Invite the children to draw pictures of something they learned in last week’s lesson or at home during the past week. Give them reminders if needed. Then let them talk about their pictures.
All of us, including children, want to feel welcome and accepted. How can you use these verses to help the children make others feel welcome at church?
Oranges and Bananas
This story can be told in two ways. The first way is with actual fruit with the faces taped on. When it is time to smash the banana it can be messy but the kids love it. The other way is to use the pictures. The download includes either way you want to tell the story.
Who likes bananas? Who likes Oranges?
Why do you like Oranges better? Why do you like bananas better?
Split the class into two groups, one side of the room is the kids that like bananas best and the other side the kids that like oranges best.
I am going to tell you about a place where oranges and bananas HATE each other. The bananas think that the oranges are well, to orange. And the oranges think the bananas are too skinny. They do not get along at all!
One dayBob the banana was returning home from a hard day of work. He was very tired and did not notice the mean looking fruit behind the rock. The mean apple jumped him, stole all his money and beat him up. They ripped one side of his peel off!
He was so badly hurt he could move. The evil fruit just left him to die on the side of the road.
Bob was in so much pain! You would be too if your peel had been ripped and your insides smashed. “Oh, thank goodness!” Bob saw Betty the banana coming, she would help him. She was a really nice lady and she was a banana just like him! He called out to Betty but she pretended not to hear Bob. She was much too busy and look at her brand new dress. If she got Bob’s banana guts all over her pretty dress it would be ruined, and it cost a fortune. She decided that she would pretend that she did not hear him calling to her. Someone else could help Bob, she was much too busy.
Bob was hurting so bad and his insides were starting to turn brown. But to his relief he saw Brad
. Brad went to the same ward as Bob and they would sit by each other in Elder’s Quorum. Brad was a good guy he would help Bob. “Oh, No” thought Brad, “My son’s baseball game is tonight and the coach promised to start him. I can’t miss the game!” Then Brad had a thought, “maybe if I cross to the other side of the street Bob wouldn’t see me and I won’t have to help him. Someone else will help Bob, I can’t miss my son’s baseball game.”
Bob was in so much pain, he thought he was hallucinating. He saw an orange coming towards him
. An orange! Oranges hate banana so there is no way that an orange will stop and help a banana. That would be bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s. But it was no hallucination, the orange stopped to help him!
The orange took care of Bob the banana. He bandaged the banana up and carried him to the hospital where he could recover. The orange paid for all the expenses until the banana was healthy again.
How do you feel when you are kind to others? How have Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ commanded us to treat others?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 46:5 aloud, and tell the children in your own words what this verse means. Show pictures of people from around the world
. Ask the children which of these people Heavenly Father would want us to invite to our Church meetings.
The gifts described in Doctrine and Covenants 46—and many other spiritual gifts—come from God through the Holy Ghost. You can help the children identify the gifts they have been given—and others they can seek—as you study Doctrine and Covenants 46 together.
Through the power of the Holy Ghost, God gives special gifts to members of the Church. These are called gifts of the Spirit, or spiritual gifts. Each Saint has at least one spiritual gift. Church members should learn about their gifts and use them to help each other. Jesus told Joseph Smith what some of these gifts are.
Place the Spiritual Gifts with the Scripture References and the tags with the gifts
on the board.
Help the class match the scripture reference with the spiritual gift
Encourage the children to ask family members at home about a spiritual gift that they feel they have been given. Also encourage the children to pray and seek for a gift of the Spirit they would like to develop.
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