Friday, March 16, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 11 Abraham and Isaac



Write on the board:
Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Post Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Post Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.


Adapted from

When I say the word "trust" what comes to mind?

Who do you trust? parents, teachers, neighbor, sibling, yourself

When you get up in the morning, what do you trust is in the kitchen cupboard and the fridge? food

When you head to school (bike, walk, bus, car), you trust that you'll get there and your legs, bike, car, bus will come through for you.

When you leave Primary, you trust that your mom or dad will be there in the building to take you home.

Has anyone ever had to wait for their parents to pick them up from something?
You didn't know why they weren't there yet, etc.?
How did you feel? let them all share how ever much they want and presume that a lot of them will say they were kind of worried or scared, and if they don't mention that then ask them if they also felt scared or worried

You know why you get worried and scared?
It's because all that trust you had was suddenly starting to go away.
Now you're worried IF they're coming, rather than knowing that they were.
We know our parents will eventually come, but sometimes that trust gets a little shaky.

So now another question:
Why do you trust your parents?

Have you had our city's government or state government or the US government do a background check on them?
Have you interviewed their friends to see if they can be trusted?
Have you interviewed them?

No to all of that, right?
The real reason you trust them is because of all the things they've already done for you.

What have they already done for you by now, at your age?
Taken care of you as a baby, held you when you couldn't walk, kept you safe when you were playing outside, kept you from eating dirt or rotten food.

You trust your parents to take care of you because they've already been taking care of you for a long time, right? You have a trusting relationship with them.

What we need to be able to say is not that we know about God, but that we know God.
That we have a trusting relationship with Him and with our Savior.


Continue introducing the concept of trust with this impactful object lesson.

Hold up a piece of paper and tell your class:
I have the ability to step through this piece of paper.
In fact I know that ALL of you could step through this piece of paper.
(make sure those who know how to do this don’t give it away)

Do you trust me? That I know what I’m talking about?
Even though this idea seems really nutty and completely impossible?

Show them how it works and anticipate they will all want to do their own, so have paper and scissors and be ready to teach them how to do it.

Talk about trust
-- why didn’t you trust me? 

It didn’t make sense, we didn’t know how it could work, we didn’t think it was possible?
What have you learned about trust as it relates to God? Sometimes things that seem impossible are actually possible - God knows more than we know and can do miracles

Today we’re going to finish learning about Abraham and how he placed great trust in the Lord.

And how we can learn from him!


Tell the story with compelling words and expressions, with real life discussion and examples.

Include the comparison chart as mentioned in the manual and with a free print-out option from here:

Also helpful is to use some of the other Church manuals in putting together, especially this one:

Utilize the discussion questions in the Primary manual as well


We're going to continuing learning about trust and talk about the amazing relationship Heavenly Father had with his followers in the Book of Mormon and in the scripture stories we have already learned so far.

We're going to have a Scavenger Hunt - why a Scavenger Hunt? 
Because we're going to be looking for God in our lives, to remind us that He is everywhere, helping looking for the miracles that have happened in the scriptures and Church History. We will see that we can trust Him!

Miracle story ideas:
- OT: Abraham saved from death

- OT: Noah and the ark
- OT: any other stories that are meaningful to you from the lessons this year already
- BOM: Book of Mormon examples that are meaningful to you
- CH: Church History examples that are meaningful to you (Brigham Young taking on the appearance of Joseph Smith, seagulls and crickets, Elijah Fordham, Mary and the many ox stories, etc.)
- And so on! Just don't go over OT stories you haven't taught yet!

Make up clues to these stories.

The clue you write should lead them to somewhere in the building in places where your class won't be in the way and can be reverent (the foyer, paintings on the wall, water fountain, bishop's office, outside doors, inside doors, kitchen, perhaps some outside). 

So a clue will lead them to that place in the building.
You'll gather to quietly read the story to them, and then move onto the next one. 

"Noah trusted that God would lead him and the ark to safe ground.
They had to travel through a lot of ______."

Where in the building do we find a source for this?
water/kitchen so you'd go into the kitchen and read the story quickly with the angle of how Noah trusted God

Back in the classroom...
Discuss how you can find God in your lives each day, performing little miracles as you put your trust in Him.


I'm so grateful for all of these examples.
Heavenly Father and our Savior are in our lives, they want a relationship with us so we can learn to trust them like we trust others in our lives!

This is a lifelong pursuit but it can start today!

Take home ideas:
- Something to do with a mini magnifying glass, a kaleidoscope, etc.
- Also a scripture such as Jeremiah 29:13
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 10 Abraham and Lot


CLASSROOM PREP Draw a big heart on the board, or post up a big heart!

Pass this out for them to do while you get your lesson set up:

Another option (page 2 quiz)

Another option:
List scriptures about love on the board (number them), hand out paper and pens, ask them to write down the number of one of them and write what it means or what it’s telling them to do.
Or have them draw a depiction of that scripture.

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself
Love one another; as I have loved you
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
Press forward with a love of God and of all men

OPENING DISCUSSION/ACTIVITY (some from the manual)

Draw a circle on the chalkboard and write LOVE in the center.
How do you interpret this drawing? Hear their ideas
This represents a circle of people in your life that you love.
Think about who, groups or specific people, is in your circle of love.
Does anyone want to share who is in theirs?
Do you think Heavenly Father wants our circle of love to be really itty bitty? No
He wants our circle of love to be as large as possible.
In fact, we are commanded to love one another.

I want everyone to get up and help me make a circle on the floor. Use string or rope that you’ve brought.

Hand out name tags like the ones in the manual (Older Neighbor, Visitor, etc.) and use their names or make your own

Pick someone to be in the center (they don’t need a name tag)
Continue through with the activity as in the manual.
(Another option for this type of activity would be to play Pictionary on the board where they draw the different groups of people)


Tell the story of Abraham and Lot as outline in the manual.
There are many summaries online to help supplement the manual, one example:

Try to make it interesting, vibrant, energetic, expressive, etc.
See if you can keep their attention and to internalize the story just through storytelling techniques.
This is a challenge I’m giving myself with last week’s lesson and this week’s lesson as a way to approach the scriptures in Sunday School and to get to know the attention span of my class a bit better.

Some of what I will teach is from here:

I want you to imagine that I have a treat and two family members want it.
I divide it unequally and let them pick who gets which piece.
How could this cause conflict in a family?

We’re going to learn more about Abraham and how a conflict came up in his family.
We’re going to learn from his example in how to show love to others, especially in our families.


This is a very moving video the Church has produced about neighbors serving a woman with a disability.

Pass out index cards or paper and a pen and ask them to write down key words and phrases that jump out at them.

Talk about it after: 
How do you feel after watching that?
What parts made you feel good inside while watching? 
Why do you look up to the men/neighbors who helped her?
How would you feel if you knew you were helping someone be so happy?

SERVICE/ACTS OF KINDNESS Put the idea of service/love into action in class.

Is someone blind in your ward?Record the kids reading a story, sharing their testimony, singing hymns, etc.

Is there an inactive kid in your class? 
Create something for them that you can mail or deliver.

Is there someone lonely or someone you feel inspired to reach out to? 
Make a card and decorate treats in class.

Or simply plan to make a stack of something (cardstock square that says "You are loved" or other such messages that the kids write) and take time to walk around the building, see who is in the foyer, who are gathered talking in a hallway, etc. and hand it to those people in a reverent non-disruptive manner. It could lift someone’s spirits immensely!

(If needed, work with leaders in the ward to brainstorm/determine a need that could be met.)

If doing the last idea, take time after to discuss how it felt to do that kind of service.

Also have a snack or treat or some sort of reward waiting in the classroom to reward them for being reverent in the hallways and for taking it seriously.

My recommendation for something like this is to do something you as the teacher are in control of. Sending them home with something to do at home/with their family may not get done.


Have prepared a small note to each kid in your class with the things you love about them.
Include something heart-shaped!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 9 Jehovah Makes Covenants With Abraham


A quick note that this site was especially useful for studying this topic:


Post the words to I Want to Be a Missionary Now on the board
Post manual artwork
Write or post on the board the word COVENANT

Adapted from this site:

Take out a container of treats (container so they can’t see how many you brought).
Carefully open the lid so they can’t see inside.
Take out a cookie or some sort of easy treat. (could be cake related or lemon related if you want to do the play on words for the take-home treat at the end of this lesson)

Talk over and over about how good it is, describe the taste, etc.
They’re going to be begging you to share and give them one!
React like, “Oh, you want some? Should I share?”
(share while you continue)

Conversation could continue like this:

You know...the gospel is just like this treat.
But we usually don’t share, in fact we often don’t!
There’s so many people out there that would love the gospel.
Maybe we’re afraid of what they’ll say or think we’re weird if we talk about church or invite people.
What if they ask us questions about church stuff that we don’t know the answer to?
Like this treat, “what are the ingredients?”
Maybe we’d feel panicked and not know.
But how can you find out answers to questions you don’t know? Pray, scriptures,, parents, leaders
Just like I can look up how to make this treat, right?

Today we’re going to talk about Abraham and sharing the gospel!


Go here for an alternate idea:


From the manual’s Attention Activity:

Take out an heirloom or special item from a family member, or a photo of them.
Talk about that family member and what characteristics you’ve inherited from them.
Have them share things they’ve received, traits they share, memories, etc.
When we think about inheritance (write on the board), we usually think about money or objects.

But we can also inherit blessings.
Our ancestor is a prophet named Abraham.
We, all of us here, have inherited blessings that he was promised but we have to do our part.


Trying something different this week and will learn the entire scripture story so well that I can retell it in a very compelling and storyteller-like manner, very conversational. Will stand and walk around the room a little as I tell it. Trying this as a teaching technique!

May display some scripture passages on a laptop behind me via a presentation program like PowerPoint and refer to them/switch to them as I go through my storytelling.

Be sure to hit the main points the manual lists, as well as using the discussion questions.

Make the story as interesting as possible through use of animated and excited expressions and a fun attitude.


Take the list of promises made to Abraham in the manual (for example Abraham 2:9 His name would be great among all nations) and scramble the words out of order.

Print out or write out each scrambled set with the scripture reference and hand out to individuals or groups and have them unscramble and then have them present to the class one at a time.

They can use the scripture reference if they’re stuck.

found on Chicken Scratch N Sniff

Looks like a fun option!


Gather letters (enough for each kid in your class to have one or two) from missionaries either from your past, or currently serving from your ward (on their blog or emails from their parents) or even missionary blogs you can find online, perhaps from a far away country. If any kids in your class have grandparents serving or a sibling serving, ideally collect a letter or two from them.

Make sure it has substance, bears their testimony, and ideally tells a fun story or two.

Hand out 1 (or 2) different letters to each kid along with a highlighter or yellow marker or colored pencil.
Tell them to read and highlight what stands out to them that they’ll want to share with the class.
Give them time to read (make sure the letters aren’t too long and are ideally of equal length) and then have them each share with the class.


Missionaries love kids!

If possible, have your missionaries visit your class at some point during this lesson.

At the end of your lesson, pass out a simple index card and a pen to each kid and have them write a letter to the missionaries thanking them for their service and sharing the intention (be sensitive to not forcing kids to say they promise anything, as some may be shy) to try to be better at sharing the gospel.

Collect these in a nice envelope or folder and hand to the missionaries after church with the same treat you started your lesson with.

Another option is to write an email or letter to one of the missionaries whose letters you just read! You could even compose it right in class on your laptop.


I am grateful to know that I am part of the Lord’s covenant people.
We all are!
We have made covenants at baptism and as long as we are worthy, we are promised the blessings of Abraham - eternal life, the blessings of the priesthood!

Part of that covenant is for us to take the gospel to all nations!

It doesn’t have to be hard or scary - we can feel the Lord strengthening us as we ponder who we can talk about church with, who we can invite to come with us to church or an activity, etc.

Send them home with:
- the quotation from President Kimball from the manual
- or another quotation about missionary work

- more of the same treat you handed out or another one….with a saying like “Sharing the gospel is a piece of cake!” or “Sharing the gospel is easy peasy lemon squeezy!”

Or anything related to sharing the gospel - a pass along card, a Book of Mormon that the missionaries give out that they can give to friends, etc.