When the Church was first organized, there weren’t many members. The Lord asked the Saints to build up the Church by sharing the gospel and strengthening one another. We can do the same today.
Joseph Smith suffered many trials, but he was able to “be patient in afflictions” because the Lord promised that He would always be with him.
To teach the children that sometimes we need to be “patient in [our] afflictions,” you could show the video “Continue in Patience” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Ask the children to think of something they really want but have to wait for.
Why does the Lord sometimes require us to have patience during challenging times in our lives?
How does He let us know that He is “with [us]” during our afflictions?
Soon after Emma Smith was baptized, the Lord told her, “Cleave unto the covenants which thou hast made.” Consider how this counsel could bless the children you teach.
Read together Doctrine and Covenants 25:13, and ask the children what it means in this verse to “cleave unto the covenants” we make
. To illustrate, pass around objects that are firmly fastened together and let the children try to tear them apart. Why is the word “cleave” a good word to describe how we should feel about our covenants?
Invite the children to pick a favorite verse that you discussed together, write down the reference, and share it with a family member or friend.
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