Temple “Extra” lesson

We have an extra week this month – one that is unassigned. I decided to talk about the Temples because its an area my kids (or at least some) have had questions about. I’m also keeping it really relaxed because it is our last week. I want to have a chance to just talk and let them ask any questions as well. I will actually get to keep half of my class next year too so I didn’t want to do a big “farewell” style lesson.

Preparation:

  • Cut-out stars (or any shape), attach paper clips, and write on them:
    • Sugar cube temple building
    • Temple card game
    • Sing I love to see the temple
    • Temple video
    • Read a story from my temple book
    • What do we do in the temple? (taught, sealed, ordinances for the dead)
    • Why is the temple important?
    • Who can go to the temple? (everyone – after they have prepared)
  • Print/copy color pages

Materials:

  • sugar cubes
  • Elmer’s glue
  • paper plates
  • magnet fishing pole (I have one from one of kid’s games but you could make one easily out of a wooden stick, string, and magnet)
  • Temple card game from previous lesson
  • Device to show video

Lesson:

  • Each child gets to share something about their week and Christmas
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Lesson:
    • Play “fishing game” (let the kids take turns “fishing for stars” and do the activity on whatever star they “catch”.)
      • Sugar cube temple building while they ask or answer questions about the temple. They can add a cube anytime they ask or answer a question. (Or just let them build one because its fun! Bring paper plates to do it on as it can be a very messy activity!)
      • Temple card game
      • Sing I love to see the temple
      • Temple video https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2009-03-10-the-blessings-of-the-temple?lang=eng
      • Read a story from my temple book: “Holy Places” by Chad Hawkins
      • Ask: What do we do in the temple? (taught, sealed, ordinances for the dead)
      • Ask: Why is the temple important?
      • Ask: Who can go to the temple? (everyone – after they have prepared)
    • Coloring: We’ll use the remaining time to color this awesome Provo temple coloring page (a little more adult-level but I think my kids will like it). As we color, we’ll chat, answer any questions about the gospel and listen to primary songs. https://www.drawingonsymbols.com/free-coloring-book-page/
  • Bear Testimony and Invite:
  • Closing Prayer:

Primary 3 Lesson 43 Honoring the Names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ

  • Purpose: “To help each child honor and respect the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.”
  • Preparation:
    • Print and cut out one copy of the word strip puzzle http://www.sugardoodle.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8331
    • Typed name papers for each child: Type up a paper for each child with their name in large, bold type in the center of the paper (landscape) and at the bottom in a much smaller font size, type the words: “Names are important. My Heavenly Father knows me by name. I can show respect and love to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by using their names reverently and respectfully.”
  • Materials:
    • Toy baby doll OR pictures of your own baby/babies
    • Device to show picture or bring the picture of Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove (link in lesson)
    • “Who’s Your Hero: Ultimate Collection Volume 1” book by David Bowman (or use picture of Abinadi before King Noah and a tell the story yourself, without the book).
    • crayons
    • chalk or whiteboard markers and erasers
  • Lesson:
    • Each child shares something about their week
    • Opening Prayer:
    • Follow-Up:
    • Attention: (as in LDS Primary 3 Manual)
      • Hold the baby or show the baby pictures. And tell the children “When you were a tiny new baby, your parents chose a name for you. It is a name they loved and wanted you to have.”
      • If you brought your own baby pictures, tell them the names of each child and explain why you named them each name that you picked for your kids.
      • Ask the kids if they know why their parents gave them their particular name? (Give each child a chance to answer, try to help each child feel good about their name, whether or not they know a special reason they were given it).
      • How do you feel when people say your name angrily or make fun of it? Or say it incorrectly?
      • Explain: “Names are very important! People recognize us and identify us by our names.”
    • Explain using the story of Joseph Smith: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know your name and everyone else. They know each us individually, for who we are.
      • Show the picture of Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/the-first-vision-82823?lang=eng
      • Ask the kids if they know if who is in the picture? (Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith)
      • Tell the children that when Heavenly Father appeared to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, the first word he said was “Joseph”, He called him by name. ( I plan to tell more of the story as well, with an emphasis on how Heavenly Father knew Joseph specifically and by name).
    • A name identifies a person
      • Explain: “As soon as you hear the name of someone you know, you think of that person. It is an important occasion when a baby is given a name. The baby is surrounded by Melchizedek Priesthood holders and given a name and a blessing”. (Primary 3 Lesson 43 manual)
      • Tell the children I am going to write a very special name.
      • Write: “Jesus Christ” on the board.
      • Ask:  “What kind of person do you think of when you hear or see this name?”
      • Write:  “Heavenly Father” on the board
      • Ask: “What kind of person do you think of when you hear or see this name?”
      • Explain: “Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have done many things for us. We love them. When we hear their names, we often think of the many good things they have done. we feel love and gratitude when we think of them. We honor and respect those we love. We show honor and respect for them by using their names in a kind and loving way.” (LDS Primary 3 Lesson 43 manual)
    • Read the story of Abinadi in the “Who’s Your Hero” book
      • Emphasis while/after telling the story:
        • Abinadi was teaching the people about the ten commandments, which came from God.
        • These Ten Commandments are a guide to help us live the right way.
        • Ask the kids if they know about of the commandments?
        • The third commandment tells us that we should honor and respect the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
    • Have the children help you unscramble the Third Commandment puzzle.
      • Read it as a class.
      • Explain that “”in vain” means to use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a disrespectful way or when they are not really thinking of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.” (LDS Primary 3 manual, Lesson 43)
      • “What are some other names we use when we mean Heavenly Father or Jesus? (God, Father in Heaven, Jehovah, the Lord, Christ, the Savior)” (LDS Primary 3 manual, Lesson 43)
      • When we use these sacred names, we should do it with respect. That means they should be said with love, reverence and not with anger or in a joking. It is considered swearing when names are used in this way. Correct times and ways to use these sacred names are when we are praying, reading them in the scriptures, talking about them in a respectful way.
    • Stories and questions from LDS Primary 3 manual, Lesson 43)
      • When is it right to use the name of Heavenly Father? (When we speak with reverence and respect, when we pray)
      • Read or tell story 1 in your own words:
        • “‘As a little girl, I walked home from school with my brother. We always took a shortcut past a large black dog that chased us as we ran by his house. If we ran at just the right time, we could make it to a fence and to safety. My brother would tell me when to run.

          “‘One day I was alone and didn’t run at the right time. The dog threatened me, and I froze on the sidewalk in terror. As he lunged toward me, [in fear] I cried out as loud as I could: “Heavenly Father, help me!”’”

          Her son reports: “Suddenly, my mother recalled, the dog was halted as if his way had been barred, and she crawled through the fence to safety. She knew her prayer had been answered” (S. Michael Wilcox, “No Other Gods before Me,” Ensign, Jan. 1994, pp. 22–23).”

        • Emphasize the importance that we only use the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when we are praying or speaking reverently.

      • Read of tell story 2 in your own words:
        • “One day after an operation, President Kimball was being wheeled out of the hospital operating room when the attendant tripped and stumbled. The attendant started swearing and using the Lord’s name in vain. Even though President Kimball was ill, he pleaded with the attendant, “Please! Please! That is my Lord whose names you [use in a bad way].”

          The attendant was silent. Then he whispered, “I am sorry” (see “President Kimball Speaks Out on Profanity,” Ensign, Feb. 1981, p. 3).”

        • Why didn’t President Kimball like to hear this?
        • What could you do if at school or in neighborhood you heard people using the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus in vain? (Remind the children that we love the person, even if we don’t love their choices)
    • Extra Activity: Decorate Names 
      • This would be done well while doing stories (after you explain how and get them started), at the end of the lesson, or just before the story of Abinadi, after talking about the importance of names.
      • “If the children can write their own names, have them print their first names in the middle of a blank sheet of paper, then trace around it with one color, then again with another color, and another, until they have made a circular “rainbow” around the names. If the children cannot print their own first names, you could print their names in the center of the papers and let them decorate the names with the rainbow outlines or in other ways.” (LDS Primary 3 manual, lesson 43)
    • Invitation:
    • Closing Prayer: