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Objective: To help each child learn how to pray to Heavenly Father, and know that He will listen.
I think the biggest “take away” that I would hope to give the children though this lesson is that Heavenly Father hears their prayers. I know that we Latter-day Saints can easily get caught up in the cultural aspects of prayer, what I often call the “works” part, such as whether we have closed our eyes or folded our arms, or if we’ve used the “proper” old English pronouns correctly, but regardless of these things I believe Heavenly Father hears every sincere prayer.
The Bible Dictionary is a good resource to read over for this lesson. (It’s interesting to me that prayer is more a duty of the faithful rather than a commandment, and nothing about it is found among the list of interview questions for a temple recommend). However, when we pray, we are commanded to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Continue reading
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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
Written by: Jenni Link to Lesson 1-4 on lds.org
Review the things we have discussed in the last few weeks (that we have Heavenly Parents who love us, that we are like Them just as we are like our earthly parents, and that They sent us here to learn and grow).
- When we are apart from our earthy father, we may be able to call him on the telephone, write letters or emails, or even have video chats. There is a way that we can talk to our Heavenly Father too. When we use to telephone, we cannot see the person we are talking to, but they are still there and they can hear us.
- Do you say prayers?
- When do you say prayers?
- What kinds of things do you say in prayers?
There are different kinds of prayers. Show pictures of kneeling to pray by a bed (picture 1-9), family prayer (1-10), blessing a meal (1-15), baptism (1-11), confirmation (1-12) blessing an infant (1-39), the sacrament (1-8) and blessing the sick (1-40). Invite the children to help hold the pictures. Ask the children to explain what is going on in each picture. If they do not know what the picture is of, briefly explain it to them.
- There are different kinds of prayers. Sometimes we pray to ask for special blessings, such as to bless our food, to help us find something, or to help someone who is sick or hurt. Can you think of a time when you asked for something? Continue reading