What You'll Need: scriptures, GAB 66/GAK 238, GAB 7/GAK 102, game board, scissors, pennies or beans as game pieces, dice.
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Scripture: Moroni 7:16 - “The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil.”
Opening Song: Choose the Right Way (PCS #160)
Before we lived on the earth we lived in Heaven with heavenly Father and Jesus. When it was time for us to come to earth heavenly Father made a plan. He needed to send his spirit children to earth to get bodies and to learn and grow. He needed someone to come to earth and be a Savior for us so we could repent of our mistakes. The Devil said he wanted to come to earth and that everyone would be forced to do the right thing. We could never make our own choices.
(show GAB 66/GAK 238)
Jesus Christ said he would come and let people choose for themselves and then he would die so we could repent and return to live with Heavenly Father. We decided to follow the plan that Jesus put forth. We wanted the chance to make choices. The power to make our own choices is called AGENCY. President Thomas S. Monson said, "I am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father for His gift of agency, or the right to choose. Each of us has come to this earth with all the tools necessary to make correct choices."
One of the greatest gifts Heavenly Father has given us is the chance to choose how to act and what to say. Every day we make choices. Some choices are not too important. What color shirt to wear, what we eat for breakfast or whether we use a pen or pencil to do our homework. But other daily choices are much more important.
How we treat others, the words we say and our actions can be important choices. Sometimes others try and tell us what to do. They tell us that they know what is cool or what will get you more friends, but their choices aren't always the right thing to do.
We have to decide what Jesus would want us to do, even when our friends tell us differently.
You are a child of God, and you are a member of His church. That means you may be different in many ways from other children. Knowing that you are a precious child of God will help you to do what you know is right.
Here is a story about one little girl and a choice she faced one day at school.
Each day in school when it was time to do math Emily got excited. Emily was very good at math. It was her favorite subject in school. She was extra excited this day because her class had changed seats for the month and she got to sit next to her best friend, Madison. Madison and Emily had been best friends all that school year. They played together after school and they even had the same pink, sparkly pencils that they used to do their schoolwork. They opened their math workbooks, got out their matching pencils and started working on their assignment. Emily was so busy filling in her answers that she barely noticed that Madison was whispering to her.- What do you think Emily should do?
"Let me copy your answers." Madison whispered. Emily didn't know what to say. Sharing answers was cheating and that was dishonest. Emily stayed quiet.
"Let me copy your answers or I won't be your friend anymore." Madison whispered again. Emily felt confused. Madison was her very best friend. She didn't want to be mean to her or tell her no, but she knew cheating was not right. But what if she lost her best friend?
- What if she loses her best friend?
- How will Emily feel if she makes the wrong decision?
Sometimes even people we think are our good friends try and make us make bad choices. Sometimes it’s hard to choose the right, but Heavenly Father blesses us when we do. As we make good decisions, we can feel peace and happiness.
(Show GAB 7/GAK 102)
We can be like Noah and choose the right, even when others around us make fun of us our choices. When we choose the right we do what Jesus would do and that makes us feel happy inside.
Bear your testimony about withstanding peer pressure. Share a specific time when your friends pressured you to do bad things and you chose the right path. Express gratitude for Heavenly Father's plan which allows us the freedom to choose for ourselves.
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Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the MAY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
1. Daily Choice Signs
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2. School Wise Game
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