We Have a Living Prophet
To help each child understand that we are blessed when we follow the prophet.
- Print the Memory cards on card stock
- Hide the treasure maps before class start
- Picture of President Monson
- Print Masks on card stock
- Prepare the Masks with tongue depressor.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
One at a time, show the pictures of Noah, Moses, and Joseph Smith. Invite the children to tell what they know about what is happening in each picture.
After discussing what the children know about the pictures, briefly explain that Jesus told Noah to build an ark so his family would be saved from a flood. Jesus told Moses to free the Israelites from slavery. Jesus told Joseph Smith that he should not join any of the churches then on the earth.
Prophets talk with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
Noah, Moses, and Joseph Smith were all prophets. A prophet is a man who talks with Heavenly Father and Jesus. Since Heavenly Father and Jesus are not on the earth to teach us, they have prophets to help them. Heavenly Father and Jesus teach the prophet, and the prophet teaches us what we should do so that we can be blessed and happy.
There was a man named Elkanah [3 syll. el–ka–nah, elk-an-ah ] and his wife Hannah. Every year the two of them would travel to the temple to offer their sacrifices to the Lord. Hannah did not have any children and she was very sad. While she was at the temple she would cry and prayed to the Lord and asked him to bless her with a son. .She said that if the Lord would bless her that she would promise her baby boy to the Lord. Eli, who lived at the temple, you told her not to cry that the Lord had heard her prayers and would bless her.
The Lord did hear her prayers and blessed Hannah with a beautiful baby boy. She named him Samuel
. His name means “asked of God”. She was so happy, but she did not forget her promise to the Lord. What was the promise? As soon as Samuel was old enough she took him to the temple where he would live with Eli
Hannah and her husband would go and visit Samuel yearly. The Lord blessed her. The Lord blessed Hannah with 3 more sons and 2 daughters. The Lord blessed Samuel’s parents in many ways for letting him serve the Lord.
Samuel grew up in the temple. He was taught by Eli. On night Eli was very tired and told Samuel that he was going to bed and that Samuel should do the same. Samuel was in his bed when he heard someone call his name “Samuel.”
Samuel thinking that it was Eli and that he needs something, he was afraid because he knew Eli was very old. Samuel ran into Eli’s room. Samuel “Here I am.” Eli said “I didn’t say anything. Go back to bed.” Samuel thought that he was hearing things. He went back to bed. Then it happened again! “Samuel.” Samuel knew it had to be Eli this time. He ran into the room and said “Here I am!” Eli said “I didn’t say anything. It must be the Lord that is calling you.” Eli told him that next time the Lord called on him that he should say “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.” Samuel went back to bed and heard it again “Samuel”. This time he answered. “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.”
There was no prophet on the earth at that time.
Samuel grew strong. He listened to the Lord. “All of Israel knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord” 1 Samuel 3:20
Who called Samuel’s name while he was in bed? (Jesus.)
Who did Samuel think was calling him?
What did Eli tell Samuel to do?
What did Samuel say to Jesus?
Ask three children to pretend to be Samuel, Eli, and Jesus and act out the story. Repeat with other children in the roles, if desired.
Give each child a mask that is taped or glued to a tongue depressors.
Have a simple progressive treasure hunt. Begin by stating: “Somewhere in this room is a message from the prophet of the Church to the members of this class. See if you can find it.”
Place under your chair the 2nd Clue:
Place under the table the 3rd Clue:
Place the Final Clue under a chair:
When the children discover the magazine, read from the magazine the marked message from the prophet. Then explain what a treasure the words of a prophet are. Prophets can tell us how to live so that we can return to Heavenly Father.
We have a prophet on the earth today
Display the picture of the living prophet. Tell the children something you know about the prophet.
Have the children stand and say, “(Name of the living prophet) is a prophet of God.”
Why do we need a living prophet? (So we can know what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do.)
Explain that the prophet teaches us by speaking at conferences. Conferences are big meetings attended by a lot of people. We might be able to listen to the prophet on television, radio, or recordings. His words are also written in Church magazines that our parents or others can read to us.
Each of these cards have a teaching from the Latter-Day Prophet. Play memory with the children. 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.
- “Study the scriptures.”
- “Go to church every Sunday.”
- “Pray daily.”
- “Don’t take things that belong to others.”
- “Honor your parents by helping them at home.”
- “Pay tithing.”
We are blessed when we follow the prophet
Refer again to the pictures of Noah, Moses, Joseph Smith, and the living prophet. Because Noah’s family followed him, they were saved from a flood. Because the Israelites followed Moses, they were led out of Egypt into a better land. Because people followed Joseph Smith, they became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
These people were blessed because they followed the prophet. We will also be blessed when we follow the prophet.
Share your testimony of the living prophet. Tell the children that you know that when we follow the prophet, we will be blessed and happy.
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