We Can All Help at Church
To help each child understand that every member of the ward or branch can help at church.
- Popsicle sticks
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Give each child a piece of the potato face. Show the children the picture of the potato head
. Can you put Mr. Potato Head together using just the piece that you have? What do you need to put Mr. Potato Head together like the picture? If you all work together can you put the potato head together? Have the children work together to put the potato head together.
When everyone works together, we can do many things we can’t do alone.
Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to work together
Emphasize that Nephi needed the help of the Lord (Jesus) and his family to build the ship.
Lehi and his family traveled in the wilderness for 8 years. Traveling and living in the wilderness was difficult. They had to live in tents and hunt for food. Finally they came to a land by the sea. They named the land Bountiful. They were happy to be there because there was fruit and honey to eat. They pitched their tents by the seashore.
After Lehi and his family had been in the land of Bountiful for many days, the Lord told
Nephi to build a ship so the family could cross the sea to the Promised Land. Nephi had never built a ship before. What do you think he would need to build a ship?
Turn the tools face down on the table and let the children come up and choose one. Ask them how the tool would help with building a ship. The most important thing that Nephi needed was the Lord’s help
. Nephi believed that the Lord would help him. Nephi asked him where he could find the ore to make the tools he needed to build the ship. Nephi was told where to find the ore and was able to make the tools.
When Nephi’s brothers
Laman and Lemuel saw that he was going to build a ship, they started to complain. They didn’t believe that Nephi could build a ship. They refused to help. They did not believe that the Lord would tell Nephi how to build a ship.
But Nephi knew that the Lord would help him. He will always help us to obey his commandments. Nephi obeyed his directions.
Nephi told Laman and Lemuel that if they would obey the commandments and do what the Lord asked, he would help them too. Laman and Lemuel did not want Nephi to tell them what to do. They wanted to throw him into the sea, but Nephi was filled with the power of God. Laman and Lemuel were frightened. Nephi told them to repent and obey the commandments and their parents. Laman and Lemuel repented and helped Nephi build the ship. Nephi went to the mountain many times to pray for help. The Lord taught him how to build the ship.
When Nephi and his brothers had finished building the ship, they knew it was a good ship. They thanked God for helping them.
Why couldn’t Nephi build the ship without help?
How did the Lord help Nephi?
How did Nephi’s family help?
What happened when everyone worked together?
Allow the children to talk about any experiences they have had working together with other people.
We also work together at church. Each person in the ward (or branch) helps the others. Pretend, through words or actions, to be someone who helps the members of your class at church each week, such as the chorister, the pianist, a teacher, or the Primary president. Have the children guess who you are pretending to be. After the children guess who you are, explain the responsibilities of that person’s calling. Repeat as many times as you want.
What is this deacon doing?
Do you know anyone who passes the sacrament?
Young men who hold the Aaronic Priesthood may prepare, bless, and pass the sacrament. These are ways that young men can help at church.
There is someone in our ward or branch who helps everyone at church. Heavenly Father has given this person an important work to do. The answer is on this puzzle. Let the children work together to put the puzzle together.
What is the name of our bishop (or branch president)?
What important things does he do to help us?
If possible, go for a walk to the chapel and show the children where the bishopric (or branch presidency) sits during sacrament meeting. Let the children take turns sitting in the chairs. Then show the children where the bishop’s (or branch president’s) office is.
Discuss the work done by other people in your ward or branch, such as home teachers and visiting teachers. You may want to talk about the callings the children’s family members have.
Follow the Leader
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.
We can help at church
Scatter a container of crayons or pencils on the floor. Ask one of the children to pick them up, and time him or her to see how long it takes. Scatter the items again. Have the whole class help pick them up, and see how much time it takes. Explain that when everyone works together, we can get the job done better.
What can you do to help at church?
Help the children think of ways they can help at church, including keeping the meetinghouse clean, being kind to others, helping children who are sad or frightened, and being reverent during meetings.
How can we help keep our classroom and the meetinghouse clean?
How can we help other people at church?
How are these children helping at church?
How does it help our classmates when we are reverent?
How does it help the teacher when everyone is reverent?
How do we feel when everyone is reverent?
Give each child a boy or girl being reverent let them color the picture. When they are done tape the pictures on a popsicle stick.
Tell the children that if you say something that is true about how they can help at church, they should hold up their reverent child. If the statement is false, they should leave them on their laps. Use statements such as—
I should throw paper under my chair.
I should thank people who help me at church.
I should run on my way to class.
I should be reverent at church.
Express your gratitude for all the people who help in your ward or branch. Tell how you feel about doing Heavenly Father’s work by being a Primary teacher.
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