Read Doctrine and Covenants 18:2, and explain that the Spirit helped Oliver Cowdery know that the scriptures are true. Tell the children about an experience when the Spirit testified to you that the scriptures are true. Let them share experiences when they felt that the scriptures are true.
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When children know that Heavenly Father loves them—and all of His children—they are more confident and kinder toward others.
Help the children repeat with you Doctrine and Covenants 18:10 several times. Explain that “souls” refers to all of God’s children. Repeat verse 10 with the children, this time replacing “souls” with the children’s names.
Help the children think of things that people consider valuable. Then let the children take turns looking in a mirror, and as they do, tell each child that he or she is a child of God and of great worth. Testify that to Heavenly Father, they are more valuable than all the things they thought of earlier.
How will you inspire the children to invite others to come unto Christ and experience great joy?
Tell the children about something that brings you joy. Let each child tell you about something that brings him or her joy. Read Doctrine and Covenants 18:13, 16.
What brings the Lord joy?
What does He say will bring us joy?
Play the match game for the answer.
- Print the Memory cards with the doors on one and the pictures on the other. Use Card Stock
Knock on Door Matching Game
Tell the children that you are going to play the matching game. Each card holds a clue to what the lesson is about.
After the game show all the cards and ask them if they know what will bring joy.
Every member of the Church, no matter how old or young, can be a missionary by telling others about the gospel.
Show a picture of missionaries, and ask the children how the missionaries are being good examples. When we set a good example, we are being missionaries because our example can help others want to learn more about Jesus Christ. Share some times when you have seen children in your ward or branch being good examples.
The Savior’s willingness to “drink the bitter cup, and [not] shrink” (verse 18) is an example to all of us of obeying Heavenly Father’s will. Consider how you will inspire the children to follow Jesus’s example.
Show a picture of Jesus Christ suffering in Gethsemane
(see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families). Ask the children to tell you what they know about what is happening in this picture. Summarize in your own words what the Savior said in Doctrine and Covenants 19:18–19 about His suffering. Emphasize that suffering for our sins was the hardest thing anyone has ever done, but because Jesus loved His Father and us, He obeyed God’s will. How can we obey Heavenly Father?
Hand out to the children the actions
on popsicle sticks that go with the phrases in Doctrine and Covenants 19:23 Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.
Read the verse several times have the children lift up the action when you say the word. Repeat until all the children have a chance to hold up an action. Help them think of ways we can learn of Christ and listen to His words.
Invite the children to think of someone who could be helped by what they learned from Doctrine and Covenants 18 or 19—for example, that we are all of great worth to God. Encourage them to plan how they will share what they learned with that person.
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