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.