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Ideas for Teaching Children
Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ because He loves me.
To teach Nephi about God’s love, an angel showed Nephi events from the Savior’s life. You could do the same for your children—give them pictures of the events Nephi saw in 1 Nephi 11:20, 24, 27, 31, and 33 (see Gospel Art Book, nos. 30, 35, 39, 42, 57). As you read these verses, help your children find the picture that matches it. What do we learn about Jesus Christ from these verses and pictures?
Here is a fun visual of what Nephi saw during his vision. I recommend someone reading the scriptures as someone else moves the pictures through. This is also a coloring page, if you print it in Black and White. For older children, assemble this together, encourage them to use it as a tool to teach, break up the students in pairs (or thirds) and practice teaching each other. One could read the scriptures while the other one moved the strip and vise versa.
OLDER Students, if your class likes to draw, you can have them each draw each verse and present their scripture and picture to the class. Here are some sheets with scripture verses on the top so they know what they are drawing, also numbers so they know what order they go in.
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Singing a song like “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, 34–35) could help your children feel God’s love. After you sing, ask your children what they learn from the song. What else do we learn about God’s love from 1 Nephi 11:22–23?
Here is an interactive song sheet.
There is valentine candy in the stores right now! YAY! Look through the pictures on the listing before you print, so you know what size to print. I bet a Hershey Hugs would fit on the small tag/card.
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The Book of Mormon teaches precious truths.
To help your children value the “plain and precious” truths in the Book of Mormon, you could draw a picture and invite your children to change or remove parts of the picture to make it look different. You could use this to teach that things in the Bible were changed and taken out over time. Read together 1 Nephi 13:40 and talk about how the Book of Mormon (“these last records”) helps us understand the “plain and precious things” that were lost from the Bible (the “first” records). What “plain and precious” truths have you learned from the Book of Mormon?
Cut the puzzle out, remove some of the pieces and have the children try to put the puzzle together. When they notice that pieces are missing read 1Nephi 13:40, and explain that with the help of the Book of Mormon we can the complete gospel of Jesus Christ.
If your looking for movement you can hide the missing pieces around the room or in the hall. Play hot and cold to find them.
If you have older children you can add these pictures to the back of the missing puzzle pieces. Explain that these gospel truths were taken from the Bible. Like Jesus has a resurrected body, and we can too, some day. God wants us to be baptized at 8 years old, where we can understand our covenants. Jesus wants us to take the sacrament every week so we can remember Him. But with the help of the Book of Mormon we can have the complete gospel of Jesus Christ.
The video “The Book of Mormon—a Book from God” (Gospel Library) could help your children see why it’s important to have both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Children might enjoy re-creating the illustration from the video.
Holding fast to the word of God helps me resist temptation.
Give your children a chance to share what they remember about Lehi’s vision. It might help to use a picture, like the one in last week’s outline. What kept people from reaching the tree? What helped them reach it? You might ask them to find the iron rod in the picture. Read together 1 Nephi 15:23–24 to find out what the iron rod represents and how it can help us.
Here is last weeks lesson, if you want to do something that wasn't done last week I recommend the quick memory game that most classes didn't have time for and when you get to matching the iron rod you can read the scripture.
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