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Family Home Evening Lesson: Jonah and the Whale

The story of Jonah and the Whale is one of my favorite scripture stories - how can you not love a story where someone gets swallowed by a fish?  Plus it teaches all about second chances, and I think those are excellent too.

FHE Theme: Jonah and the Whale

Scripture: Jonah Chapters 1-3, 1 Nephi 3:7

Songs: "Follow the Prophet" (verse 7) and "Choose the Right Way" Children's Songbook

Read the story of Jonah in the Bible.  It might be a little too long for little kids, so you can use this printable playset to act out the story instead:
click here to download this free printable

Read 1 Nephi 3:7, and discuss it as a family. What does it mean that the Lord won't command us to do something before preparing a way to for us to accomplish it?  How does this scripture apply to the story of Jonah?

If you'd like a bit more on the topic, this is a great article from the September 2002 Ensign written by Elder Jaun Uceda called "Jonah and the Second Chance".

Or if you'd like to throw in a cute activity sheet, this is a fun one from the February 1986 Friend.

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