Ask the children to share what they remember from a previous lesson about Martin Harris and the lost pages of the Book of Mormon translation. Share any details they don’t remember. You may want to refer to “Chapter 4: Martin Harris and the Lost Pages” (Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 18–21).
You can help the children understand that consistent prayer gives them the power to overcome temptation.
Have the children take turns reading 3 Nephi 18:15–19
and look for something the Savior taught that also offers protection.
How can prayer protect us?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 10:5. Encourage them to look up the verse if they need help.
According to this verse, what blessings come when we pray always?
How can remembering to pray throughout our day help us, especially when we are tempted to do something wrong?
Young people often wonder what the guidance of the Holy Ghost feels like. You can use Doctrine and Covenants 11 to teach the children how to recognize “that Spirit which leadeth to do good” (verse 12).
Share with the children some experiences you have had with the Holy Ghost guiding you to do good things. Invite the children to ponder when they might have had experiences like these and then share their experiences if they feel comfortable doing so. Testify that Heavenly Father wants to guide us through the Holy Ghost. Encourage the children to notice during the coming week when they have feelings like those described in Doctrine and Covenants 11:12–13.
The children you teach will have many opportunities to share the gospel. These verses can teach them how to prepare for these opportunities.
There Are Many Ways to Be Missionaries
Give each child a Popsicle stick with the missionaries on it. Tell the children that there are many ways to be good missionaries. You are going to see if they know some of these ways. Ask them to listen closely to some statements. If the statement is a good way to be a missionary, they should hold up the missionaries. If it is not a good way to be a missionary, put the missionaries down.
- You won’t let a classmate play with you at school.
- You invite a friend to Primary.
- You tell a nonmember friend about Jesus Christ’s Church.
- You are rude to your neighbor.
- You save some money for your missionary bank.
- You are reverent during sacrament meeting.
- You cheat on a test in school.
- Without asking, you take something that doesn’t belong to you.
- You don’t obey your parents and then brag about it to your friends.
- You invite a friend to your home for family home evening.
- You invite someone new in your neighborhood to play with you.
- You tease a classmate until she cries.
- You pray for the missionaries.
You might want to tell the class about a way in which you have been able to be a missionary. Invite the children to share experiences that they or their family members have had in sharing the gospel.
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