*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