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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
Objective: To help each child understand that we lived with Heavenly Father as spirit children before we came to earth and that we can live with him again after this life.
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(Read Alma 40 as lesson preparation)
For an “attention getter,” contact the parents of the kids ahead of time and get a picture of each child as a baby. Young children often like to look at pictures of themselves as babies, and it’s a good way to introduce the “pre existence” concept. As you hold up each picture, ask the children if they recognize who the baby is in the picture?
Do they remember being a baby? Most people can’t remember what it was like to be a baby. Do they remember living before they were born? Most people can’t remember what it was like to live with Heavenly Father but everyone did.
We are spirit children of Heavenly Father
- Did you know that we are all spirit children of Heavenly Father (Hebrews 12:9)? We all lived with him before we came to earth as babies. We were happy there.
- Our spirits are an invisible part of our bodies. Our spirits can live without a body just like they did before we were born, but our bodies cannot live without a spirit. A body without a spirit inside it is called “dead.” Your spirit will always live but not your earthly body.
- One of the reasons we came to earth was to be born into a body so our spirit could experience the joy of having a body. A body is wonderful! (See: Friend Magazine February 1999 “I Shouted for Joy”)
Part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us to grow and to learn to be more like him was to come to earth to get a body. On earth we get to learn to treat our ourselves and others the right way.
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