FHE: Fasting

Ever since we fasted for the baby last January, the children have asked to fast on Fast Sunday.  Telling them they were too young to fast entirely, they have chosen to have plain toast on Fast Sundays instead of fancy cereals or heaping bowls of oatmeal or some version of syrup something.  It was a big deal for them, and their prayers for Kyrie have been so tender.

But with Mary’s baptism this weekend, came also her first real Fast Sunday.

And she did it.

We talked about how it was more than just not eating two meals, and Nathan suggested she start by praying to ask for help understanding fasting.

She studied all afternoon, and prepared a marvelous Family Home Evening lesson to teach the others!

She planned who would do everything, down to the detail! 

I love that she knew all that we do on Monday nights!

She wrote a lovely lesson, using her new set of scriptures, For Strength of Youth, and the Gospel Principles manual.  She worked so hard! 


To help her siblings practice fasting, she gave them the treat we usually eat after, at the beginning, but made them wait until the end before they could actually eat it!

Then Nathan teased them with a Korean game, which had us rolling!

About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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