Pass around a copy of the scriptures. As each child holds the scriptures, let that child share one thing he or she remembers from last week’s lesson or from reading the scriptures at home this week.
Gathering in Ohio was a great sacrifice for many of the early Saints. Today we are not commanded to gather in one location, but we do gather as families, wards, and stakes.
To prepare the Saints to gather, the Lord taught them to see each other as equals and “be one” (verse 27). How might this instruction bless the children you teach?
James Covel had made a promise to obey the Lord, but he did not keep his promise. Learning about his experience could help the children to remember the importance of being obedient.
James Covel was a Methodist preacher. He was in Fayette, New York, when he attended a conference of Latter-day Saints at Fayette in early January 1831.
At this time, the Church was leaving
New York and heading to Ohio.
James was very impressed with the Church’s teaching and wanted to convert, but he did not want to move.
He stayed in Fayette a few days, talking with Church leaders, and covenanted with God to obey the call to repent and be baptized.
On January 5, 1831, a revelation came through Joseph Smith, calling Covel to join the Saints in their move to Ohio. “Thou art called to Labour in my Vineyard & to build up my Church,” the revelation said. Such language would have comforted any Methodist preacher, but the next verse was troubling: “Verily I say unto you thou art not called to go unto the Eastern countries but thou art called to go to Ohio.”
The January 5 revelation warned Covel that in times past he had rejected the Lord. Covel had let “the cares of the world”
control his decisions.
It took Covel less than 48 hours to decide that he would not move to Ohio. A follow-up revelation made clear that Covel had rejected the Lord’s call: Covel, it said, “Received the word with Gladness but Straitway Satan came & tempted him & the fear of persecution & the cares of the world caused him to reject the word.”
James was more scared of the world than obeying Heavenly Father.
What did James Covel covenant to do?
Why didn’t he keep his covenant?
Help the children remember the promises they made when they were baptized (see Mosiah 18:8–10). Help the children list some fears or “cares of the world” (Doctrine and Covenants 40:2) that might prevent a person from keeping these promises.
Invite the children to discuss with their parents or other family members how they can be more united as a family.
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