I just wanted to share what we did for FHE last night. I decided that once a month I will do a lesson on one of our prophets. We started with Thomas S. Monson.
First, I laid out these pictures of a him. In the first one, he is 10, then 17-when he joined the navy, then 21-he was called as a bishop the next year, and then 36-he was called as an apostle.
Then I had the kids pick these things one by one out of a bag and they told us something about him.
The picture is of missionaries. President Monson never got to serve a full-time mission due to restrictions of war.
The grandma doll represents the 38 widows in his ward when he was bishop that he visited regularly.
The boat represents his service in the Navy at the end of World War II.
The train shows his love of toy trains as a boy.
The 8 tells us that he is the only prophet to be baptized in a traditional baptismal font. The rest were baptized in a swimming pool or natural water source.
The memory card represents his impressive memory for the faces and names of those he meets.
The duck and dolphin represent his hobbies of fishing and raising pigeons.
President Monson also keeps a picture of Christ by his desk. I went to Seagull Book and got each of the kids their own picture to keep by their beds.
Matt and I learned a lot more than the kids did, I think, but we all had fun. I can't wait to until we do this again next month with a new prophet!