A Minister and a Witness
- 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) Paul Finishes His Mission. (older children)
Paul’s story is one of hardships. He is beat, thrown in prison, speaks before King Agrippa, and his mission ends in death. This story is the transcription of his story from the children’s bible story book and video.
[Question] Share a time when you had a trial and received guidance and comfort from God.
[Question] While in prison, Christ visited Paul and told him to be of good cheer. Why could Paul “be of good cheer” even though he was in prison?
[Question] Why did King Agrippa almost believe in Jesus when Paul shared his testimony?
2) Heeding the Warnings of the Prophets (younger/older children)
Prophets warn of dangers we cannot see – Step #1 Pretend the class is part of a crew. Hand out the portraits of the different latter-day prophets to the kids. You can also use these pictures for a completely different idea if you want.
Step #2 The kids are on a boat sailing (like in Paul’s story in Acts). I’ve made a sound clip of a shipwreck at sea. Play the audio on your phone or other device and have the children pretend they are at sea. Just like the story of Paul in Acts.
[Scripture] Acts 27:9–11
9 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,
10 And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.
11 Nevertheless the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken by Paul.
Step #3 At the end of the sound clip, throw the plank-like puzzle pieces as if the ship crashed and the wood splintered damaging the ship.
Step #4 – After the kids pick up at least one puzzle piece, ask them
[Question] What kinds of warnings do the prophets give us to keep us from danger?
Each child (crew member) represents a Prophet that has warned us in the church today. Start one at a time and have the children read the keywords on the their shipwreck piece and then share which prophet warned us of that danger. As the teacher, you may have to elaborate on what the keyword means. I wrote some details below to help remind you.
Step #5 – As they match the warning with the prophet picture, they can put the puzzle pieces together.
Paul – Warned the crew of the ship that there would be a story, but they did not listen and many of them lost their lives.
Brigham Young – Strengthening saints against temptation
Joseph F. Smith – Strengthen our Families – family structure is under attack
Heber J. Grant – Missionaries saved when the prophet called home missionaries from Poland and other countries during world war II, weeks before Hitler invaded. *many missionaries saved.
David O. McKay – Warned us to avoid selfishness
Harold B. Lee – Warned to avoid bad images and media before technology appeared that would make (pornography) more readily available to everyone.
Spencer W. Kimball – One of many prophets to ask us to keep food storage. The first to warn us of food storage is Harold B. Lee, but Spencer shortened the required years from 7 to 3 which was later lowered to 1 and then to 3 months… letting the saints know that the time is indeed nearing that we will use the food storage the saints have been counseled to store.
Ezra Taft Benson – Warnings to stay out of debt. Today many people are in debt including all countries of the world. America being trillions of dollars in debt.
Howard W. Hunter – Importance of getting education now came at a time when politics was separate from school and more important than ever to establish a generation that can teach today.
Gordon B. Hinckley – Protect Marriage and Youth. The proclamation to the family came as a warning early to let us know the family structure would be attacked like never before. And it is. Also a message to the youth to be grateful, be smart, be clean, be true, be humble, be prayerful, etc…
Thomas S. Monson – Lowered the age of missionaries and opened teaching of the gospel online. Made way to better prepare missionaries that are more needed today than ever.
Russell M. Nelson – Introduced the come follow me program to encourage us to teach each other the way the Savior teaches.
3) Following the Directions of the Prophets
This activity demonstrates that the prophets will protect us from danger if we follow their directions. The children participate in helping each other out of the maze. The maze is VERY difficult. I doubt it can be completed without knowing the directions. You don’t even know where to enter or exit.
The maze is divided into sections. See the number  –  on the top left corner of each section. These segments allow for multiple children to participate and help each other. You give one child the answer key and they guide the first child telling them where to go first. They call out! “Start on segment 7” It is still up to that child to figure out the small maze. Have them stop when they get through 7. Then hand the answer key to another child who calls out! “Go to segment 4”… this continues tell the maze is completed.
Use this activity with your own ideas. At the end, you may read scriptures from the lesson that teach this principle or share a story.
[Question] Invite someone from the class to share an experience when the Lord was with him or her during a difficult time, and didn’t know what path to take.
[Comment] During our trials the Lord may let us find our own way (like navigating the maze’s individual sections) but, He always tells us where to start and where to end. Guiding us piece by piece.
Keep the Commandments of the Lord – Follow directions sheet
This is an activity I used in another lesson, but it may be useful here because this lesson teaches following directions and keeping commandments.
Pass around the printable sheet to all members of class. Tell them three things. They must work alone, follow the directions on the sheet, and complete the tasks as quickly as possible.
The sheet is full of quick and easy tasks, but the instructions at the top say that all you have to do is sign your name and hand the paper in. Let’s see how many class members follow the directions. You’ll be surprised how many won’t follow the directions.
1) What does “Do what is right let the consequence follow”, mean in the church hymn?
2) Why could Paul “be of good cheer” even though he was in prison?
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