One of the things I love about Primary is that it’s incredibly forgiving. Kids are very patient with adults’ mistakes, and (for the most part) vice versa. It’s pretty rare that I find myself truly uncomfortable in Primary. Total acceptance is the norm.
However, there are a couple of things that I wish, wish, wish, I could make disappear from Primary forever. Continue reading
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Link to Sharing Time Outline
These were some of my thoughts and inspirations leading up to my sharing time presentations. This might actually be more important than the actual sharing time outlines which follow. My study of the scripture stories made me realize that those who grew closer to God were those who acted. Those who grew away from God were those who were acted upon.
Elder Bednar (from General Conference, April 2010)
In the grand division of all of God’s creations, there are “things to act and things to be acted upon” (2Nephi 2:14). As children of our Heavenly Father, we have been blessed with the gift of moral agency, the capacity and power of independent action. Endowed with agency, we are agents and we primarily are to act and not merely to be acted upon….
Giving a man a fish feeds him for one meal. Teaching a man to fish feeds him for a lifetime. As parents and gospel instructors, you and I are not in the business of distributing fish; rather, our work is to help our children learn “to fish” and to become spiritually steadfast. This vital objective is best accomplished as we encourage our children to act in accordance with correct principles—as we help them to learn by doing…. (John 7:17)
Are you and I helping our children become agents who act and seek learning by study and by faith, or have we trained our children to wait to be taught and acted upon? Are we as parents primarily giving our children the equivalent of spiritual fish to eat, or are we consistently helping them to act, to learn for themselves, and to stand steadfast and immovable? Are we helping our children become anxiously engaged in asking, seeking, and knocking? Continue reading
Link to the lesson:
The purpose of this lesson is “To strengthen each child’s desire to follow the living prophet.”
This goal is difficult to asses, because it will be hard to tell if a child’s desire is strengthened. That’s a personal thing on their part. So here are some other ways defining the goal that are easy to see success in.
• To help the children understand what a prophet is.
• To help the children understand the role prophets have played in the past.
• To help the children understand how they can follow Nephi’s example.
My current class has a lot of energy, and so I try to incorporate activities or games that are not in the lesson plan. I’ve found that just reading and discussing scripture doesn’t hold their attention. So for an attention activity, here a suggestion that is a bit more active: Continue reading
Link to Lesson Manual online
As we have emphasized in our mission statement, this post is not to replace the lesson. I hope to give you a starting point to organize your own lesson in an inspired way that meets the unique needs of the children you have a stewardship over. This happens for me by asking some important questions:
- “How can this lesson point to Christ?”
- “What can I do to invite the Spirit to testify of the truthfulness of the doctrine?”
- “What can I do to involve the children and help them feel the relevance of this lesson in their lives?”
Purpose: To strengthen each child’s desire to obey the word of God and be worthy of eternal life.
- I think, as I read this, “How do I help this to happen?”
As I studied the suggested scriptures, I realized that I achieved several of my objectives by focusing on specific verses. In 1 Nephi 11, Nephi receives in a vision an explanation of the dream his father had about the Tree of Life. This chapter focuses on Christ (objective 1) and answered for me the question of how this lesson helps children “desire to obey the word of God and be worthy of eternal life”—love.
How can this lesson point to Christ?
- What is the one “take-away” that I want the children to hear if they get nothing else from this lesson? The meaning of the Tree of Life.