As the children learn about Joseph Smith’s experience with the lost pages of the Book of Mormon translation, they can be inspired to remain faithful when others tempt them to be disobedient.
*I have been in the Primary for 10+ years, but truth be told I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else:) I have taught this lesson many time and each time I do, I go through inner turmoil. “Should I or Shouldn’t I show this video.” After much prayer some years the answer is “Yes” and some years the answer is “No”. This is where I am turning the turmoil to you. You know the needs of your Primary class and if they would respond positively to it. The last time I used it was 4 years ago and I asked a former primary child about it today and he remembered all about the 116 lost pages.
It says in the manual: “Humbly seek the Spirit through prayer. The Lord has said, “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers” (D&C 112:10). If we are humble we will be blessed to know how the Lord wants us to teach his children.”https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-5-doctrine-and-covenants-and-church-history/helps-for-the-teacher?lang=eng
“When the Lord commands, do it.”
Joseph Smith learned from his mistakes and challenges. Even though he faced despair when the 116 pages were lost, he learned the importance of obedience, repentance, and accepting the will of Heavenly Father. He learned to listen to the promptings of the Spirit and grew in his ability to use the Urim and Thummim. Later in life he was able to say, “I made this my rule: When the Lord commands, do it”
(History of the Church, 2:170).
Have each child copy the phrase on the worksheet
Martin Harris was promised that he could be one of the witnesses of the gold plates if he was faithful. We won’t see the plates like Martin did, but we can receive a spiritual witness of the Book of Mormon. How can you help the children develop and share their own witnesses of the Book of Mormon?
Place the questions on the board
, and help the children find answers in Doctrine and Covenants 5:1–3, 7, 11: What did Martin Harris desire to know? Who could Joseph Smith show the gold plates to? Why would seeing the plates likely not be enough to convince someone that the Book of Mormon is true?
Encourage the children to write their testimonies of the Book of Mormon and share them with someone they know.
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