To be sanctified means to be made clean and pure. How can you help the children you teach understand that they can be sanctified when they follow Jesus Christ?
How do we “sanctify” ourselves?
(If needed, help the children look up “Sanctification”
in the Guide to the Scriptures.)
Display the picture of a
heart, a hand
, and a foot
on the board. Help the children think of what it might mean to “purify” and “cleanse” our hearts, hands, and feet.
How does the Savior help us do this?
How can we use our hearts, hands, and feet to become more like Jesus?
You can help the children understand that learning about both spiritual and temporal matters can prepare them to serve the Lord.
Although people in different countries have different traditions and practices, we are all similar in that Heavenly Father loves us all and wants us all to return to him. Display the map and the children around the world. Read the clues and then have the children choose the country that you are describing. Have the child place the picture by the country on the map.
- Russia: In this country there are nine million more women than men. It has one of the two biggest McDonalds in the world. In terms of land area, this country is the largest country in the world.
- Egypt: On average, only an inch of rain falls in this country per year. Over 130 pyramids have been discovered in this country.
- Holland: Most of this country’s land was once covered by water. The people wear wooden shoes to protect their feet from the wet ground.
- Fiji: Children in this country live in a land surrounded by ocean. The people grow bananas, coconuts, and sugarcane.
- Mexico: People in this country speak Spanish. The children play the piñata game. A piñata is a container made of clay or papier-mâché shaped like an animal and filled with candy, fruit, and toys. It is hung above the heads of the children, who are blindfolded and take turns trying to break the piñata with a stick. After the piñata breaks, they scramble for the candy and other contents.
- Brazil: This country is the largest in South America and the only country in South America that speaks Portuguese. Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in this country with the national team consistently among the best in the world, winning the World Cup a record 5 times.
- Scotland: This country has a unique culture with traditions such as bagpipes, kilts and highland dancing. It has many fresh water lakes. One of these is where the Loch Ness is said to lurk in the depts. Of the water.
- Tonga: The mutiny on the British shipBounty occurred in this country’s waters in 1789. The 170 islands and islets—36 of them inhabited.
- Australia: A desert area known as the ‘outback’ covers much of the land. This country is home to a variety of unique animals, including the koala, kangaroo, emu, kookaburra and platypus.
- France: Every summer more than 100 professional cyclists race in a 2,000 bicycle race in this country.
- Japan: Ancient warriors of this country were known as Samurai. They were very skilled fighters and swordsmen. Their main weapon was the Katana, a sharp sword with a slight curve to it.
- England: In 1945, a flock of birds landed on the minute hand of Big Ben and delayed time by 5 minutes, creating chaos for the punctual country. This is also the birth place of the Beatles and some of One Direction.
- China: Russia and this country have the largest McDonalds in the world. 80% of all toys are made in this country. To stop population growth families can have only one child. This means very few children grow up with brothers and sisters
- Germany: You cannot name your child “Matti” in this country because it does not indicate if you are a boy or a girl. Brezeln is the name for “pretzels” in English. This food was first made in this country.
- Denmark: People in this country really like pickled herring. LEGO was invented in this country and the company’s headquarters are located in Billund.
- USA: The first man to walk on the moon was American Neil Armstrong is from this country. Most people in this country speak English there is no official language
Read together Doctrine and Covenants 88:79.
Why is it important for us to learn about other countries and cultures?
The Lord’s instructions regarding the “house of God” can be a helpful guide for us as we build our lives and our homes.
Have a child read (D&C 88:119). Pass out the word strips
Re-read Doctrine and Covenants 88:119 aloud, and have the children display the phrases in order as the scripture is read
Why is it important that the Lord’s house be all these things? What are some things we could do to make our homes like this?
Have the child (or children) who selected each paper suggest one way children can help their homes have the quality described. (For example, “I can make my home a house of prayer by participating reverently in personal and family prayers” or “I can make my home a house of order by putting my clothes and toys in their proper places.”) Then let the other children make additional suggestions.
Write on the board Do and Don’t. Invite the children to read Doctrine and Covenants 88:119–26 and list things the Lord wanted the Saints to do or not do to prepare to learn in the temple. They could look up unfamiliar words in a dictionary. Invite the children to choose something that they will start doing or something they will stop doing.
Invite the children to write down or draw one thing they learned that they would like to share with their families.
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