I Can Be a Good Example
To help each child set a good example for others by following the example of Jesus.
- Picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ
- Picture 1-64, Jesus Praying with the Nephites
- Print the Cube on cardstock
- Copy of the coloring sheet for each child
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Play “Follow the Leader” with the children. Have the children stand in a line. The first child in line runs, hops, skips, or does some other action to the other side of the room. The other children follow the first child, doing what he or she did. Then the first child goes to the end of the line, and the next child becomes the new leader. Continue until each child has had a turn to be the leader.
Explain to the children that when they did the same actions you did, they were following your example. When we follow someone’s example, we do what they do. Tell the children that Jesus said, “Follow me” (see Matthew 4:19).
Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to earth to be an example for us
Display picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ.
One of the reasons Jesus came to earth was to be an example for us and show us how to live. Jesus was perfect. That means he did everything the right way. The way he lived when he was on the earth is the way we should try to live.
Open the Bible and read John 13:15 to the children. Tell the children that these are Jesus’ words. Emphasize that we want to be like Jesus and follow his example.
Help the children sing or say the words to the first part of “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 78).
What kinds of things should we do if we are trying to be like Jesus?
Once upon a time there was a man named Zacchaeus
. Zacchaeus was a very little man
and Zacchaeus was a very rich man. Zacchaeus was not very popular. No one liked Zacchaeus because he was a tax collector. This means that he would take money from other people and give it to the Romans. No one liked the Romans either.
Zacchaeus had heard rumors about this man named Jesus. People said that he was the Son of God and that he could perform miracles. Zacchaeus wanted to see this man Jesus. There was a crowd of people waiting to see Jesus, but Zacchaeus was too short to see over the people’s heads. What would you do if you were too short to see Jesus? Stand on your tiptoes? Have the children stand on their tiptoes. Jump up and down? Have to children jump up and down.
Zacchaeus looked around for something that he could climb to see Jesus. He saw a big tree that he could climb up! If he climbed up the tree he would have a perfect view to see Jesus!
As he was in the big tree Jesus looked up and saw him. “Zacchaeus”, Jesus said
. “Come down here.” Jesus told Zacchaeus that He wanted to stay at his house. Zacchaeus was so happy! Jesus wanted to stay at his house! Zacchaeus was happy but the people in the crowd were not happy. Remember they did not like Zacchaeus, not one little bit. Why did Jesus want to stay at that horrible tax collectors house? He takes money from his people to give to the Romans! He is a sinner!
Zacchaeus was upset, he knew that the people were right, he was not good enough to have Jesus stay at his house. Zacchaeus told the people that he wanted to be a better person so he would give half of his money to the poor. And if he took something from someone he would pay them back four time what he took.
Jesus was so happy! He told Zacchaeus that “salvation came to this house.”
Jesus set a good example for us when he was kind to Zacchaeus. Even though other people did not like Zacchaeus, Jesus wanted to go to his house and be his friend.
How was Jesus kind to Zacchaeus?
How do you think Zacchaeus felt when Jesus was kind to him?
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).
Show picture 1-64, Jesus Praying with the Nephites.
Jesus Christ told the Nephite to bring their little children to him
. The children sat on the ground near Jesus. The Savior told the people to kneel down. Then he knelt and prayed to Heavenly Father. The Savior’s prayer was so marvelous that it could not be written. It filled the Nephites with joy.
After his prayer Jesus said the Nephites would be blessed because of their faith. He felt so much love and happiness that he wept.
Then he took the children and blessed each one. He prayed to Heavenly Father for them and wept again.
Jesus told the Nephites to look at their children. As the people watched, angels came down from heaven and encircle the children. The children and the angles were surrounded by fire.
Jesus showed by his example that we should pray for others.
Whom did Jesus pray for?
How do you think the children felt when Jesus prayed for them?
Whom can we pray for?
Discuss people we can pray for, such as family members, people who are sick, the missionaries, and our Church leaders.
Print the cube on card stock. Have to children take turns roll the cube and answering the questions.
Help the children realize that when they show love for others by being kind and by praying for them, they are following the example of Jesus. They are also setting a good example for other people.
We can be good examples to others
Explain that just as the children follow the example of Jesus, other people watch them and follow their examples.
Let the children color the coloring page. Encourage them to tell their family the story of Zacchaeus.
Tell of a time when you followed someone’s good example. Share your feelings about the importance of following Jesus’ example. Encourage the children to set good examples for others by doing the things that Jesus would do.
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