Enjoy this fun, simple tradition involving Noah’s Ark celebrating obedience to God’s commandments…and an excuse to eat animal cookies.
We celebrate Noah’s Ark Day every March 4th to remember the event where Noah and the animals marched “forth” from the ark. We mark the occasion by talking about the story of Noah and eating frosted animal cookies. Because it is a good excuse to eat animal cookies, we seem to remember this special day every year.
This tradition actually came to us through a family member’s seminary teacher. The teacher would bring in animal cookies for all the students to enjoy in remembrance of Noah and the animals on the ark.
Don’t go pulling your hair out trying to find the phrase where it says Noah and the animals “march forth”. The scriptures never actually say “march forth”. In Genesis 8:15-18 there is language stating “go forth”, “bring forth”, and “went forth”.
The story of Noah is a wonderful account of one prophet’s obedience. He listened to God and built the ark. He gathered everything needed so he could save man and all creatures that lived on the earth.
Here is a basic summary of the story in the scriptures.
Genesis 6:13-22 “Commanded to build an ark and what to put on it”
Genesis 7:4 “Noah given 7 days notice to load the ark”
Genesis 7:7-12 “Family and animals went on the ark for 40 days and 40 nights”
Genesis 7:23-24 “Everything is destroyed”
Genesis 8:15-19 “go forth out of the ark”
Genesis 9:12-17 “The rainbow is a sign from God that he will never flood the earth again.”
Here are a few ideas for enjoying this made up holiday:
- With young children, you can read a child’s version of the story of Noah with pictures or watch the video embedded below.
- Visit lds.org “Noah” topic page for several other family friendly activities.
- Single adults, families with teens, and empty nesters may enjoy a more serious study of the story of Noah by reviewing the institute manual.
- Review Doctrine and Covenants 138:6–11, 28–35 and discuss what Jesus Christ has done for all those destroyed by the flood.
Don’t forget to eat animal cookies!
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