Hold up a picture of missionaries, and ask the children to share what they know about missionary work.
Even young children can share their witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. How can you use these verses to help inspire them to do so?
Tape the pictures of “Children around the World” all around the class room.
Ask for a volunteer. When you say “go,” have the volunteer gather as many “people” as possible in a specified amount of time (about five seconds, or the amount of time it takes the other children to count slowly to five). Count how many people the child was able to gather.
Ask the children if more people could be gathered if the child had help. Re-tape the pictures around the room again, and ask for a second volunteer. Have the two children gather as many people as possible in the same amount of time as before. Count how many people the two children were able to gather.
How many people did one child gather? How many people did two children gather?
How many people do you think could be gathered if the whole class worked together?
Display the picture of Joseph Smith.
After the Book of Mormon had been printed and the Church was organized, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ wanted everyone to hear the gospel and have the opportunity to become a member of the Church.
Help the children look up Doctrine and Covenants 133:37, and ask a child to read the verse aloud. This verse is part of a revelation given to Joseph Smith in 1831, the year after the Church was organized.
Tape the “Gospel”,”Kindred” and “Tongue” over the meanings.
Take off the pictures as you take about and reveal the meaning. Explain that gospel is another word for Jesus Christ’s teachings, kindred is a group of people who are related to each other, tongue is another word for language, and people means those who belong to a particular country, race, or community.
What does this scripture say will happen? (The gospel will be preached to everyone.)
What do we call those who are called by Heavenly Father to help teach the gospel?
To whom does the gospel need to be preached?
How long do you think it would take for one person to teach the gospel to everyone on the earth?
Joseph Smith knew it would be impossible for him to teach the gospel to everyone by himself. He needed others to help him. Just as two children were able to gather more pictures than one child was, more members of the Church working to share the gospel would be able to teach more people than Joseph alone could teach.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 33:6, and explain what it means that the Lord will “gather [His] elect.” Testify that we can help gather people to the Lord as we share the gospel.
The counsel the Lord gave to Ezra Thayer and Northrop Sweet can help the children you teach build their lives on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Invite the children to be like missionaries by sharing with their families something they learned in Primary today.
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