Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 5 Lesson 45 Lorenzo Snow Receives a Revelation on Tithing



Post Malachi 3:10 on the board

On the left side of the board, draw a group of 10 things, like 10 circles or 10 boxes.
Next to that grouping, write: - Tithing = _______
Essentially it’s a math problem.

Have a photo displayed of Lorenzo Snow from your church library, church materials, or your laptop or phone. (most kids wouldn't know what he looked like)


Bring in a bag of Cheerios or something similarly small and inexpensive in great quantity.
Talk about what a tenth means.
Quiz them on various amounts and what the tithing would be on those amounts.
Hand out a scoop of the item and have them show you their answers.

Another idea is to have your financial clerk come in to talk about processing tithing!


During the first 10 years in Utah, Brigham Young organized approximately 100 new colonies/settlements throughout Utah.
Thousands of Church members were arriving every year!
They all needed places to live.
President Young sent people north, south, east, and west of Salt Lake City to find places and to settle them - those places needed to have enough water, fertile soil, and also be safe from attacks by unfriendly Indians.

There were men chosen to lead those settlements.
They were bishops, stake presidents, etc. and they supervised towns being built, and new wards and branches too.
As Church members arrived in utah from the East, they were usually assigned to live in one of the new settlements.
They were assigned where to go based on their skills because each settlement needed farmers, carpenters, brickmasters, butchers, bakers, and schoolteachers.

Not everyone was happy about having to go wherever they were told to go, but they trusted the Prophet.

Once everyone in Nephi, Utah gathered to welcome President Young and other leaders into town.
They had bands playing music, banners, and all the young women were dressed in white.
One of them was named Elizabeth Claridge.
There was a meeting soon after where the Prophet read names of men who would need to move with their families further south and start a new settlement.
No one knew who the Prophet had chosen to move until he read their name.
Samuel Claridge was Elizabeth’s father and he was called by the Prophet.
Elizabeth cried - why do you think she cried?
She didn’t want to move from her home.
The girl sitting next to Elizabeth was also called but that girl wasn’t sad because she knew her father would refuse to go.
Elizabeth told her she knew her father would go because “he never fails to do anything when called upon; and badly as I feel about it I would be ashamed if he didn’t go.”

She knew they would be blessed for obeying.

In those days, did you know tithing wasn’t paid with money?
What was it paid with?
A farmer would give one egg for every 10 that his chickens laid.
People would bring food they had grown, animals they had raised, and things they had made.
These were stored in a “tithing house” or a “bishop’s storehouse” that each settlement had.

There was also tithing labor -- people would work on Church projects one day out of every ten days.

One third of the things in the storehouses were used for the Church members there in that community.
The rest was sent to Salt Lake City to be used for general needs to help everyone.

One day, Mary Fielding Smith (remember her and the stories of her oxen?) went to the tithing office in Salt Lake City to pay her tithing with a load of the best potatoes she had grown.

One of the clerks said it was a shame she should have to pay tithing.

She said to him, “William, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Would you deny me a blessing? If I did not pay my tithing, I should expect the Lord to withhold his blessings from me. I pay my tithing not only because it’s a law of God, but because I expect a blessing by doing it. By keeping this and other laws, I expect to prosper, and to be able to provide for my family.”

Joseph F. Smith was Mary’s son and recorded that they always had enough to eat.
They gained strong testimonies through their hard work.

Things in Utah got better with the telegraph (they could communicate with people far away) and with the railroad connecting people so they could travel to places faster.

After Brigham Young died, John Taylor became prophet.
Then Wilford Woodruff, and then Lorenzo Snow.
At that time, the Church was in a lot of debt.
It was expensive to pay for everything and they were having a hard time, no money was left!
President Snow prayed to learn what to do.
His answer was to go to St. George, Utah. He didn’t know why but he followed the Holy Ghost.
There hadn’t been rain in southern Utah for many months.
President Snow noticed the dry earth and thirsty plants and animals there.
The people in St. George didn’t know how to grow crops to provide the food they needed to survive.
President Snow received a revelation while speaking - to pay their tithing in full.
The people in St. George were promised that rain would fall if they paid their tithing.
On his way back to Salt Lake City, he stopped at the settlements and told them about the law of tithing.
Then he called a meeting in Salt Lake City with the leaders about tithing.
He said everybody should pay a tithing.
Saints everywhere started paying tithing.

President Snow kept watch for the weather in southern Utah!
What do you think he was watching for? (rain)
One month went by, two months, no rain!
The people in St. George were paying a full tithe and giving more too as offerings to the Lord.
The prophet prayed that the Lord would bless the people in their drought.
He promised them rain if they paid their tithing!
Finally he got word that it rained in St. George!
The Saints were blessed and able to harvest their crops that fall.

That next year, members of the Church paid their tithing and within eight years all the debt was paid off.
The Church continues to have enough money to run the church.


Have tithing slips for each child or just bring in one, or print out the image of the slip online so you don't waste your ward/branch's slips.
Talk to them about how to fill it out and what the various categories mean.

Download (for free) the green tinted page from this site that shows where tithing goes and print out one to teach from:

Play the song I Want to Give the Lord My Tenth and pass around a piggy bank (or box you’ve labeled with a dollar sign) and slips of paper from the Enrichment Activity that describe how tithing money is used.

Sing as it goes around...
When you stop the music, have the child holding the box pull out one of the slips and talk about it!
Then continue on with the game.


  • Learn the song as best you can and then do activities with it:
  • Sing and sway side to side, and on the 10th beat, jump!
  • Sing and on every 10th word, don’t sing that word
  • Every time you get to the 10th word, turn and face to the right, then continue until you’re facing forward again etc

Having the words on the board with the 10th word circled will help with this!


Are the blessings we receive from paying tithing only to do with money?
If we pay tithing, do we become rich with money?
The blessings we receive are often not relating to money.
Let’s talk about what some of those blessings are!

To hearken back to the Malachi scripture, have a big picture frame with the glass or plastic in but the back off.
Treat this as a window.
Have the blessings (listed in the Enrichment activity section) written on slips.
Sit behind the “window” and have them sit across from you.
One by one tape the slips with the words facing them onto the window and talk about it.

* You could have a picture representing the blessing instead of the words so they can guess.
* Instead of a frame, you could create your own window or just print out or draw a window image on paper and tape the blessing phrases to the back.

When we follow the law of tithing, we will be blessed spiritually and temporally!
An inexpensive picture frame with the Malachi scripture would remind them of the object used in the lesson and the principles taught...perhaps with a dime taped to the frame (next to the scripture or on the front)

Some chocolate coins would also be fun.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 5 Lesson 44 The Salt Lake Temple is Constructed and Dedicated



1/Christmas decor around the room or on a table

2/Article of Faith 13 on the board:
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.

3/Salt Lake Temple from the library (maybe surrounded by white Christmas lights brought in from home?) or have a free illustration like this printed out:


(refer to the temple picture)
What helps this building stay upright and strong?

Deep in the ground underneath the temple is a strong foundation of stone blocks.
They’re over 8 feet deep!
They’re there so the walls have a firm surface to rest on.
It helps the temple to remain strong and not crack or fall.

You know the song about the Wise Man and the Foolish Man?
  • What was the bad foundation made out of? (sand)
  • What was the strong foundation made out of? (rock)

So just like the Salt Lake Temple and the Wise Man, we also need to be built on a sure foundation.
Who is that sure foundation for us? (Jesus Christ)

Today we’re going to learn about the building of the Salt Lake Temple!

there are many old photos of the Salt Lake Temple construction online that can be downloaded and shown

In 1853, five and a half years after everyone started to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley,
Brigham Young and other leaders held a ceremony to begin construction of the Salt Lake Temple!

Two months later, they held another ceremony to lay the cornerstones of the temple.
Brigham Young told everyone that he saw a vision of the temple every time he looked at the place where it would be built!

What does this remind you of?
Joseph Smith had the same thing happen with the Kirtland Temple!

Brigham Young drew what it should look like for an architect named Truman O. Angell.
It was very detailed!
He wanted to see it last through the Millennium so it needed to be strong!

They began laying the foundation for the temple using a lot of large sandstone blocks.
The foundation was over 8 feet deep!
They worked on it for 5 years.
Then they had to stop building it for awhile because the US Government thought the Church wasn’t following US laws. Brigham Young had them stop work on the temple while it got figured out.

They found out that some parts of the foundation, the stuff they used to stick the big blocks together, had started to crack and weren’t stable anymore!
So they removed that stuff in between and replaced the sandstone with granite!
They were cut really well to fit together so they didn’t need anything extra to stick them together.
Finally they finished the foundation after 14 years!
Then they got to work on the walls.

Do you remember that they had to cut stone from a quarry for the other temples?
They had to do the same for this temple!
The quarry was 20 miles away!
Each big stone block weighed many tons (1 ton = 1,000 lbs) and had to be brought over by wagons and ox teams.
It would take four days for just one block to make it from the quarry to the temple!
Many times the wagons would break down or the blocks would fall off and crack or break!

In 1869, a railroad came to Utah and helped a lot! A track was built between the quarry and the temple site. Steam engine trains were able to bring many blocks to the temple site in one day.

This helped a lot!

Then once the blocks were at the temple site, they were shaped by stonecutters.
Some were carved with symbols such as the sun, moon, and stars.
That would take days or weeks to finish!

Finally 39 years after it was begun, the capstone (round ball on the top of the highest spire) was set in place!
More than 50,000 people watched the capstone go in place!
Wilford Woodruff was the prophet at the time, the fourth president.
Later that day, Angel Moroni was placed on the capstone.
That Angel Moroni is 12.5 feet tall!
And the first to go on a temple!

The next year, the inside was finished by carpenters, plasterers, painters, and other craftsmen.
The ceilings and woodwork were decorated with many carvings.
There were beautiful murals painted on the walls.

In April 1893, the temple was dedicated!
It was a cold and stormy day with heavy wind, rain, and snow...but inside the temple it was peaceful and calm!
President Woodruff knelt and gave a prayer.
Then they gave the Hosanna Shout and sang The Spirit of God.
Many saw angels!

The people felt the presence of God and have great reverence for the temple and its ordinances.

When we see a temple today, it reminds us that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and want us to live with them again.


So we need to do things that build a strong and firm foundation in our life so that we can enter the temple.

Here are the important building blocks for our foundation (list from the manual):
(have building blocks with paper taped on named as per the list below and stack them in a grid of some sort as you talk about each one...)

  • Believe in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
  • Follow the prophet and other Church leaders.
  • Live the law of chastity.
  • Be honest.
  • Treat family members with respect and love.
  • Attend sacrament meeting and other Church meetings.
  • Pay a full tithe.
  • Obey the Word of Wisdom.
  • Repent of past sins


Take the board to Candyland (or another game!) and adapt it for a game to get from the start (which you could label as home/earth/life on earth/etc.) to the end, which should have a Salt Lake City Temple (or your local temple) taped on.
Add and change things on the board according to what you want to emphasize about the temple.
Squares they land on could indicate a temple song to sing from the Songbook, a choice to make, temptations they may be faced with, cool facts about the Salt Lake Temple or your local temple, etc.

*using painters tape or washi tape will not damage your game board


Your choices now will help determine who you are in the future.

Having good goals for your future helps you become the person Heavenly Father wants you to be!
Free printout of the Salt Lake Temple onto cardstock or photo paper for them to keep (there are many sites with free printouts or cute image with words like “I Love to See the Temple” etc.)
You could give it in a little bag with 13 M&Ms or something to remind them of the 13th Article of Faith.