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2011 - Wk 41: Faith

10.08.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 240: Jesus the Christ, GAK 213: Christ Healing a Blind Man, plastic cups, scotch tape, planting soil, popsicle sticks, sunflower seeds, printed faith plant labels.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 41 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Scripture: Ether 12:6 - And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

Opening Song: Faith (PCS #96)

Lesson:

(Think of a location that you have been to that your children have not.  Places that excite kids are best. Disneyland, New York City, Disneyworld, etc.  I will use Disneyland as an example.)

- Have you ever been to Disneyland?
- If not, then how do you know it really exists? (others who have been there have told them about it).

(Tell your chidlren about Disneyland. What you did, what it looks like, etc.)

- But how do you know it's real if just others tell you and you haven't seen it for yourself?


Today we are talking about FAITH. Faith means believing in something or someone that you have never seen yourself, but you believe anyway.

(show GAK 240: Jesus the Christ)


- Who is this? (Jesus Christ)
- Do you have a memory of meeting Jesus face to face? (no)
- Then how do you know he is real? (other people who did meet him testify)

(Hold up a set of scriptures.)

The scriptures are filled with stories about Jesus Christ. These stories are told be people who knew him.  Just like I have been to Disneyland and told you about it so you can believe to, these righteous Prophets tell us about Jesus Christ.  When we hear their words we can choose to believe them, even though we have not seen Jesus ourselves that we can remember.  This belief is called faith.

In the Bible we learn about a man named Bartimaeus.  He had never seen or met Jesus.

(show GAK 213: Christ Healing a Blind Man)


One day he heard that Jesus was coming, he cried out for Jesus to have mercy on him. Many people told Bartimaeus not to bother Jesus and to be quiet. But Jesus heard Bartimaeus and asked to have Bartimaeus brought to him. Bartimaeus asked Jesus to heal him so that he could see.  I am going to read a scripture that tells what happened.

And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.  (Mark 10:52)

- What happened to Bartimaeus? (Jesus healed him. Bartimaeus could see.)

Jesus said that Bartimaeus was healed because he had faith. Bartimaeus believed that Jesus could heal him.

- What does the story of Bartimaeus help us know about Jesus? (Jesus loves us and will help us if we have faith in him.)
Prophets today also testify of Jesus Christ.  We can read their testimonies in church magazines and hear them during General Conference.  We have a special helper who can help us know what is true.  The Holy Ghost sends feelings to our hearts to tell us what is true.  He will tell our hearts that Jesus Christ is real. That he loves us and that he died for us.
Bear your testimony about the power of faith.  Share with your children how your faith in Jesus Christ has effected your life, changed your heart and given you hope.Share your testimony of Jesus Christ.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the OCTOBER 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.

FAITH ACTION POEM
Faith is knowing the sun will rise, (arms form a half-circle over head)
lighting each new day. (arms slowly drop to shoulder level)
Faith is knowing the Lord will hear (cup hands behind ears)
my prayers each time I pray. (hands together as in prayer)
Faith is like a little seed: (cup left hand and imitate planting a seed with right hand)
If planted, it will grow. (right hand imitates a plant growing from the cupped left hand)
Faith is a swelling within my heart. (place hands over heart)
When I do right, (point right index finger upward)
I know. (touch right index finger to head)

GROWING SEEDS OF FAITH
 
You can plant a seed, but it needs water, food and light to grow. we must take care of it for it to become strong.  Faith is like a seed. We can plant it by believing in Jesus Christ, but we must then feed it by reading the scriptures, attending church and choosing the right.  Then our faith can grow.

- Fill each cup 2/3 full of planting soil.
- Put 2-3 sunflower seeds in each pot, pushing down 1/2 inch into soil.
- Moisten dirt with water.
- Print sheet of labels onto card stock. (click here to download)
- Have children color the label for their plant.
- Use scotch tape to adhere labels onto front of cup OR use scotch tape to adhere label to a popsicle stick and stick into soil.
- Set in sunny place. Seeds should sprout within 4-6 days.



2011 - Wk 39: Pres. Thomas S. Monson

9.24.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, First Presidency Photo (download here), Life Pictures of Thomas S. Monson (download here), printed coloring page (download here), President Monson Fishing Game (download here), coloring tools, yarn or string, paper clips, small magnet and yardstick or other pole-like object.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 39 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Quote: “It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells.”  -Thomas S. Monson

Opening Song: We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet (LDS Hymn #19)

Lesson:

(show picture of First Presidency)

This month we have learned about members of our first Presidency.

- Who is this? (point to Henry B. Eyring) What is something we learned about him?
- Who is this? (point to Dieter F. Uchtdorf) What is something we learned about him?
- Who is left to learn about?  (point to Thomas S. Monson) Does anyone already know who this is?


Thomas S. (the S stands for Spencer) Monson was born in 1927, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He had 3 sisters and 2 brothers. 

(show Life Pictures of Thomas S. Monson)
When Thomas was little he lived on a large piece of land with his Grandparents in one house, each of his aunts and uncles in different houses and his own family in their own house.  That means he grew up with his entire extended family living together.  His childhood was filled with family get-togethers, trips to Vivian Park and fishing on the Provo River.  

When Thomas S. Monson was a teenager he was swimming in the Provo River, and saw a crowd of vacationers shouting frantically that a member of their party had fallen into the river and was likely to drown in the whirlpools toward which she was being swept. At just that moment, she thrashed her way into Thomas Monson's view. He swam to her side, took her in tow, and made his way to the bank.  he saved her from drowning.

Even with all of the fun and family nearby, Thomas' family was poor. Even though they didn't have lots of things, he still wanted to help others.  A family of one of his friends was only eating cereal (moistened with hot water rather than milk) for a Christmas dinner, he gave them his two prize rabbits for them to eat for their Christmas dinner.

When he got older he still cared for other people and took care of them. When he was a Bishop he took a week of his personal vacation time every Christmas season to visit all of those eighty-five widows in his ward.  Years have passed since he was the Bishop there, but President Monson has taken a gift and visited every one of those widows every Christmas for as long as each has lived.

Tom met a beautiful girl named Frances and the two were married in the Salt Lake Temple for time and eternity on 7 October 1948.  They had three children.  When there children were a bit older President and Sister Monson served a mission in Canada.

President Monson was a businessman and worked for newspapers like the Deseret News and later the Deseret Press.  President Monson is also the president and chairman of the board of the Deseret News.  He loves to read and his talks in conference are always filled with beautiful poems and stories from good books.

President Monson has always loved fishing and often took his children with him on fun fishing trips.  His son remembers a time when his father stopped in the middle of fishing to kneel in their boat and say a prayer for a family member.

In 2008 Thomas S. Monson became the 16th and current President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bear your testimony about Heavenly Father calling righteous and good men to be his Prophets on the earth today. Share a favorite quote or talk from President Monson and how it impacted your life.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the SEPTEMBER 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...

PRES. MONSON FISHING GAME

- Download and print page one of fishing game.
- Reload same paper to print on back. Print second page.
- Cut along grey cut lines.
- Attach paper clip to the mouth of each fish.
- Tie string to yardstick and adhere magnet to bottom of string to create a fishing pole.
- Place fish on floor, fish side up. Have children use pole and magnet to catch a fish by the paper clip.  Turn card over and read the question on the back. Have entire family guess answers to the question until correct answer is guessed.
- You may choose to keep score or not.

COLORING PAGE
*Illustrated by Apryl Scott

2011 - Wk 38: Dieter F. Uchtdorf

9.17.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, photo of President Uchtdorf (click here to download), paper airplane downloads (download here), scissors.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 38 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Quote: “As we lose ourselves in the service of others, we discover our own lives and our own happiness.” - Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Opening Song: Love One Another (PCS #136)

Lesson:

Today we are going to talk about another member of the First Presidency. 

(show picture of Dieter Uchtdorf - download here)


- Does anyone know who this is? (President Dieter F. Uchtdorf)

President Uchtdorf was born Czechoslovakia, which is all the way across the ocean in Europe. In Euorpe there was a terrible war going on. President Uchtdorf's father would not join the evil men trying to rule Europe so his family left everything and left in the middle of the night to be safe.  The entire family fled to West Germany.  Growing up he played in houses that had been bombed and were left empty.

Elder Uchtdorf said the Lord was looking after his family.  One day when his grandmother was standing in line for food an old woman invited her to attend her church.  It was The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “My grandmother and my parents accepted the invitation,” he said. “They went to church, felt the Spirit, were uplifted by the kindness of the members and were baptized.”

When Dieter turned 8 years old he was baptized in a swimming pool.  He was scared to go in the water, but he said, “I will always remember the feeling of warmth, safety, and importance as I came out of the water after this sacred ordinance had been performed.”.

It was during Elder Uchtdorf’s teenage years that he discovered his love for flying. He started riding his bicycle to the Frankfurt airport to watch the airplanes land and take flight and imagining what it would be like to one day take to the skies. He followed his dreams and became a Pilot.

He met his wife, Harriet, at a Church meeting and several years later they married.  The Uchtdorfs eventually had two children, Guido and Antje.  After spending his life being a pilot, President Uchtdorf was called to be an Apostle and member of the First Presidency of the Church.

Bear your testimony about Heavenly Father calling righteous and good men to be his Apostles on the earth today. Share a favorite quote or talk from Dieter F. Uchtdorf and how it impacted your life. .

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the SEPTEMBER Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Paper Airplane Races
(click here to download) 
- fold paper airplanes and use to have races or contests.  
- You may choose to have small prizes for the winners. 



2011 - Wk 37: Henry B. Eyring

9.10.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, picture of Henry B. Eyring (download here), water color paint sets, paper, Henry B. Eyring coloring page (download here).

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 37 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Quote: "Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family. They are important because the family has the opportunity at the start of a child’s life to put feet firmly on the path home. Parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles are made more powerful guides and rescuers by the bonds of love that...are the very nature of a family."  - Henry B. Eyring

Opening Song: Here We Are Together (PCS #261)

Lesson:

Today we are going to learn about a Latter-day hero.

(show picture of Henry B. Eyring)


- Does anybody know who this is? 

Henry B. Eyring is the First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church. That means he is a special witnesses of Jesus Christ, called to teach and testify of Him throughout the world. He travels around the world, meeting with members of the church and local leaders. 

When they are not traveling, members of the First Presidency counsel together and with other general Church leaders on matters affecting the worldwide Church, such as missionary work, temple building, spiritual and temporal welfare, and much more. 

But Henry B. Eyring was not always in the Church Presidency. We're going to learn more about his life.
Known as “Hal” to his family and friends, Henry Bennion Eyring was born on May 31, 1933. His father was a gifted scientist who was known worldwide and who received many awards in chemistry.  His Mom was in charge of the Physical Fitness Department (or exercise) at the University of Utah.

Henry grew up in New Jersey.  There were not many members of the church where he lived. There was not a church building where Henry grew up so they had church each week in a hotel room, with a few other church members. When Henry was a young child near baptism age, he sat with his legs through the back of his chair while listening to a speaker in church. "I turned around to look at him," remembers President Eyring. "I knew that what he said came from God and that it was true. It burned in my heart."

Soon Henry's family moved to Utah.  When he was in college he went to a very early morning church meeting one day. He saw a beautiful girl coming out of a grove of trees. He met her the very next Sunday. Her name was Kathleen. They dated throughout the rest of the summer. A year later Hal and Kathleen were married in July, 1962, in the Logan Temple.  Eventually they had six children—four sons and two daughters.

President Eyring loves wood working, water color painting and cooking with his family.

Henry B Eyring has spent his entire life serving in the church. He has been a Bishop, an Apostle, the President of Ricks College (now BYU Idaho) and held may other callings. He is an example of dedicated church service, love of family and hard work. He is a true Latter-day hero.


Bear your testimony about Heavenly Father calling righteous and good men to be his Apostles on the earth today. Share a favorite quote or talk from Henry B Eyring and how it impacted your life.  (for a link list of all talks by Henry B Eyring click here).

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the SEPTEMBER Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: 

Henry B. Eyring Coloring Page 
click here to download

Water Color Paintings
Henry B Eyring loves to watercolor paint and spend time with his family.
Make water color paintings of your favorite family activity.

2011 - Wk 36: Our Bishop

9.03.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 611: The Bishop, picture of your Bishop in his youth, questionnaire (click here to download) completed by your Bishop, downloaded Best Bishop sign (click here to download) and coloring tools.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 36 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Preparation:  Email or call your Bishop and ask for him to answer the questionnaire and provide a childhood photo if possible.  Give him as much notice as possible.

Quote:  "We praise and honor these [Bishops...as] worthy shepherds of the flock, judges in Israel, leaders and teachers of the people, men who love and are loved by those whom they serve as undershepherds of the Lord Jesus Christ."   - Dallin H. Oaks

Opening Song: Our Bishop (PCS #135)
(If you kids are unfamiliar with this song, you may choose to play it for them from a CD or the computer.)

Lesson:

(Hold up the picture of your Bishop as a child. Here's the one our Bishop emailed to us...)


- Can anyone guess who this person is?

Hints:  He's in our Ward, he has ________ kids, he sits on the stand during Sacrament Mtg, he is the Father of our Ward.

Heavenly Father and Jesus have called many leaders and teachers to help you live the gospel of Jesus Christ. One of them is your friend the bishop.

(show GAK 611: The Bishop)

He loves Heavenly Father and Jesus and tries to be a good example for you. He wants you to keep the commandments. A bishop has many important things to do to help his ward family.

Listen to the words of our opening song.

Busy as a man can be,
He’s our bishop.
He finds time to talk to me;
He’s our bishop.
Always kindly words he’ll say
To the children ev’ry day.
Let us help him ev’ry way;
He’s our bishop.

Cheerful as he serves the Lord,
He’s our bishop.
He’s the father of our ward;
He’s our bishop.
He helps us to do the right
In our Heav’nly Father’s sight.
We love him with all our might;
He’s our bishop.

The first line of that song said Busy as a man can be. The Bishop has many jobs to do.  Here are some of the things our Bishop does for our Ward.

- watching over all ward members
- guides the ward’s young men and young women
- oversees teaching, missionary work, and spiritual growth in the ward.
- conducts worthiness interviews
- counsels church members
- cares for the poor and needy
- oversees ward finances, records, and the use and security of the meetinghouse.

In these responsibilities and others, the bishop gets help from two counselors, an executive secretary, clerks, and the leaders of other organizations in the ward. And even with all that help, a Bishop is still very busy. But He also receives many blessings from Heavenly Father for giving such important service.  Heavenly Father called Bishop ______________ to be the Bishop of our Ward and that means we should always listen to him and follow his council.

Now we're going to learn more about our Bishop.   See if you can guess what he answered to these questions.  (you may choose to keep score of the correct guesses and have a small treat for the winner).


We can help the Bishop by being reverent in church, by smiling at him and shaking his hand when we see him and by praying for Heavenly Father to bless him and his family.

Bear your testimony about Bishops.  You may want to share a story about a special Bishop you remember in your life and how they helped you..

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the SEPTEMBER Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: World's Best Bishop Poster
- Click here to download.
- Place curser on page you wish to print. (there are four choices...glasses/hair, no glasses/hair, glasses/bald, no glasses/bald)
- Choose "Print"
- Select "Print Current Location"
- Print onto paper or card stock. Color picture to look like your Bishop.
- Deliver on Sunday or during the week to his house. Include the Bishop's favorite treat, a bit of service (wash his car, rake his leaves, etc) or homemade goodies.

2011 - Wk 35: Church Callings

8.28.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 611: The Bishop, GAK 604: Passing the Sacrament, GAK 614: Home Teaching, GAK 607: Young Girl Speaking at Church, GAK 610: Sustaining Our Leaders, printed cards and coloring tools.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Quote: “Share your talents, for that which we willingly share, we keep.” - Thomas S. Monson

Opening Song: I Will be Valiant (PCS #162)

Lesson:

(show GAK 611: The Bishop, GAK 604: Passing the Sacrament, GAK 614: Home Teaching)

- What are these pictures showing? (serving others within the church)

One of the things that makes our church different from other churches is that each member does their part to help the Ward run.  Other churches pay their Bishops and members, but Heavenly Father wants us each to serve in our own Ward to help build the church for everyone.

Heavenly Fathers asks us to help by giving us CALLINGS.  A calling is an assignment to do a certain job to help the Ward. 

To decide who will fill a job needed, the Bishop prays and asks Heavenly Father for direction.  Then the Bishop has a meeting with the person chosen and asks if they would be willing to serve in that calling.  Because we receive so many blessings and because we depend on the callings of others to make our Ward run, we should always accept callings extended to us by the Bishop.

Sometimes we will be asked to serve in callings we don't think we will be good at. Or callings we don't think we want or need.  But Heavenly Father knows what is best for us. Even more than we do. And He has promised that if we accept our callings and serve as hard as we can that He will bless us and guide us in that calling.

In Doctrine and Covenants 4:3 it reads, "Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work".  That means that as long as we want to serve our Heavenly Father then He will call us to whatever calling we need.  Later, in verse 7 the Lord promises, "Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."  That is a promise that if we accept a calling we can ask God for help and He will always tell us what needs to be done.

Everyone in the church should have a calling and do their part.  Our Bishop, the Primary President, Primary Teachers and Sunday School Teachers are callings we see every week. But there are also callings to print the Sacrament Mtg program, organize every one's tithing, help others do their Family History, plan Ward activities, arrange for special days for the Ward to visit the Temple and many other callings as well.

You are called to serve too. 

(show GAK 607: Young Girl Speaking at Church)

Have you ever been asked to give a talk, prayer or scripture in Primary?  Did you accept that call?  We are told to teach one another and when you participate in primary you fill that calling for the Lord.  And Heavenly Father gave you blessings for that service.

We can also help the Ward by SUSTAINING our church leaders.  Sustaining them means you will follow them as they do their best in their calling.

(show GAK 610: Sustaining Our Leaders)


We raise out hands in sacrament Meeting to say we support those called to serve, but we must do more than just raise our hand.  Gordon B. Hinckley said, “...sustaining is much more than a...raising of the hand. It is a commitment to uphold, to support, to assist those who have been selected”.

You can help sustain your leaders by being reverent, saying thank you and participating in Primary.  Some callings are hard and take a lot of time. Each week your Primary President and her counsellors, Primary Teachers and the Music Leader work hard to make your time in primary special. We can sustain them by praying for them, thanking them often and by acting as we should in primary.

Bear your testimony about the blessings that come from serving with your whole heart.  You may share a time when you received a calling you were unsure about and how you came to feel about it as you served diligently and received the promised blessings.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the AUGUST Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: 


1. Primary Thank You Card 

- Click here to download pdf.
- Print first page only onto cardstock.
- Turn paper 180* and flip upside down and reload into printer.
- Print second page.
- Cut down the middle at 5&1/2".
- Fold over from top.
- Have children color front and write a message inside.

2011 - Wk 27: Eliza R. Snow

7.02.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, printed picture of Eliza R. Snow, GAK 500: Kirtland Temple, paper and pencils for each family member, stapler.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Quote: Eliza R. Snow - "[Women] know the Lord has laid high responsibility upon us, and there is not a wish or desire that the Lord has implanted in our hearts in righteousness but will be realized, and the greatest good we can do to ourselves and each other is to refine and cultivate ourselves in everything that is good and ennobling to qualify us for those responsibilities."

Opening Song: To Be a Pioneer (PCS #218)

Lesson:

This month we are going to be learning about Pioneer heroes.  Our first pioneer hero is a woman named Eliza R. Snow.

Eliza was born in 1804, years before Joseph Smith restored the church.  When she was little Eliza loved reading books and writing. She wrote poetry from a young age, one time even writing school lessons in rhyme.

(show picture of Eliza R. Snow...CLICK HERE to download and print)


When Eliza was in her 20's her family often invited members of other religions into their home, including Sidney Rigdon. Sidney Rigdon taught Eliza's family about Joseph Smith and Eliza’s parents soon joined the Church. After searching for and receiving answers to her questions, Eliza was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 1835.

After Eliza was baptized and moved to Ohio. Whens he got there Eliza donated her inheritance, a large sum of money, toward the building of the Kirtland Temple. 

(show GAK 500: Kirtland Temple)



She did not have very much money and was not yet married, so she could have used that money, but she gave it to the church anyway.

Soon, the Saints were driven to the West and Eliza went with them. She continued to write poems as she crossed the plains, documenting the pioneer trail and life in Utah. Later in her life Eliza became the first President of the Primary and the President of the Relief Society.  She kept writing poems her entire life.  A lot of Eliza's poems were set to music and have become important LDS hymns.

Eliza had a hard life. She moved from place to place when the Saints were being kicked out of different cities.  She crossed the plains and she never had any children.  But Eliza made a big difference in the church through serving in callings, dedicating her life to the Lord and writing beautiful poems that would become songs we could sing to our Heavenly Father.  She used her talents to make others happy and worked hard in the church.  Eliza once said, “To be able to do Father’s will is what I wish to live for”.

Bear your testimony about the importance of using our talents to glorify God and serving faithfully in the church.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Activity: WRITE A CHURCH POEM
- Have each family member (or as a collective) write a poem about something church related.
- Poems can be as simple or complex as age dictates.
- Help young children think of rhymes if needed (although poems do not need to rhyme).
- Put each family member's poem into a stack and staple along the edge to make a Family Church Poetry Book.

2011 - Week 08: Today's Apostles

2.20.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 211:Christ Ordaining the Apostles, Quorum of the 12 Apostles Poster download, printed Apostle flash cards.

You can also CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.
Scripture: Ephesians 2:19-20 - Now therefore ye are...of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone...  (explain that the Household of God spoken of is today's church).


Opening Song: See Song in Lesson Plan

Lesson:

When Jesus Christ was alive on the earth, he established his church.  An important part of that church was calling 12 Apostles.  These Apostles were called to be special witnesses of Jesus Christ.  They went around to different cities and testified of Jesus Christ.


When Joseph Smith was called to restore Jesus Christ's church on the earth, he also called 12 Apostles, just like Jesus had.  Today our Prophet is Thomas S. Monson and he has 12 Apostles who help him run the affairs of the Church and testify of Jesus Christ.  

Today's Apostles had real jobs before they were called, but when they were called to serve, they stop working their regular jobs to serve full-time as witnesses of Christ.  Just like in ancient times, the Apostles were sent throughout the world, the apostles today travel the world to strengthen and encourage Church members, to organize new Wards and to conduct the business of the Church.

These are the 12 Apostles who help lead the church today.

(show picture and point to each Apostle as you read their name...CLICK HERE to download)


Sing the following song to help children (and yourself!) remember our current 12 Apostles.  To the tune of "The Books of the Book of Mormon".

Packer - Perry - Nelson - O-oaks,
Ballard - Scott - Hales and Holland,
Bednar - Cook - Chirstofferson - Anderson...
These are the 12 Apostles.

We can learn from these special witnesses of Jesus Christ in many different ways.  we read their testimonies in church magazines, like the Friend, New Era and Ensign.  We hear them speak twice each year during General Conference.  We can also study their words by watching videos and reading talks by them on lds.org.

Their words are so important for us to listen to and obey, because they teach us how to become more like Jesus Christ and guide us as we prepare to return to live with our Father in heaven.

Bear your testimony about the current Apostles.  Share a favorite talk by a current Apostle and why it touched you.  You may mention the talk More Diligent and Concerned at Home by David A Bednar which is often referenced on this site and which inspires us in our efforts to have more regular Family Home Evenings.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the FEBRUARY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Apostle Cards
CLICK HERE to download.
Instructions included in download file.



2011 - Week 07: The History of Primary

2.12.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, printed History of Primary picture sheet, printed BINGO cards and enough markers (beans, pennies, etc) for each BINGO player to have 15-20 markers.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Spiritual Thought: President Henry B. Eyring - Many bishops in the Church are inspired to call the strongest people in the ward to serve...in the Primary. They realize that a strong spiritual foundation can make the difference for a lifetime.  ("Help Them on Their Way Home" Henry B. Eyring, April 2010 General Conference)


Opening Song: We Welcome You (PCS #256 )

Lesson:

When we go to church each week we go to so many important meetings.  We all go to Sacrament Meeting together and then Mommy goes to Relief Society and Daddy goes to Priesthood Meeting.  There is Young Womens and Young Mens and the Scout organization.  But there is another very important organization that is for very special people. 

- Can you guess what it is? (if they cannot guess tell them THEY go to this organization each week).

(show the print out of the History of Primary.  Use it for the remainder of the lesson as the images pertain to the lesson...CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)

When the Latter Day church was still very new and many Saints had moved to Utah, a sister named Aurelia Rogers worried that the children in church were not learning the gospel.  She thought they should be taught with extra special care because children are so important in our church.

Sister Rogers talked about her concerns with general Relief Society president Eliza R. Snow. Sister Snow talked with their Bishop and he thought it was a great idea to teach the children in their Ward the gospel.  So in 1878, more than 100 years ago, the first Primary was organized.

In the beginning Primary was just for boys.  Then the leaders decided that the Primary should sing songs along with their lessons so girls were also invited to "make it sound as well as it should."

On the very first day of the very first Primary meeting boys were specifically taught not to steal fruit from orchards and girls were taught not to hang on wagons.

- Are those things you think you would learn in Primary today?

Today there are more than 1 million children in Primary around the world.  The Primary helps children learn and live the gospel, prepare to be baptised, and build strong testimonies.  Primary is also a lot of fun with special activities, songs and wonderful lessons.  While you are still in Primary you will become baptized at age 8 and become an official member of the church and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  These are very important ordinances and you're first step to returning to live with Heavenly Father again.

- What is your favorite part of Primary?
- How do you feel when you're in Primary?

Going to Primary is very important.  You are learning to believe in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, to obey the commandments and choose the right.  The Primary is a very special part of church and you are a part of that special organization. 

The Primary President in our Ward is _____________________________ and her counselors are ______________________ and _______________________.  They work very hard to make Primary fun, special and to teach you the gospel.  Your class teacher also works hard to prepare a lesson each week.  (have pictures of these sisters if possible)

- What can you do to make your Primary the very best it can be? (answers may include being reverent, listening to teachers, answering questions, singing the best we can, paying attention, etc.)

Share: If you were a member since your youth share some of your favorite memories of your days in Primary.  If you are a convert or did not have the opportunity to attend primary in your youth, share how you feel when you hear the Primary sing in Sacrament Meetings or when children share their testimonies in church, offer prayers, etc.


Bear your testimony about the importance of Primary and the special contribution that the children make to your Ward family. 
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the FEBRUARY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: "I {heart} Primary" BINGO

*The printable Pdf file contains full instructions, 5 unique BINGO cards and 1 call sheet.

To download CLICK HERE.  NOTE: If your children are not old enough to identify the letters along the top, simply fill in each letter with a different color and call "Red - Reverence" instead of calling the letter.

2010 - Wk 31: God teaches His children

8.01.2010

What You'll Need: a full set of LDS scriptures, a picture of Thomas S. Monson, coloring page of Pres. Moson and coloring tools.

You can also choose to download the Microsoft Word version of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.
Scripture: Amos 3:7 - Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Opening Song: Follow the Prophet (PCS #110 )

Lesson:
Heavenly Father sent us to earth to gain physical bodies and to grow spiritually. He wants us to know His commandments, choose to follow them and gain lasting happiness.

We can know what is right and wrong and how to return to live with Heavenly Father again by listening to His words through the Prophets.

Men who are called to lead the church and receive revelation from Heavenly Father are called Prophets. Many years ago, God spoke to righteous men and they shared their testimonies. These Ancient Prophets learned the will of God and wrote it down in books of scriptures.

- Who is your favorite Prophet from the Scriptures?
- What did He teach us about how we should live?

Heavenly Father has called Prophets in our day as well.

(hold up a complete set of LDS scriptures)

Today we have the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. These books have the words of Ancient and Modern Prophets to teach and guide us back to Heavenly Father. We can also listen to Modern Prophets during General Conference and read their words in church magazines like the Ensign, New Era and Children's Friend.

(hold up a picture of Thomas S. Monson)


- Who is our Prophet today?
- What does He teach us about how we should live?

Along with many other truths, President Monson has taught us how to have a happy home. He said, "It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells".

This week we should try to follow President Monson's words. Let's try our best to have a happy home where we can all feel love.

Bear your testimony about Prophets. Share with your children times when your life was blessed because you followed a Prophet's council.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the August Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Coloring Page

Click here to enlarge image. Right click and select "Print Picture" to print.

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2010 - Week 4: Our Ward Family

1.22.2010

Pre-Lesson Assignment: This Sunday take your camera to church. Take pictures of church leaders including the Bishop & Counselors, Primary Presidency, each child's Primary teacher, etc. Please remember that it is against the rules to take photos in the chapel. Other areas of the church are usually okay, but ask your Bishop before taking any photos. It is best to take photos before or after meetings so as not to disturb church services.

What You'll Need: scriptures, photos of Bishopric/Primary Presidency/Primary Teachers/etc., printed thank you cards, crayons.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 04 for easy printing.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:19 - Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.

Opening Song: Our Bishop (PCS #134) or Families Can Be Together Forever (PCS #188)

Lesson:

*Note: I use the term Bishop and Ward in this lesson. If you live in a branch change the words accordingly.

Heavenly Father and Jesus have called many leaders and teachers to help you live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

(Display a picture of your Bishopric.)

The Bishopric is what we call the Bishop and his two Counselors (helpers). The Bishop has many duties. He is in charge of the entire Ward so sometimes people call the Bishop the Father of the ward. He and his Counselors give special attention to teaching correct principles. Always they encourage our youth to prepare for the covenants they will make in the temple. He is also responsible for finding and helping the poor and the needy.

The offices of bishop and Counselors are special. We honor and love them, and we show this by being nice to them and always listening to them. We pray for them so that they can do their best.
Q. Who is our Bishop? Who are his Counselors? When do we see them? How is the Bishop like a Father of our Ward? (Parents could discuss various things they have seen the Bishop do help the Ward.)

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(Display a picture of your Primary Presidency.)

The Primary Presidency is also an important part of the Ward family. The Primary President also has Counselors (or helpers) just like the Bishop. They have a special job to help the children of the Ward. They teach children the gospel, help them keep the commandments, sing songs and have fun activities.

Q. Who is our Primary President? Who are her Counselors? When do we see them? (Parents could discuss various things they have seen the Primary Presidency do help the Ward.)

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(One by one, display pictures of your children's Primary teachers.)

Primary Teachers are called to teach just your class. They work very hard each week to make a lesson that will teach you what Heavenly Father wants you to do and to make the lesson fun. They pray for you and love you. Their job is very important because they teach little children, just as the Savior did.

Q. Who is your Primary Teacher? When do we see our teacher? What do you like about them? (Parents could discuss various things they have seen each child's Primary Teacher do to help the Ward.)

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So many people help our Ward feel like a family. Just like other kinds of families, our Ward family can support and love each other, teach each other and help us return to our Father in Heaven. We can be an important part of our Ward family by being a good example, serving others and listening to our Bishopric, Teachers and each other.

Bear testimony of a time when you felt the love and support of the Ward family. (For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)


Activity: Make Thank You notes for leaders in your Ward family using this free download. Allow the children to color the note cards and dictate to you what they love about their leaders. Pack finished cards carefully in your church bag to pass out next Sunday during church meetings. Click on your card choice below to download.




Bonus Activity: Make a sacrament quiet book of people in your Ward family. Take additional photos in your pre-lesson assignment. You can include as many ward members as you want including Scout leaders, Young Men/Young Women leaders, choristers, Neighbors, special family friends, etc.

Glue photos onto construction paper, cardstock or patterned scrapbooking paper. Write beneath each photo the Ward member's name and their job in the ward.

Form a book by punching holes along edge and hook pages together with rings or yarn. You can also omit punched holes and fasten edges with staples. Put this book into your church bag for a quiet sacrament meeting activity next week.

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