Have a family member read Doctrine and Covenants 4:4 aloud. Before he or she reads, explain that in this verse the Lord compared the people of the world to a field of grain. Ask the family to follow along, looking for how the Lord describes the field (or the people of the world).
What does the Lord say about His field (or the people of the world)?
What do you think is the meaning of the phrase “the field is white already to harvest”? (The people of the world are prepared to be gathered to the Lord and His Church.)
Do you know what a “sickle” is used for? A sickle is a curved knife that is used for harvesting grain.
What do you think it means to thrust in your sickle with all your might? (Work diligently to bring others to Jesus Christ.)
According to Doctrine and Covenants 4:4, what blessing comes to those who labor diligently to bring others to Jesus Christ?As we labor diligently to bring others unto Jesus Christ, we can also receive salvation for ourselves.
What qualities should a servant of God have? As a family read D&C 4:5–6. How did the first missionaries show these qualities as they preached the gospel? How do missionaries today show these qualities? How can we develop these qualities?
Give each child a Doctrine and Covenants 4:5–6 crossword puzzle. Have them fill in the qualities of a missionary by looking up Doctrine and Covenants 4:5–6.
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Teaching Stripling Warriors Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
Memorize a verse. “To memorize a scripture is to forge a new friendship. It is like discovering a new individual who can help in time of need, give inspiration and comfort, and be a source of motivation for needed change” (Richard G. Scott, “The Power of Scripture,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 6).