- Some materials in this lesson are taken from https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/come-follow-me/primary?lang=eng.
- They are then arranged conveniently for printing. The “Come Follow Me” program is about self-learning and teaching.
1) A Band Not Broken
Print a band for the class to wear around their wrists. The topic is “Heavily Father Comforts Me and I Can Comfort Others”. Assign a special task for the children to do before they remove the bands from their wrists. This could be:
– Perform an act of kindness
– helps a brother or sister with chores
– Visit with someone who seems sad
– Help prepare dinner
The task could be to help someone in need.
[Scripture] read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (about comforting) which is included on the printout
2) Strengthening Desires
[A] Desire to Comfort
Ask the class this question.
What brings you comfort?
-Tenderness when you are sick, a blanket when you are cold, a hug when you are hurt, love when you are lonely + other possible answers.
In a letter to the saints in Corinthian, Paul asked them to forgive a man who had sinned.
2 Corinthians 2:7
So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.
How do acts of comfort happen?
– Someone has to do them for another. By making these actions a part of our lives, we become the hands of Christ. Read the story below: (scroll down for download)
by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
A story is told that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a large statue of Jesus Christ was severely damaged. When the townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it had been a beloved symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in their lives.
Experts were able to repair most of the statue, but its hands had been damaged so severely that they could not be restored. Some suggested that they hire a sculptor to make new hands, but others wanted to leave it as it was—a permanent reminder of the tragedy of war. Ultimately, the statue remained without hands. However, the people of the city added on the base of the statue of Jesus Christ a sign with these words: “You are my hands.”
What does that mean, “You are my hands” when speaking about Christ?
[B] Desire to Love & Forgive
Continuing the scripture above from 2 Corinthians. Paul says in his letter concerning the man that had sinned.
2 Corinthians 2:8
Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.
There is also a second story from President Uchtdorf on the printout above that is a great read on brotherly love
When you make a mistake, isn’t it nice to hear when someone says they still love you?
Despite what you’ve done, they still love you. It doesn’t change the way they feel about you.
Why is it important to love each other and show that love?
Our bodies are built for love. For example: Kindness is a remedy for Anxiety. When you take the focus off yourself and care for others it has an impact on your heath and happiness.
It is good for your heart to be kind. Your body releases a chemical when you smile as a result of kindness. Other chemicals that release as a result of kindness strengthen your heart, blood vessels, oxygen levels, and blood pressure.
Love and kindness is contagious. I can go on and on about how love can cure stress, create friendships, and solve problems, but it also carries from one person to the next which is the best part. Love is a chain reaction you either receive or have started.
Ask the children these questions and have them say which is good or bad example of forgiveness. This comes from the old “Primary – New Testament” Manual.
a. Are you forgiving when you say, “I forgive you, but I will not forget what you did”?
b. Are you forgiving when you are happy that something unfortunate has happened to someone who was unkind to you?
c. Are you forgiving when your brother or sister hits you and you don’t get mad?
d. Are you forgiving when you want to get even with someone who has been unkind to you?
e. Are you forgiving when you stop talking to someone who has been unkind to you?
f. Are you forgiving when you stand up for someone who has been unkind to you?
g. Are you forgiving when you speak unkindly about the person you think has been unkind to you?
[C] Desire to be honest
[Scripture] read Article of Faith 13 (honesty is the first quality listed that we should have) Scripture cutout included with download
[These instructions are also included on the sheet]
Play a game of true or false. Cut out the T’s and F’s from the download sheet. Make sure there is an equal amount of T and F slips according to class size. A class of 10 means 5T and 5F slips. A class of 11 means 6T and 5F slips. Mix them up and hand one slip to each child. Have them fold the slip they got so no one can read it.
The goal of the game is to not be eliminated or to become safe. You are eliminated if you have an F slip. You are safe if you have a T slip, but… you are also eliminated if you have no slips. *that rule makes it a bit tricky and fun
The game begins with the first child making a statement.
Example: “I have a dog”
The rest of the class needs to decide if it is true or false. Make sure they raise their hands when guessing. The first child to make a guess will be handed the slip by the child who made the statement. Don’t open these slips tell you get through every child. If everyone thinks it’s false, no one has to take the slip. *The child can reveal if it is true or false and throw it away since no one took it.
Go around the room until everyone has had a chance to guess and make their statement. *give the shy kids a chance by having them guess a teachers true statement 🙂
“Now that everyone has guessed, open your slips!” Look and see the winners.
[Scripture] read Doctrine and Covenants 97:7 (about honesty) which is included with on the printout
[D] Desire to Repent
What are the steps of repentance?
– Tell them you are sorry
– Return what was taken
– Godly sorrow
[Scripture] read 2 Corinthians 7:9 (about Godly sorrow)
Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.
What is the difference between Godly sorrow and what you feel when you are caught doing something wrong?
Godly Sorrow is more than feeling ashamed or embarrassed. It is a desire to not do the bad thing again. To change and be better.
[Comment] Part of repentance is also being accepting if they forgive you or not
3) Walking by Faith – Human chain
This will require the children to close their eyes. Blindfolds will take too long to set up. Stack all but a few chairs in the center of the room. The goal is to get around the entire room without bumping the walls or the chairs in the middle.
Start with two kids. Have the child leading have their eyes open. The other one behind with his/her eyes closed hands placed on shoulder. When they make a loop around the room, add a child to the chain, and another, and another… [optional] When you get to the last child have the class table be placed at the end of the loop, and have them crawl under the table. 🙂
Should be quick and fun!
What would have happened if you let go of the person with their eyes open?
How does this activity help us understand what it means to “walk by faith” in God?
For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.
2 Corinthians 5:6–7
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Consider how you can encourage the children to keep God’s commandments even when they do not see the blessings they desire right away.
What are some things you can learn from Walking By Faith? Use this sheet as you see fit.
2 Corinthians 1:3–4
Articles of Faith 1:13
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
…and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
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