I Belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
To help each child understand that he or she belongs to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Picture 1-4, The First Vision
- Picture 1-18, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus
- Picture 1-39, Blessing a Baby
- Picture of the living prophet.
- Copy of the coloring sheet for each child
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Show picture 1-39, Blessing a Baby.
What is happening in this picture?
Most of us received a name and a blessing when we were babies. Because of this naming and blessing, our names were put on the records of the Church and we can say, “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
Help the children say “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” a few times.
We Attend Church to Worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
The church comes in 5 pages. The instructions on how to put it together are included in the download. Place the pictures in the doors as you talk about them.
All over the world boys and girls and their parents attend church each Sunday. When we attend church and participate by listening and learning, we are worshiping Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
There are many ways that we can worship at church.
When we take the sacrament, we are remembering Jesus Christ. If we have been baptized, we are renewing the covenants we made to always remember him and to obey his commandments. Taking the sacrament is one of the most important ways we worship while attending church.
When we sing a hymn with feeling, we are expressing our love to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. If we do not sing, we are missing an opportunity to worship them.
We hear many prayers when we are at church. Remind the children that when another person is offering a prayer, we should close our eyes, bow our heads, and listen to what is said.
What do we say at the end of a prayer? (Amen.)
Why do we say “amen”? (To show we agree and support what has been said.)
During the sacrament service we can pray silently. While we are thinking about Jesus Christ, we could ask Heavenly Father to help us choose the right and obey the commandments.
How can we show we are listening at Church? (By sitting reverently, by not talking, and by looking at the speaker or teacher.)
Challenge the children to name some of the people we should listen to while at church. Instruct them to hold up a finger for each idea. Possible responses include: a speaker in Primary or sacrament meeting, the young man blessing the sacrament, someone who prays in class or in a meeting, and a teacher.
Jesus’ church has the priesthood
Let the children tell what they know about what is happening in each picture. The priesthood is needed to do each of these things. The priesthood is the power that Heavenly Father and Jesus have. They share this power with righteous men so the men can help do Heavenly Father’s and Jesus’ work on earth. Point to the priesthood holders in each picture. Have the children say the word priesthood a few times.
Who do you know who holds the priesthood?
Men who hold the priesthood can bless and pass the sacrament, baptize, give blessings to people, and do other important things. Show picture 1-39, Blessing a Baby, again and tell the children that babies are blessed by men who hold the priesthood.
John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus
Display picture 1-18, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus. Let the children tell what they remember about the picture.
Who is baptizing Jesus?
What power did John need to have to baptize Jesus? (The priesthood.)
John the Baptist was teaching people about repentance and baptism for the remission of sins. Do you know what repent means? To feel bad about our wrong choices and not to make them again. People would come from all over to the
to listen to John and then be baptized.
John had received the Aaronic Priesthood when he was younger and was foreordained to prepare the people for the coming of Jesus Christ.
The people knew that there was a Savior and the people started to wonder if John the Baptist was the Savior. John told the people that he was not the Savior but the Savior would come.
When Jesus was about 30 years old, he left his home to find John the Baptist. John was surprised when he saw Jesus and said “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Savior of the World. Jesus asked John to baptize Him. John was shocked. Jesus was perfect! He didn’t need to repent! John told Jesus that Jesus should baptize him! Jesus explained to John that even He needed to be baptized. Jesus needed to be baptized to “fulfill all righteousness”. Being baptized is one of God’s commandments and He needed to follow God’s commandments just like everybody else. He was also an example to us and needed to show us what we should do. John understood then that Jesus needed to be baptized. John and Jesus entered the waters of the Jordan River. Picture 7-7, John the Baptist baptizing Jesus
John baptized Jesus by
. Do you know what it means to be baptized by immersion? He laid him down in the water until Jesus was completely covered by the water and then brought him back up. After Jesus was baptized, the heavens opened up. John the Baptist saw a dove
that represented the Spirit of God. A voice from heaven said, Matthew 3:17 “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” When John heard the voice of Heavenly Father, he knew for certain that Jesus Christ was the Son of God.
Being baptized by someone who holds the priesthood is an important part of belonging to Jesus’ church. When you are eight years old, you can be baptized a member of Jesus’ church.
Jesus’ church has a prophet
In 1820 preachers of different churches claimed to be the true church. This was really confusing because some churches preached one thing while another church preached something completely different.
There was a fourteen year old boy
, do you know a fourteen year old boy? In 1820 there was a fourteen year old boy and he was really confused. He was confused because he did not know what church to join. Do you know who the boy was? The boy was Joseph Smith and he wanted the find the true church. Because Joseph Smith wanted to know which church really was true, he went to several meetings of different religions. He found that each minister had different ideas about God and the scriptures. The churches looked the same on the outside but really different on the inside.
One day Joseph was reading the Bible and he came to James 1:5. Read James 1:5 aloud. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” What do you think it means to lack wisdom? (Make sure the children know that to lack wisdom means to not know or understand something.) What does it mean to ask of God? (Pray to Heavenly Father.)
Reread the scripture. We can pray to Heavenly Father and ask him to help us understand and learn about something.
Joseph thought about this and came to a decision, he had 2 choices. The first choice was to never know what church to join or his second choice was to do as James directed and ask God. If the scripture was true, than God would really give Joseph the answer to his question. Joseph Smith decided to pray to God to see what church to join. Joseph knew that he lacked wisdom. He was confused. He didn’t know which church was true, so he decided to do what the Bible says—pray to Heavenly Father.
On a beautiful spring morning Joseph went into the woods by his home. When he got to the perfect spot we looked around to make sure he was alone and he knelt down and prayed
. The thing that happened next is really scary. Joseph was overcome by a power that made it so he could not speak.
A thick darkness surrounded him and Joseph thought that he was going to die. With all the strength that Joseph could muster, he called upon God to deliver him from this evil power. Do you know who it was that was trying to stop Joseph from praying?
Just as Joseph thought he was about to be destroyed he looked up and saw a pillar of light over his head. Show picture 3-10, The First Vision.
The light was brighter than the sun. The darkness lifted and Joseph was free from the darkness.
In the light Joseph saw two personages standing above him. Who were these two personages? (Heavenly Father and Jesus.)
One of them, Heavenly Father, spoke and called Joseph by name. He said, pointing to the other Personage, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”
Joseph asked which of all the churches he should join. The answer was that none of the churches were true, so he should join none of them. . Joseph learned that Jesus’ true Church was no longer on the earth. Jesus said to Joseph “They draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”
Who came to talk to Joseph Smith in the grove?
Heavenly Father and Jesus talked with Joseph Smith, we call Joseph Smith a prophet. A prophet tells us what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to know.
What is a prophet? (A man who has a special calling to talk with Heavenly Father and Jesus and tell us what they want us to know.)
Show a picture of the living prophet. Tell the children about him. Explain that Jesus’ church always has a living prophet to teach us what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to know and do.
We belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Whose church do we belong to?
What is the name of the church we belong to?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 115:4 to the children. Explain that this name means that this is Jesus’ church in the time in which we now live. Help the children understand that there are many people throughout the world who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
You may want to explain that there are other churches on the earth today that teach about Jesus and teach people to live good lives, but they don’t have the priesthood, a living prophet, or all of the scriptures.
Ask everyone who belongs to Jesus’ church to stand. Remind the children that all of them should be standing. Have the children repeat, “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
Give each child a copy of the “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” coloring page.
Bear your testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. Help the children feel how important and wonderful it is to belong to Jesus’ true church.
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