Primary 2 Lesson 14 Dare To Choose the Right

*General text, outline, and stories/text are from the LDS Primary 2 lesson manual, lesson 2, but have been tweaked by me to put in a better outline format and to alter according to my teaching style and needs of my class. https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-2/lesson-14?lang=eng

Purpose: “To help the children understand that they can choose the right as Jesus Christ did when Satan tried to tempt him.”

Preparation:

Materials:

  • Picture book: “How Does the Holy Ghost Make Me Feel”  by Michele Carnesecca
  • Picture 2-21 and 2-22
  • soft object or ball
  • Optional: Device to play music video
  • 2 game pieces (I use buttons)

Lesson:

  • Mark the star chart for awesome sharing time behavior.
  • Each child shares one thing about their week.
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Last week review: (the two children in my class that are being baptized were gone last week so I would like to take time to review last week’s lesson, especially for them).
    • Read book “How Does the Holy Ghost Make Me Feel”  by Michele Carnesecca (We didn’t get to this last week, as I’d planned)
  • Introduction: We Can Make Choices for Ourselves
    • Show game board. Tell the children to pay good attention because they’ll use what they learn to answer questions for the game at the end.
    • Ask: Has anyone ever dared you to do something?
    • Share this story from the Primary 2 Manual:
      • “Tell the children that you have a letter for them from Elder Rex D. Pinegar, a General Authority of the Church. Show picture 2-21

        “My dear friends,

        “‘I dare you!’ are words boys and girls often hear from friends who want you to prove to them that you are brave or strong or daring. They may ask you to do something that your parents or teachers have told you not to do—something that you know is wrong to do. I have learned that when we do something we know is wrong, we show weakness rather than strength. A person shows true bravery and strength only when he has the courage to do right.

        “Once, when I was about seven years old, I had a pal whom I liked very much. We often walked home from school together. … We talked of being brave and of being able to do many things.

        “Sometimes we would dare each other to jump across a ditch or to climb a tree just to prove that we were brave or that we could do things we had seen older boys and girls do.

        “As we came to my home one day we stood out by the road and talked about who was the fastest runner in the school. … When I strongly insisted that I could run faster than my friend, he turned to me and said, ‘If you’re so fast, I dare you to run across the road before that car gets here!’

        “I looked up the road and saw a car a short distance away. Without another word I dashed into the road to prove that I was fast and brave. A moment later the car’s brakes squealed! Its bumper hit me, and I landed in an unconscious heap.

        “When I opened my eyes, my aching body, a hurt pride, and my mother’s anxious face made me realize that I had been neither fast nor brave. I had only been foolish. I had brought sadness to myself and to others. …

        “The lesson I learned … has been valuable to me throughout my life. I learned that the only dare a person should ever accept is the DARE TO DO RIGHT.

        “If you accept a dare to do something that is not right, something that Heavenly Father or your parents would not want you to do, you will be left with a sad and disappointed feeling. When you dare to do right you will have a good feeling about yourself.

        “As one friend to another I encourage you to be obedient to your parents and to the teachings of the Lord. … By daring to do right you will become a friend of Jesus Christ and you will enjoy His greatest blessings.

        “May you always DARE TO DO RIGHT.

        “With love, your friend, Rex D. Pinegar” (“Friend to Friend,” Friend, Oct. 1974, pp. 10–11).

        Explain that it is not always easy to choose the right, especially when someone dares us to do something wrong. We all want our friends to think we are strong and brave, and we do not want them to call us names. Explain that daring to do right means doing the right thing even when it is difficult.”

    • Ask these questions. Gently toss a soft ball or object to a child to answer each of the following questions from the manual:
      • What choice did young Rex Pinegar make? (He chose to run in front of the car.)

      • Did he choose the right?

      • What should he have done?

      • What do you think he learned from this accident?

      • When someone dares you to do something, do you have to do it?

      • What does it mean to dare to do right?
  • Song: “Dare to do Right” – sing as a class or I plan to play it on my Ipad https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2015-07-012-dare-to-do-right?lang=eng
  • Satan Wanted Jesus Christ to Make Wrong Choices 
    • “Tell the story of Jesus Christ being tempted in the wilderness, as found in Matthew 4:1–11. Explain that after Jesus was baptized, he wanted to be alone to fast and pray so he could feel closer to Heavenly Father. He fasted for forty days and forty nights. That means that he didn’t eat anything for forty days.

      • How do you feel when you have not eaten anything for a long time?

      • How do you think Jesus felt after fasting for forty days?

      Explain that Satan thought this would be a good time to tempt Jesus because he would be very hungry and weak from not eating. Satan wanted to tempt Jesus to use his power in the wrong way.

      Bring out the stones, the paper crown, and picture 2-22, Temple Used Anciently. Ask the children to listen carefully to see what these things have to do with the temptations Satan offered Jesus.

      Hold up the stones. Read aloud Matthew 4:3. Explain that Satan first tried to get the Savior to turn the stones into bread. Jesus knew that it was not right to use his power to do this even though he was hungry. Instead he told Satan that food is not as important as doing what is right (see Matthew 4:4).

      Hold up picture 2-22, Temple Used Anciently. Explain that Satan next tried to get the Savior to prove he was the Son of God by jumping off the temple. Satan told Jesus that if he jumped and angels saved him from getting hurt, that would prove he was the Son of God (see Matthew 4:6). Jesus refused to do what Satan dared him to do. He knew that it was not right to do foolish things and expect Heavenly Father to protect him (see Matthew 4:7).

      Hold up the crown. Explain that Satan tried one more temptation. Satan said Jesus could have all the rich and powerful kingdoms of the world if he would fall down and worship Satan (see Matthew 4:8–9). Jesus knew that he should worship only Heavenly Father. He commanded Satan to leave.”

      Scripture

      Read aloud from Matthew 4:10 what Jesus said to Satan: “Get thee hence, Satan.” Have the children stand and repeat these words.

      Explain that Jesus always chose the right because he loved the right and had promised to obey all of Heavenly Father’s commandments.

  • Activity Break: (move this to any time during the lesson that the kids need a break)
    • What does CTR mean?
    • Place all the memory game cards face down. Let class members take turns flipping them over to make a match of choices – one card will show the right choice and the other will show a not-as-good choice.
    • As the class makes matches, talk about the cards show right and wrong choices. Discuss which card shows an example of a good choice and how this is choosing the right.
  • We Can Choose the Right As Jesus Did (from manual)
    • “Divide the class into two teams and give each team a button or other small object as a marker. Have each team place its marker on the space on the game board labeled “Go.” Have the children on each team take turns choosing questions from the papers you have prepared (the questions may be used more than once). Read each question and let the team members answer it together. If they answer correctly, they move their marker the number of spaces indicated after the question. If they answer a question incorrectly, they must leave their marker on the same square.

      If a team lands on a “CTR” square, they climb up the ladder to the square above. If they land on a “WC” (wrong choice) square, they slide down to the square below.

      Questions for the Game

      1. Why did young Rex Pinegar run in front of a car? (Move ahead two spaces.)

        A: He accepted his friend’s dare to do it.

      2. Was Elder Pinegar glad or sad that he took the dare? (Move ahead one space.)

        A: Sad

      3. How many days did Jesus Christ fast and pray in the wilderness? (Move ahead two spaces.)

        A: 40

      4. Who tried to tempt Jesus? (Move ahead three spaces.)

        A: Satan

      5. What does it mean to fast? (Move ahead five spaces.)

        A: Not eat or drink anything.

      6. How many different ways did Satan try to tempt Jesus? (Move ahead two spaces.)

        A: Three

      7. What did Satan want Jesus to do with the stones? (Move ahead four spaces.)

        A: Change them to bread.

      8. What did Satan want Jesus to do from the top of the temple? (Move ahead three spaces.)

        A: Jump off to prove he was the Son of Heavenly Father.

      9. What did Satan promise Jesus if he would fall down and worship him? (Move ahead five spaces.)

        A: All the kingdoms of the world and their power.

      10. Did Jesus do what Satan wanted him to do? (Move ahead three spaces.)

        A: No

      11. What do Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to do when someone dares us to do something wrong or foolish? (Move ahead five spaces.)

        A: Choose the Right

      12. What should we do when we have a choice to make? (Move ahead six spaces.)

        A: Choose The Right

      13. What is a temptation? (Move ahead six spaces.)

        A: A dare to do something wrong.

      14. Will we be happy or unhappy if we make wrong choices? (Move ahead one space.)

        A: Unhappy

      15. When someone dares you to do something, do you have to do it? (Move ahead two spaces.)”

        A: No

  • Testify
  • Invitation
  • Closing Prayer 

Primary 2 Lesson 13 The Gift of the Holy Ghost Can Help Me

Purpose: “To help the children understand that after they are baptized they will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost to help them”

Materials:

Preparation:

Lesson:

  • Color in stars on rewards chart for sharing time.
  • Each child shares one thing about their week.
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Attention Activity: 
    • Show picture of Jesus being baptized. Ask kids what they remember from last week’s lesson?
    • Let children pick flowers and answer the questions on them.
    • Point to the picture again. Ask: “Whose voice did Jesus Christ and John the Baptist hear after Jesus was baptized?
    • “Heavenly Father was watching Jesus’ baptism and was pleased that Jesus was baptized. There was another person at Jesus’ baptism. This person helps Heavenly Father and Jesus. He is called the Holy Ghost of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Doctrine and Covenants 130:22 Holy Ghost loves and helps us like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We can not see the Him because he is just a spirit. But He will give us a warm, happy feeling.
  • Read “How Does the Holy Ghost Make Me Feel?” book
    • Let each child be wrapped in a warm blanket and tell them this is warmth like the Holy Ghost.
  • Doctrine and Covenants 49:14 We are given the Holy Ghost through the Melchizedek Priesthood.
  • The Holy Ghost helps us know right and wrong. 
  • We are confirmed. Show picture of girl being confirmed.
  • Holy Ghost helps us know what it right
  • Holy Ghost warns us.
  • Activity color booklet from ckn scratch and sniff. 
  • Bear Testimony:
  • Invitation:
  • Closing Prayer:

Primary 2 Lesson 12 I Can Prepare for Baptism

*General text, outline, and stories are from the LDS Primary 2 lesson manual, lesson 2, but have been tweaked by me to put in a better outline format and to alter according to my teaching style and needs of my class.

Purpose: “To increase each child’s desire to be baptized and to give the children an understanding of how to prepare for baptism”

Preparation:

Materials:

  • Picture 2-19 John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus and a paper or cloth to cover it up
  • Picture 2-20 Boy Being Baptized (optional)
  • Ipad or other device to watch LDS Bible video
  • Dice and place markers for each child (I use buttons of various colors).
  • Optional Activity: Blank paper for each child and crayons

Lesson:

  • Have children update their Star chart for Sharing Time reverence.
  • Each child shares one thing about the week.
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Attention/Introduction:
    • “Display the covered picture of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. Tell the children that the picture underneath the paper is of two important people. Ask the children to try to guess who the people are, but tell them not to say anything out loud until the whole picture can be seen. Ask each child to remove a piece of paper from the covered picture, one at a time.”

      • Ask: Who are the people in the picture?

      • Ask: What are they doing?

  • Jesus Christ was baptized: 
    • Watch Video https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2011-10-024-the-baptism-of-jesus?lang=eng
    • John was surprised when Jesus asked to be baptized because he knew Jesus had never sinned. Jesus explained that because Heavenly Father had commanded us to be baptized, He wanted/needed to do it too.
    • Explain that we are baptized by immersion – we are fully covered by the water.
    • Guessing Game: Read the sentence and let the kids guess the missing word/s:
      • Jesus Christ was baptized by ____________ (John the Baptist)
      • Jesus was baptized in the river ________ (Jordan)
      • Jesus was baptized to obey Heavenly Father’s ________( commandment/teaching).
      • When Jesus was baptized, he was completely covered by ______ (water)
      • After Jesus was baptized, he and John heard the voice of ________  (Heavenly Father).
      • When we are eight years old, we can follow the example of Jesus and be __________ (baptized).
  • We Can Follow Jesus Christ’s Example by Being Baptized:
    • We can be baptized when we are 8 years old. When we are baptized, we make covenants, or promises, with Heavenly Father. “We promise to obey his commandments, forgive others, and follow Jesus Christ. In return, he accepts us into the Church and promises to guide and help us.”
    • Explain what their baptism might look like: that they will be baptized by a priesthood holder such as their dad, grandpa, or brother, or another priesthood holder they would like to ask. They will go in the font (like a giant bath tub or small pool) at the church wearing all white. The priesthood holder will say a special baptism prayer and immerse you, for just a moment, completely in the water. Then you’ll be able to change.
    • Ask the children what questions they have about when they will be baptized?
  • Activity: Keeping Our Baptismal Covenant Board Game
    • Play the board game (I skipped the puzzle aspect) as a class, with each child getting their own place marker and rotating turns. As you play, read the text that you land on. Discuss how we can prepare for baptism and keep our covenants afterwards.
  • We Can Prepare Now for Baptism:
    • Remind the children that we can prepare for baptism now. 
    • Lay out and discuss “steps to baptism” (footprints)
      • Start out on the classroom side, opposite of the picture of Jesus being baptized (or use picture 2-20 Boy Being Baptized)
      • Lay down each of the steps and discuss it with the class, asking questions. Begin with the symbol/picture of each step first, if you’d like. Have class members help lay each step down, until they have crossed the room and used all the footprints to reach the baptismal picture across the room.
        • Believe in and learn about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.
          • Why should we learn about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father?
          • Where can we learn about them?
        • Pray to Heavenly Father.
          • How can praying help us be ready for baptism?
        • Be forgiving and love others.
          • What happens when we forgive?
          • How can we show our love for others?
        • Choose the right every day.
          • What are some ways we can choose the right?
        • Read or to scripture stories.
          • How has studying the scriptures helped you?
        • Be eight years old.
          • What can you do before you are eight years old to prepare for baptism?
    • Let the children take turns crossing the room to the picture, standing on each of the footprints,  and saying what steps they can take to prepare for baptism.
  • Optional Extras: Ideas in case you have extra time or need a little “break” for the kids
  • Bear Testimony of Baptism:
  • Invitation:
  • Closing Prayer:

Primary 2 Lesson 11 I Can Tell Others About Jesus Christ

*General outline and information for this lesson come from the LDS Primary 2 Lesson 11.

Purpose: “To inspire each child to help others learn about Jesus Christ”

Preparation:

Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Crayons or other coloring utensils
  • Something to cut the small line to feed the legs through on the growing missionary project (I plan to use an exacto knife and small cutting mat – only I will do this part to prevent injury).
  • Device to play video. Make sure you’ve downloaded the video or have a reliable internet connection.
  • Game piece markers (I use buttons) and dice for board game
  • Box of dominoes
  • Primary picture 2-17 “Four Sons of Mosiah Kneeling in Prayer”

Lesson:

  • Star reward chart for sharing time (give rewards to those that earned it).
  • Share one thing about the week.
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Introduction: Missionary Color Page and Song
    • Color and cut-out growing missionary. While doing this, discuss the following questions if children are able to both (I think the activity during discussion will be good for my place. They are so wiggly and talkative by class, the third hour).
      • Ask: Do you know any missionaries? (Let the kids tell about the missionaries they know?)
      • Ask: What do missionaries do?
    • Play “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” video while they hold their missionary masterpieces and let them “grow a foot or two”.  https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2014-01-130-i-hope-they-call-me-on-a-mission?lang=eng
      • I plan to play it once, and invite the class to use their doll and sing the second time.
    • Explain: We’ll be learning about ways that they can be missionaries now, while they are young.
  • The Four Sons of Mosiah were missionaries
    • Tell the story of the sons of King Mosiah in Alma 17:6-12:
    • King Mosiah had four sons. They all refused to be the next king because they wanted to go be missionaries to the Lamanites instead. Because the Lamanites were so wicked, it was very dangerous for the four sons to go be missionaries to them.
    • Show Primary picture 2-17
    • They prayed and fasted to Heavenly Father for help as missionaries. Heavenly Father told them he would help them. All four sons went to different places to be missionaries. One of those missionaries was Ammon. Because Ammon was a good example and dedicated servant to King Lamoni, the King and his people wanted to learn about the gospel.
  • Missionary Work Story:
    • Tell the following story, in your own words, from the manual: https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-2/lesson-11?lang=eng

      “Thad sometimes had a hard time listening in stake conference because it seemed to him that most of the talks were for grown-ups. But when Thad heard the stake president say, “Children, you can be missionaries too,” Thad listened, and he started thinking of ways he could be a missionary and tell others about Jesus.

      The next morning at breakfast, Thad talked with his parents about inviting Mrs. Murphy, their next-door neighbor, to learn about the Church. Thad’s parents thought it was a good idea, so Thad went over to Mrs. Murphy’s house and asked her if she would like to learn about Jesus and his church. Mrs. Murphy said she would, and soon she was learning from the missionaries.

      • What would have happened if Thad hadn’t asked Mrs. Murphy if she wanted to learn about Jesus and his church?

      • Object Lesson break: “Set up a row of dominoes. Place them on end just far enough apart so that if one is knocked down, it will knock down the next one. As you knock the first domino down, ask them to observe the chain reaction. Call attention to the effect of one domino upon all the others. Explain that we too may affect the lives of others (family and friends) in a chain reaction. By sharing the gospel with even one person, we sometimes touch the lives of many others.” (Idea from sugardoodle.net)
        • Explain to the children that the little things we do to share Jesus’ love and to teach others about Jesus can make a big impact, just like the dominoes.
        • When we are being missionaries, we are choosing the right and following Jesus Christ.
        • Thad’s mother and father began to follow Thad’s example. They talked about the Church with their friends and other people they met. Some people didn’t want to hear about the Church, but some did, and some were baptized. When Mrs. Murphy was baptized, she thanked Thad for helping her learn more about the Savior.”
  • How have you been a Missionary
    • Ask: What opportunities have you had to be a missionary/teach others about Jesus Christ?
    • If no one has an experience to share, share your own or use the story from the manual:
      • One day two missionaries knocked on the door of a home. A woman named Mrs. James opened the door. The missionaries told her they were from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mrs. James invited the missionaries in and told them she would like to learn more about the Church. This made the missionaries very happy.

        Mrs. James told the missionaries that she used to live next door to a family that belonged to the Church. She said the children in that family were always very polite and kind. They played fairly with everyone and treated other people’s property with respect. Mrs. James said she would like to learn about a church that taught those children to be such nice neighbors.

        • How were the children who lived next to Mrs. James missionaries?

        • How could you be a good example to your neighbors and friends?

  • Board Game: Play the board game as a class, giving each child their own place marker and taking turns. Discuss ways they can be missionaries now, like the examples on the game.
  • Bear Testimony of missionary work and the importance of being a missionary now.
  • Invitation:
  • Closing Prayer:
  • Mark star chart for class time awesome behavior 🙂 Give treasure chest prizes as needed.

 

Primary 2 Lesson 45: We Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Easter)

It has been a crazy week! So I will just be posting a few quick resources and ideas:

Materials/Preparation:

Lesson:

  • First, I’ll lay out the Easter Eggs and ask the children if this is what Easter is all about? (No)
  • What is Easter all about? (Christ – show picture)
  • Then I’ll go between the Easter eggs and the printables to tell the Easter story, as shared in the LDS Primary 2 manual in Lesson 45.
  • If time remains, I’ll lay the pictures upside down on the ground. They can take turns picking up a character from the story and telling us their part in the story.

Have a Happy Easter and Conference next week!!

Primary 2 Lesson 10 I Can Speak with Heavenly Father in Prayer

Purpose: “To help the children understand that they can grow closer to Heavenly Father by praying reverently”.

Preparation:

  • Color and Cut the Prayer Sandwich on this link: http://www.sugardoodle.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111382
  • Print, color, and cut the following color page (or any – a color copy would save time too, but I don’t have a color printer). https://www.lds.org/friend/2012/09/coloring-page?lang=eng Cut into into 5 puzzle pieces and write the following on each of the pieces so each piece has something different. (You could skip this, I will be doing it as a way to keep my class involved and hands on, something to look forward to doing throughout the lesson). Hide all, but the first puzzle piece before the kids enter the classroom. I’ll have my class wait for just a moment before entering the classroom after sharing time so I can do it.
    1. We get ready before we pray
    2. We can feel close to Heavenly Father when we pray
    3. We speak reverently when we pray
    4. We pray to THANK Heavenly Father for our blessings
    5. We pray to ask for Heavenly Father’s Help
  • Word strips or chalk for chalkboard to write “thee” and “you”
  • Optional Extra: Color Page copy for each child. Page is attached at the bottom of the page on this link: https://www.lds.org/friend/2009/03/what-should-i-know-about-prayer?lang=eng

Materials:

  • Pretzels for the children to eat (Check on allergies first!)
  • Iphone to play song or sing it without.
  • Painters tape or another paint/wall safe tape or way to adhere the puzzle pieces around the room
  • LDS Primary pictures 2-15 and 2-16
  • Optional Extra: Crayons for class to color activity page with
  • Ipad or other device to play video: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2013-08-106-including-me?lang=eng

Lesson:

  • Mark incentive chart for sharing time behavior
  • Each child shares one thing about the week
  • Introduction
    • Display picture 2:14
    • Play “A Prayer Song” on LDS App on phone, ask children to listen carefully to the words
  • Opening Prayer:
  • We Get Ready Before We Pray:
    • Puzzle Piece #1: You should have kept this first puzzle piece. Read the back and hang in on the chalk board and lay on the floor, in the center of your class so everyone can see. This is where the puzzle will be assembled.
    • Ask: Why do we bow our heads when we pray (shows Heavenly Father love, honor, and respect).
    • Ask: Why do we fold our arms when we pray? (Moving our arms and wiggling may distract ourselves and others from the prayer).
      • Give each child pretzels to eat (check on allergies first!)
      • Tell them the history of the pretzel:
        • “Popular legend states that a long time ago, there was a kind Italian monk. He knew the importance of prayer. He created a very special treat for the children that memorized their prayers. The monk cut soft bread dough into long strips and then folded them into a special shape before baking them. The unique shape of the pretzel is like a child with folded arms. He called the treats “pretiolas” or “little rewards”. Just like the little children in the story, we are rewarded when we fold our arms and bow our heads to pray to our Father in Heaven. We are rewarded with love, peace, comfort, guidance, strength and forgiveness.”
      • The children may need a drink break when they are finished with their pretzel snack (we do bathroom/drink breaks as a class once during the hour class).
    • Ask: Why do we close our eyes when we pray? (we are less likely to be distracted by things around us if we close our eyes and really listen to the words of the prayer and of Heavenly Father).
    • Remind the kids that Heavenly Father always hears our prayers, even if we can’t fold our arms or close our eyes. But it does help us focus on our prayer and focus on communicating with Heavenly Father.
  • We Can Feel Close to Heavenly Father When We Pray
    • Have a child find Puzzle Piece #2 and add it to the puzzle.
    • Show Pictures 2-15 and 2-16 and explain that this is Brigham Young and Heber J. Grant
    • Read or tell in your own words the following story from the LDS Primary 2 Manual https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-2/lesson-10?lang=eng
      • “Many years ago, Brigham Young was the prophet and President of the Church. A boy about six years old named Heber J. Grant played with one of President Young’s little boys. Often Heber would be playing in President Young’s home when it was time to call the family together for prayer. Heber would kneel down with the family, fold his arms, bow his head, close his eyes, and listen as President Young prayed. Because of the way President Young talked with Heavenly Father, it seemed to Heber that Heavenly Father was right there in the room. Sometimes Heber even opened his eyes to see if Heavenly Father was there. Of course, he saw only President Young and his family. But still he was sure that Heavenly Father was with President Young, hearing him and giving him the help and guidance he was asking for.

        When Heber grew up, he became an Apostle and later President of the Church”

  • We Speak Reverently When We Pray
    • Have a child find Puzzle Piece #3 and add it to the puzzle.
    • Use the “prayer sandwich” printable (already prepared) to discuss the parts of prayer:
      • Piece of bread #1  – We say someone’s name to get their attention before we ask or say something. We do the same in prayer. We start with “Dear Heavenly Father”
      • Read 3 Nephi 18:19 Jesus told us how to end our prayers
      • Piece of bread #2 – We end our prayers in the words “in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen”.
      • Ask: Does anyone know why we say “amen” at the end of the prayer when someone else is saying it.  (It means we are agreeing with what the person saying the prayer has said. We have been praying WITH the person who is saying the prayer.)
      • Explain that how we speak shows reverence. We use special words.
      • Hang up the word strip or write on the whiteboard “You”.
      • Ask what word do we use instead? (Thee). Write or add the “Thee” word strip to the wall.
      • Have the kids practice by repeating after you “We thank thee, We ask thee”.
      • We use the word “thee” instead of you as a way of showing Heavenly Father that we respect and honor him.
  • We Pray to Thank Heavenly Father for our Blessings
    • Explain that we pray for two very important reasons. This is the first.
    • Have a child find Puzzle Piece #4 and add it to the puzzle.
    • Game: (From the LDS Primary 2 manual lesson 10)
      • Divide the class into two teams. Alternating between teams, have the children take turns naming something Heavenly Father has done for them. Each time they must name something that has not previously been mentioned. If a team cannot answer promptly, the turn goes to the other team. Play the game for a few minutes or until neither team can think of something not already mentioned. (Few ideas are: Heavenly Father gave us our lives, our families, the Earth, sent Jesus Christ to the Earth to help us).

    • Discuss
      • “When someone gives you a gift or is kind and loving to you, what should you say?

      • Who has given us more gifts than anyone else? (Heavenly Father.)

      • What is the first reason for praying? (To thank our Heavenly Father for the many blessings he gives us.)”

    • Remind the kids that we should thank Heavenly Father for all he gives and does us, just as we would a family member or friend.
  • We Pray to Ask for Heavenly Father’s Help
  • Optional Extra – Color Page: https://www.lds.org/friend/2009/03/what-should-i-know-about-prayer?lang=eng
  • Testify about prayer 
  • Invitation:
  • Closing Prayer:

 

Primary 2 Lesson 9: Jesus Christ Was A Child Like Me

Purpose: “To strengthen the children’s desire to be like Jesus Christ by increasing their knowledge of Jesus’ childhood.”

Preparation:

  • “Old” box – get a shoe box or small shipping box. Beat it up a little or rub a brown stamp pad on it to make it look like an old “Time Capsule” box.
    • Fill the time capsule with the following items:
      • Primary Picture 2-10
      • Primary Picture 2-12
      • scroll made from sticks and paper – write the words of scripture Luke 2:52 on it.
      • carpentry tool (preferably one that looks similar to those used in Biblical times)
      • Food that Jesus may have eaten – I plan to take figs because I have them and think they will be more unique than other foods for my class. Other ideas are fish, bread, honey, grapes, dates.

Materials:

Lesson:

  • Mark incentive chart for sharing time
  • Each child shares one thing about their week
  • *I intend to make this a everyone-involved style class discussion. I want each child to feel comfortable discussing and being a part of the group “exploring” about Christ’s childhood. To help set this environment, we will all sit on the floor, in a circle. We’ll take chairs down and get settled before the opening prayer. I’ll let children take turns taking items out of the “Time Capsule” box, but we’ll pass these items around so everyone gets a chance to see and handle them.
  • Opening Prayer: 
  • Introduction:
    • Pass around baby items.
    • Ask: Do you think Jesus used items like these? (Some he probably did, some are more modern)
    • Explain that today we will be learning about Jesus’ life when he was a child. He was once a child, just like each of you are now.
  • Time Capsule
    • Pull out the pretend “Time Capsule”
    • Explain what a time capsule is (a box of items from a particular time, buried to be found in the future). Tell the kids that this box is like a time capsule from when Christ was a child. Explain that we’ll take turns removing at item from our special time capsule and then passing it around for everyone to look at it. As items are passed around, we’ll use it to ask questions and make guesses about life was life for Jesus Christ, as a child.
    • We will pull out and discuss each of the following items (in any order the kids choose) from the Time Capsule. I’ve also listed potential questions to generate discussion, as needed
      • Picture 2-10 Bibical Family Life
        • Where do you think the family slept?
        • What do you think the big jars were used for? (holding water gathered from the well)
        • How does this house differ from our homes today?
        • How do you think they got light to see at night?
        • What did they use to cook food?
      • Carpenter’s Tool
        • What do you think this was used for? (carpentry work)
        • Why do you think Jesus would use this? (Because Joseph was a carpenter and he probably would have learned the skill from him and helped him do the work).
        • Extend: What else do you think Jesus learned in his home?
      • Figs (or other food of choice)
        • What is it? (Figs are a food that Jesus likely ate)
        • If its not Fast Sunday, let them each try one (check with parents for any allergies beforehand!)
        • What other foods do you think He may have eaten? (Bread, fish, lamb, honey, grapes, figs, dates, and milk)
        • How is this different from foods you eat?
      • Scroll 
        • What is this? What is it used for? (Explain that this is similar to a book that was used in Biblical times. Written on them were teachings of Prophets that lived before Christ’s birth).
        • Open it to read the scripture written on it. (Luke 2:52)
        • What does it mean when it says Jesus grew in widsom?
        • What does it mean when it says Jesus increased in favour with God? (Heavenly Father was please with Jesus because he always choose the right and did as God asked).
        • How can you/we grow in favour with God?
      • Picture 2-12 (Biblical school)
        • What do you think they are doing in this picture?
        • Who is in the picture?
          • Discuss that these young boys are learning at school. They went to school in a synagogue or church. The teacher is the head of the village synagogue called a rabbi.
          • Are there any girls? No, girls stayed at home and were taught by their mothers. Only boys went to the school.

 

Primary 2 Lesson 8: Heavenly Father Watches Over Me

Lesson content, material, and basic plan is taken from the LDS Primary 2 manual, Lesson 8. I have tweaked it into a simplified outline form and adjusted the activities and material to fit my teaching style and class needs.

Purpose:

  • “To strengthen each child’s faith that Heavenly Father will help and bless us in time of need.”

Preparation:

  • Get a TV/DVD player from the library
  • Optional Extra Activity: Provide a paper for each child with the words “Heavenly Father Watches over Me” written on the top.

Materials:

Lesson:

  • Mark our start reverence chart for primary/sharing time
  • Each child tells something about their week
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Introduction:
    • Ask: What is something nice someone has done for you (this week or ever)?
    • What has Heavenly Father done for you? (give us families, send Jesus Christ to Earth to be our Savior, answers our prayers)
  • Heavenly Father Protected Baby Jesus
    • Watch Bible Video of Christ’s birth, starting specifically at the point when the Wise Men come to find Jesus.
    • Read children’s book afterwards
    • Discuss/emphasis:
      • King Herod told the Wise Men that he wanted to worship baby Jesus, but really he wanted to harm him. Heavenly Father protected Jesus by telling the Wise Men not to go return to King Herod.
      • An Angel appeared to Joseph and told him to go to Egypt so King Herod would not be able to find Jesus. “King Herod wanted to kill Jesus because he was afraid he would grow up to take his place as king.” “Heavenly Father protected Jesus by warning Joseph to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt. Heavenly Father always watched over Jesus.”
  • Heavenly Father Watches Over Us
    • Play Music Video on Ipad: “I Am a Child of God” https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/child-of-god-1
    • Tell children: We are all children of our Heavenly Father. He loves and watches over us just as he watched over Jesus. “When we obey his commandments and ask for his help, Heavenly Father will help us.” Sometimes this help will come in ways we do not expect.
    • Ask: “How can you ask for Heavenly Father’s help?” (pray
    • Ask: How might Heavenly Father Help you when you are sick? When you are lonely? When you are frightened?
    • Ask the children if anyone can share a time that their prayers were answered.
    • Object Lesson from the LDS Primary 2 manual, Lesson 8:
      • “Place the chairs randomly throughout the room and tell the children that the chairs represent the problems we have in life. Blindfold one of the children and guide her or him through the room with verbal directions. Explain that although we can’t see Heavenly Father, following his commandments will help us through our lives. If the child bumps into a chair, explain that we all bump into problems and can ask Heavenly Father for comfort and help to deal with our problems. Give each child who wants to participate a turn to be blindfolded and guided through the room.”
  • David O. McKay story:
    • Show picture of David O. Mckay and his family. Point him out in the picture, he is sitting on his Father’s lap. https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/child-david-o-mckay-family-290618?category=church-history/utah&&lang=eng
    • Tell the following story from his childhood, from the LDS Primary 2 manual, lesson 8: https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-2/lesson-8?lang=eng
    • “One night while his father was gone, David … heard noises around the house and felt sure there were burglars. He knew his mother would be frightened too if she heard [the noises], and he hoped that she would not. As he lay there wide awake, … he decided to do what his parents had taught him to do—pray. He had always said his prayers kneeling at his bedside, so he felt that now too he must get out of bed and kneel down to pray. Climbing out of bed was a terrible test; it took all his strength and willpower because he was so frightened. But he did it!

      “As he knelt down by the side of the bed, he prayed earnestly and with real faith. Then, just as clearly as one person speaks aloud to another, he heard a voice say to him, ‘Don’t be afraid. Nothing will hurt you.’ David then climbed back into bed and fell fast asleep”

  • My Personal Experience/Feelings: Tell the children that one of my favorite songs is “A Child’s Prayer”, especially the words “Heavenly Father, are you really there? Do you hear and answer every child’s prayer” because I can feel when I sing those words that he really is there. He has answered my prayers and helped me so many times in my life. (Maybe tell a personal experience, if it feels appropriate, such as when I prayed and was protected in a car accident while driving away from college).
  • Testify: That I know Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. He is there is protect us. That doesn’t mean we won’t have hard days or that bad or difficult things won’t happen. They probably will, that is one of the ways we learn. But we don’t have to face hard times alone if we’ll turn to our Heavenly Father.
  • Optional Extra Activity: Give each child a paper with the words “Heavenly Father Watches Over Me” written on top. Below, have them draw a picture of themselves (face or whole body… tweak that to your children’s abilities and your time available).
  • Invitation: To pray to our Heavenly Father every day and to seek His help when they are in need.
  • Closing Prayer:
  • Mark our star reverence chart for class

Primary 2 Lesson 7: The Birth of Jesus Christ Brought Joy to the Earth

*Lesson is from the LDS Primary 2 Manual, lesson 4. I have put it in a simpler easy-to-read outline form and made some alterations to fit how I’d like to teach.

Purpose: “To help each child feel the joy that Jesus Christ’s birth brought to the earth.”

Preparation:

Materials:

  • Bring magnets or masking/painters tape to hang each of the word stripes.
  • Pencils or other writing utensil for kids to write their names on word stripes.
  • Device to play Nativity scriptures story (I use my Ipad).  You may want to download the video clip before hand in case of internet issues.
  • “Who’s Your Hero? The Ultimate Collection: Volume 2”  picture book by David Bowman
  • Optional Extra Activity: crayons (or other coloring utensils), glue sticks and scissors

Lesson:

  • Review classroom expectations (if needed?)
  • Each child shares one thing about their week
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Introduction:
    • Tell the kids: “I am thinking of a special day” and that you’ll give them a clue. Raise your hand when you’ve guessed what day I’m thinking of.
    • Hum “Happy Birthday” song
    • Ask: “What special day am I thinking of?”
    • Ask: “What do you like best about your birthday?
    • Have the children say the name of each month as you make a timeline on the wall by hanging the month word strips.
    • Have each child write their name on one of the additional word strips
    • Let each child take a turn hanging their name under the month they were born on the year timeline you’ve created.
    • Ask: How do you think your parents felt when you were born?
    • “Remind the children that being born and receiving a physical body is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us”.
  • Jesus Christ’s Birthday was a wonderful day
    • We are going to learn about the birth of a baby that people waited many years for.
    • Long ago the prophets said that one day a Savior would be born. He would make it possible for us to live with Heavenly Father again.
    • Ask: “Who was this baby?” (Jesus Christ)
    • Explain to the children that we are going to watch a video about the birth of Christ. This was a very special day. The prophets taught that Christ would come, but they didn’t know when so they just had to wait. This was a special day that some people looked forward to because they were taught that Christ would be born and would make it possible for them to live with Heavenly Father again someday.
    • Tell the children to imagine that they were children long ago, before the birth of Christ. They lived near the city of Bethlehem and were taught by their parents to look forward to the birth of the Savior. As you were out in the fields, helping your dad tend to the sheep, the night was quiet and peaceful. The stars were bright. An angel appeared to tell them the good news… that Christ was born. We learn about this in the Bible.
    • Ask: How do you think you would feel?
    • “We are going to watch a short movie about this special day.”
    • Show Video: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2010-11-06-chapter-5-jesus-christ-is-born?category=new-testament/new-testament-stories&&lang=eng
    • Tell the children that because of the Book of Mormon, we know people lived in Jerusalem, like the video, but also in the Americas. We are going to read about how this special day when Christ was born was for the people in the Americas.
    • Read story of those who awaited Christ’s birth in America using the Who’s Your Hero? book
  • Optional Extra Activity: Coloring page from the LDS Primary 2 Manual
    • Let each child color a copy of the  baby Jesus coloring page
    • Let the children (with your help, as needed) cut out the manger and baby Jesus
    • Using a glue stick, have the children add glue to the manger and attach the baby Jesus so he is laying in it.
  • Invitation: Tell your parents about the story of Baby Jesus’ birth and why it brought Joy to the people.
  • Closing Prayer:

Primary 2 Lesson 6: We Have Special Families

I will not be posting for this lesson because I will not be teaching it. I have a substitute arranged for this day. I’m sorry for the inconsistency lately! Hopefully it will be calming down soon!