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“Living In Thanksgiving Daily”

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Make this Thanksgiving truly meaningful as you watch a clip of the first Thanksgiving and discuss ways we can show our gratitude. Feel the warmth of the season as your children put on a simple play while wearing the Pilgrim and Native American headwear they make themselves. Also included is a touching story of a family that travels through the snow on a horse drawn sleigh to grandma's house and a recipe for a realistic looking Turkey Cake.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated Hero Classics: William Bradford chapter 12

(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Gratitude

 

 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Hymn #94 “Come, Ye Thankful People” verse #1–2.

 

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/churchmusic

SCRIPTURE

2 Corinthians 9:11

 

11. Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.

 

 

VIDEO

Watch chapter 12 from the Animated Complete Learning System, William Bradford DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:

 

I will give thanks to God.

Thanksgiving Day is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks to God at the close of the harvest season. As Governor of Plymouth, William Bradford is credited as being the first to proclaim what we view as the first Thanksgiving.

 

Gratitude is a feeling of thankful appreciation for favors received.

Gratitude is a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something. William Bradford showed his gratitude for God by honoring him with a day of Thanksgiving. When we celebrate Thanksgiving do we have a feeling of gratitude and remember who we are giving thanks to?

We have been commanded by the Lord to be thankful.

“And ye must give thanks unto God in the Spirit for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with.” (D&C 46:7, 32)...“If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.” (D&C 136:28)...These commandments that I have just read put us under a solemn obligation to develop gratitude and the spirit of thanksgiving.” Marion G. Romney, Ensign, Nov. 1982 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

Recognize and feel gratitude for your blessings and give thanks to God daily.

“Living in thanksgiving daily is a habit that will enrich our lives and the lives of those we love...We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable....The absence of gratitude makes a person miserable.” Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Sept. 2001 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

1. What does it mean to live in thanksgiving daily?

(Recognize and feel gratitude for your blessings and give thanks to God daily.)

 

2. How can living in thanksgiving daily help us be happy?

“And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more” (D&C 78:19).

 

3. What are some things we should be thankful for but we sometimes overlook?

How can we show our gratitude for these things?

(Discuss ideas.)

4. Why does the absence of gratitude make us miserable?

“...those who complain make their own and others’ lives miserable.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Live in Thanksgiving Daily,” Ensign, Sept. 2001 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

Quote:

“Great men have always recognized the greatness of God and their dependence upon him, and they have with regularity rendered to him gratitude and thanksgiving.”

Marion G. Romney, Ensign, Nov. 1982 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

STORY

"The Lord Has Provided"

 

Frank forced the door shut. “It’s a blizzard out there Lettie. I don’t think the car or the truck will be able to make it to your Ma’s tomorrow, even if they did plow that old road.”

Lettie handed Frank a towel. “You better come sit by the fire to dry off or you’ll catch cold,” she said. “Do you think there’s a chance it might clear up by tomorrow?”

Frank shook his head.

“Well. We’ll make the best of it. It’s disappointing, but we will be just as thankful for our blessings at home as we would be at Ma’s.” Lettie continued, “After all she’s the one who taught us that we need to ‘live in Thanksgiving daily,’ no matter what happens. We won’t let her nor the Lord down.”

Frank marveled at this wonderful woman, who was always counting her blessings, even when others couldn’t see them. With a smile he said, “There is one way we could get there.”

 

“How? On snow shoes?” she laughed.

“We can take the sleigh!”

“Well, that would be something,” Lettie mused. “It’s been years since we had the old sleigh out.

The runners are probably rusted right through.”

Frank smiled, “It has been quite a few years,” he agreed, “but as usual the Lord’s looking out for us!”

“What do you mean?”

“Just last week Sharon came to me in tears, ’cause she couldn’t find her new kitten. Low and behold we found her in the barn hiding under the sleigh,” Frank explained. “When I took the tarp off to get to her, Sharon was real curious about the sleigh. I kinda felt bad that the younger kids never got to ride in it, so I cleaned her up.”

“That’s what you’ve been doing out in the barn all those nights?” Lettie queried.

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“Even put a new coat of paint on her and those runners have been sanded and oiled and sharpened.

They look almost good as new, if I do say so myself.”

“Well, this will be a Thanksgiving to remember!” Lettie exclaimed. “We’ll have to get the old buffalo throws and all the wool blankets down from the attic. I guess the children will get their new hats, scarves, and mittens for Thanksgiving, instead of Christmas!”

Frank turned and hollered as he headed for the attic, “Call your Pa, too, and let him know we’ll need a couple of stalls and some fresh hay for the horses.”

Lettie and Frank worked until midnight getting everything ready for the trip the next morning.

Together they climbed the stairs to their bedroom. There they knelt down together as they did every morning and every night and expressed their gratitude to their Heavenly Father.

They woke before light the next morning. Frank got the children up and ready. "It's going to be cold, so you all need to wear your thermals and wool socks. Your winter boots and outerwear are ready for ya down stairs.” Frank told the children. “Ma’s almost got breakfast ready. So ya need to hurry!”

 

After family prayers they all went into the kitchen to eat a hot breakfast of oatmeal, toast, and hot chocolate. After eating everyone worked together to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen so they could be on their way.

“You better put these on!” Lettie told the children as she handed out the new winter wear.

“Oh, Ma! These are beautiful,” exclaimed 14-year-old old Karen. “I sure hope I’ll be able to knit as good as you some day.”

Sixteen-year-old Jason looked out the window. “Hey Pa! It’s snowing pretty hard out there. Do you really think we should be driving in this weather?”

“We’ll be just fine, Jason. The Lord has provided!”

“What do you mean?” questioned 4-year-old Sharon.

“We’re taking ourselves on a sleigh ride!”

Shouts of joy and laughter filled the air as the family loaded into the sleigh with gratitude for a Thanksgiving sleigh ride to Grandmother’s house.

 

by Margie Nauta Lee © Living Scriptures Inc. 2006

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Living In Thanksgiving Daily” recipe

Turkey Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Bake Time: 80–90 minutes

Cool Time: 3 hrs. minimum

Assembly Time: 15 –20 minutes

 

Directions:

 

Mix all ingredients, except frosting, together on medium high speed for 3 minutes. Pour 4 1/2 cups of batter into each of (2) prepared* 2 quart stainless steel glass or bowls.

To remaining 4 1/2 cups of batter add 1 tsp. cinnamon &1 tsp. allspice and mix well. Pour into (1) 9 by 5 inch prepared* loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 80–90 mins. To check for doneness, insert toothpick in center of cake. If it comes out clean cake is done. Let cakes cool for 15 min. and then gently remove from pan. Place on lightly floured cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap & cool in refrigerator for at least 3 hours to firm up (best if chilled overnight). * Generously greased and floured.

Short of time? Make with a white cake mix and a spice cake mix.

Treat Time:

Cut off the top of each bowl cake to make flat. Frost the top of the cake where it is trimmed. Put the two frosted sides together. Cut off a portion of the bottom so that it will lay flat. Frost the trimmed portion and put on a platter.

Cut the loaf pan cake diagonally. Cut into drumstick shapes with a bread knife. Frost the side of the cake body. Then push a bamboo skewer through the center of of the thickest part of one drumstick. Continue pushing the skewer threw the body and out the other side. Attach the second drumstick to body by pushing it onto the protruding skewer. Trim off the point of the skewer, level with the drumstick.

Heat frosting in microwave for about 20 seconds. Pour melted frosting over the entire cake. Spread to cover. Cut the cake scraps into cubes. Attach the cubes with frosting, alternating between spice and white cake. Then pour a line of frosting across the top of cubes to create the skin fold of the turkey.

Ingredients

  • 7 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs. salt
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tbs. baking powder
  • 6 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup butter
  • 9 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • (2) 16 oz. Tubs Caramel Frosting or (1) 16 oz, Cream Cheese Frosting mixed with (1) 16 oz. Milk Chocolate Frosting.
 

ACTIVITY

 

Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

 

1. Explain to your family that the Pilgrims used the word “Indian” to describe the Native Americans, because when Columbus thought he had found a new route to India when he discovered America, but the proper name is “Native American.”

 

2. You can have as many Pilgrims and Native Americans as you want by printing out additional headwear and dividing the Pilgrim and Native American parts up.

 

3. Put on this simple play. At the end bring out

 

What you need:

“Pilgrim and Native American headwear (artwork included with this lesson), crayons or markers, tape, scissors, white yarn, and script (included with this lesson) and “Turkey Cake” (recipe included with this lesson).

 

Preparation:

1. Print out the script and the artwork.

2. Cut along all dotted lines and pierce a hole through dotted circle.

3. Pilgrim Bonnet:

A. Place red line on one half on top of the red line on other half and tape in place.

B. Fold black line inward.

C. Curl paper so that you can place yellow line on one half on top of yellow line on other half and tape in place.

D. Fold blue lines outward.

E. Lace a 2 inches of a 12 inch strand of white yarn through each circle and tie in a knot to make the ties.

4. Native American Head Band: (Color)

A. Tape pieces together using the tabs. Tape to size. Tape feather to inside.

5. Pilgrim Hat: (Color)

A. Place red line on one half on top of the red line on the second half and tape in place to make a cone shape.

B. Fold up triangles on brim. Place cone over triangles and tape in place.

(The triangles will be on the inside of the hat.)

 
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
         
         

MUSIC MP3

Listen to the song, Four Hands, from the Animated Hero Classics, William Bradford DVD or CLICK FOR MP3.

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 12 from the Animated Complete Learning System, William Bradford DVD. (Video clip provided online.)

 

2. Why do we celebrate a day of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Day is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks to God at the close of the harvest season. As Governor of Plymouth, William Bradford is credited as being the first to proclaim what we view as the first Thanksgiving.

 

3. When we celebrate Thanksgiving do we have a feeling of gratitude and remember who we are giving thanks to?

Gratitude is a feeling of being thankful to somebody for doing something. When we gather together for the Thanksgiving holiday we need to remember why we are celebrating and show our gratitude to the Lord for all that he has done for us. “And ye must give thanks unto God in the Spirit for whatsoever blessing ye are blessed with.” (D&C 46:7.)

 

4. Why is it important to live in thanksgiving daily and not just on Thanksgiving?

“Living in thanksgiving daily is a habit that will enrich our lives and the lives of those we love...We like to be around those who are grateful. They tend to brighten all around them. They make others feel better about themselves. They tend to be more humble, more joyful, more likable....The absence of gratitude makes a person miserable.”

Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Sept. 2001 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

5. How can living in thanksgiving daily help us be happy?

“And he who receiveth all things with thankfulness shall be made glorious; and the things of this earth shall be added unto him, even an hundred fold, yea, more.” (D&C 78:19.)

 

6. What are some things we should be thankful for but we sometimes overlook? How can we show our gratitude for these things?

(Discuss ideas.)

 

7. Why does the absence of gratitude make us miserable?

When you are not grateful for your blessings you can not be happy and live a life filled with complaining. This makes you and those around you miserable.

 

8. “Great men have always recognized the greatness of God and their dependence upon him, and they have with regularity rendered to him gratitude and thanksgiving.”

Marion G. Romney, Ensign, Nov. 1982 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.