Thursday, January 11, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 2 Jesus Christ Was Chosen to be Our Savior

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 2 JESUS CHRIST WAS CHOSEN TO BE OUR SAVIOR

CLASSROOM PREP

Post up the Third Article of Faith
We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved,
by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.

Also post two quotations on the board (below)
Write on the board above the quotations: Who said it? Spider-Man or Moroni

“For behold, the Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil;
wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge; for every thing which inviteth to do good,
and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ;
wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.”

“Whatever comes our way, whatever battle we have raging inside us, we always have a choice.
It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.”

(first is in Moroni 7, second is Spider-Man)

OPENING ACTIVITY

Get out a domino set (mostly to be used later)

Today we’re going to be talking about the Savior’s part in the Plan of Salvation
and about our choices.

Choices…
set up a quick domino path of regular dominos (not the ones you have marked for later)
and then dramatically make them all fall
…are really important.

And one particular choice that we all already made is really important.

We'll come back to the dominoes a bit later.

LESSON

Adapted from http://www.lifesjourneytoperfection.net/2016/03/2016-lds-sharing-time-
ideas-for-april.html

Following the example from the website, print out or draw (or draw on the board)
Path A and Path B.
At the top of one path name it A and draw a big sun and at the top of the other name it B.  

So here we have a choice to make.
Path A and Path B
You’re going to have to choose which path you want to follow and I’m going to describe each one.
Are you ready to listen?

If you choose Path A, it is not going to be easy.
There are going to be some hills you’ll have to climb, but as you climb them you’ll get stronger.
There will also be a lot of beauty along the path.
And some spots that aren’t as beautiful.
There will be choices to make on that path, and because there are choices it’s possible that
not everyone will make it to the destination.
But guess what, you will be able to experience this path with your family.
And at the end of the path is a place of so much happiness and so much beauty.
There will be a place on this path that you won’t be able to cross.
You’ll need to have some help to continue.
There will be someone so pure and so perfect that will come.
That person will sacrifice to build a bridge for you so you will be able to continue on the path.
This person is willing to do this just because He loves you (and you and you...point to each kid).
He does not want any glory.
And if you endure allllllll of the difficulties along the path and use the bridge, you will be blessed.
You will be with your families forever and you will gain a great reward.

Okay, ready to hear about Path B?
If you choose Path B, it will be easy.
Your choices won’t matter because everyone will make it to the destination.
But because there are no choices and no accountability, there can be no growth, and no happiness.
This path is led by a person who is known as "the father of lies.”
He is one who cannot be trusted.
He seeks to have all of the power and glory and will take away your agency to get it.

So to review, Path A - there will be someone perfect to follow.
He will build the bridges needed to help you continue on your path.
Path B - you will not be allowed to have your agency, to make choices.
You will be led by someone who is not looking out for you, just looking out for his own power
and glory.

Does this sound familiar?

When was there a time where you were presented with two plans and had to make a choice?  

Read Moses 4:1-4 together.

Last week we talked about the Plan of Salvation, and today we’re going to talk about what
happened when Heavenly Father presented his plan to us during the Grand Council.

What did Heavenly Father say that Jesus, his Only Begotten was? Chosen from the beginning
Jesus was chosen by Heavenly Father from the very beginning to be an essential part of His plan!
We also chose Jesus when we chose to follow our Heavenly Father’s plan.

Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior - what does it mean to be a savior?
What does Jesus save us from? Both spiritual and physical death
We are able to repent, which saves us from spiritual death
We are also be resurrected, which saves us from a physical death
Why did Heavenly Father choose Jesus over Lucifer?

How did Lucifer want to change Heavenly Father’s plan? (verses 1-2)

So after this plan was presented, one third of the spirits chose to go with Lucifer’s plan.
They had agency.
The rest, the other two-thirds, chose the Savior’s plan.
They had agency.
There was what we call a war in heaven.
It says in the Bible that there was a war in heaven and those who followed Lucifer were cast out.
Doesn’t this mean they never came to earth and received a body? Yes

It says that Satan/Lucifer/adversary/devil rebelled against God.
He sought to destroy the agency of man.
Satan was allowed to do this because he himself had what? Agency
It says that I the Lord God had given him that agency.

What is Satan and what are his followers doing now?
In verse 4 it says that he is the father of all lies, he now deceives and blinds men, he leads
them captive.
He and his followers are spirits only and they are constantly tempting the children of God to
do wrong.
What are some things that our gospel teaches us to avoid? Addictions
When we are addicted to substances, we are literally captive to them. We have lost a lot of
our agency.
These are some ways that Satan can tempt us to make wrong choices and be miserable like him.

But sometimes, can't it be hard to know what's right and what's wrong?



PAPER OBJECT LESSON

Adapted from blog.jessicasprague.com

Place two patterned papers on the floor side by side with the patterned side facing up.
Have the truth/lie papers on the back as shown on the side.
From the top they should look identical.

Yes, sometimes it can be really hard to decide what the right choice is.
Just like these papers - they look the same.
How can you tell?

Let’s read some scriptures to figure it out: Moroni 7:15-19
Focus on → seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge which light is the light of Christ

What does it mean to search in the light of Christ?
Have you ever had the power go out in your house and you light a candle or use a flashlight?
What about when you’re camping and you use a headlamp?
Sometimes you are literally searching with a light and you really count on that light to help you.
When we’re trying to find the truth and to know how to choose the right, we need the light of
Christ.

Turn off the light and pull out a flashlight
Hold a flashlight through the back of each paper
Read each message

Which is the right choice?
It’s very easy with the light to tell which one.
When we use Jesus as our example, as our light, when we are deciding whether something is
right or not, then just like shining that light, we can easily tell right from wrong.

DOMINOS

Adapted from LDS Living

So let’s talk about choices.

Get out about a dozen dominos that you’ve brought.
Have one already labeled as “choice”
Have about 10 more each labeled as “consequence”

So let’s talk about this domino (the choice one)
It represents a choice that you would make, the choices in our life that we face.
It seems kind of small, but it can have many consequences.
Let’s talk about the choice to tell a lie.

What are all the consequences for telling a lie?
Feeling guilty, others finding out the truth, losing the Spirit, losing people’s trust, etc.
Stand up a consequence domino for each idea they give and place them closely together
Place the choice domino at the beginning and push on it!

One small choice can have many consequences!

What are the consequences of telling the truth?
Feeling good inside, people trust you more, you may get extra privileges

Let’s think of some other choices and consequences. (ideas from the manual)
Good examples: Pray, attend church, being cheerful at home, kind to a new neighbor,
reverent in church
Bad examples: Steal or cheat, grouchy at home, not keeping the Word of Wisdom

LEMONADE OBJECT LESSON

Adapted from kimathome.com

Choice isn’t only just what am I going to do today, should I watch that TV show with the bad
words or not, should I tease my friend when I know their feelings will be hurt, etc.
Choice sometimes is also how we think about something, our attitude, our thoughts, our feelings.

Let’s think of some really sour/icky things that can happen to you in a week.
Examples: Your car won’t start, a friend makes fun of you, you spill spaghetti sauce all
over your church clothes, you get a low grade on a test at school, etc.

Those are some pretty icky and sour things, right?
I brought something else that’s pretty sour - lemon juice! Get out a little bottle of
lemon juice that’s unopened (so it doesn’t need to be refrigerated yet).

Who wants to try a little lemon juice? Give a little squirt into separate plastic spoons
for those interested.
See how sour it is?

Every day there might be hard and really icky sour things that happen to us.
It doesn’t feel good just like this lemon juice doesn’t taste good.

In order to make that lemon juice not so icky, you need to add some sugar, right?
How would you describe sugar? Nice, sweet, amazing, etc.

The love of our Savior is like the sweet sugar.*
If we recognize the Savior in our life and the love He has for us, it can help us to
have a good attitude, so even on hard days our attitude can help bring sweetness to our day.
Thanks to the Savior!
*thanks to reader Kathleen G. for this approach/idea

So while I didn’t bring sugar, I do have lemonade for everyone to taste what a good attitude can do.
Pass out cups and pour some lemonade.


TAKE HOME/TESTIMONY

My testimony is very strong about the importance of the role of our Savior in the Plan of Salvation.
We made the choice to come to this earth, to follow His plan, and to have a chance to return
back to him.
The choices we make each day help us stay close to Him and continuing to make those choices.
How grateful I am for His sacrifice for us, for His part in the plan.

Some thoughts below adapted from Carolyn J. Rasmus:
Choices can be really hard. Sometimes the choices you make will be made fun of.
Your friends will want you to swear like they do, or tease others, or cheat.
They may want you to drink coffee or even try drugs.
You might be afraid or lonely.
It will take courage to keep choosing the right, but the Lord will help guide you and direct you.
He will give you strength!
You will also feel more confident in yourself as you make those choices.
And then the right kind of friends will want to be around you.

Send them home with small juice boxes of lemonade with a note or scripture about the
choosing the right, having a good attitude, sweetness of the gospel, etc.
Perhaps 2 Nephi 31:20 about having a perfect brightness of hope.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 1 Heavenly Father's Plan for Us

PRIMARY 6 LESSON 1: HEAVENLY FATHER’S PLAN FOR US



Found on Pinterest but source is unknown
There are many other variations as well if you look up “Plan of Salvation Love” on Pinterest





CLASSROOM PREP
Post this quotation at the very top of the board:
"I testify that life is a gift. God has a plan for each one of us, and our individual purpose
began long before we came to this earth."
—Rosemary M. Wixom

Or just the word PURPOSE with an image of the earth/globe next to it.


Have these questions printed/written out on separate pieces of paper and taped up to the board
What is the PURPOSE of life?


How can my life have greater PURPOSE?




OPENING ACTIVITY
Pass out post-it notes and pens to each person.


Give them time to answer one or more with separate post-it notes.
Have them stick their notes on the paper of the question they’re answering.
Tell them we will talk about their answers later on.




LESSON
Sing the first verse to “I Lived In Heaven” as you put up the sections of the Plan of Salvation.
Create them based on the image at the top of this post so you can rearrange later and have it
look like that.
For now, put them up as shown more traditionally in the manual etc.


I lived in heaven a long time ago it is true (put up premortal life as you sing this)
Lived there (point to it) and loved there with people I know, so did you (point to them)
Then Heav’nly Father presented a beautiful plan, (start filling in the bars between the
first sections)
All about earth (put this one up) and eternal salvation for man (put the rest up)



Today we're going to talk about a very amazing journey that your spirit goes on.

Let’s talk about this (refer to diagram of Plan)
What is called? Plan of Salvation, Plan of Redemption, Plan of Happiness
When you look at this plan, how does it make you feel?
Why would this be called the Plan of Salvation?
Why is it also called the Plan of Happiness?


Stick up Romans 8:16 on the board.
We are spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father - all of us!
That’s pretty cool!


Stick up President Kimball’s quotation from the manual (“Long before…”)
And before this earth, here in the premortal existence, we lived together as spirits.


In the premortal life, we learned!
Stick up D&C 138:56
We were preparing our spirits for life on earth.


When the plan was presented, we shouted for joy!

A Grand Council was held to present the plan
We learned we would need to follow the plan to become more like Him
That we would have an earth to go to, that we would forget our heavenly home,
that we needed all of this so we could choose between good or evil,
that we would have trials in our life in order to gain experience and to teach us to have
endurance, patience, and charity.

And then we came to earth - why don’t we remember the premortal life? We forgot our life with Heavenly Father, allowing us to develop faith in Jesus Christ.

What are we supposed to do while on earth? It says in Alma that this life is the time for us to prepare to meet God so we need to keep the commandments, repent when we need to, etc.


When we die, our spirits go where? Spirit world
This is not God’s presence...yet.


Resurrection will occur for who? For everyone, all mankind, this is a gift from our Savior’s
atonement


After resurrection, who will be worthy to live in the celestial kingdom? You must have faith in Jesus Christ, repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, live worthy
and prove their faithfulness / These are all degrees of glory


What if I were to show you something kind of cool:
Rearrange the Plan of Salvation cut outs to look like the image at the top of this post


Why would I arrange it this way? Our Savior loves us, we love Him, love one another, etc.
This plan is here because Jesus Christ, our Savior, loves us.


So what about your answers? Go through their post-it note answers and discuss

What is the purpose of life?
Discuss the below points, or review if already said
To prepare to meet God, to gain a body, experience joy and sorrow, make choices
To return to our Heavenly Father as a more intelligent, more mature, and more compassionate person - to be more like Him. 

Refer back to D&C 138:55-56
We were prepared for many great things we would do on earth.
We each have important things to accomplish

How can my life have greater purpose?
Discuss the below points,  or review if already said
Read the scriptures and follow our prophet
Stay close through prayer and follow the Holy Ghost’s promptings
Try each day to be more like our Savior
Appreciate our blessings
Serve others




HAIKU ACTIVITY
We’re going to do something to get you to think a little more about the Plan of Salvation.
Have any of you heard of a haiku?
What is it? Poem with a set number of syllables
So a haiku is a Japanese poem where the first line is 5 syllables, the second is 7, and the third is 5.

For example, a haiku about the Plan of Salvation could be:
I think it is great
I can be with family
For eternity


or


It’s all about love
And how we can be happy
For eternity


If you think you’ll need help, then pair up with someone else.
If you want to work alone, you can write your own
(pass out paper and pens)


Let everyone share their haikus



INTRODUCTION TO THE YEAR
So let’s talk about the PURPOSE of what we’re going to be learning all year.

Have the first letter of each book in the Old Testament written out on one long scroll
(tape together multiple pieces of paper and write the letters big).

G
E
L
N
(etc.)


Reveal it and see if they can guess what it refers to.


Once they figure it out, reveal a second scroll to replace the first one, and the second one
has all the names of the books written out.


Sing the Old Testament song with them a few times, pointing to each book as you sing it
(maybe really fast one time, maybe pinching their nose another time just to mix it up).


This year we’re going to learn about the Old Testament!
I want to hear what stories you know from the Old Testament (hear their answers)
Here are some of the stories we’ll be learning: Noah and the ark, Moses, Adam and Eve,
Daniel and the lion’s den, David and Goliath, Esther, etc.


What is the Old Testament? History of God’s dealings with his people from the creation of
earth until about 400 years before Christ was born.


There are a lot of FUN stories in the Old Testament!


Next week we’ll continue talking a little about the Plan of Salvation and then it’s onto Adam
and Eve.
Who has scriptures that they bring to class? Who has the Bible?




GETTING TO KNOW YOU GAME: NEVER HAVE I EVER
You guys probably already know a lot about each other, but let’s play a game so we can all
get to know each other better!


Have paddles created for each kid - could be a simple paper plate with a handle taped on
of some sort, etc.
One side it says “I HAVE” and the other side is “I HAVE NEVER”
Each side could be different colors to make it easier for them to quickly answer


Never have I ever…
...missed a high five
...eaten all of my Halloween candy in a day
...laughed so much that I cried
...been scuba diving
...had braces
...gotten stitches
...gone horseback riding
...read an entire book in a day
...dropped something in the toilet
...held a snake
...broken a bone
...slept until noon
...jumped off a diving board
...been to Disneyland
...won a contest
...been on a cruise
...been on TV
...stuffed my mouth full of marshmallows
...had dessert for dinner
...had sushi
...run or biked in a race
...thrown up on a roller coaster
...been rock climbing
...performed on a stage
...been trapped in an elevator
...chipped a tooth
...had a tree house
...traveled out of the US


And so on...continue until class is over.
If you run out of questions, have them make up their own to ask everyone.



TAKE HOME/TESTIMONY
We have a loving Father in Heaven who wants us to return to him!
Our purpose is to prepare for that day, and to try our best to choose the right and
learn to be like our Savior!
Take home ideas:
Something related to the LOVE theme for the Plan of Salvation
Something related to earth (earth squeeze ball etc) with the below quotation included
Something related to the Old Testament year topic
A photo of them (if you have one) with the quotation below printed on it
Something with their name or initial on it with the quotation below printed out to keep


"I testify that life is a gift. God has a plan for each one of us, and our individual
purpose began long before we came to this earth."
—Rosemary M. Wixom