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Simple FHE Ideas: Fasting

Fasting is not my children’s favorite word. To be honest, it isn’t mine either. But about 15 years ago — when our kids were really struggling with trying to fast — we had this family home evening lesson.

Simple FHE Ideas Fasting

Remembering all the benefits of fasting (particularly when our stomachs are growling out the drawbacks) can help us remain steadfast in our commitment.



Primary Songs


Look for benefits of fasting while you read the following:


Watch this video clip together.


Get a large piece of butcher paper or a flip chart that everyone can see. Divide the paper in half.

Ask everyone to name the negative things about fasting. Write them on one side of the paper. (This may include: being hungry; getting a headache; etc.)

Ask everyone to name the positive things about fasting. Write them on the other side of the paper. Remind them of the scriptures you’ve already read. (This may include: spiritual power; spirit of revelation; able to teach the gospel; testimony; self-mastery; humility; salvation; obedience; etc.)

Compare the two sides and talk about the benefits versus the drawbacks.

What would you ask your children about fasting? Please share your ideas in the comments below.

Other Resources

Here is a great printable about fasting. Just click on the Pinterest  image and it will take you to the site. Scroll down, click to enlarge, and save it to your computer for printing. (Sorry, they don’t give a clean way to view the image.)

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  • Carnie March 23, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Alison, I love these lessons! They aren’t overblown, they aren’t full of cutesie fluffy nonsense, and they encourage discussion and input from the kids.

    PLEASE tell me you are going to keep doing these!!! 😀 Can I bribe you?

  • Sanz March 23, 2014, 3:08 pm

    Please DO continue posting your FHE ideas! I tried some of those FHE packets but they are just too fluffy! I want depth and discussion. Not arts and crafts! Thanks Alison!

  • Alison Moore Smith March 23, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Carnie, chocolate is always good. 😉

    In answer to your question, yes. I’m planning to publish a new simple FHE lesson every Sunday at noon (mountain time). “Planning” being the operative word in that sentence. But I will make a good faith effort! 🙂
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  • Alison Moore Smith March 23, 2014, 3:11 pm

    Thank you, Sanz! The encouragement is appreciated. 🙂 I plan to keep adding these if there is interest!
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