Heavenly Father’s Plan for Us
To help each child understand that we lived with Heavenly Father as spirit children before we came to earth and that we can live with him again after this life.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Put a doll or paper figure on one of the chairs by the children. Ask the children to stand up, turn around, and sit back down.
Why didn’t the doll stand up?
Why can you stand up?
Talk about the differences between the children and the doll. Help the children understand that they are alive. They each have a spirit inside their body that makes them alive so they can see, hear, stand, move, think, and talk.
We are spirit children of Heavenly Father
Where did you live before you were born on earth?
We lived with Heavenly Father as his spirit children before we were born on earth. We were happy, and we loved living with Heavenly Father. We did not have the physical bodies we now have, but we had spirits. A spirit looks like a physical body but does not have flesh and bones.
Sing “I Am a Child of God” (Children’s Songbook, p. 2) with the children. Remind the children that God is another name for Heavenly Father. Hold up the pictures to help the children with the words.
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.
Have a child stand by you. Using the child’s name, explain that he or she lived with Heavenly Father before being born on earth, and he or she is a spirit child who is loved by Heavenly Father. Do the same with each child.
Heavenly Father loves us, he has a plan for us. Before the earth was created, Heavenly Father called all his children together to explain his plan. All of us, our parents, and our brothers and sisters were there.
Heavenly Father sent us to live on the earth
`The earth is part of
Heavenly Father’s plan. Under Heavenly Father’s direction, Jesus Christ created the earth for us.
We were sent to be born here and receive a physical body.
We were excited to come to earth and to learn and grow. We came to earth as babies to families who could love us and care for us.
When we came to earth,
we were given physical bodies with bones
Show the children the arm. Have them choose the bone and put it on the arm. Have another child choose the muscle. Then the skin.
Can you feel the bone inside your arm?
Can you see and feel your skin?
Can you feel your muscles?
Our spirits inside our bodies give us life, but we cannot see or touch our spirits. Our physical bodies can be seen and touched. It is a great blessing to have a physical body.
Recite the following verse with the children. Point to each body part as it is mentioned.
I Am Thankful for My Eyes
I am thankful for my eyes,
My ears, my mouth and nose;
Thankful for my hands and arms,
My legs, my feet and toes.
(Adapted from a verse by Lucy Picco.)
While we are here on earth we grow and learn many things. As we learn to choose the right things to do, we can become more like Heavenly Father and Jesus. This is another part of Heavenly Father’s plan.
Heavenly Father wants us to return to him someday
Express your love for Heavenly Father. Someday I want to return to Heavenly Father so I can see him and be with him again. This is also part of Heavenly Father’s plan. He wants each of us to return to live with him when our earth life is finished. He wants us, our parents, and all our families to be with him again.
To live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again, we must be baptized and keep all the commandments. Show the set of scriptures. The scriptures teach us about Heavenly Father and Jesus and what they want us to do.
What does Heavenly Father wants us to learn and do here on earth? He wants us to love our families, be unselfish, go to church, take the sacrament, pray morning and night, have family prayer and family home evening, be baptized, be confirmed and receive the Holy Ghost, be married in the temple, learn about prophets, and become like Heavenly Father and Jesus.
Explain to the children that each pair of cards has something that Heavenly Father wants us to do and learn while we are on earth.
Place all the cards face down in rows forming a large rectangle. The first player turns over two cards. If the cards match then they take the two cards and they have another turn. If the cards don’t match they turn the cards over and it is the next players turn.
Read the question and let the child answer it. Repeat as necessary to give each child a turn.
Who is a child of God? (I am; everyone is.)
Where did we live before we were born on earth? (In heaven with Heavenly Father and Jesus.)
Why did Heavenly Father ask Jesus to make the earth for us? (So we could have a physical body and learn what we need to do to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus again.)
What do we need to do to live again with Heavenly Father and Jesus? (Obey the commandments, be unselfish, be baptized, go to the temple, and so on. Let the children show the appropriate pictures as they answer this question.)
With whom can we live after we finish our life here on earth? (Heavenly Father and Jesus and our families.)
Give each child a copy of the coloring page.
Express your gratitude for Heavenly Father and for his plan for us. Encourage the children to always do what they know is right so they can someday return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus.
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