I Can Love Others
To encourage each child to express love for others through kind words and deeds.
- A heart for each child
- Picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ
- Picture 1-43Jesus Healing the Blind
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Read the following examples (or create some of your own), and have the children hold their paper hearts up if the action described is kind or shows love. Have them hold the hearts in their laps if the action is not kind and does not show love.
Taking turns when playing a game.
Helping a child who is hurt.
Hitting someone who makes you angry.
Walking reverently in the meetinghouse.
Saying “please” and “thank you.”
Holding a door open for someone.
Being noisy at church.
Helping clean up.
When we are kind to others, we are showing love, and Heavenly Father and Jesus are happy with us.
With the children, sing or say the words to “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Songbook, p. 61), using the actions indicated below:
Jesus said love everyone (spread arms out wide);
Treat them kindly, too (nod head up and down).
When your heart is filled with love (put hands over heart),
Others will love you (hug self).
Jesus showed love to others by being kind
Show picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ, Jesus told us to treat others as we would like to have others treat us. Show the Bible and read Matthew 7:12 through do ye even so to them. This scripture means that if we want others to be kind to us, we must be kind to them.
Show picture 1-43, Jesus Healing the Blind
One day Jesus was walking with His disciples. They came across a man who had been born blind
. The disciples asked if the man was blind because he had sinned or because his parents had sinned. The Savior said that neither the parents nor the man had sinned. The man was blind so the Jesus could heal him and show people God’s power. Jesus made clay out of the dirt. He put it on the blind man’s eyes
. Then Jesus told the man to go wash his eyes in the pool.
As soon as the man washed the clay from his eyes, he could see!
When his neighbors saw him, they couldn’t believe it! They had known this man since birth and he was blind. The man told his neighbors that Jesus had healed him.
How was Jesus kind to the blind man?
Using familiar examples from your ward or area, discuss how to show kindness and love to those who have disabilities. Help the children think of specific ways they might help a person with a disability.
How can we show love to someone who cannot see?
How can we show love to someone who cannot hear?
How can we show love to someone who uses a wheelchair or crutches?
Jesus was going to Jerusalem. Along the way some people wanted Jesus to bless their children. The disciples told the people not to bother Jesus. But Jesus Christ loves children
. He told the disciples to let the children come to Him. Jesus also told the disciples that they should be like little children. Then they could live with God in heaven.
How was Jesus kind to the children?
Jesus spent his life helping other people. By being kind, Jesus was showing love for others. Jesus commanded us to love one another. Read John 13:34 to the children. Have the children repeat “love one another as I have loved you” a few times.
With the children, sing or say the words to “Love One Another” (Children’s Songbook, p. 136).
We can show love to others by being kind
Oranges and Bananas
This story can be told in two ways. The first way is with actual fruit with the faces taped on. When it is time to smash the banana it can be messy but the kids love it. The other way is to use the pictures. The download includes either way you want to tell the story.
Who likes bananas? Who likes Oranges? Split the class into two groups, one side of the room is the kids that like bananas best and the other side the kids that like oranges best.
Why do you like Oranges better? Why do you like bananas better?
I am going to tell you about a place where oranges and bananas HATE each other. The bananas think that the oranges are well, to orange. And the oranges think the bananas are too skinny. They do not get along at all!
One day Bob the banana
was returning home from a hard day of work. He was very tired and did not notice the mean looking fruit behind the rock. The mean apple
jumped him, stole all his money and beat him up. They ripped one side of his peel off!
He was so badly hurt he could move. The evil fruit just left him to die on the side of the road.
Bob was in so much pain! You would be too if your peel had been ripped and your insides smashed. “Oh, thank goodness!”
Bob saw Betty the banana coming, she would help him. She was a really nice lady and she was a banana just like him! He called out to Betty but she pretended not to hear Bob. She was much too busy and look at her brand new dress. If she got Bob’s banana guts all over her pretty dress it would be ruined, and it cost a fortune. She decided that she would pretend that she did not hear him calling to her. Someone else could help Bob, she was much too busy.
Bob was hurting so bad and his insides were starting to turn brown. But to his relief he saw Brad.
Brad went to the same ward as Bob and they would sit by each other in Elder’s Quorum. Brad was a good guy he would help Bob. “Oh, No” thought Brad, “My son’s baseball game is tonight and the coach promised to start him. I can’t miss the game!” Then Brad had a thought, “maybe if I cross to the other side of the street Bob wouldn’t see me and I won’t have to help him. Someone else will help Bob, I can’t miss my son’s baseball game.”
Bob was in so much pain, he thought he was hallucinating. He saw an orange coming towards him
. An orange, oranges hate banana so there is no way that an orange will stop and help a banana. That would be bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s. But it was no hallucination, the orange stopped to help him!
The orange took care of Bob the banana. He bandaged the banana up and carried him to the hospital where he could recover. The orange paid for all the expenses until the banana was healthy again.
Who in the story was kind?
What did the Orange do to help the man who was hurt?
What are some ways you can be kind to others? Have them share their ideas with the other class members.
Sometimes it is hard to be kind to someone because that person may seem unfriendly or different from us. Everyone needs to be treated kindly. Even if people seem unfriendly or look different from us (for example, if they have a different color of skin or a disability), we should treat them kindly.
Talk about the importance of showing love and kindness in our families.
How can you show love to your father? To your mother? To your brothers and sisters?
When we are kind to our families, not only are our families happy, but Heavenly Father and Jesus are happy, too.
Sometimes babies or younger children take or break things that belong to us. Very young children don’t always understand what they are doing. We need to treat them kindly and not be angry with them. If we have things that could be broken, we should try to keep them out of little children’s reach.
How can we show love to Heavenly Father and Jesus?
We can show love to Heavenly Father and Jesus by keeping the commandments, by being reverent in church, and by being kind and helpful to those around us.
We can show love by speaking kindly
Ask the children to follow the instructions below. After the children do each action, thank them for following the instruction.
Please stand up.
Sit down, please.
Please stand up and turn around. Please sit down. Stand up again, please.
Stretch your hands high above your head, please.
Please sit down quietly.
What polite, or kind, words did I say?
How do you feel when someone says “please” and “thank you” to you?
If we want others to speak kindly to us, we should speak kindly to them.
Remind the children of other polite phrases, such as “I’m sorry” and “Excuse me, please,” and the situations in which those phrases should be used. Ask the following questions or similar ones appropriate to your culture:
How would you politely ask for a drink of water?
What should you say if someone brings you a gift?
What can you say if you make someone feel sad?
What can you say to politely get someone’s attention?
Even though others sometimes speak unkindly to us, we should still speak kindly in return.
Sing “Jesus Said Love Everyone” again with the children.
Compliment the children on ways you have observed them being kind. Explain that because Heavenly Father and Jesus love everyone, they are pleased when they see us being kind to each other. Bear testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be kind. Give each child a paper heart. Tell the children what the words on the hearts say, and express your love for the children.
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