I Am a Child of God
To help each child understand that we are spirit children of Heavenly Father, who knows us and loves us.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Sing “I Am a Child of God” (Children’s Songbook, p. 2) with the children.
I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.
Toss a beanbag or soft object to a child as you say the words “I know a child of God named _____.” Have the child say his or her own name and give the beanbag back to you. Repeat the activity until everyone has had a turn.
We are spirit children of Heavenly Father
Who is Heavenly Father?
Before we were born on earth we lived in heaven with Heavenly Father. We were spirits there. A spirit is what is inside of us that makes us alive. When we were spirits, we didn’t have flesh and bones like our bodies have now, but we looked the same.
Heavenly Father is the father of our spirits, and we are his spirit children. We don’t remember living with Heavenly Father before we came to earth, but we know we are His spirit children because we read it in the scriptures.
Show the Bible and read Psalm 82:6, “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High” The most High means Heavenly Father. This scripture tells us that every person on the earth is a child of Heavenly Father.
Children Around the World
Turn the cards face down on the table. Have the children take turns picking a card.Tell the children where the child is from and ask, “Is this person a child of God?” Everyone is a child of God.
Sing “I Am a Child of God” again. Explain that God is another name for Heavenly Father.
Heavenly Father Knows Us and Loves Us
Heavenly Father loves each one of us very much because we are his children. He knows our names and all about us. He knows what makes us happy and what makes us sad. He knows what is best for each of us.
To emphasize that Heavenly Father knows and cares about each child, have the children finish your sentences, as in these examples: “Heavenly Father knows I am sad when _____,” “Heavenly Father knows I am happy when _____,” “Heavenly Father knows my favorite thing to do is _____,” “Heavenly Father knows I like to come to Primary because _____,” and so on.
Give each child a picture tape or glued to a popsicle stick. Say the following verse several times with the children. When you say the verse have them hold up the picture. Repeat so each child has a turn.
Heavenly Father Knows Me
Heavenly Father knows me
And what I like to do.
He knows my name and where I live
I know he loves me, too
He knows what makes me happy
He knows what makes me sad
I know he wants to help me (point to self),
And that’s what makes me glad!
We can be like Heavenly Father
- What is a baby dog called?
- What will that puppy grow up to be?
- What is a baby sheep called?
- What will that lamb grow up to be?
Just as animals grow up to be like their parents, we will grow up to be like our parents. Heavenly Father is the father of our spirits, so we can grow to be like him. Heavenly Father is loving, good, and kind, and he wants to help us. When we are loving, good, and kind, we are being like Heavenly Father. We should try to become more like Heavenly Father every day.
Heavenly Father Has Important Work For Us To Do
Heavenly Father has important things for us to do while we live on the earth, such as being a mother or a father, a missionary, a teacher, a helper at church, or a helper in the community.
I am going to tell you of a man who lived a long time ago. This man also had very important things to do for our Heavenly Father.
There was a very evil Pharaoh in Egypt,
a Pharaoh is a fancy name for a king. He made all the Jews, they were God’s people, into slaves. The Jews did not like being slaves. Would you like to be a slave? They didn’t like it either but there was nothing they could do about it.
This very evil Pharaoh came up with a horrible idea. He decided to kill off all the baby boys that were born in Egypt! That was a horrible idea! What do you think the Jews in Egypt thought of the Pharaoh’s idea? That is right, everybody was really upset!
There was one mother
who wanted to save her son from the awful Pharaoh. She put her baby boy in a small basket and put him in the Nile River.
The mother and his sister
watched as the baby boy float away. How many of you have a baby brother or sister? How would you feel watching your baby brother float away? It would be really sad.
What do you think happened next? Later that day, the Pharaoh’s daughter, the princess,
came down to the Nile River. She was looking out on the water and what do you think she saw? Yep, she saw the little baby floating on the Nile River. When she saw the baby she knew that he was a Jew and was supposed to be killed, but he was so cute and little and she wanted to keep him. She took him home with her and she named him Moses.
Moses’s sister came to the princess and offered to help the princess find someone to help her take care of Moses. Do you know who Moses sister found to help take care of little Moses? Moses’s sister went and got Moses’s mother to help care for him. This was a wonderful idea because Moses’s mother could still take care of him!
Remember that the Jews were still slaves to the Pharaoh.
Moses was all grown up. One day Moses was walking around Egypt when he saw an Egyptian beating a Jew. This made Moses mad and he beat up the Egyptian. Moses knew that he was in big trouble so he ran away.
Moses ran into the desert and became a shepherd. Do you know what a shepherd is?
Moses was taking care of sheep. He was taking care of the sheep when he saw something really weird. Moses saw a bush on fire, but that is not the weird part.
The weird part is the bush was not really burning. It was not burnt at all! Moses went to the bush and he heard a voice. The voice said “Stop and take your shoes off, for this is sacred ground.” Do you know who the voice belonged to? It was God. Moses grew to be one of Heavenly Father’s important helpers, a prophet. Heavenly Father told Moses that Moses was his son and that he had an important work for Moses to do. Read the first phrase of Moses 1:6 to the children. Moses did this work when he brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, where they were treated very cruelly, into another land, where Moses taught them Heavenly Father’s commandments.
What important work might Heavenly Father want you to do?
There is of a son and daughter of a king is in the classroom today. Who do you think it is? Listen as I read this poem and it will help you discover who this great king’s child is.
“I am a child of royal birth.
My Father is King of heaven and earth.
My spirit was born in the courts on high.
A child beloved, a princess (or prince) am I.”
(Anna Johnson, “I Am a Child of Royal Birth,” Children’s Friend, Oct. 1959, p. 29.)
Who is the royal child? (Each of us.)
Who is the king? (Heavenly Father.)
Heavenly Father is the king of heaven and earth. Because we are his children, we are princes and princesses. Each person in the class is a prince and princess. We are all children of the greatest of all kings, our loving Heavenly Father. He wants us to do what is right.
Print out a crown for each child. Read the poem to the children again. Have the child decorate their crowns and remind them that they are princes and princess of our Father in Heaven.
Use a stapler or tape to make the crowns fit the children’s head.
Tell the children that they should always remember that they are spirit children of Heavenly Father and that he knows them and loves them. Help them understand that they can become more like Heavenly Father and that they have important work to do on the earth. You might share with them a personal experience that helped you to know that Heavenly Father knows you and loves you.
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