The Lord has entrusted each of us with gifts and blessings we can use to build His kingdom.
William W. Phelps
, who was a newspaper publisher before hearing the gospel and moving to Kirtland. Ask the children to read Doctrine and Covenants 55:1–4 and list what God wanted William to do.
Which of these things can apply to all of us, and which are specific to William because of his talents?
Parable of the Bakery
a fun take on the parable of the Talents
Once upon a time, there was a lady that owned a bakery.
The bakery was known around town for its wonderful cupcakes and donuts. This lady worked really hard to make her bakery the best around. She was always trying out new recipes of things she could sell in her shop.
They were very good employees and always did as they were asked.
The lady was on her way to the bakery one morning when she passed a travel agent. In the agent’s window was a cruise to the Bahamas. She had never been on a cruise before, in fact she had never been anywhere before. All she ever did was work in her bakery. “I need a vacation!” she said to herself and she went into the travel agent and booked the cruise.
After the cruise was all booked she went to her bakery to tell her employees of her dream vacation. “I am putting you guys in charge of my bakery while I am away” she said to her employees.
The three employees looked at each other nervously. “I am not going to leave you empty handed”, she said.
She looked at the first employee, “Since you have worked here the longest I am going to give you a bag of sugar.”
She said to the second employee, “I am giving you the cocoa.”
“I love this shop but I know that you three will make me proud!” And she turned and left for her cruise.
“Now what?” The three employees said to each other.
The first employee had a great idea. He always wanted to create his own cookie recipe and with the bag of sugar he could do it! He went off to start working on his very own recipe.
The second employee was excited! He had the best brownie recipe. His grandma used to make it for him when he was a little kid. He was going to use his cocoa to make the brownies!
The third employee had a scared look on his face. This was too much pressure! He had never been put in charge of anything. What was he supposed to do with a bag of flour! He just knew he would mess it up. “I am going to go home and hide the flour under my bed!” he thought to himself.
Two weeks later the lady came back from her cruise. She was nice and tan and very relaxed. The first thing she did was go to her employees and ask them what they had been up too.
The first employee was so excited! His cookies were a big hit in the bakery and were flying off the shelves! He had doubled the money that was coming into the bakery. The lady was so happy that she made him General Manager of the shop.
The second employee couldn’t wait to tell her about his brownies. His brownies were so tasty that people were always asking for them. He had made a lot of money for the bakery. His grandma would be so proud of him! The lady tasted his brownies and was very impressed, she made him Assistant General Manager.
The third looked nervously around, what was he going to do? The flour that he had hidden under his bed had gotten worms in it and now it was ruined
. He was really scared. Finally the lady asked him what he had done with the flour. “Ummm…” he said trying to buy a little time. “I was scared of all the pressure, so I, umm, hid it under my bed.”
“You what?” The lady said angrily.
The third employee pulled out the flour with the worms in it and showed it to his boss.
Ask the children to identify talents they see in each other, and discuss how they can use those talents to serve God and His children.
How can our talents contribute to God’s work?
In these verses, the Lord gave a pattern so “that [we] may not be deceived” (Doctrine and Covenants 52:14) by false teachers and messages.
Invite the children to draw the mystery picture by using the the patterns in the boxes
. Talk about why patterns are helpful. To help the children learn about a pattern from the Lord, display on the board phrases like
He that , the same is , He that shall be , and He that is not . Invite the children to read Doctrine and Covenants 52:15–18 and fill in the blanks.
Why is this pattern helpful to us? (see verses 14, 19).
Even though our covenants are personal, our faithfulness in keeping them can affect the lives of others. The story of Leman Copley and the Saints from Colesville, New York, illustrates this truth.
When the Saints were commanded to gather in Ohio, a lot of them did not have any place to live when they got there. Leman Copley
had a large farm near Kirtland, and he covenanted (promised) to let the Saints to live on his land when they arrived in Ohio
. But soon after they started settling there, Copley changed his mind, broke his promise, and kicked the Saints off his property (see Saints, 1:125–28).
How would it feel to be one of those Saints and find out that Leman broke his covenant to share his land?
What does this story teach us about keeping our covenants?
Read together Doctrine and Covenants 54:6 to learn about a blessing the Lord gives to those who keep their covenants.
If the children seemed to enjoy one of the activities today, suggest that they repeat that activity at home with their families.
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