Hold up the Doctrine and Covenants, and ask the children to share anything they know about this book. Who wrote it? What does it contain? Why is it important? For help, you could refer to “Chapter 23: The Doctrine and Covenants” (Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 90–92). Share your love for the Doctrine and Covenants and your eagerness to learn from it this year.
The Lord declared that His voice is a “voice of warning.” How will you inspire the children to hear and obey the warnings He gives?
Let the children hold pictures of warning signs—
—and talk about how they warn us of danger. Compare these warnings to the warnings the Lord gives us through His prophets. Testify that He warns us because He loves us and wants us to be safe (see also this week’s activity page).
Read to the children from Doctrine and Covenants 1:4: “And the voice of warning shall be unto all people.” Share something that the prophet has recently taught that can keep us safe.
As you and the children begin studying the Doctrine and Covenants, help them build their testimonies of Joseph Smith’s divine calling.
- “Who Am I” cards printed on card stock. Print one side “Who Am I” and then flip then paper and print the pictures on the back.
Have the clue cards turned upside down. Let each child come up and choose a card. Read the card and show the clue to the other children. After each clue card have the children raise their hand if the think they know who it is. Have the child come and whisper it in your ear. If the answer is the right answer, have them sit quietly, if the answer is wrong they can continue to guess. When all the cards have been turned over ask the children who they think the mystery person is.
He liked to play games.
He had blue eyes.
He was born on 23 December.
His mother’s name was Lucy.
He was named after his father.
He was visited by angels.
His wife’s name was Emma.
He was a strong man.
Then ask the children:
Who is this?
What else do you know about Joseph Smith?
Joseph Smith was the first prophet and President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a very kind and loving person.
The children you teach may have heard the President of the Church speak, but they may not realize that his words come from God. Help them learn to recognize the words of the prophet as God’s words.
Have a simple progressive treasure hunt. Begin by stating: “Somewhere in this room is a message from the prophet of the Church to the members of this class. See if you can find it.”
Place under your chair the 2nd Clue:
Place under the table the 3rd Clue:
Place the Final Clue under a chair:
When the children discover the magazine, read from the magazine the marked message from the prophet. Then explain what a treasure the words of a prophet are. Prophets can tell us how to live so that we can return to Heavenly Father.
We have a prophet on the earth today
Display the picture of the living prophet. Tell the children something you know about the prophet.
Have the children stand and say, “(Name of the living prophet) is a prophet of God.”
Why do we need a living prophet? (So we can know what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do.)
The prophet teaches us by speaking at conferences. Conferences are big meetings attended by a lot of people. We might be able to listen to the prophet on television, radio, or recordings. His words are also written in Church magazines that our parents or others can read to us.
Sing together a song about prophets, such as the last verse of “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, 110–11). Share your testimony that the prophet speaks the word of God.
Lay the footprints on the floor leading to a picture of the Savior. Invite the children to follow the path of the footprints, and help them read the words.
Review with the children what they learned today, and invite them to pick one thing that they feel everyone should know about. Encourage them to share it with a friend or family member.
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