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. Learn more HERE and HERE
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.
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
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.
Click HERE for the picture of Squanto
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.
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.
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
O 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?
King James Version – Psalms 7:1
O 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.
King James Version –
King James Version – Psalms 7:1
O 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 –
Click HERE to download this coloring page for younger kids
Click HERE to print a coloring page like this for an older version
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 AND Write Your Own Story Using Native American Symbols for letters.
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, regular muffins –
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, and gets even better as it sits. 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.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017
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