! Remember that not everyone is always cooperative and supportive all of the time.  But keep at it.  This is one of the most valuable and long-lasting ways you can spend your time with your family. Let discussions and conversations flow naturally. It will bring a spirit of cooperation, love and long lasting relationships like nothing else can.

 

LESSON TIME:

SHOW KINDNESS TO ANIMALS

Show the picture of George and his mule.A lesson about being kind to animals and our own value taken from a portion of George Dawson's life a real life person who lived to be over 100 and learned to read at 98.

Be Kind To All Animals, They Are God’s Creations

 

Adapt this lesson in accordance to your family’s needs, so each individual is able to grasp the importance of being kind to animals, and how important they are to God.

 

1- Begin with a SONG: (You can sing along with just the music or the music and voices, as you click on the tabs provided.  If you/your family are unfamiliar with the song, have it play the vocal with the music through, then sing along the second time through.)

 Kindness Begins With Me, Children’s’ SongBook  Click on the song title and choose music, or music and vocal

 

2- Opening PRAYER:   Of course there are many ways to pray, just please include it since it’s so important for your family! For Family Time, take turns, or whomever is most comfortable saying a prayer may want to do it more often.

If you have any questions, or want to know more about prayer, this link will help you.

Also here is this video

 

3- Ask this QUESTION:

Have you ever hurt an animal just because you were mad, frustrated or angry?

 

4- Person in charge of the STORY: (give whichever version, or adapt to combine)

Younger Version

A long time ago a boy named George was asked by his Papa to go get their family mule so they could go to town.

Back then the mule was very important to the family to help with the work, to pull the wagon, and so many other things.  This family loved their mule and it’s name was Blue.

George went to get Blue as his Papa had asked.

He called to the mule, but Blue wouldn’t come.

George pretended to have a carrot behind his back, but Blue still didn’t come, so George yelled at him and called him names.

Blue started to run away from George because it frightened him.

This made George mad, so he picked up a rock and threw it at him, hitting Blue in the eye.

George felt so bad!  

He told his Papa what he did, which is so good he didn’t lie.

Blue got an infection in that eye and went blind.

George always felt so bad about that and promised he would never hurt Blue or another animal again.

He never did, even though he lived to be 103 years old!

We must treat animals kindly when we have pets or visit others who have pets. 

 

Older Version

George Dawson was a remarkable, kind and generous man who lived to be 103 years old!  He even learned to read at 98 years old because it was the first time he had the chance to do it! He had a wonderful outlook and loved life.

When he was asked if he had any regrets, his answer was yes.  It was when he hurt Blue, the family mule.

See back in the very early 1900’s cars were scarce and mules were very important, especially to poor people.  For plowing to put in crops for growing their food, pulling the wagon and other things that required strength.

The trouble happened when George was told by his father to go hitch up Blue to the wagon before going to town.

Well, animals are different than we are and they are supposed to be.  We think more, communicate at a much higher level and can reason things out.

George could have gotten a lump of sugar or a carrot to persuade Blue to come to him, making it easy to put on the halter in order to hitch the mule to the wagon, but instead, he only pretended to have a treat.

Blue must have figured it out by the smell or sight and wouldn’t just come by the demands of George calling, then yelling at him.

In fact, Blue started moving away, which made George angry.

Instead of going into the house for a carrot, or calming down and remembering it was an animal he was working with, George picked up a rock which hit Blue right smack in the head.

Blue started braying (the sound a mule makes) in pain.

George tried to get close to help him, but the mule didn’t trust him now and wouldn’t let him near. George worried because he could see the eye was really hurt.

He knew he had to go tell his dad what had happened.  This showed George’s character, he didn’t lie about what he did.

The family didn’t have the money for a veterinarian to care for Blue, however, they did the best they could; sadly Blue went blind in that eye.

George was very ashamed about what he did. How could he ask forgiveness of a mule?

In his book George said: “We was to have that mule for many more years.  Every time he looked at me, I hurt inside. To this day, I still feel badly about it.  I promised myself that I would never hit an animal again. And, though it’s been more than eighty-years, I never have.”  LIFE IS SO GOOD by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

 

 

(Person in charge of this would be prepared to read from their scriptures or from online)

5- SCRIPTURE: (show picture of sparrows and coins)

King James Version – Luke 12:6

Questions to ask after reading the appropriate version of the scripture below (younger or older):

1- Are animals important to us?

2- Are animals important to God 

3- Are we important to God?

 

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Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

 

Young Version

King James Version – Luke 12:6  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

In Jesus’s time, people would go to the market to buy food instead of the store like we do. 

Poor people ate sparrows because they were so cheap to eat.

Jesus is telling us that even though the sparrow wasn’t worth very much money at all, God still knows about every single sparrow. 

Just like the sparrow, God knows about you and me.  He knows our name, and He loves us.

Like the sparrow, all animals are important to God because He created them and wants us to be kind to them.

 

Older Version

King James Version – Luke 12:6  Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Back in the time when Christ lived, birds were generally used for food.

There were many types of birds, but the sparrows were the least expensive that could be purchased, and cost only a farthing for two of them.

Actually, if you bought a large quantity, you could get them even cheaper.

So how much was a farthing worth?

The ‘farthing’ was a tiny copper coin that held only a very small value.

So to Jesus was telling us that the farthing, which is almost insignificant in value still purchases two sparrows.

The value of two sparrows would be considered nothing to that of a human life.

 YET, Jesus is saying that God knows and cares about every single sparrow.

God has a reason for every single creature and animal He creates.

We have the responsibility to be kind to the animals we have a responsibility for as our pets and any that we can otherwise.

 

6- Person in charge of this, should have it copied off in advance, with colored pencils or crayons ready –

ACTIVITY:

The younger kids may want this picture

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

 

And the teens and adults may want to color this picture

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

Family Time, Family Home Evening, Be Kind To Animals

 

7- The person in charge of this can talk about it, or arrange it as an activity for the family

ACTIVITY Go to, or donate to a shelter.  You can see our experience when we did this HERE

 

8- Closing PRAYER: Person Assigned 

 

9- TREAT/Dessert:

These Cream Cheese Cookies are sure to be a hit! You can get the recipe HERECream Cheese Chocolate Chip CookiesCopyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017

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