Think of simple, creative ways to give children opportunities to share what they are learning. For example, prepare different-sized strips of paper, and let each child select one at random. Invite the child with the longest paper to share first.
Ezra Booth was converted to the Church after seeing Joseph Smith heal Elsa Johnson’s arm. But Ezra later lost his faith, and he became critical of the Prophet. Doctrine and Covenants 63 contains warnings against trying to build our faith on signs, such as miraculous healings, rather than on spiritual confirmation of truth.
A Methodist preacher named Ezra Booth
came to Kirtland in the spring of 1831 with a group of people including John Johnson and his wife, Elsa
. Elsa Johnson could not raise her arm because it was partially paralyzed. As these people talked with Joseph Smith, one of them asked if anyone on earth could heal Elsa’s arm. Later the Prophet
took Elsa’s hand in his and quietly said, “Woman, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I command thee to be whole.” To everyone’s amazement, Elsa Johnson then raised her arm
. The next day she hung her wash on the clothesline without pain for the first time in over six years (History of the Church, 1:215–16). This miracle led Ezra Booth and some members of the Johnson family to join the Church.
Several months later he was called on a mission to Missouri. He was angrybecause he had to walk the entire journey and because missionary life was not what he had expected. He was disappointed because he did not see any more miracles like the healing of Elsa Johnson. He began to think and say bad things about the leaders of the Church. Because of his improper behavior during his mission, Ezra Booth was excommunicated when he returned to Ohio. This meant that he was no longer a member of the Church. Instead of repenting, Booth began writing letters to a local newspaper, telling lies about Joseph Smith and the Church. These letters influenced many people in Ohio to become suspicious of Church members and to persecute them.
Invite the children to read Doctrine and Covenants 63:9–10, and ask them to share something the Lord says about faith and signs (or miracles).
The “mysteries of [God’s] kingdom” are available only to those who keep God’s commandments. This is why they are mysteries to many people. This principle will help the children as they seek truth.
The children you teach may hear others using the name of God in irreverent and profane ways. How can you help them understand that the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ “must be spoken with care”? (Doctrine and Covenants 63:64).
The Ten Commandments are a guide to help us live the right way. The third commandment tells us that we should honor and respect the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Have the children listen as you read the third commandment. Read Mosiah 13:15, stopping after the word vain the first time it appears in the verse.
“In vain” means to use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a disrespectful way or when they are not really thinking of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Have the children repeat the words of the scripture with you.
What are some other names we use when we mean Heavenly Father or Jesus? (God, Father in Heaven, Jehovah, the Lord, Christ, the Savior.)
Whenever we use any of these names, we should speak respectfully. These names should never be spoken in anger or in a joking manner. Someone who uses these names this way is swearing. These names should never be used as swear words. We should use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ only when we are praying or talking about them in a respectful way.
Reinforce the idea that if we love Heavenly Father and Jesus, we will show honor and respect for their names by using them only in a kind and loving way.
When is it right to use the name of Heavenly Father? (When we speak with reverence and respect and when we pray.)
Picture and story
Display picture 3-67, President Spencer W. Kimball, and tell the children that he was a beloved prophet and twelfth President of the Church.
Tell the following story:
One day after an operation, President Kimball was being wheeled out of the hospital operating room when the attendant tripped and stumbled. The attendant started swearing and using the Lord’s name in vain. Even though President Kimball was ill, he pleaded with the attendant, “Please! Please! That is my Lord whose names you [use in a bad way].”
The attendant was silent. Then he whispered, “I am sorry” (see “President Kimball Speaks Out on Profanity, “Ensign, Feb. 1981, p. 3).
Read to the children from Doctrine and Covenants 63:58: “This is a day of warning.” Ask them to talk about warnings they hear from their parents, teachers, and Church leaders. Then help them find warnings from the Lord in verses 58–64. What are some appropriate ways to “use the name of the Lord”? (verse 62).
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