I Can Say I’m Sorry
To help each child understand that when we do something wrong, we should say we are sorry and try to correct the wrong thing we have done.
- A small toy that could fit in a pocket.
- Play dough
- Copy of coloring page
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
As the children enter the room or gather for the lesson, deliberately make some mistakes in arranging the classroom or preparing for the lesson. You might—
Drop something on the floor.
Place a chair backwards.
Display a picture upside down.
Start to write something on the chalkboard or on a piece of paper and then erase it or cross it out.
After each mistake say, “I’m sorry; I made a mistake.” Then correct the mistake.
Ask the children if they noticed all the mistakes you made. Point out that everyone makes mistakes.
Sometimes we do things that are wrong
As we are growing up and learning to choose the right, sometimes we make wrong choices. These are not just mistakes like putting a picture upside down; these are times when we do something that is wrong, something that Heavenly Father and Jesus and our parents do not want us to do. By making wrong choices, we may make ourselves and other people unhappy.
Tell the following story in your own words, using a small toy to illustrate it. Tape on the different heads with the different expressions as you talk about Travis’s feelings.
Travis and Matt were having fun playing at Matt’s house. Travis liked Matt’s toys and wished they were his own. Travis decided to borrow some of the toys, and he put them into his pocket without asking Matt.
When Travis played with the toys at home
, it wasn’t much fun. His mother asked why he was unhappy. Travis told his mother that he had borrowed Matt’s toys without asking and that now he felt bad about it.
Travis’s mother told him that it is wrong to take something that belongs to someone else. She asked Travis what he should do to correct his wrong choice. Travis wanted to take the toys back, but he was afraid Matt might be angry with him
. Travis’s mother said that even though Matt might be angry, returning the toys was the right thing to do. She also told Travis that telling Matt he was sorry would help take away the bad feelings he had for doing something wrong.
Travis took the toys back to Matt. He said he was sorry for taking the toys without asking and promised never to do it again.
Matt was happy that Travis brought the toys back.
Travis was glad that he told the truth and made things right (adapted from Pat Graham, “Travis Repents,” Friend, Mar. 1987, pp. 40–41).
What did Travis do that was wrong?
How did Travis feel when he took Matt’s toys?
When we do something wrong, we feel bad inside. This is one way Heavenly Father helps us know we have done something wrong.
What did Travis do to make the bad feelings go away?
How did Travis feel when he returned Matt’s toys and said he was sorry?
We should say we are sorry
How do you feel when you do something wrong?
What can you do to make the bad feelings go away?
When we know we have done something wrong, we need to admit it. Then we need to say “I’m sorry.” We also need to try to correct what we did wrong and promise that we won’t do it again.
Repent means to say you are sorry, promise not to do the wrong thing again, and try to correct the wrong thing.
Help the children sing or say the words to “Repentance” (Children’s Songbook, p. 98). The song is included in the PowerPoint.
We should do our best to correct the wrong
Show the children the Book of Mormon. Tell them that the Book of Mormon tells about a man who did something wrong.
Once upon a time there were two very righteous men. One was a king and his name was King Mosiah
. The other man was named Alma
. These two men loved God and wanted to teach everyone about the Gospel. They were running into some problems with unbelievers. There were people who would persecute and say mean things to the church members.
Alma had a son named Alma
, because they were both named Alma, the son was called Alma the Younger. Alma the Younger was a rebel. He did not want to do the things his dad told him to do. He was becoming very wicked.
King Mosiah had four sons
and they were friends with Alma the Younger. These five men fought against the Church and tried to destroy it.
Because their dad’s held such powerful positions, people would listen to these five young men. They talked many people into leaving the Church and become wicked.
Alma was very upset by his son. He wanted people to come into the Church but his son and his friends were pushing people away and becoming wicked. Alma prayed to Heavenly Father and asked that his son would and stop his wicked ways.
Alma the Younger and the sons of King Mosiah continued trying to destroyed the Church. One day an angel
appeared to them. The angel spoke in a loud voice that shook the ground. The five young men were so frightened that they fell down
. The angel had come in answer to the prayers of their fathers. The angel asked Alma the Younger why he was fighting against the Church. The ground shook as the angel told Alma the Younger to stop trying to destroy the Church.
Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah fell down again. They had seen an angel, and they knew the power of God had shaken the ground. Alma the Younger was so amazed that he could not speak
. He became so weak that he could not even move his hands.
The sons of Mosiah carried Alma the Younger to his father
and told him all that had happened to them. Alma was happy. He knew that God had answered his prayers. Alma called many people together to see what the Lord had done for his son and the sons of Mosiah.
Alma, along with the other Church leaders, fasted and prayed and asked God to help Alma the Younger become strong again.
After two days and nights, Alma the Younger was able to speak and move. To find out what Alma the Younger said, Mosiah 27:24: “For, said he, I have repented of my sins.”
Alma the Younger told the people he had repented of his sins and God had forgiven him. He became very righteous. He taught that everyone must become righteous in order to enter God’s kingdom. He also told of the great pain he had suffered because of his sins.
Alma the Younger was happy because he had repented and God had forgiven him. He knew God loved him.
Alma the Younger and the sons of King Mosiah
began to teach the truth throughout the land, telling everyone what they had seen and heard.
They tried to undo the wrong they had done. They became missionaries
. They explained the scriptures to the people and taught them about Jesus Christ.
God blessed Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah as they taught the gospel. Many people listened to them and believed.
How do you think Alma felt when he realized he was doing the wrong things?
How did Alma try to correct the wrong things he had done?
How do you think Alma felt when he started teaching the people the truth?
When you do something wrong, why should you try to correct it?
Share a simple personal experience about a time when you said you were sorry. Tell the children how you felt and how you tried to correct the wrong thing you had done.
Heavenly Father and Jesus are happy when we repent of the wrong things we do.
As you say each step of repentance, point to the appropriate word strip.
. Pretend you are at your friend’s house. You are sitting on the couch and you best friend walks by. You, without thinking, throw the remote at him and tell him “think fast!” He is not ready for it and moves really quick. The remote hits the flat screen T.V. and shatters it. Of course you are really, really sorry but is saying you are sorry enough?
. Who do you ask forgiveness from when you break the T.V.? You should ask your friend’s parents for forgiveness. That can be really scary! They are going to be really mad! Point out that when we repent of our wrong choices, we must ask our Heavenly Father and the person we have wronged to forgive us. We need to admit that we have made a wrong choice and then ask to be forgiven for what we have done. How do we ask Heavenly Father to forgive us? (We ask in prayer.)
. How can you do this with the broken T.V.? You can tell them you are going to replace it or work the money off.
. Don’t throw things in the house! We need to decide never to make that wrong choice again.
We will know we have truly repented if we feel sorry for doing wrong and we are willing to admit it, ask to be forgiven, try to right the wrong, and decide never to make that wrong choice again.
Have the children stand and do the following activity verse with you:
When I do something wrong (shake finger from side to side),
“I am sorry,” I will say.
I feel so unhappy (pull down corners of mouth with fingers, making a frown)
For what I did today.
I will do better (put hands on hips and nod head up and down);
I’ll try with my might.
I will be happy (smile)
If I do what is right (fold arms and nod head).
Have the children discuss how they could follow these steps of repentance in the following situations:
What should you do if you took something that does not belong to you?
What should you do if you said something unkind to someone?
What should you do if you did not tell the truth to your parents?
What should you do if you pushed someone down?
Provide each child with a piece of clay or play dough. Show the children how to roll the clay or play dough in a ball and then flatten it. Help them make a smiling face in the clay or play dough to remind them that when they say “I’m sorry” they will feel better. A play dough recipe can be found on page xv of the manual or is included in the download.
Give each child a piece of paper and a crayon or pencil and the coloring page “I can be happy when I say I’m sorry.”
Express your testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus love us even when we do wrong things. Tell the children that you know they will be happy when they say they are sorry for things they do that are wrong and when they try not to do the wrong things again.
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