Title: “Family Home Evening in a Can”
Exhibitor: Colleen Kitterman
Description: All elements of a family home evening are put into a
decorated can. This includes a program, treat, and sometimes the materials for a fun activity or service project. Ideas included for “seasonal” activities. These cans are also a fun project for YW groups, Relief Societies, and to make and give as gifts to family, friends, and neighbors.
How To’s: Making a Can
1. The Can: The cans used were purchased at the Dry Pack Cannery for about $0.50 each. Most stakes have a canning machine. The cannery has some liability guidelines and would like them to be sealed there and then opened for use with a plastic lid. Cans can be recycled from your own storage. Paint cans can be purchased new at most paint stores for about $1.50 for the gallon size. These cans can be decorated in any manner. They can have a “scrapbook type” label using cardboard, cardstock paper, etc., or just spray painted with a ribbon tied on. Your creativity and time frame can dictate what you choose to do.
2. The Lesson: Inside the can, try to put everything the family needs to hold a family home evening. A lesson could be in any form: a story, games or puzzles from church magazines, or numbered cards to be passed out and read in order. These can be done using scriptures, hymns, and quotes from church magazines. These could be put in a decorated envelope. Also include the ingredients to make a simple treat. This could be purchased mixes for cookies, brownies, cakes, or drinks. Make-it-yourself mix recipes are also available and could be packaged in fun fabric or paper bags. A simple craft could also be included with the supplies in a Ziplock bag. If room allows, include napkins, handouts, and anything else you would like.
3. Choosing a Topic: This is wide open. Any gospel Subject may be used. It’s fun to do holidays or special occasions. A group may have a special theme for the year and want to prepare a lesson around that.
4. Be creative and express yourself! Just go ahead and CAN IT!
A flag is a wonderful thing. Every nation has a flag that is a symbol of the people and what they hope to be.
The Book of Mormon tells about a very special flag called the “Title of Liberty.” It was made by a great leader named Moroni, who became a general of the Nephite army when only twenty-five years old. With the help of the Lord, Moroni was successful in winning many battles against the Lamanites.
Most of the Nephite people loved the Lord and wanted to serve him, but there was one man named Amalickiah who wanted to become King. He gathered some of his followers to destroy those who served God so they would not be able to interfere with his wicked plans.
General Moroni was angry when he eard of the evil plans of Amalickiah. In his anger, Moroni tore his coat, took a piece of it, and wrote some words upon it. Fastening the cloth to the end of a pole, Moroni named it the “Title of Liberty.” Moroni then went among the people waving the unusual flag so all of the people could see what he had written. He said to the, “Whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights and their religion that the Lord God may bless them.”
The people were eager to do what was right and to follow Moroni
so they made a covenant to serve God. The
words written o the “Title of Liberty” made the people want to do their very
best. The words said, “In memory
of our God, our religion, our freedom and our peace, our wives, and our children.”
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The History of Our Flag:
The flag of the United States of America today has 13 stripes (seven red and six white), and 50 white stars on a blue field (five rows of six, four rows of five. The stripes remind us of the 13 original colonies that gained us our liberty. The stars represent the states that are bound together into one country.
The flag today grew out of many earlier flags in days one by.
From the time that America was discovered, different flags flew over different parts of the country: the banner of the Norsemen, the flags of Spain, France, Holland, Sweden, and England. An English flag known as the Queen Anne flag waved over the 13 colonies from 1707 to the revolution.
The flag that became known as the Grand Union flag was raised over George Washington’s headquarters outside Boston on January 1, 1776. The Revolutionary War had started the year before, and the colonies needed a flag of their own.
The first official flag of the new nation, the United States of American, was the Old Glory. It was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia. The resolution was passed on June 14, 1777, a date we celebrate every year as Flag Day.
The flag that waved over Fort McHenry when it was bombarded, September 12-14, 1814, was a 15-star and 15-stripe flag. Two stripes and two stars had been added to the original 13 on May 1, 1795. It became famous as the Star-Spangled Banner. That was the title that Francis Scott Key gave to the poem he wrote about it.
When still more states joined the United States, it became
evident that the flag would get to be an awkward shape if more and still more
stripes were added. Therefore, on
April 4, 1818, Congress passed a law that restored the design to the original
13 stripes. It also provided that
a star be added to the blue field for each new state.
The 50th star, for
Hawaii, was added on July 4, 1960.
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