Show a picture of Emma Smith (see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families). Invite the children to share what they know about her, including things they may have learned studying Doctrine and Covenants 25 this past week. “Chapter 13: Joseph and Emma” (Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 51–55) can help.
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The Lord counseled the early leaders and friends of the Church to pray (see Doctrine and Covenants 23:6) and study the scriptures (see Doctrine and Covenants 26:1). How can you help the children make prayer and the scriptures part of their lives?
The Lost Gold Piece
Tell the children the following story about John A. Widtsoe, who grew up to become a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:
John’s father died when he was young, and John’s mother worked hard to support her children. John wanted to get a job to help her. It was not easy to find a job he could do after school, but he finally found one. One day the man he worked for told him he had done a good job for several weeks and paid him with a five-dollar gold piece.
John said: “Five dollars! That was money! I was jubilant! I would give half of it to my mother; I would buy a new book, and save the remainder. Into the pocket of my trousers went the bright new gold piece, and off I ran to tell my mother of my good luck.
“On the way home, I put my hand in the pocket to feel … the money. It was not there! I felt all through the pocket again. The gold piece was not there! Instead, I found a hole in the pocket through which the coin had slipped. It was terrible! I was so sorry that I sat down by the ditch bank and cried
John walked back along his path, looking for the gold piece. The sidewalk he had been walking on was made of planks (boards), and he searched the cracks between every plank. But he could not find the money. He finally decided the money was lost for good.
Hide the gold coin before class in a place that the children will not find it. Tell the children that the coin is somewhere in the room. Let them search for a few minutes. Then have them return to their seats.
If you were John, what would you do next?
John said: “Then I remembered that the Lord knew where that gold piece was, and that if he would help me, and wanted me to find it, it could not be lost for long.
“So I got down on my knees [in] back of a big tree, and told the Lord all about my trouble, and asked him, if he thought it was the best thing for me, to help me find [the gold piece]. When I got up I felt so much better. I felt sure the Lord had heard my prayer.
“[It was getting dark]. One could not see anything on the ground very clearly, especially a small piece of gold. But I walked right on, not so slowly this time, for I knew the Lord was helping. About half way up the second block, there in the grass lay my lost five dollar gold piece. … I almost shouted with joy. How glad my mother would be, and how I would enjoy that book I had planned to buy. I leaned up against the fence and said, ‘Thank you, O Lord, for finding my money for me.
“Since that time I have known that the Lord hears prayers. And, since that day, I have been careful to have no holes in my pockets” (from John A. Widtsoe, “The Lost Gold Piece,” Children’s Friend, Sept. 1947, p. 369).
Show the children the “Prayer Card”. Before class, write down where the coin is on the inside of the card. Open the card so they can see where the coin is. Let the children find the coin.
Read to the children from Doctrine and Covenants 23:6, beginning with “you must pray.” Help them identify the different ways and places the Lord said we should pray. Invite them to draw a picture of themselves praying in one of those ways or places.
The Lord said that sacred music “is pleasing unto me.” Help the children see singing as not just a fun activity but also a way to worship Him.
Good music can help us feel happy
Happy, beautiful, or peaceful music can help us feel good inside. When we are sad, angry, or frightened, good music can help us feel happy again.
Have you ever felt cranky or grumpy? With picture shows someone that is cranky or grumpy?
I am going to tell you a story about a very grumpy king
. This King’s name was King Saul. One day King Saul was very grumpy. All of his servants tried to cheer up this very grumpy king but they couldn’t. What makes you happy if you are in a bad mood? One of the servants came up with an idea. He knew something that would cheer up the king!
There was a very righteous man in the kingdom named David. David was really good at playing the harp. Do you know what a harp is?
A harp in a musical instrument that is kind of shaped like a triangle. It has strings on it that the musician plucks. When the strings are plucked the harp makes beautiful music. Today at the end of class, we are going to make a harp that you can take home. David played the harp beautifully. The servant went to David and asked him to come and play for the king. Do you think that would cheer the king up? It did! It made King Saul very happy to listen to David play the harp.
Why do you think David’s music made King Saul feel better?
What musical instruments do you like to hear?
The children you teach are preparing to make their first covenant with Heavenly Father when they are baptized. How can you help them see how precious our covenants are?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 25:13 to the children. Explain that the word “cleave” in this verse means to hold tightly to something
. To help them understand, pass something solid, like a rock (or even an iron rod), around the room and invite the children to hold the object as tightly as they can. Explain that cleaving to our covenants means holding on to (or keeping) the promises we make with Heavenly Father and never letting go (or never giving up).
Invite the children to color and take home Doctrine and Covenants 25:13
. Encourage them to discuss it with there families.
Invite the children to pick a favorite verse that you discussed together, write down the reference, and share it with a family member or friend.
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