Teach the Doctrine: Younger Children
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will help me during hard times as I have faith in Them.
Job trusted God and was able to remain faithful even when he faced very difficult trials. Job’s story can help children strengthen their faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so they will be prepared to face their own difficult trials.
If you didn't see this object from last week, it would be good for this week. With faith in Jesus Christ (the string), we can lift heavy things.
Invite the children to share what they know about Job, and help them understand what happened to him (see Job 1–2; “Job” in Old Testament Stories). Ask the children how they might feel if they were Job. Who can help us when sad things happen in our lives? Show a picture of Jesus Christ, and explain that Job’s faith in the Lord helped him during his trials (see Job 1:21).
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Read to the children Job’s words in Job 13:15: “I trust in him.” To help the children understand what it means to trust in God, talk with them about other people they trust. For example, what do we trust our parents to do? What do we trust our teachers to do? What do we trust Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to do? Express your trust in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and help the children think of ways they can show that they love and trust Them.
This sounds like it fits my "Who do you trust?" matching game, that I made a couple weeks ago.
Jesus Christ is my Redeemer.
Job was able to endure his trials and suffering because of his faith in the Lord. How will you help the children build their faith in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer?
Display a picture of Jesus on the cross or being buried in the tomb (see Gospel Art Book, nos. 57, 58). Ask the children to explain what is happening in the picture. Read to the children Job’s testimony in Job 19:25. Display a picture of the resurrected Savior (see Gospel Art Book, nos. 59, 60; see also this week’s activity page), and testify that Jesus Christ was resurrected and lives today. Why are we thankful that Jesus was resurrected?
Show a picture of Job, and explain that Job was in a lot of pain because his skin had sores all over it. He had lost his home, and his children had died. But Job knew something very important that gave him comfort. Read Job 19:25, and ask the children what Job knew. Share with the children how you know that Jesus Christ lives, and invite them to share their testimonies of Him.
This is my favorite section of this weeks lesson. I especially love the visual in my mind that came when it said "How will you help the children build their faith in Jesus Christ, our Redeemer?"
Ask the children to color this week’s activity page. As they do, play or sing a song about Jesus’s Resurrection, such as “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” or “Jesus Has Risen” (Children’s Songbook, 64, 70). Ask them to share how they feel about Jesus, and help them understand that we can have good feelings from the Holy Ghost to help us know Jesus Christ is real.
Teach the Doctrine: Older Children
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will help me overcome my challenges as I have faith in Them.
Everyone has difficult days, and some people have trials that last a long time. Job’s faith in God sustained him through his trials. Consider how his story can help the children build their faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so that they will be able to face their trials, now and in the future.
Ask the children to share what they know about Job’s story. What kind of a person was he? What happened to him? How did he respond to his challenges? Point them to verses in Job 1–2 to help them tell the story (see Job 1:1, 13–22; 2:7–10; see also “Job” in Old Testament Stories). Invite the children to share what they feel is the main message of Job’s story.
You can pass these cards out for the kids to look at and talk about.
Display a few pictures of Jesus Christ interacting with others, and ask the children what they feel these pictures teach us about who Jesus Christ is and what He is like. What else do we know about Him? Invite the children to read some of the following verses to find out some things Job knew about the Lord: Job 12:10, 13, 16; 19:25–27. Why is it valuable to know these things about the Savior?
Pass out cards with scriptures, have the children look them up, draw pictures that represent what it means. Then have them tape it on a cup. When everyone is done have them share their scripture as they stack their cups. At the top of the stack place Job. Explain that this is what Job built his faith on, and it sustained him through so many, many trials. Reflect with the children and ask them what they are building their faith on. Bear your testimony that the strongest thing to build on is the Savior, our Redeemer.
Invite the children to read Job 19:14–19, and ask them what these verses say about how other people were treating Job. How might we feel if this happened to us? Invite the children to read Job 19:23–27 to find out how Job found comfort in this situation. What do these verses teach us about the Savior? Why is it important to know that He lives and loves us? (see John 17:3).
Sing together a song that testifies of Jesus Christ, such as “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (Hymns, no. 136). What does the song suggest about why it is important to have a testimony that Jesus Christ lives? Tell the children how you know the Savior lives and why you are thankful for that knowledge. Encourage them to share their feelings and testimonies as well.
They can write there testimonies on this Skittle wrapper cover, just click on the image to be taken to Etsy. If you want to do this for younger children, you can have the children tell you what they want to say while you write it.
Good friends uplift and encourage each other.
When Job was struggling, his friends said that God was punishing him because he had sinned. This story can help you teach the children a better way to respond when a friend has challenges (see Job 16:1–5).
Ask the children to review the many hard things that happened to Job (see Job 1:13–19; 2:7). Read together Job 19:14, 19, looking for how Job’s friends reacted to his trials (see also Job 22:1–5). Invite the children to imagine that they were Job’s friends—how would they try to help him? Encourage them to think of a friend who may be going through a difficult time and plan something they can do to show love and support to their friend.
Ask the children to list some qualities of a good friend and to name a friend who has these qualities. Show a picture of Jesus Christ. In what ways is Jesus a good friend to each of us? How can we follow His example?
Prepare: Cut out this picture and put it over the top of the Jesus picture. Cut out the hearts.
Have the children write all they ways they can be a good friend on the hearts and place it around the picture of the children. Then remove the picture of the children to show Jesus. In what ways is Jesus a good friend to us? How can we follow his example?
(Print on colored card stock)
This is a great time of year to give melons as a gift, they taste sooo good. Click on the image.