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