Heavenly Father and Jesus Gave Us the Scriptures
To help each child understand that the scriptures contain the words of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that we can learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by studying the scriptures.
- A set of scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price).
- A piece of cloth to cover the scriptures or a piece of paper to wrap them in.
- Picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ
- Picture 1-18, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus
- Picture 1-44, Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Before class, cover the set of scriptures with a piece of cloth or wrap them in paper. Place the covered scriptures on a table or chair where the children can see them. Explain that you have covered something that is important to you and to everyone. Let the children guess what you have covered.
After a few guesses, let the children feel through the cloth or paper. If a child guesses that it is a book or books, tell the children that is correct and uncover the books. Tell the children that these books are called the scriptures. Have the children say the word scriptures a few times.
The Scriptures are Sacred Books
The scriptures are important books that are different from other books. They are sacred books. Something that is sacred helps us think about Heavenly Father and Jesus
. The scriptures tell us about Heavenly Father and Jesus and how much they love us. They tell us what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do so we can be happy.
Show and name each of the four standard works, one at a time. If some of them are combined in one book, point to the side binding where the titles are listed or turn to the title pages of each of the standard works.
Article of Faith
Help the children memorize part of the eighth article of faith: “We believe the Bible to be the word of God” and “we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.”
Cut the square of the words and the pictures and put magnets on the back of each picture. Read through the scripture a couple of times with the class. Start removing one word/picture at a time until there are no words/pictures left. Repeat the scripture each time you remove a word/picture.
We should take good care of the scriptures and turn the pages carefully. Have the children come to the front of the class one at a time and demonstrate how carefully they can handle the scriptures and turn the pages.
The scriptures contain stories that are true. These stories help us know what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do. The stories in the scriptures can help us in our lives.
Tell the children one of your favorite stories from the scriptures, using a picture if possible. Emphasize how the things taught in this scripture story help you. Express how much you love to read the stories in the scriptures. OR you can use mine:)
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
. Have a child put the zipper face on Alma the Younger. 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. Alma the Younger said “For, said he, I have repented of my sins.”
Have one of the children put the happy face on Alma. 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.
Have the children put the happy faces on the sons of Mosiah.
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.
Help the children sing or say the words to “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 57). Remind the children that the scripture stories they learn in Primary are true stories.
The scriptures contain the teachings of Jesus
Some of the scriptures were written by men who knew Jesus and lived when he did. They saw Jesus and heard him teach. These men wrote scriptures so that everyone could learn about Jesus and his teachings and know that he was Heavenly Father’s son.
What do you remember about this picture? The story of the Last Supper is in the Bible. Show the Bible and have the children repeat its name. Open the Bible to Luke 22. Jesus taught in the Bible that we should take the sacrament to remember him.
At the last supper, Jesus gave His Apostles the sacrament for the first time. He took bread in His hands
, blessed it, and then broke it into pieces. He told the Apostles to eat the bread. Jesus told them to think of His body when they ate the bread
. He asked them to remember that He would die for them.
Jesus poured wine into a cup
. He blessed the wine and told the Apostles to drink it. Jesus told them too think of His blood when they drank the wine
. He asked them to remember that He would bleed and suffer for the sins of all people.
Display picture 1-44, Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere. Show the Book of Mormon and have the children repeat its name. Open the Book of Mormon to 3 Nephi 18. Jesus told the Nephites to pray always and to pray as they had seen Him pray. The Savior told all the Nephites to pray to Heavenly Father in His name
. He also commanded them to pray with their families. Read the part of verse 21 where Jesus said, “Pray in your families.”
What does Jesus tell us to do with our families?
Display picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ. Show the Doctrine and Covenants and have the children repeat its name. Open the Doctrine and Covenants to section 59. One of the things Jesus taught was that we should love everyone. Read the part of verse 6 where Jesus said, “Love thy neighbor.”
What did Jesus say to do?
Who is your neighbor?
How do you feel when you are kind to others and show love to them?
Help the children sing or say the words to “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Songbook, p. 61), using the actions described 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).
Display picture 1-18, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus. Let the children tell about the picture. Jesus was baptized and that he wants everyone to be baptized. Show the Pearl of Great Price and have the children repeat its name. Open the Pearl of Great Price to Moses 7. There were a lot of evil people and this made Heavenly Father and Jesus very sad. Jesus came to a very righteous man named Enoch. Jesus told Enoch to go tell the evil people that they needed to repent. Enoch told the people that they needed to be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son. Read the part of verse 11 where Jesus said, “Baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, … and of the Holy Ghost.”
Hold up the four standard works. Emphasize that Jesus’ teachings are in all of them.
What are these books?
Whose teachings are found in the scriptures?
Why were the scriptures written?
How does it make you feel to know that Heavenly Father and Jesus love us and have given us the scriptures?
Cut put the four pieces of the Scripture Worksheet. Staple together to make small replicas of the covers of the four standard works, one set for each child. Let the children color the pictures.
Give a set of covers to each child to take home. As you do, review the teachings of Jesus discussed in the lesson.
Express your gratitude and love for the scriptures. Bear testimony that the scriptures are Heavenly Father’s and Jesus’ words and that by studying the scriptures we can learn what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do.
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