Thursday, August 9, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 28 David and Goliath


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Write on the board:
What is your Goliath?


2. (Take time to show how tall Goliath was by having them help you put up a piece of tape at about 9'9". Then tape up printer paper from that piece of tape all the way down to the base of where the wall meets the floor.)

How would you feel fighting someone this big? (discuss for a bit)


So we're going to learn about David today, the first of a few lessons.

Remember last week we learned about Samuel?
Samuel was to anoint a new King of Israel with the guidance of the Lord.
He went to Jesse and spent some time with his sons.
None of his sons were right until the youngest, David, came back from taking care of the sheep.
Samuel said he was the one the Lord wanted and he was anointed to be the next King after King Saul.
The Spirit dwelt with David from that point on.
He was a great help for the King.
The Philistines were at war with the Israelites and David carried the armor.

(Draw a picture of two mountains with a valley between them.

The Philistines stood on one and the Israelites on the other.)

(Based on how much time you have, read some or all of the below scriptures)

1 Samuel 17:4-7
Look for how Goliath and his armor and weapons were described.
How tall was he? (approximately 9’9”)
His armor was 150 pounds.
Iron tip of his spear weighed 12-26 pounds.
Greaves are pieces of armor protecting the shins.
Target is armor protecting the neck.

What challenge did Goliath give the Israelites?
How might you have responded to the challenge?
How did the Israelite soldiers respond? (vs. 11)
(dismayed = they were distressed and frightened)

While the army of Israel was encamped against the army of the Philistines, David was at home tending his father’s sheep.
His father gave him food to take his brothers, soldiers in the army of Israel.
Also with instructions to see how they were doing at the battlefront.

What happened when David arrived? (19-26)
How was David’s reaction different from the others? (he wasn’t afraid).

Eliab (David’s oldest brother) was angry and questioned David’s intentions.
David continued to tell them to not be afraid even with his brother’s doubt and anger.
Some of the soldiers told King Saul what David said and the King wanted to see him.

How might Saul’s response in 33 be similar to what we feel when we face challenges?

What did David say when Saul told him he was too young?
Why did David believe he could defeat Goliath? (37)

"Remembering how the Lord has helped us in the past will…" ← write on the board
How would David complete this?
(Emphasize to them that it will strengthen our faith to endure or overcome our challenges.)
Why is this true?

Think about a time this was true for you.
Has it helped you with other challenges?

What was done to prepare David for battle?
Why did David decide not to use the armor? (he wasn’t used to it)
Slings were commonly used as weapons in David’s day.
But you had to have a lot of practice to be accurate!
He’d used it to protect his father’s sheep.

What did Goliath think of David?
If you were David, how would you have responded to the insults?

How would you summarize David’s response?
"Faith can lead you to do good works, obey the commandments, and repent of your sins”
(- from True to the Faith)

How did David exercise his faith in the Lord?
What principles can we learn?
(as we exercise faith in the Lord, He will help us with our challenges)

After the defeat, the Philistine army fled and the army of the Israelites chased after.
David took Goliath’s head to Jerusalem where King Saul marveled at his bravery.


Where did David’s courage come from? (faith)
We all have obstacles or Goliaths in our lives.
What do those obstacles do? (block our way to peace and happiness just like Goliath tried to block the way for peace and freedom of the Israelites)

Choose a Goliath/challenge in your life that you’d like to overcome and come up to the “paper Goliath” and write it. (they can write a code word if they want to keep it private).

Think of ways to overcome your challenge!
All challenges can’t be overcome but if we ask Heavenly Father for help he will give us strength to cope with them

What will you do to better exercise faith as you face your challenges?

“Faith is much more than passive belief. You express your faith through action—by the way you live." - True to the Faith


Our Church put out a wonderful video that I first saw at a missionary fireside.
I loved it because I saw the resilience, do you guys know that word?, of the human spirit.
Of the connection we can have to the Spirit of God to empower us to overcome struggles.


So thinking about what you’ve learned about David from this story, and from the video we just watched, I want you to think about a word or a phrase...something you’ve been inspired to do, say, act, or believe from the lesson.

And what you’re going to do is paint that on one of these stones, not unlike the stones David used.

Ideas of things to bring for this:
Smooth flat rocks
Paint and paper plates to pour out globs/puddles
Baby wipes for clean-up
Plastic tablecloth to lay down to protect the carpet
Water to dilute/clean brushes between colors
Box big enough to have the rocks drying during your third hour (or a small box they can each keep them safe on the way home)


The class could also take turns trying out a handmade sling (lots of ideas online) and flinging big marshmallows or wadded up paper at Goliath. On the marshmallow or piece of paper (etc.) they would have first written a way they can show faith. So they'd have written on Goliath their obstacle/thing that they are working on, and then they would be using their "stones" of faith to fight for what's right.


We each face our own “Goliaths” - some of us might even face that Goliath every day.
Maybe it’s something you have a hard time with in your family or your neighborhood or your school.
It doesn’t have to be a person, whatever it is that you struggle with that you think might be too big for you to overcome, remember the battle is the Lord’s.
David knew the strength of the Lord so the strength of that Goliath he was facing didn’t matter.
I’m grateful that I can look to the Lord to help me with my Goliaths, through prayer and through fasting and through people in my life that can help me!
Think this week about the ways that people help you, that prayer helps you, that scripture study helps you, that church helps you with the Goliaths in your life.

Take home ideas:
Include a scripture from the lesson (or the True to the Faith quotation) along with:
- Edible “sling” and “stones” (could be something you make like the pretzel example with mini marshmallows)
- The stone they painted
- Stones of some sort (a set of five)
- Edible chocolate rocks

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 25 Samson


Write on the board “How can we build our spiritual muscles?”
And pass out little cards or Post-It notes for them to answer.

Post Esther 12:27

So how can we build our spiritual muscles? 
Before you answer, hold onto your paper and pen and get ready to add more thoughts. 
We're going to watch a video. 

(Discuss and share thoughts they wrote down and came up with.
Ideas you can mention: keep covenants, obey parents, praying, attending church, reading scriptures, etc.)

Why is it important to become spiritually strong? (avoid temptation, be guided in our decisions by the Holy Ghost, know good from evil)

What helps you feel strong when you're faced with hard choices?
(things that waste time, taking out feelings on a sibling, not wanting to clean a room, not wanting to forgive someone who hurt your feelings)

Today we’re going to be learning about kind of an unusual leader in the scriptures, his story is important and it’s all about strengths and weaknesses.


So the children of Israel were not being righteous, and the Lord delivered them into the hands of the Philistines for 40 years.

There’s a pattern to be found in the Book of Judges.
(display the diagram or write your own from Lesson 76 in this manual:)

First they sin against God.
Have we seen that before?
Then what happens? They get delivered to some enemy group to take over them and they are suffering.
So they are afflicted by their enemies next.
Then what? They are humbled, they cry unto the Lord for deliverance.
And then finally what?
The Lord raises up judges who deliver them from their enemies.

Last week who did we learn about who delivered them? Who was the judge? (Gideon)
So today we’re going to be learning about a man named Samson.

A man named Manoah and his wife were not able to have kids.
But one day an angel came to her and told her something - (read verse 3)
So she will have a baby! And that baby will be a boy.
What else does the angel say? (read verse 4)
So the angel is wanting to be sure this baby is kept very clean.
But there’s one more thing the angel says - in verse 5, what does it say about a razor? (have someone read it)
The Nazarites had covenanted to separate themselves from the things of the world, and had vowed to not drink alcohol or cut their hair.

And he shall do what for the Israelites? (deliver them)
So this is kind of exciting, right? How do you think his mom felt hearing this?

And in verse 24, what do we see comes to pass? (Samson was born and he was blessed)

In Judges 14, Samson was out and saw a woman that he liked, but what do his parents say is a reason he can’t marry her? (she’s a Philistine, verse 3) This tells you that Samson might be easily tempted perhaps.

Now we’re going to read something that he did and I want you to think of ONE word that describes Samson after we read it. (read verses 5 and 6 and make sure they understand that he killed a lion with his bear hands as easily as if it was a baby goat)

So what words come to mind when you think of Samson? (strong, powerful, protective)

So he’s there with his wife and they have a war of words, and his wife gets upset and his wife cries, and Samson gets really angry, and the Philistines get mad at home, etc.

And in chapter 15 verse 1 he went to go visit his wife but her father said no, he can’t...because guess what?
He thought Samson hated his wife , so he gave his daughter (his wife) to another man!
He wants Samson to take her sister as a wife instead.
It says in verse 5 that he burns the corn of the Philistines.
Do you think corn was pretty important to them?
The Philistines asked what in verse 6? (who hath done this)
They found out it was Samson and got very upset! They actually kill his wife and her dad!

Goodness gracious, can we see the consequences of Samson’s anger and behavior and how it affects those around him?

So what next, well men of Judah told Samson in verse 11 “Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us?”
And what does Samson say? Well, they did something bad to me and I did something bad to them.

It says in verse 12 that they’re there to basically take him against his will and give him to the Philistines.
Samson’s war with the Philistines is hurting everyone even more.
They promise not to kill him but they do bind him.
He was brought to the Philistines and it says in verse 14 that “the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him” and he busted out of those bindings!

In verse 15 what happened? (slew a thousand men with a jawbone of a donkey)

And let’s cut to verse 20...he was a judge later!

Here’s another example of his strength - he went into an area called Gaza and the Gazites knew he was there.
Samson stayed overnight there and they conspired and waited for him all night in the gate of the city.
What did they say in verse 2 (chapter 16)? They said “in the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him.”

Hmm, well let’s check out verse 3.
He woke up, took the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts and took off with them!
Put them on his shoulders and probably just casually walked away to the top of a hill like it was just no problem at all to do something so amazing, wow!

So let’s see what happens next.
Well, it says in verse 4 that he loved a woman named Delilah.
The Philistines knew this and went to her and said in verse 5 “entice him and see wherein his great strength lieth” so that they could find out where his weakness was.
They offered her 1100 pieces of silver, wow, he must have been very valuable to them.

Delilah goes to him and in verse 6 asks him that question directly!
What does he say? (verse 7)
So in verse 8 they provide her with those withs and she bound him!
Men were waiting in there, hiding, and she tells him that they’re there!
He breaks those withs!
And in verse 9 it says “So his strength was not known” - wow!
She tells him that he’s mocked her and lied to her, because remember he said that was his weakness and yet clearly he could breakthrough those.
So he tells her a different answer in verse 11 - that they need to be new ropes.
So she gets new ropes and bound him and again the Philistines were there to get him.
But again he broke those.

She is pretty upset now, right? She said he mocked her again and lied to her!
So then he says to weave seven locks of hair from his head.
She did that, again the Philistines were there, and again he got out!
What does she say in verse 15?
And it says in verse 16 that daily she tempted him to show that he loved her.
And guess what secret about himself he told her? The one weakness he has!
What is he not supposed to have cut? (read verse 17)

So Delilah unfortunately betrays him and tells the Philistines!
She got him to fall asleep and had another man cut off some of Samson’s hair.
He woke up, thinking he was as powerful as ever.
But he was taken by the Philistines.
They take him to Gaza and put him in prison, and they’ve beaten him and he’s blind now.
The Philistines are all rejoicing because they’ve captured him.
They want to have a celebration and make him do things to entertain them.
He tells one of the prison guards that he wants to feel the pillars - he wants to lean on them.
I think he might have something planned.
Well, underneath this big structure is a lot of people - remember they want to have Samson entertain him.

Samson did what in verse 28? (read the verse)
He’s asking for the Lord’s help.

Is he asking for a good reason or for a bad reason? (vengeance)
He takes the two pillars and it says with all his might he caused those pillars to collapse and break and the structure collapsed etc. and everyone was killed there because of that.
He also died, and he was buried with his family too.
So while Samson did indeed deliver the Israelites from the Philistines, did he lead them to a greater spiritual level? Did he inspire them?


The strength that Samson had came from the Lord.
He blessed Samson with physical strength.
His strength was not in his hair - but it was a sign of his covenant with the Lord.
When he broke that covenant by sinning, his physical strength was taken away.

Which type of strength is most important? (spiritual)
Being physically strong is important, but much more so is spiritual strength.
There are many who can’t be physically strong - disabilities, health reasons, etc.
But can everyone be spiritually strong making commandments and keeping covenants?
One of the biggest consequences of being spiritually weak is losing the guidance of the Holy Ghost.

(this could also make a great opening activity)

Object Lesson Activity - Soda Can Strength

Show your children an empty pop can, place it on the floor, and put your foot on it and balance your weight over it while holding onto the back of a chair. Let your children step on it and try to balance their weight on it also. Comment on how strong the can is.

Tell the children that Samson didn't always do what he was supposed to do. He did a bad thing when he wanted to please Delilah more than God. When we break our promises with Heavenly Father like Samson did it is like putting a dent in this can. (Place a dent in the can.) Now what do you think will happen if I try to step on this can? (Show your children how the can cannot hold your weight any longer.)

This is what sin does to our lives, and what it did to Samson's life. But remember, when we ask God to forgive us, he takes away our sins and it is like we have no more dents. (Show your children a new can.) God makes us strong again. (Let your children try the demonstration on other cans.)


Have a big caricature of a man (in modest clothing!) on the board with his arms out flexing.
Make the arms extra long.
Have something ready to add onto his arms to give them muscle, maybe cotton balls? Tiny balloons? Make sure you have enough for all the questions below.
Have everyone take turns coming up and answering questions (see below) and they then pin/tape/attach a muscle to his arms. By the end the guy on the board should have a lot of muscles!

Questions to ask:

  1. What’s a strength admire about yourself? (ask this of all the kids so this can be one whole “round” of questions)
  2. What’s something you wish you were stronger in? (ask this of all the kids so this can be one whole “round” of questions)
  3. How does learning about prophets in the Old Testament help strengthen you spiritually?
  4. How does prayer strengthen you spiritually?
  5. What do you like about Sharing Time that helps you feel spiritually strong?
  6. When you’ve been to the temple grounds or seen the temple, how do you feel?
  7. Samson had a covenant with the Lord but didn’t keep it. When have you made covenants? (baptism)
  8. Do you know when in the future you can make covenants? (when you go through the temple etc)


Prepare a review activity or game for the prophets so far in the Old Testament.
Ask how each were spiritually strong.
If you haven’t already, create a row of papers on your classroom wall (meant to stay up all year) that’s like a timeline of the prophets you’ve studied so far.
Have pre-prepared a brief summary of what you learned about him and what he did to remind them.

Go through them one by one:
  1. Adam - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do? 
  2. Enoch - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?
  3. Noah - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?
  4. Abraham - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?
  5. Isaac - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?
  6. Jacob - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?
  7. Joseph - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?
  8. Moses - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?
  9. Joshua - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?
  10. Gideon - how was he spiritually strong? What did he do?

As you admire the very strong man on the board with all of his muscles, talk about what you’ve learned from Samson’s example of physical strength and yet how he was spiritually weak.


Someone working on their physical muscles needs to work on their goals and their strength on a regular basis. They need to stick with it and remember their goals.

Similarly, building spiritual strength takes continual effort and consistent work!

This week, think about how you can be spiritually stronger and what makes you feel strong and what makes you feel weaker and how you can overcome those temptations that don’t strengthen your testimony and your spirit!

Take home ideas:

Scooby Doo bone-shaped crackers with a note about spiritual strength, maybe something like “I can think of ways to be spiritually STRONG this week”

Include Esther 12:27

Friday, June 29, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 23 Joshua Leads Israel



Post up some or all of these: Joshua 1:9, Joshua 24:15, John 8:12

Post up any artwork about the Jericho walls that is available

Display of edible walls of Jericho (Rice Krispie Treats, graham crackers, etc.) for them to eat later


Pass out this quotation to everyone printed out, and talk about it:

“Think of a car driving through the night. The headlights only go a hundred or two hundred feet forward, and you can make it all the way from California to New York driving through the dark, because all you have to see is the next two hundred feet. That’s how life tends to unfold before us. If we just trust that the next two hundred feet will unfold after that, and the next two hundred feet will unfold after that, your life will keep unfolding." (From the book "The Secret")

In order to move forward without seeing everything in front of you takes what? (faith, obedience, courage, etc.)

We're going to watch a really neat video about this and I want you to pay attention to as many details as you can, as I'll have some questions for you to answer afterwards:

Pass out a sheet of paper and pencil or pen to each student and have them fill these out.

1. How do you think the bicyclist felt when he saw the dark tunnel?

2. What had he brought in case of darkness? How did those items fall short? (barely any matches, batteries old, phone low on charge and no extra charger)

3. What did he do when his phone ran out? (prayed, lit a match)

4. How do you think he felt when he saw someone approach?

5. How did the other bicyclist react? Was he kind?

6. Elder Stanfill says we must act, expecting the Lord will fulfill his promise to lift us from the darkness, if we _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

If we choose to follow Jesus, we are choosing to live in the light.

Today we're going to learn about Joshua, the next big prophet that we're learning about.
Joshua was asked to be strong and courageous.

We're going to learn today how he helped the children of Israel!


The Lord chose Joshua to be the next prophet after Moses.
Before Moses died, he ordained Joshua to be the next leader of Israel and help them get to the promised land.
The Lord tells Joshua to be strong and courageous four times! (Joshua 1:6, 1:7, 1:9, 1:18)
(you could print out these four verses and pass out to four kids or post them up etc.)

But there was one issue - people were already living there!

Joshua sent two spies and told them “Go view the land, even Jericho” (Joshua 2:1)
The spies entered Jericho and found somewhere to stay - a small house with a woman named Rahab.

But guess what, the King of Jericho heard about these spies!
He was told they came to spy!
The King told Rahab to bring him the men, but she hid them instead.
She lied to the King and told him she didn’t know where they were.
She told the King that when it was dark, they went out somewhere, she didn’t know where.
She said “pursue after them quickly!” So she sent them off on a wild goose chase.

But what really happened was that she’d brought them up to the roof of the house and hid them.
She told them she knew they were there to take over the land.
That they in Jericho had heard of the parting of the Red Sea.
That the people in Jericho knew God was leading them!
She said in 2:12 that she hoped they would show her and her household kindness since she is helping them, that their family wouldn’t be killed.
They agreed! “we will deal kindly and truly with thee” (2:14)
She led them down out of the house on a scarlet cord.
They said to leave the scarlet cord in the window as a sign to spare the people in that house.
That cord represented Rahab’s faith!

So the spies returned with good information about the walls, the soldiers, etc.
And that the people in Jericho are afraid of the Israelites.

The time had come to take Jericho!
Joshua said to the people “to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (3:5)
Where have we heard this before? With Moses the Lord promised to do wonders.

They came to the Jordan River, but how to get across a wide river with rough waters?
What had the Lord just helped them cross years before? (The Red Sea)

They gathered together and one man from each of the 12 tribes carried the ark of the covenant.

The water just simply stopped flowing.
The whole nation crossed!
The water started again.

What is the ark of the covenant?
(perhaps pass out a half-sheet with a bullet-point description and an illustration of the ark...this info is from the Seminary manual)
Well, after leaving Egypt, Moses was commanded to prepare a tabernacle.
A tabernacle is kind of like a small temple, and in this case it’s a portable one.
You know how you can go camping and set up a tent and stay in it, etc. and it’s kind of like a portable house?
The tabernacle was like a portable temple.
They used it until they could stay somewhere permanent.
It was divided into two rooms with a curtain called a veil.
One room was The Holy Place and the other was The Most Holy Place, which is often called the Holy of Holies.
Inside the tabernacle there were some furnishings.
The ark of the covenant was the main feature and it was in the Holy of Holies room.
It represented the Lord!
It was called the ark of the covenant because it represented the two-way promise with the Lord to obey.
It was a chest made of acacia wood and was approximately 4 feet.
It was covered with gold and they had rings on the corners so they could have poles go through to carry.
The lid was also made of gold and had two cherub angel figurines facing each other.
Inside this chest, the ark, were tables of stone, guess what those were? (Ten Commandments)
Other things were stored inside too including Moses’ writings.

Okay so now we know why it’s so important!
So they’ve crossed the river, they’re headed to Jericho!
Can you feel the suspense?
And sure enough, those walls were big and strong!

The city gates were closed so the Israelites couldn’t get in!
No one was getting in or out!
The Lord told Joshua how to capture the city.
(Read Joshua 6:3-5)

So Joshua gathered priests and told them the plan.

(Read Joshua 6:16 and 20)

Do you think the soldiers fully understood these instructions?
Why do you think they followed them?
We can show faith by choosing to obey, even when we don’t understand why.

Rahab’s house and family were spared! (verse 23 and 25)

It was a miracle and the Israelites captured Jericho!
The power of the Lord and the faith and obedience of the Israelites is what made those walls fall.
This was the land promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

He tells the people that they need to “choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15)
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”

This is something we all need to do - to choose who we will be obedient to.
The people said (24:24) “The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.”

The land was divided into 12 parts, one to each tribe of Israel
They would get to keep that land if they were righteous, and if they were wicked they’d lose it.

Joshua then became very old and passed away.

(Discuss what they've learned and their impressions of Joshua as a prophet)


- A reenactment involving a tower of chairs and memorizing Joshua 24:15 (or some other scripture). Try to do so in seven tries, meaning the same number of times the priests circled Jericho's walls. So start off with everyone with ram's horns and carrying a makeshift ark (see idea below this one for more details).
Have the scripture written on the board in chalk.
Say the scripture, then take away a word and recite it with one word taken away off the board as you're circling "Jericho" with two carrying the ark.
Continue on, taking away one word before each time you circle and try to say it.
The seventh time around, "shout" the whole scripture as memorized as possible and that makes the walls fall (however you decide to make it fall, just don't have the tower of chairs fall! maybe have something else leaning up against the chairs to act as walls....tall cardboard or something like that).

- Head outside with a makeshift ark of the covenant (could be 2D paper or something 3D that you create out of a mini chest you have at home) and someone in your class or your ward that has a trumpet or trombone or some sort of horn (or use paper horns you create or little kazoos). Circle around your church building's shed or some other sort of part of your church building that's safe outside. Reenact the days leading up to the fall of the walls and the day of the fall! (circle around, play the horns etc. etc.)


Sometimes we’re like Joshua, asked to do something that takes courage.
Sometimes we’re like the soldiers, asked to do something we don’t really understand.
Sometimes we’re like Rahab, inspired to help others.
We have the choice each day who we are going to serve.

Take home ideas with Joshua 1:9, Joshua 24:15, or John 8:12 scriptures:
Red rope licorice to represent the scarlet cord
Spy glasses
Glow sticks to represent choosing the light
Lego brick candies to represent the Jericho walls
Bugles snack to represent the ram's horns