What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 312, blank paper, writing or coloring tools, bendy straw for each child, stapler.
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Scripture: Alma 48:11 - And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country...
Opening Song: I Will Be Valiant (PCS #162)
Today we are going to learn about two men who were each military commanders—Captain Moroni and Amalickiah.
Amalickiah was a Nephite by birth, but he had entirely forgotten the Lord. By lying and murder he became the king of the Lamanites. Amalickiah wanted to defeat the Nephites in battle so he could become king over both the Nephites and the Lamanites.
Captain Moroni was the chief commander of the Nephite armies. He was a strong and righteous man who loved the Lord and loved his people. He had sworn with an oath to protect his people from Amalickiah and the Lamanite army.
(show GAK 312)
When Moroni finished praying, he went among the people, waving the title of liberty in the air. He cried out, “Whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them”.
The people came running, dressed in their armor and tearing their cloaks as a symbol of the covenant they were making to obey the Lord. They gathered around Captain Moroni, ready to defend their freedom.
When Amalickiah saw that Moroni’s army was larger than his, he was afraid. He and his followers left to join the Lamanites. Moroni tried to stop them because he did not want them to stir up the Lamanites to battle. Amalickiah and a few of his men escaped, but Captain Moroni captured the others and took them back to Zarahemla.
Most of Amalickiah’s captured followers were willing to covenant with Captain Moroni’s people to defend freedom, and they were set free. Moroni placed a title of liberty on every tower in the Nephite land, and the Nephites again had peace.
Moroni was protected by Heavenly Father because he was righteous and loved the Lord. We can be protected and have peace in our hearts when we know we are standing up for what is right.
Bear your testimony about the peaceful feeling and protection that comes from choosing the right. Share a time in your lfie when you felt choosing the right protected you from harm.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the JUNE Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family.
MY TITLE OF LIBERTY
1. Supplies: stapler, blank paper, crayons or writing tools, bendy straws
2. Tear 1/2" off around each edge of a 8.5x11" piece of paper.
3. Tear that page into four equal peices
4. Have children write (or draw) a few things that are the most important to them. (Gently help them, if needed, to pair down from physical things like toys and games to more important things like family)
5. Use a stapler to attach their paper to the top and left edge of a straw.