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With Christmas around the corner, it's the perfect time for fun and meaningful Family Home Evenings. Use Todd Huisken's new Bible Origami book to make two memorable lessons about the Savior before this Christmas.
Huisken's first two books, Mormon Origami and More Mormon Origami, have been a hit in my house and great for church lessons and activities- you are sure to have fun with Bible Origami. It is divided into New and Old Testament folds making it easy to find the perfect fold for your FHE, church lesson, or having fun on a Sunday afternoon. Bonus! There are little facts throughout the book in the top corners relating to each design to help you learn a little bit more. The great thing about Huisken's books is how well laid out and explained everything is. There are three levels of difficulty allowing you to start with the easy folds and work your way up. It also makes it a great family book.
There are a lot of ways you can use these origami folds (youth activity nights anyone?). Here are just two examples for Family Home Evening lessons:
Oil Lamp Origami Lesson
Begin your lesson by discussing with your family exactly what lighting the world means (bytheway, Hymn #304, "Teach Me to Walk in the Light," makes a great opening song for this FHE). On Mormon.org it says
"Since a new star first appeared above Bethlehem, Christmas has been a season of light, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Together, we can celebrate His birth by making the world a brighter place. All we have to do is follow Him—His life, His example, and His teachings. In doing so, we can help #LIGHTtheWORLD."
To further illustrate this, watch the Mormon.org video below that shows different ways to light the world.
Before we can help light the world though, we must have oil in our lamps. Share the story of the 10 virgins as found in Matthew 25 (or watch the Bible Video). What are some things we need to do in order to keep our oil lamps full and burning? As you discuss different ideas like prayer and scripture study, have everyone write down things they do on strips of paper. Then show everyone how to make their own oil lamp using the instructions in Bible Origami (page 72, Skill Level 1). Put your strips of paper inside your origami so you will remember to fill your lamp each day. If you have smaller children not yet ready for origami, use this handout instead.
We have to be lights first in order to #LIGHTtoWORLD. And while the 5 virgins couldn't share their oil, others could see their light.
Baby Jesus and the Manger Origami Lesson
As you tell the story about Jesus Christ's birth, make this origami manger and wrapped infant (Bible Origami pg. 76, Skill Level 2). Depending on how much time you have (and how long your children's attention spans are) pick which part of the story you want to focus on:
- Angel appears to Mary- Luke 1:26-56
- Angel appears to Joseph- Matthew 1:18-25
- Christ's birth- Luke 2:1-7
- The Shepherds- Luke 2:8-20
- A Nephite Christmas- 3 Nephi 1:1-21
- Mary and Joseph Present Jesus at the Temple- Luke 2:21-38
- The Wise Men Come- Matthew 2:1-12
As you get to the part about Jesus lying in the manger, put your origami manger down and place the wrapped infant in it. Make several mangers and infants ahead of time so you can give each family member one to place in their room to remember our real focus this Christmas.