Thoughts while preparing this lesson. The last few weeks I have been studying President David O. McKay’s teachings on agency. I have thought and reflected on this years theme “Choose the Right” and how important it is to teach our children to use their agency well. And I have decided that for my lessons this month and for the rest of the year I will try to focus on how to teach children to see how they can become good agents for themselves and how they can learn how to act and not to be simply acted upon.
The following scriptures are provided in the outline
Luke 10:38– 42 (Mary) and I will add Martha. ( I think that the scriptural interpretation of Martha is too harsh) That both picked a different way to serve, but that we have choice.
Matthew 4:18–20 (Peter and Andrew)
Plan ahead of time to have some of the older children read or summarize the scripture or ask a few teachers to read. I am planning on doing one story at a time to make it less confusing for the children. It may be that one story takes up more time than the others.
I am planning on using my own version of the game of life for this month, but it would work just as well to use the “choice and consequences” stick from January. The idea is that I want to emphasize that the people in this story had more than one choice and that they chose to act.
Example: Mary and Martha (props: cooking items; object lesson have some kids try to build something or cook something while trying to pay attention to the lesson)
Read Luke 10:38-42
Question: Who are the people in this story
Answer: Mary and Martha, and Jesus
Q: What was going on in the story?
Q: What was Mary doing when the story began?
Q: What was Martha doing?
Q: Why was Martha upset with Mary? Do you think that you would be upset if you had to clean up and cook food and no one was helping you? Back then cooking took a lot of work. It would take most of the day to make food for dinner. What would have happened if there was no food for dinner? Is cooking food a form of service?
Q: What did Jesus tell Mary and Martha?
Q: What could have been other ways that Mary and Martha could have both listened to Jesus and still made dinner?
Q: Is there anything that we can do to be better listeners to Jesus? (helping share the work maybe).