Encourage the children to share something they have learned from the Doctrine and Covenants at home or in Primary. Ask them what they enjoy most about learning from the Doctrine and Covenants.
As children face challenges throughout their lives, they will need faith that the Savior can help them during their trials and that those trials can “work together for [their] good” (Doctrine and Covenants 98:3).
- A 16 oz. empty water bottle put a 2 Tablespoon of vinegar in the empty bottle.
- Put 1 teaspoon baking soda into a balloon
- Copies of the worksheets for each youth
Would you believe me if I told you I could inflate this balloon with this water bottle? All I have to do is put this balloon on this water bottle that it will blow up on its own.
Here is a little science lesson. If you combine vinegar and baking soda together it will produce a gas that will inflate the balloon.
Stretch the opening of the balloon over the water bottle. Have a class member lift the balloon up, spilling the baking soda into the vinegar.
When vinegar and baking soda are combined, they produce an identical reaction each time. This reaction is constant
. Ask the children to define the word constant (possible synonyms might be unchanging, dependable, reliable, always the same).
Our Father in Heaven is constant and unchanging. When he makes a promise, we can depend on him to keep it. Have a youth read aloud Doctrine and Covenants 82:10. No matter what trials.
We are commanded to love one another, to forgive others “seventy times seven,” and to turn the other cheek (see Matthew 5:39, 43–44; 18:21–22). How might you use these verses to teach the children these truths?
Peter came to Jesus with a question; he asked how many times should he forgive someone, seven times? Seven times is a lot, right? Do you think seven times is a good amount of times you should forgive?
Jesus answers “I do not say that you shall forgive him seven times only, but seventy times seven.” Seventy times seven! That is a lot! That means 490 times. You need to forgive someone almost 500 times. Do you think you could forgive someone 490 times? Peter was surprised with Jesus’ answer too! Could you ever truly forgive a man that many times?
Jesus told Peter a story or a what? Parable. The parable is called the “Unmerciful Servant”. Do you know what unmerciful means? What does mercy mean? To have mercy is to have compassion on people that are miserable or to show love to people that are unhappy. So the unmerciful servant didn’t show any love or care towards someone who needed it.
One upon a time there was a man and he was the king’s servant. This man owed the king a lot of money. He owed the king so much money that there was no way he could pay it back. The king told his servant that if he could not pay it back, then he was going to have to sell all of his property to pay back the king. But even that would not be enough to pay off his debt. He would also have to sell his wife, children and himself. The servant was very upset! How would you feel? The man fell to his knees and begged the king. “Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all!”
The king felt bad for the man. The king was a good man and had a good heart. What do you think the king said to the man? The king said that his debt was forgiven. He did not need to pay the king even a penny, all of it was forgiven.
The man was so happy! He really dodged a bullet on that one.
As the servant was walking home he saw a very poor man. He thought to himself “I know that guy. He owes me $2.00!” What do you think the man did? He grabbed the man by the throat and yelled at him. “Pay back every penny you owe me or I will throw you in prison!”
The poor man fell to him knees and begged the man. “I promise I will pay back every penny, but I just need a little more time!” Now what do you think the man did? The king’s servant grabbed the poor man and threw him into prison!
Some of the other king’s servants saw the whole thing. They saw how horribly the king servant treated the poor man. They just saw the king forgive the servant’s debt and it was a whole lot more money than the poor man owed the servant. They could not believe that this guy was so unmerciful! They went and told the king how horribly the servant had treated the poor man.
The king could not believe it! He sent for the servant. The king was so mad and told his servant, “O, thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me. Shouldest no thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?” Matthew 18:32-33. The king threw the servant into prison until he could pay back every single penny that the man owed to the king.
When Jesus finished the story he said to Peter, have a child read Matthew 18:35 aloud. What was Jesus trying to teach the people when he told the parable of the unmerciful servant? What does Jesus tell us we must do in order to receive forgiveness? Heavenly Father is like the king, he forgives us of a huge sin. In return we need to forgive others for their sins against us.
Life is not meant to be free from difficulty, but you can help the children discover that they can still find a fulness of joy through Jesus Christ.
Put water in a cup. Ask the children to name things the Savior has done for us so that we can have joy, and invite them to drop a pebble in the cup for each thing they name until the cup is full. Read with the children Doctrine and Covenants 101:36, and ask them to look for how we can have a fulness of joy. What are some things we can do to “seek … the Lord” (verse 38) so we can have the joy that He wants to give us?
Help the children pick a verse from Doctrine and Covenants 98–101 that they would like to share with their families. Help them plan how they will share what they like about that verse.
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