Come Follow Me- For Primary, Free LDS primary lesson helps, July 18-24
Updated: Jul 15
Write on the board Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Draw or show some pictures that relate to these people, such as a temple, the scriptures, and the walls of Jerusalem. Help the children match the names with the pictures, and let them share what they know about what these people did.
Teach the Doctrine: Younger Children
The temple can bring me joy.
The account of Zerubbabel and the Jews rebuilding the temple can help the children you teach rejoice in the blessings that come because of the house of the Lord.
If you children are too little to do such a complicated puzzle, I have another picture that you can cut up to make it into however many pieces you would like.
Invite the children to talk about something that makes them happy. Show a picture of someone smiling in front of a temple (such as the picture in this outline), and ask the children why the person might be so happy. Testify that the temple is the Lord’s house, and tell about a time when you felt happy because of the temple.
Here is something from the Friend magazine. I think it would be fun to cut them out and let the children draw them out of a bowl, place it on their head so only others can see it but not them. Then everyone tries to explain it to them so they can guess what it is.
Or you can do the activity suggested here https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/friend/2005/08/for-little-friends/what-makes-you-smile?lang=eng
Here is a picture of a happy family in front of the temple with a song. Click on the picture to take you to a page to print it.
Read to the children the last part of Ezra 3:12, explaining that when the Jews laid the foundation of the temple, “many shouted aloud for joy.” Invite the children to shout for joy. Help them think of reasons we can be joyful about the temple. For example, in the temple we make promises with God that allow our families to be together forever.
Sing with the children a song about the temple, such as “I Love to See the Temple” (Children’s Songbook, 95). After each line, pause to ask a child to share something he or she loves about the temple. Click on the image to take you to the song.
The Lord will help me do His work.
When Nehemiah was repairing the walls surrounding Jerusalem, his enemies tried to get him to stop, but he remained faithful to his task. What are some important things the Lord wants the children to do, and how can you inspire them to be faithful to that work?
Share with the children the story of Nehemiah (see Nehemiah 2:17–20; 6:1–9; Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “We Are Doing a Great Work and Cannot Come Down,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2009, 59–62). Tell the children what Nehemiah said when people made fun of him for wanting to fix Jerusalem’s walls: “The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build” (Nehemiah 2:20). Invite the children to stand up and pretend to help fix the walls of Jerusalem.
Bring some blocks to class, and let the children use them to help you build a wall (or draw a wall on the board). Help the children think of some important things Heavenly Father might ask them to do, like learning how to read the scriptures. With each idea they share, invite them to add a block to the wall. Explain that when Nehemiah was doing his important work of fixing Jerusalem’s walls, people tried to stop him. Read Nehemiah 6:9, and invite the children to raise their hands when you read “strengthen my hands.” Tell the children about a time when you felt God strengthen your hands to do His work.
For those of you who no longer have blocks in your home:
Cut out the paper bricks, pass them out to the children. After they tell you a work that God has asked them to do, they can place their brick and build the wall around Nehemiah. They can start by filling in the open space, and hopefully cover up the whole page. I think it would be cute to leave a little space for Nehemiah’s eyes to peek out at them.(:
The scriptures are a blessing.
You can use the story of Ezra reading the law to help the children think about how blessed we are to have the scriptures.
Tell the children that Ezra read the scriptures to the people. Read aloud some phrases from Nehemiah 8:2–3, 5–6, 8–9, 12 that describe what the people did when they heard the scriptures, and invite the children to act out these phrases. Why are we grateful to have the scriptures?
Invite the children to color this week’s activity page. As they do, share with the children how reading the scriptures has brought you closer to the Savior.
Theses are the scripture candy bars from last week. Just click on the images.
If you would rather have a free scripture tracking sheet, there is this one:
Teach the Doctrine: Older Children
The temple gives me reason to rejoice.
As you review with the children the account of Zerubbabel and the Jews rebuilding the temple, find ways to testify of the joy that comes to us because we have temples today.
Invite the children to work together to find phrases in Ezra 3:10–13 that show how the Jews felt when the temple in Jerusalem was being rebuilt. How can we show our joy at having temples on the earth today? Help the children think of ways they can prepare to go to the temple.
Share with the children your feelings about the temple. How has the temple helped you feel closer to Heavenly Father and the Savior? Why do we celebrate when a temple is dedicated? Give the children time to write down how they feel about the temple, and encourage them to share what they wrote with their families.
A few short years and these senior primary children will be going to the temple to do baptism for the dead. Here is a great way to start talking about about preparing for the temple.
This is from the Friend Magazine:
Cut out the temple on the solid lines, fold on the dotted lines, and glue the tabs to the inside of the walls to form a box. (The temple should be at the front of the box.) Cut out the My Gospel Standards cards (p. 16), and place them inside the temple box. Choose a gospel standard from the box, read it, and decide what you can do to live the standard. In family home evening, share how living this standard can prepare you to enter the temple someday.
Place the temple box and the My Gospel Standards cards in a special place to remind you to make good choices. As you read a gospel standard and decide how to live it, remember these words from “I Love to See the Temple”: “I’ll prepare myself while I am young; this is my sacred duty.”
Print on card stock
The Lord will strengthen me to do “a great work.”
The Lord has an important work for the children you teach. What can they learn from Nehemiah about persevering in that work even when they face opposition?
Review with the children the story about Nehemiah repairing the walls surrounding Jerusalem, including the opposition he faced. Read together Nehemiah 2:19, and ask the children to share situations in which someone might laugh at us for doing the right thing. According to Nehemiah 2:20, how did Nehemiah respond? How can we respond when people make fun of us or criticize us for doing the right thing?
Read together Nehemiah 6:1–9. How did Nehemiah’s enemies repeatedly try to get him to stop working on the wall, and how did he respond? What work does God want us to do? (see, for example, Mosiah 18:8–10). How can we follow Nehemiah’s example in verse 9 when it’s difficult to do what God has asked us to do?
I am blessed when I study the scriptures.
The people in Jerusalem hadn’t heard the words of God in a long time before Ezra read them to the people. The story of Ezra reminds us of how important the scriptures should be to us.
Invite the children to search Nehemiah 8:1–12 for words or phrases that show how the people felt about hearing the word of God. Ask the children to share how they feel when they read the scriptures, and share your feelings as well.
Invite a child to read Nehemiah 8:8, and ask the children what helps them understand the scriptures. Show them how to use scripture study aids such as the Guide to the Scriptures and Gospel Topics (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Invite the children to share something they have learned about the Savior from the scriptures.
I made this coloring and activity book for Senior Primary. You can do it as a class or send it home with you children to bring back next week. It is meant to get into the scriptures more and do some thinking and journaling.