Archive | March 2012

I Can Tell Others About Jesus Christ – Primary 2 Lesson #11

Objective:  To inspire each child to help others learn about Jesus Christ.

The link to the lesson is here.

 

In this lesson, the scriptures about the missions of the sons of Mosiah are a good foundation to build upon.  I’d also like to add some stories about Paul from the New Testament.  Paul suffered quite a bit of physical trial as a missionary but he endured because of his faith in Jesus Christ and his desire to spread the message of Christ.  A couple of Friend articles about Paul may be helpful  here and here.

Or, just go directly to the scriptures. This Primary 7 Manual lists quite a few scriptures you can choose from about Paul’s missions in the New Testament.

Not to be negative, but I’m not a huge fan of using pretend stories about “Tommy or Johnny or Susie” because they feel a bit plastic to me.  I’d much rather use true stories, such as one gleaned from this article about President Hinckley’s mission in England.  With the littlest of effort you can find other stories about previous Church president’s missions to include in this lesson.

For other resources about missionary work with a current perspective see the links. Most are from the Friend magazine within the last few years, and there are a couple of video clips from Mormon Messages.

I Can be a Missionary Now July 2009,  Friend

Being Like a Missionary January 1010 Friend

I can be a Missionary, Too.  February 2011  Friend

Missionary Maze  May 2011 Friend

Missionary to the Rescue  January 2010 Friend

Your Day for a Mission (YouTube Mormon Messages) (Maybe geared more toward 7 year olds than 4 year olds)

The Vineyard (YouTube Mormon Messages) (Maybe geared toward 7 year olds than 4 year olds)

I would close the lesson by bearing my testimony that as a convert to the Church I am eternally grateful to my sister’s example.  She was a missionary to me when she didn’t even know she was acting like a missionary.  She didn’t wear a missionary tag.  She didn’t receive an official “call.”  She didn’t say anything particularly powerful that caught my ear.  It was just her quiet but constant example that made all  the difference.  Anyone can be an example.  You just never know who will notice and become eternally grateful to you.

Sharing Time- March 2012- Week 4: I am blessed when I choose to follow the prophet.

Purpose: To help the children understand that we sometimes have to listen closely because the we have to exercise our brains sometimes and not just follow the crowd.  That we have to use our ears, eyes, hearts, and minds.

Activity: Play a thinking game.  They are simple to adjust and make up.  You just have the children do the opposite of what is normal.  Like when I say touch their knees, but really you have to touch your nose.  This requires the children to look and process information that is counterintuitive, and requires focus.  Another one would be when I say sit down you stand up, and stand up – you sit down.

Identify Doctrine: Before class attach small snakes to the bottom of the chairs of some students.  Then tell the story of Moses and the poisonous serpents (but don’t tell the solution).  Have the children look under their chairs.  Have the children who had a snake get up since they have been bitten by the snakes.  Ask them if anyone knows how the people were able to live even though they had been poisoned by the sakes.

Discuss the possibilities and then tell the children if they have not already told you how the problem was resolved.  Use the “choose the right stick and a bigger snake to wrap it around the choose the right stick.

Explain how this may have seemed silly to the Israelites or that they might have not listened.  But that it is important to listen so that we can know what the Prophet and those who love us, want us to make good decisions and to practice making choices when we are young – so that we can grow up and be happy and know how to make great choices.

Sharing Time- March 2012- Week 3: God’s prophets and apostles speak to us in general conference.

Jessica F.

 

Thoughts: To review the lesson from last week – “Recognize that the Apostles and the Prophet were once children who grew up to be adults and chose to grow their testimony of Jesus Christ”

Identify Doctrine: I will read D&C 93:11-16.  I want to emphases again to the children that it is possible and essential to grow our testimonies.  That even Jesus did not receive all of the knowledge at first, but that it took hard work and practice to learn the scriptures and to commune with God. And that in the pre-mortal existence we used our testimonies as our weapon to defeat Satan.  In Revelations 12:11, the scriptures tell us that we overcame Satan through the atonement and the power of our testimonies.  And that God’s prophets and apostles have learned of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father, and the Holy Ghost has borne testimony to them, just as the Holy Ghost can tell us that things are true.  That each and each one of them can grow a testimony of Jesus Christ and a personal relationship with God.

Encourage Understanding:

The I am going to show this movie on youtube of the testimonies shared in General Conference. This is really well done with pictures of Christ and soft music in the background.

And then close with my testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

Sharing Time- March 2012- Week 2: The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are prophets

Thoughts:  I wanted the children to recognize that the Apostles and the Prophet were once children who grew up to be adults and chose to grow their testimony of Jesus Christ.

Before Class:  Put Pictures of the 6 members of the quorum of the 12, and the First Presidency that I am going to spotlight on the board with his name underneath.

This link  is to the Friend and has the baby pictures of general authorities.  I picked the 6 for Jr and 10 for Sr. only because of size.  I blew up their pictures and printed them off.  With each picture there is short biography of each individual.

Identify Doctrine:  Explain that every Apostle and Prophet has been called to be a special witness of Jesus Christ.  Explain and ask questions about what it means to be a witness of Christ?

Activity: Pass out baby pictures to each class and have them read the short bio and try to guess what adult picture it goes with.  After each class has had the opportunity to read and guess have one person from each class come up and read the short bio and place the baby picture on the adult picture.  When all have guessed see who had guessed correctly.

Encourage Understanding: Discuss with the children how we can grow our testimonies of Jesus Christ, and how we promise to take upon ourselves the name of Christ, and that we can choose to act like Jesus everyday.  Personal Story about how to act like Jesus.  (If time allows have children share how they have acted like Jesus)

Short Biographies:

Thomas S. Monson: 

He relates this story about an experience in Primary:

“I remember that our deportment in Primary was not always as it should be. I had a lot of energy and found it difficult to sit patiently in a class. Melissa Georgell was our ward Primary president. One day she asked me if I would visit with her. We sat on the front row of the benches in the chapel, and she began to cry. She then told me that she was sad because the boys in particular did not behave during Primary opening exercises. Innocently, I asked, ‘May I help, Sister Georgell?’

“With a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye, she responded, ‘Would you?’

“I told her I would. The Primary’s disciplinary problems ceased that moment,” he laughs, explaining that he had been part of the challenge.

Dallin H. Oaks: 

He was born in Provo, Utah, 12 August 1932, and grew up a worker. He began working for pay only three or four years after his father died, to help his widowed mother.

“I was blessed with an extraordinary mother,” he  recalls. “She surely was one of the many noble women who have lived in the latter days.” He lauds her as a woman of “great faith,” a “very skilled parent,” and a woman possessed of great natural executive ability. Many outside the family would agree. His mother  was known as a force for good in Provo, in both Church and civic service.

“She gave me a great deal of responsibility and freedom. She encouraged me to have a job,” . From the time he first worked for pay, “at eleven or twelve,” he has been continuously employed.

Russel M. Nelson:  His professional work included the positions of research professor of surgery and director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency at the University of Utah and chairman of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Henry B. Eyring: Born in Princeton, New Jersey, 31 May 1933, he has served the Church as a regional representative, a member of the general Sunday School board and a bishop. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Utah and Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration degrees from Harvard University.

 Jeffery R. Holland: A student leader and varsity athlete at Dixie High School and Dixie College in his native St. George, Utah, he received his bachelor and master degrees in English and religious education, respectively, from Brigham Young University. He obtained master and doctor of philosophy degrees in American Studies from Yale University.

Robert D. Hales: He  was born in New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and holds a master of business administration degree from Harvard. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet fighter pilot. He married Mary Crandall, and they have two sons.

 Richard G. Scott:  He was born November 7, 1928, in Pocatello, Idaho, a son of Kenneth Leroy and Mary Whittle Scott. At the age of 5, he moved with his parents to Washington, D.C., where his father served with the Department of Agriculture, later becoming an Assistant Secretary of Agriculture.

M. Russel Ballard:  His father was the owner of a Motor Company in Salt Lake City. “He had a profound impact on my life,” Elder ___ says. “He instilled in me the desire to work hard.”

That devotion to hard work showed up early in his life, recalls his sister, Ann Keddington. “He always had a job, even when he was little.” It started with cutting lawns, she says, and he took on more and more in the line of yard care until he got into something else.

Boyd K. Packer: He was born September 10, 1924, in Brigham City, Utah. He served as a bomber pilot during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

 L. Tom Perry:  He was born August 5, 1922, in Logan, Utah,  He received his B.S. degree in finance from Utah State University in 1949 and did graduate work there. His professional career was spent in the retail business where he served as vice president and treasurer in companies located in Idaho, California, New York, and Massachusetts.

Nursery Lesson #18 “I Will Love Others”

by Heather F.

My first exposure to International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8, was when my roommate from college came home from Russian class with a flower. While not widely celebrated in the United States, International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that occurs yearly and promotes peace and opportunities for women and girls. In Russia, it is common for women and girls to receive flowers on March 8 in celebration for IWD.

Because of this tradition, I thought it would be nice for the Sunday before IWD to talk about peace and make flowers. Lesson #18 in the nursery manual fit this theme very well.

To start the lesson, I will show a picture of Jesus with women. There are a few from the Gospel Art Book: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, Jesus Raising Jairus’s Daughter, Mary and Martha, or Mary and the Resurrected Jesus Christ. I’ll probably say, “Jesus loved everyone and spent time with all kinds of people: men and women. He taught us to love each other.”

I really enjoy the lesson in the manual and using any of the activities or songs from the lessons is great. For our art activity, I am using this egg carton flower craft. We buy our eggs in pallets, so I had these lying around ready to go into the recycle bin.

It did not take long to cut out 20 “flowers.” We normally have about 15 kids in our nursery, so that should be enough.

With out pallets of eggs, I was able to make two different sized flowers and we’ll combine them into one with a dot of glue once the kids are done coloring them.

Because it’s near the beginning of the year, most of our nursery kids are young, so I will just have them color the flowers with crayons, but if you do this lesson later in the year, you might be able to use markers. I’m definitely not using paint! Can you imagine the mess?! If you’d like to go with an International Women’s Day theme, the IWD color is purple. The kids can then give the flowers to their moms, grandmas, aunts, or girl friends.

If you don’t have egg cartons around, use what you have: this is nursery, they won’t even remember it anyway! Tissue paper flowers would work, or even just having them color flowers on a blank paper. Make it easy on yourself!

I also think this activity would be great for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or even Grandparent’s day in the fall.

And Happy International Women’s Day this week!