Come Follow Me, Jan 6-17, 1 Nephi 1-7 "I Will Go and Do"
Updated: Jan 8
CFM-For Primary pg. 5 “Bring a closed box with a picture of the savior inside, and give each child a turn to find out for themselves what is inside the box. Tell the children that Nephi wanted to have his own testimony that the Lord had commanded his family to leave Jerusalem. Ask the children what Nephi did to gain his own testimony as you read 1 Nephi 2:16. Testify that just as we each had to open the box to find out what was inside, we all need to ask God to gain our own testimony.”
They can all open their own little boxes at the same time if you'd like.
Come follow Me -For Primary page 5 “Bring pictures or objects that represent things that children might seek a testimony of, such as a picture of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, or a picture of the living prophet. Invite the children to choose a picture or object and share their testimonies of that thing with the class.
That might be intimidating for a child to bear there testimony in class.
My idea: Have these finger puppets assembled before the lesson, so they kids can put them on their fingers and talk about what it is and what they think/feel about it. May want to point out that they just bore their testimony.
Also, if you feel like it's a good idea, but the finger puppets back on your fingers and teach the 5 accepts of a testimony, from Sister Warners talk in 1989.
"Read 1 Nephi 2:2-4 to the children, and display a few pictures of items that Lehi's family might have taken with them to the wilderness...Ask them to imagine how they might feel if they had to leave their homes and go into the wilderness. What does the Lord ask us to do today?"
Here is a little worksheet/coloring activity that might help with some discussion.
Come Follow Me-For Primary page 6 “Help the children decorate badges to wear that say ”I will go and do ....repeat the phrase several times.”
So Funny Story, I briefly read that in the manual, and I got in my head this fun idea of making the cutest badge, and I just went to town on that, and I made this:
Then when I went to type the instructions from the manual I saw that it was something the kids were supposed to decorate. So instead of just deleting it, I'm giving you both options, one for the kids to decorate and one.....incase you don't have time to decorate, or if they want to add ribbons or stickers, who knows(: Maybe you can use them as a gift tag or something.
Mitzi has changed her website to Comefollowmekid.com She has fabulous free lesson plans. Go check her out.
Also here are some primary songs that goes with this part of the lesson:
"Invite the children to help you act out what Nephi and his brothers did to obtain the brass plates: they traveled a long distance, gave up their gold and silver, and hid in a cave to save their lives; read 1 Nephi 5:21. Why were the scriptures so valuable to Lehi's family?"
When I was a senior primary teacher I used to love dressing up my kids to act out a story. I have some very fun dress ups, but since I can't send them out to you, these printable's will have to do(:
I just have to say this..unlike the Mandalorian, Nephi is very good eye candy(:
"How can we treat the scriptures like a treasure?"
This is very similar to the box idea at the top of the page, you probably, shouldn't do both, but I'll still put it here so you can chose which one is best for your kids or what you want the focus of your lesson to be on:
"Tell the children how you gained your testimony of the gospel. Invite them to share similar experiences they have had, and encourage them to follow Nephi's example to keep building their testimonies. How can having our own testimony help us?"
If for some reason you don't want to share your personal story of how you gained a testimony of the Gospel, or if you want one more example of someone's testimony you can share Elder Monte J. Brough from the Seventy:
Here is a printable from the church that compares building your testimony to building a fire.
Here is a link to the Book of Mormon study manual, generally can help the teachers with teaching this:
This is from the friend about how to gain a testimony:
CFM For Primary page 6 "Ask the children to search Nephi 2:16,19 to discover how Nephi gained a testimony of his father's words. Invite them to write Nephi's actions on blocks or other objects to represent how things help us build a testimony."
You can totally do that, or if your short in time you can have these cut out and put on the blocks already and then when you are studying the scriptures and a child says "He wanted to know the mysteries of God" you can hand him/her the block that says that, and after all the pieces are handed out, the children can build something. If it was me I would shake the table to see if they had a strong enough testimony built, by how easy the structure fell.
CFM-For Primary page 7
1Nephi 3:1-8 I can respond with Faith to the Lord's commands.
"Developing an attitude like Nephi's will help the children when the Lord asks them to do something that seems difficult."
Here is a talk by Elder Eyring about going and doing:
Here is an old primary lesson, I really like the attitude indicator at the bottom, where the children can rate themselves on whether they have a very good attitude.
Here are a bunch of conference talks about attitude:
"Divid the class into two groups. Invite one group to read Laman and Lemuel's response to Lehi (see 1 Nephi 3:2-5) and the other group to read Nephi's response (see 1 Nephi 3:2-4, 7). Invite a child to pretend to be Lehi and ask the other children to pretend to return to Jerusalem to get the brass plates."
Here is a prop to making the "pretending" to be Lehi more fun.
"What are some things God Commanded us to do? How can we be like Nephi?"
I love this question, my husband sets a very good example for our family, because whenever the prophet speaks at conference, he will ask our family what he specifically asked us to do.
Here is a highlight of Pres. Nelson's Conference talks in 2019, you can cut them out and pass them around for the kids to take turn reading, ands ask if we are being like Nephi, by doing what the prophet has asked us to do.
This is a BYU speech, by a member of the 70, that so fabulously talks about Nephi and his faith and following the spirit, even though he didn't always understand.
Lots of options, pray and prepare so you know what direction your lesson should go to help your kids the most. God Bless you in your study of the Gospel!