Show pictures of the Savior (such as those in the Gospel Art Book or Church magazines), and ask the children to share what they know about Him. Older children may be able to share a scripture from Doctrine and Covenants 93 that helped them learn about Jesus Christ.
It is important that the children you teach learn who Jesus Christ is and why they should follow Him. The truths about Jesus Christ found in section 93 can help.
Explain that you have hidden several clues in the room that relate to the lesson. Let the children quietly search for them. After all the clues have been found read them with the children. Ask for their ideas after each clue.
Who are these clues about? (Jesus Christ.)
Picture and discussion
Display picture 3-9, Jesus the Christ.
We know Jesus Christ loves us because he has done so much for us.
What has Jesus Christ done for us? (Help the children understand that Jesus Christ gave us the commandments, the prophets, his Church, and the priesthood ordinances. Through his atonement, he also made it possible for us to repent of our wrongdoings so that we can someday return to live with Heavenly Father and him.)
Jesus Christ has shown his love for us by giving us these wonderful blessings. Each of us is special to him and to Heavenly Father.
Jesus Christ has shown his love for us and that we can also show our love for him.
The story I’m going to tell is found in the Bible. Tell the story found in Mark 10:13–16.
Jesus was going to Jerusalem. Along the way some people wanted Jesus to bless their children. The disciples told the people not to bother Jesus
. The disciples were afraid that the children would interrupt and disturb Jesus while he was teaching.
But the Savior wanted the children to come near him. Read aloud what Jesus said from Mark 10:14(starting with Suffer the little children). In this scripture suffer means to allow or let. Reread Jesus’ words, substituting the word let for suffer and leaving out the word to: “Let the little children come unto me.” Jesus Christ loves children. He told the disciples to let the children come to Him. Jesus also told the disciples that they should be like little children. Then they could live with God in heaven.
Read aloud Mark 10:16. To help the children understand what Jesus did, remind them of the things they learned about the priesthood in lesson 17. The blessings our fathers or other priesthood holders give us are similar to those that Jesus would give us.
Why did Jesus want the children to come to him? (Because he loved them and wanted to bless them.)
Even though he was busy teaching the adults, Jesus took time to hold and bless the little children because of his great love for them.
Bear your testimony that Jesus loves children.
. The story I’m going to tell is found in the Book of Mormon. Show the Book of Mormon.
After Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected and had ascended into heaven
, he visited the Nephite people in the Americas and taught them many important things.
When the time came for Jesus to leave, the people began to cry
because they loved him and could feel his great love for them. They wanted him to stay longer.
Because of the people’s faith and desires, the Savior stayed longer.
Then Jesus told the fathers and mothers to bring their little children to him. Soon the little ones were all gathered around Jesus.
One by one he took them in his arms and blessed them. Then he prayed to our Father in Heaven for the children.
After that he said to the fathers and mothers, “Behold your little ones” (3 Nephi 17:23). As the parents watched, the heavens opened;
angels came down, made a circle around the children, and then went among them.
When Jesus Christ had finished teaching the people in America, they did not want him to leave. Jesus loved the people very much, so he blessed and healed all the people who were sick or injured or disabled.
Then Jesus asked that all the little children be brought to him. He gathered them around him and said a wonderful prayer.
The Book of Mormon says that the words of this prayer were so great and marvelous that they could not be written down.
Jesus then took the children one by one and blessed them and prayed to Heavenly Father for them. As the parents watched, they could see angels with their children. All the people there could feel Jesus’ great love for them.
Just as Jesus Christ loved and blessed the children in Jerusalem and the Americas, he loves and blesses the children that live today all over the world.
How do you think the children felt when Jesus blessed them and prayed for them?
How do you feel when you think about Jesus?
Jesus Christ Loves Us
Although Jesus Christ is not here in person now, he loves us just as much as he loved the children who were alive when he was on the earth.
Have each child take turns writing their names in the hearts. As each child takes his turn, say to him: “Jesus Christ loves (name of child).”
How do we know Jesus loves us? (Answers may include the following: He created the earth for us; he gave us commandments to live by; he gave his life for us; he directs the Church and speaks to us through his prophets; he set a good example for us.)
Do you think these children are happy that Jesus loves them?
Are you happy that Jesus loves you?
Print the game cards on card stock.
Then flip it over and print the hearts on the front of the cards.
Repeat for the yellow and green hearts.
Slides and Ladders
Give each child a game marker, I like to use M&M or Skittles. Give each child one using a different color for each child.
The first child to go first rolls the dice
. If they roll a 5 they move 5 spaces. Once they are on a heart they draw a card of the corresponding color. NOTE: Two or more markers may be on the same heart at the same time.
Up The Ladder or Down the Slide
Anytime a child lands at the bottom of a ladder, the child must climb up to the heart at the top of the ladder. They then answer to question with that corresponding color heart.
Anytime the child ends on a slide, that child must slide down the slide to the heart at the bottom of the slide. They then answer to question with that corresponding color heart.
After the child has answered the question place the card at the bottom of he pile.
Continue until all the children have landed on the last heart “Jesus Christ Loves Me”.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love each of us
Help the children understand how important each of them is to Heavenly Father and Jesus. Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus love each of us and know us by name.
Make copies of the badge Heavenly Father and Jesus Love Me for each child to wear or take home. Attach string or yarn to each badge. Have the children color the picture. You may want to hide the badges under the children’s chairs before class and let the children look for them.
Why might it be important to help the children you teach understand that they lived with Heavenly Father before they were born? How has a knowledge of this truth blessed you?
Place the Picture 7-1, Jesus the Christ on the Chalkboard
Place the pictures of
on the chalk board. Point to the “Earth Life”. This is where we are now but this is not the beginning of our lives. Point to “Pre-Mortal Life”. This is where we began. Before we came to Earth we were spirits in the pre-mortal life. Can you remember living in the pre-mortal world? We all had a veil put over us so we can’t remember living in the pre-mortal world. Point to the picture of the baby. Can you remember when you were born? What about when you were 1? Just because we do not recall the first few years of early childhood does not mean that we didn’t exist, that we didn’t eat, play, laugh, and interact with family and friends. This is the same as when were in the pre-mortal world. In the pre-mortal life we were spirit children and lived with our heavenly parents.
Tell the children that you are going to hum a song. Ask them to listen carefully and tell you the name of the song when you are finished. Hum “I Am a Child of God.”
What song did I hum?
Who does the song say you are?
Have the children sing the first verse of the song.
Before we were born on earth we all lived with Heavenly Father as spirit children
. Our spirit bodies look like our physical bodies, with arms, legs, eyes, and so on, but are not flesh and blood. Life as spirit children is called pre-mortal life. During this pre-mortal life our heavenly parents taught us the gospel and the plan of life. We lived, grew and learned; yet we cannot remember those things. What do you think it was like to live in heaven with Heavenly Father?
Where did we live before we came to earth?
Whom did we live with in heaven?
What makes us all brothers and sisters? (We are all children of Heavenly Father.)
Heavenly Father called a meeting for all his spirit children. Heavenly Father wanted all of us to become just like him. He wanted us to go to earth and get a physical body
. He explained that on earth we would be tested to see if we would keep his commandments. At this meeting Heavenly Father also explained we would be tested every day to make good choices, but sometimes we would make mistakes. On earth we would all sin and we would all die. Heavenly Father needed someone to be the Savior, to suffer for our sins, and to die for us so that we could be resurrected. When Heavenly Father told us that he was going to send someone to help us, we all shouted for joy.
Where did Heavenly Father want us to go? (To earth.)
How does it make you feel to know that Heavenly Father loved you enough to send someone to help you get back to heaven to live with him again?
Show picture 2-3, Jesus the Christ.
Who is this?
Jesus Christ lived in heaven with us. He is the firstborn of our Heavenly Father’s spirit children.
Invite the children to write down or draw something they learned in class and to share it with their families when they get home.
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The more we understand about Jesus Christ, the more deeply and sincerely we want to worship Him and come unto the Father through Him (see Doctrine and Covenants 93:19).
Show a picture of the Savior, and ask the children why it is important that we know about Jesus Christ. Invite them to look for additional answers in Doctrine and Covenants 93:19. Invite them to think of one way they can learn more about Jesus during the coming week, and give them a chance to share their ideas.
Think of a creative way to encourage children to read about the Savior in section 93. You could write on strips of paper several references to verses from section 93 that teach truths about Jesus Christ (for example, see verses 5, 9–10, 17, 21). Place the strips of paper in a container, and ask the children to take turns selecting one and reading the scripture passage to the class. What do we learn about Jesus Christ from these passages?
The Savior emphasized three times in section 93 that we lived with God “in the beginning” (verses 23, 29, 38). Why might He want us to know this? How might knowing this truth bless the children you teach?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 93:23, 29, 38 together, and invite the children to look for a truth about themselves that is repeated in these verses. Ask the children to share anything they know about our life with Heavenly Father before we were born. Give each child one of the following scripture references, and help them find something these scriptures teach about life before we came to earth: Jeremiah 1:5; Doctrine and Covenants 138:53–56; Moses 3:5; Abraham 3:22–26.
The world has many different views on what truth is and how to find it. How can you help the children you teach understand that truth is true no matter what others may say and that Heavenly Father knows all truth?
Write the word truth on the board, and ask the children to write a definition next to it. Read together how the Lord defined truth in Doctrine and Covenants 93:24. Sing a hymn about truth, such as “Oh Say, What Is Truth?” (Hymns, no. 272), and invite the children to find in the hymn other ways to describe truth.
To help the children apply truths in Doctrine and Covenants 93, write a few scripture references from this section on pieces of paper. On other pieces of paper, write the truths that each of these verses teaches. Invite the children to work together to read the verses and match the truths to the verses they read. Why are we grateful to have a knowledge of the truth?
Invite the children to write down or draw something they learned in class and to share it with their families when they get home.