Come follow me 2023, Nov. 20-26, Free LDS Primary lesson helps
Updated: Nov 20
From the Come Follow Me- For Primary (Underlined)
“Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory”
Teach the Doctrine: Younger Children
I can be happy even during hard times.
Consider how you can teach these verses in a way that will help the children turn to the Savior when they face adversity.
Help the children think of examples of hard things that Jesus went through, such as being mocked or made fun of. Explain that we will have hard times in our lives. Read 1 Peter 1:6–7; 3:14 together, and share an experience when you faced a “trial of your faith” and the Savior helped you find joy. Or you could share the Prophet Joseph Smith’s prayer in Liberty Jail and the comfort God gave him (see Doctrine and Covenants 121:1–8; 123:17).
Cut out the the happy/sad face and attach it to the page with a brad. When teaching turn the arrow to the the first sad child and talk about what he might be going through, or feeling, have they ever felt that way? Then turn arrow to Jesus and they will notice how the face turns happy. If you would like you can testify...every time that as we turn to Jesus (in righteousness) we can find happiness. If you children are old enough to understand, you can explain that Jesus understands what we are going through, because he went through everything, so he is the perfect person to turn to.
If your students are old enough to understand, this story of Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail, here is an interactive idea, that you can use to teach the scriptures and the story.
After the picture is completed you can watch this video:
Display a picture that shows Jesus and other people (the Gospel Art Book has many; so does Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families). Ask the children to find Jesus in the picture. Testify that if we look to the Savior, He can help us find joy in our lives.
These are from the gospel art library. You can hide these around the classroom too.
If you need some movement(: You can hide all these pictures of Jesus around the room (print two for more) and have the students find them.Testify that if we look to the Savior, He can help us find joy in our lives.
Click on the image to be taken to Etsy. Look through the pictures on the listing so you know which ones to print. I also think it would be cute to use a round flat sucker for the nose(:
Heavenly Father wants me to be an example to others.
Peter taught that we are “the people of God” and that our good works can “glorify God.”
Describe things that stand out from their surroundings, or show pictures of such things. For example, a temple stands out from the buildings around it or a mountain rises above a valley.
Explain that when we keep the commandments, we stand out and other people can see our examples. Talk about some “good works” that you have seen the children do. Explain that good works like these “glorify God”—they help others feel more love for God and desire to serve Him.
I think a really great story of being an example is Abinadi. He propbably thought he died without converting anyone. But one person listened to his message, Alma, and through him thousands joined the church and were baptised. You can show this picture to the students of Abinadi, how he stands out like the temple or mountains....glorifying God.
You can click on the image to watch the churches anitmated movie of Abinadi.
This is from Mitzi at comefollowmekid.com
Come Follow Me- For Individuals and Families (Robert D. Hales, Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ)“The attributes of the Savior ...are inter-woven characteristics, added one to another, which develop in us in interactive ways. In other words, we cannot obtain one Christlike characteristic without also obtaining and influencing others. As one characteristic becomes strong, so do many more.”
You can go to her website to print this.
Click on the images to be taken to the Friend magazine on the church's website.
Complete the activity page with the children. How are the people they found in the picture glorifying God?
Click on the image to be taken to Etsy.
Spirits in the spirit world learn about the gospel.
After He died, Jesus went to the spirit world and sent the righteous spirits to teach other spirits who had not yet accepted the gospel.
Tell the children about someone you know who has died. Explain that when people die, their spirits leave their bodies and go to the spirit world. Read 1 Peter 3:19 and explain that when Jesus died, he went to visit the spirit world. There, He asked the righteous spirits to teach the gospel to other spirits who had not yet accepted the gospel (see Doctrine and Covenants 138:30).
Show a picture of a temple. Explain to the children that when they are old enough, they can go to the temple and be baptized for their ancestors who were not baptized while on earth. Help the children fill out a simple family tree (see an example at “Family History Coloring Pages,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Mitzi from Comefollowmekid.com has put together this book for the study of the the 2024 Book of Mormon. I've seen the inside and it's pretty amazing! If you don't own a printer, if you don't like to take the time to print, or if you would just like some insightful ideas for teaching your family, this book is great. You can click on the image to be taken to Amazon.
For those of you looking to Christmas already. Click on the images. To be taken to Etsy.
Teach the Doctrine: Older Children
I can find joy and peace even during hard times.
The children you teach may have experienced some form of teasing or mocking because of what they believe. These verses can help them during those times.
Ask the children if they have ever been teased or mocked because they live the teachings of Jesus Christ. How did it make them feel? Then read together 1 Peter 3:12–14; 4:13–14, 16, and ask the children to look for what Peter said about suffering “for righteousness’ sake.” Why can we still be happy when other people mock us for doing what is right?
Give the students a blank piece of paper and tell them to draw a picture of a person on it, they have to give the person a name...like Bob. (:
Hold up the paper and say something like "Bob is a good guy, he has really good morals and believes in Jesus Christ. But he plays on the football team, and the other guys make fun of him for not swearing."
Rip some of the paper.
"Bob saw a girl getting made fun of, and tried to be nice to her, now the same mean kids are being mean to him also."
Rip more of the paper, a couple more rips.
"Bob was invited to go boating with his friends, but they would be gone on a Sunday, so he chose not to go. Now he doesn't have any friends to hang out with this weekend."
Rip the paper till it is in little pieces in a pile on the floor.
Ask the students what just happened to Bob's life.
Then read together 1 Peter 3:12–14; 4:13–14, 16, and ask the children to look for what Peter said about suffering “for righteousness’ sake.” Why can we still be happy when other people mock us for doing what is right?
Pick up the pieces in a handful and say "This isn't sadness, Bob turned to the Lord in his suffering, so this is joy!" Throw the paper in the air like confetti(:
This is from a youth church magazine, it may make them feel mature(: Just click on the image.
Share an experience when you found joy or peace during a trial, or share how the Prophet Joseph Smith found peace when he was in Liberty Jail (see Doctrine and Covenants 121:1–8; 123:17). How can we find joy and peace in Christ during our trials?
If you want to be cleaver, you can call this guy "Bob", or whatever name your students came up with(: Click on the image to be taken to Etsy.
I can always be ready to share the gospel.
The children you teach will have many opportunities throughout their lives to answer questions from other people about their faith. Consider what you can do to help them “be ready always to give an answer.”
Tell about a time when someone asked you a question about the Church, and describe whether you felt prepared to answer. Ask the children to talk about any times when people have asked them questions about the Church. Read together 1 Peter 3:15. How can we follow Peter’s counsel in this verse?
Help the children think of a few questions people might ask about Jesus Christ or His Church. Let the children take turns explaining how they would answer these questions so that they can “be ready always.” The Articles of Faith provide simple truths that the children could use to answer questions about the Church.
Spirits in the spirit world learn about the gospel.
When the righteous die, they go to the spirit world to teach the gospel to those who did not receive it while on earth.
Draw on the board a circle with a line through the middle. Write Spirit Paradise on one half of the circle and Spirit Prison on the other half. Invite one of the children to read 1 Peter 3:18–20; 4:6 (see 1 Peter 4:6, footnote a, for revisions from the Joseph Smith Translation). Explain that when Jesus died, He went to spirit paradise. He instructed the righteous spirits there to teach the gospel to the spirits in spirit prison.
Invite a parent or an older sibling of one of the children to tell about going to the temple and receiving ordinances for one of their ancestors.
Invite the children to fill out a simple family tree (see an example at “Family History Coloring Pages,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
There is a pedigree chart, and family tree in the Junior primary section.