Show the picture from this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families, and help the children talk about how Jesus Christ is like a good shepherd.
Help the children understand that they can follow Jesus Christ by believing in Him, repenting, being baptized, and receiving the Holy Ghost.s
Mix up the footprints on the floor. As you read Doctrine and Covenants 49:12–14, ask the children to place the footprints in the correct order with the number first then the correct picture when each is mentioned in the verses. Invite the children to take turns walking on the footprints. Bear your testimony that when we do the things in these pictures, we are following Jesus Christ.
Abstract concepts like truth and spirit can be hard for young children to understand, but comparing them to light, as the Lord does in Doctrine and Covenants 50:23–25, can help.
Invite the children to solve the following riddle:
After the children solve the riddle, show the candle you have prepared and discuss what candles are used for.
Our spiritual light can grow brighter and brighter. Read Doctrine and Covenants 50:23–25 to the children.
Ask the children to name things that produce light. Help them understand the benefits of light, like helping plants grow, allowing us to see, and giving warmth. Invite the children to take turns shining a flashlight at a picture of Jesus Christ as they say, “God is light” (1 John 1:5). Testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can bring light into our lives when we obey the commandments.
- Make a tube for the candle for each child.
Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd. We are His sheep, and He loves each of us. What will help the children you teach feel His love for them?
Shepherds Care for Their Sheep
Who is this man?
This man is a shepherd, like those who lived when Jesus Christ was on the earth.
What is he wearing?
Point out the shepherd’s cloak. This cloak, made of sheepskin or wool, protects the shepherd from the hot desert sun and the cold nights. The covering on his head also protects him from the sun. The shepherd carries a container of water and a stick that is called a staff.
What does a shepherd do?
A shepherd takes care of sheep. The sheep know the shepherd’s voice, and they follow where he leads them. The shepherd does not herd the sheep from behind. He walks in front of them to show them where to go. The shepherd leads his sheep to green pastures where they find good grass to eat. He also leads them to water. At night he leads them back to the sheepfold, which is a walled or fenced area or a cave where the sheep are safe from wild animals and thieves. The shepherd stands guard at the entrance to the sheepfold and protects his sheep. The shepherd counts his sheep to make sure that not one is lost.
Place the pieces of the puzzle that you have made on the floor or on a table, and help the children put the puzzle together.
When the children realize that one piece is missing, point out that the missing piece has a picture of a sheep on it.
What does a good shepherd do when a sheep is lost?
Display a picture of the Savior, and read Doctrine and Covenants 50:41–42. Help the children understand what these verses teach about how Jesus Christ feels about them.
Ask the children to pretend they are shepherds. Have them each pretend to put on a cloak and carry a staff, and then have them look for the lost puzzle piece with the sheep on it
. When the puzzle piece is found, praise all the shepherds and gather them to complete the puzzle.
Ask the children how they felt when the piece was found.
Prepare a note for each child with these words: Ask me about . Let the children fill in the blank with something they learned in class (give them help if needed) and pin the note to their clothes to prompt a discussion at home.