What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?
- Some materials in this lesson were taken from https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/come-follow-me/primary?lang=eng.
- They were then arranged conveniently for printing. The “Come Follow Me” program is about self-learning and teaching.
1) Do what is Right – Song and actions (younger children)
Play or read a song about doing what’s right. As you read/play the song, the children may perform actions to go with the song.
“Do what is right; the day-dawn is breaking,
Hailing a future of freedom and light.
Angels above us are silent notes taking
Of every action; then do what is right!”
Sample Actions – verse 1
– Wake up as the dawn breaks
– Hands cupped around mouth as you hail the future
– Hands folded and eyes up towards the angels in Heaven
– Arms in an L (t-square) that clamp down like a movie directors action board
“Do what is right; the shackles are falling.
Chains of the bondsmen no longer are bright;
Lightened by hope, soon they’ll cease to be galling.
Truth goeth onward; then do what is right!”
Sample Actions – verse 2
– Arms and wrists held together, and then break apart the shackles that hold them
– Hands or arms in front of eyes to block the sun
– Eyes wide open lightened by hope, fingers cupped around eyes like binoculars.
– Stand and march in place
Question: How can doing what’s right make us free?
Comment: Sometimes our actions go unnoticed by people around us, but as it says in the song, the angles are “silent notes taking” and watch every good thing we do.
Scripture: Mosiah 2:22 …He doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you.
2) Philip teaches the Ethiopian – Children teaching each other (older children)
This activity gives the children a chance to teach something the other may not understand. In the scriptures, Philip the apostle is told by the spirit to teach the Ethiopian who could not understand the scriptures. The Ethiopian is a rich man who rode in a carriage when Philip approached him.
Step 1 – Start by asking the class if there are skills they have or things they know really well that they can teach others?
Step 2 – Follow up with asking the class to remember the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. We are going to follow the story of Philip and the Ethiopian with two volunteers. One to teach and one to learn.
Step 3 – Put two chairs together to represent the carriage they ride in like in the story.
Step 4 – To get your volunteers, print the “Teaching the Scriptures” sheet and cut them into strips. Select one and read the subject aloud. Ask if someone in class would like to teach and another learn. *Make sure this is something one child knows well and the other not so much.
Step 5 – Have the two children sit in the chairs and have the child representing the Ethiopian read the scripture aloud. After reading, have them ask a question about the scripture. (something they may not understand)
Step 6 – Have the child representing Philip teach and answer the question as best they can.
(sample) Matthew 26:26–28 – scripture about sacrament
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
The Ethiopian child may ask – “What does the part about shed for remission of sins mean?
The Philip child may respond – “It means that when we take the Sacrament, we remember that Christ suffered for us so we can repent
Correct and help the children as needed. Continue the activity with two other kids and a new scripture
4) Things Which Change – We can change to (younger/older children)
As suggested in the come follow me manual, show various pictures to the kids of things that change. Print the sheet for some of our ideas:
Show the kids the seed, egg, and baby and ask them what they change into?
Question: What are some other things that can change?
Saul was a man that wanted to put the apostles in prison. He watched the people kill Steven, one of the apostles. Once day while he traveled, he saw a bright light and fell to the ground. He heard the voice of the Lord. Saul was afraid and asked what he should do. This caused a great change in Saul and he became a prophet. Later changing his name to Paul.
Question: Can we change? Is it difficult to change something about us?
Comment: Anything is possible with Jesus Christ. I firmly believe that anyone can repent. For some things we may not have strength on our own. Saul could not change on his own, he needed God.
5) We Can Change – Becoming like Jesus (younger/older children)
This is a very special lesson idea which I used once as a missionary and am sharing with you now. It can be a powerful teaching moment when used by the direction of the spirit with the right timing. It requires a sketch like picture of Jesus, lots of paper, and pencils.
- Blend into this part of your activity after talking about Saul/Paul, change, or learning the teaching of Jesus.
- Hand out the paper and pencils and ask the kids to pick a partner to look at and draw.
- Tell them to draw what they see or think of when they look at each other. Such as a rainbow, or a superhero, or a fox, if that’s what they see when they look at each other.
- In the meantime, you also pick a child to draw. Pretend to draw your own picture, but instead draw with pencil over the top of the picture of Jesus found in this download, add shading too, for better effect.
Hopefully the room is quiet to invite the spirit as the kids draw. Give them a few minutes.
“Ok, everyone stop”
Time is short, so stop the children from drawing and they will have an opportunity to give their drawing to their friend.
“Sally, who did you draw and what did you see?”
Sally may say she drew Jess, and she saw a butterfly. She can show her picture to the class.
You can say, “I instructed you to look at each other and draw what you see. When I was drawing…(kids name), this is what I saw. Show them your drawn picture of Christ.
“I didn’t have time to finish, but I see (kids name) and honestly all of us becoming more like Jesus Christ just like Paul did.
Bear your testimony and share this scripture if the spirit directs you.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
6) The Straight and Narrow Way – Repentance (younger/older children)
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
You are hiking through the woods trying to find your families cabin and come to a forked path. A forked path is a trail that splits into two directions. Only one path leads to your destination.
What happens when you take the wrong path?
– You don’t get to where you are going.
– It takes much longer to find the right way again
– People will worry about you until you make it
Share the maze download if you want to include the activity. *Two different sizes
Thinking of our lives. Sometimes we make bad choices and go on the wrong path. Before Saul became Paul, he made many choices that caused hurt to people around him. But he later had a chance to repent.
How is repentance like getting back on the right path?
– When we repent, we learn that Heavenly Father loves us.
– Repentance allows us to learn what we did wrong, and make things right again.
– Repentance means that we can be forgiven
This maze has a straight and narrow path to the finish, but as you can see, if you get off the path you will always have a way back again. That is because of the Atonement and repentance. Sometimes the action of repentance starts as simple as Paul’s words. “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”
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