I Am Thankful for Animals
To help each child feel gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for animals.
- Fruit Loops
- Rainbow Picture
- Picture 2-74, Salt Lake Tabernacle.
- Print2 copies of animals card on cardstock
- Print out all Visual Aids and Scriptures
- Print Noah’s Ark
- Cut along the door
Glue the Animals behind the door
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Mix up the animal cards and lay them face down in a grid on the table or floor. Invite the children to take turns turning over two squares, one at a time, and placing them picture side up. If the two animals match, have the child put them together in an “animal parade” with a piece of tape or magnets on the chalkboard. If the two animals do not match, have the child turn the cards back over in the same places.
Heavenly Father asked Jesus Christ to create animals
Heavenly Father had Jesus Christ create our beautiful earth. Do you remember some of the things that Jesus created for us? They created the day and night, the oceans and land, and the plants and trees.
On the sixth day Jesus made all the animals. He made cows and horses and dogs. He made deer and lions and tigers. Jesus created all kinds of animals to be on the earth. Some animals live on farms and around our homes. Some animals live in the forest, some in the mountains, and some in the desert. Some animals live in the cold parts of the world and other animals live in the warm places.
What animals live on a farm?
What animals live in the forest, mountains, or desert?
What is your favorite animal?
Animals help us
Heavenly Father had Jesus put animals on the earth to help us. We use some animals for food, some work for us, and some are interesting to look at or play with.
How do animals help us?
From which animals do we get food, such as milk, eggs, or meat?
From which animals do we get material for clothing?
Which animals can we ride?
Which animals are fun to have as pets? Invite the children to talk about any pets or other animals they or their families have. (If the children do not have animals at home, they may talk about what kind of pets they would like to have.) Ask the children to tell about how they help take care of these animals. Let the children pantomime some of the things they do to care for animals, such as providing fresh water and healthy food, grooming the animals, or speaking to them kindly.
Let the children talk about experiences they have had with different kinds of animals.
The animals were saved from the flood
The people on earth had becoming very bad! They were so bad they had stop thinking about God. God was very sad and angry. He wanted to clean the earth and get rid of everybody and everything that was bad. There was only one man that wasn’t bad. Do you know who that man was?
Noah. Noah loved God and God loved Noah.
God told Noah about his plan. He said he was going to clean the earth and get rid of anything that was bad. God gave instructions to Noah. He told his that he was to make a boat. He was very specific with his instructions. God told Noah what kind of wood to use and how big to make the boat. He told Noah to put a huge door on the side of the boat.
God promised Noah that Noah and his wife and his family would be saved. God was going to flood the earth and everyone and everything would be destroyed. They would be safe on the ark.
Noah and his family would not be alone on the ark. Who know what else would be on the ark? Animals! Lots and lots of animals. Noah needed to get two of every kind of animal. But that is not all! Noah needed to get two of every kind of bird and every creature that moves along the ground. What do you think it would be like on that the ark with all those animals?
When the ark was done and the animals were on the boat, it started to rain. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
Water covered the earth. Every one that was not in the ark died.
After the flood was all dried up a
dove came back with an olive leaf. This meant that the earth was dry and it was safe to leave the ark.
He gave us a rainbow to remind us of the promise he made to Noah.
How were Noah and his family blessed for obeying Jesus?
How were the animals saved?
When we see a rainbow, what does it remind us of?
We Can Be Kind to Animals
Have you ever watched general conference on television or on a satellite broadcast at a church building?
General conference is broadcast from this building, called a tabernacle. This tabernacle, in Salt Lake City, Utah, was built by Latter-day Saint pioneers.
Point out the high roof and the many doors of the Tabernacle, and tell the following story in your own words:
One spring evening the doors of the Tabernacle were left open to cool the building.
A small bird flew inside without anyone noticing. The bird was still inside when the doors were closed and locked.
When workers arrived the next morning to set up for a concert, they found the bird and spent several hours trying to remove it. They called specially trained people to try to capture the bird with long-handled nets.
When the manager, Brother John, arrived, he found people chasing the bird with the nets. Each time the people ran to one end of the building with the nets, the bird flew to the other end. All the doors of the Tabernacle were open for the bird to escape, but it was too terrified to notice.
The specially trained people had brought pellet guns, and they suggested using the guns to shoot the bird. Brother John did not like that idea. The gun could damage the building or the equipment inside it. More important, he did not think they should kill the bird. He remembered a talk given by President Spencer W. Kimball, the twelfth President of the Church, about not shooting little birds.
The specially trained people also suggested putting out poisoned food for the bird to eat. Brother John did not want to do that either. But he knew the bird must be removed quickly, because there was an important performance that evening.
Brother John turned away and said a short prayer: “Heavenly Father, if this sparrow is important to you, could you please let us know how to safely remove it?”
As Brother John finished his prayer, he knew what to do. He told the workers to turn off the lights in the building and close all the doors but one.
The bird had been sitting on top of the organ, but when they turned off the lights and shut the doors, the bird flew off the organ and straight out the one open door. (See Ronald D. John, “A Sparrow in the Tabernacle,” Ensign, June 1989, pp. 24–25.)
How did Brother John show he cared for the little bird? (He prayed about it instead of shooting or poisoning it.)
How do you know Heavenly Father cared about the bird? (He helped Brother John know how to get it out of the Tabernacle.)
Heavenly Father and Jesus want each of us to care for the animals as they do.
Make a copy of the rainbows. Give each child a bag of Fruit Loops and a dollop of Elmer’s glue. Show the child to dip one Fruit Loop at a time in the glue and put it on the rainbow.
Share your feelings of gratitude for the beautiful world that Jesus Christ created according to Heavenly Father’s plan. Express how grateful you are for the animals that have been placed on this earth for us to use and enjoy.
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