Thursday, August 30, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 31 The Wisdom of King Solomon


Write on the board:

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.

Have an image of an owl up too.

Post up:
“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” - Proverbs 3:5–6

(Hand out papers or index cards with WISE on one and NOT WISE on the other.

Read out these situations and have them raise up the WISE paper or the NOT WISE paper.)

Wearing a helmet when you ride your bike.
Always chewing your food.
Listening to your parents.
Never tying your shoes.
Spending all of your money and save nothing.
Being kind to others.
Only eating candy all day.
Reading the scriptures.
Ignoring a new kid in class.
Refusing to spread a rumor about someone.
Apologizing when you’ve hurt someone’s feelings.


Today we are going to be talking about knowledge, wisdom, and an understanding heart.

There are many references in Church magazines and popular culture about how owls are symbols for wisdom.

So just for fun, we're going to hear some fun facts about owls:


The reason we're talking about wisdom etc. is because we're going to learn about someone new today -- King Solomon!
Have you heard of him?
He's thought of as someone who was very wise.

(Go through the lesson)

1 Kings 1
:39 David has gotten old at this point, and he anoints his son Solomon as the next king!
...and all the people said God, save King Solomon.
:40 the people were happy! ...the people…rejoiced with great joy

1 Kings 2
:1 David knew he was going to die
:2 he told Solomon to be strong
:3 walk in the ways of the Lord, keep the commandments, etc. (read this scripture)
:10 David died
:12 Solomon becomes King!

1 Kings 3
:3 Solomon loved the Lord and followed his father David’s example etc.
:5 The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and God said Ask what I shall give thee
:6 Solomon said the Lord showed his father great mercy and gave him, David, a son (Solomon, himself)
:7 Solomon is speaking very humbly, comparing himself to a child and needing guidance
:8 He feels humbled by how many people he is serving
:9 He wants an understanding heart to judge the Israelites, to know good from bad
:10 The Lord was pleased by this!
:11-13 Because he asked for this, and not to live long or for money, or to kill his enemies, he is blessed with wisdom and an understanding heart AND riches and honor!
:14 AND he will live long!
:15 Solomon showed gratitude by offering burnt offerings

2 Chronicles 1
:7 God appeared to Solomon again and said again “Ask what I shall give thee.”
:10 He wants wisdom and knowledge so he can judge his people
:11 Again because he didn’t ask for other things, he’s blessed with wisdom and knowledge AND riches and wealth and honor

Now here we see his wisdom and knowledge and understanding heart in action

1 Kings 3 16-28
(Read this out loud, possibly act it out, or draw the elements on the board as you read it so they understand)

1 Kings 4:29 Solomon had wisdom and an understanding heart

Another great thing King Solomon does is he has a temple built! Thought of as the first temple.

What did Solomon accomplish because the Lord blessed him with wisdom and understanding?
He received permission from the Lord to build a temple in Jerusalem.
He used the finest materials that had been collected by David.

Now unfortunately, Solomon eventually turned away from God and used his riches and wisdom for his own glory.
He was persuaded to worship idols.

We can learn a lot of good things from Solomon, but what can we learn from his downfall? (when God gives us a gift, use it to glorify Him and to serve others)


He also shared his wisdom with others!
Let’s turn to a book in the Bible called Proverbs.
What is a proverb? (a wise saying)

Most of these were written by Solomon - they can still help us today!

(Ideas to do with these:
- Follow the manual and have them take turns looking up/reading/explaining them
- Pass out one to each student and have them draw a real-life situation illustrating the proverb and take time to have them explain and share with the class
- Have the Proverbs and your own written version up on the board or laid out on the floor and have them match the versions or have them match the Proverb with the reference (if you think they can look up scriptures well)

If you have a costume crown (or can make a crown), have them wear the crown during their turn to share!)

“Hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother” (1:8).
“If sinners entice thee, consent thou not” (1:10).
“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding” (3:13).
“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight” (12:22).
“A soft answer turneth away wrath” (15:1).
“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance” (15:13).
“How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!” (16:16).
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (16:18).
“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones” (16:24).
“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty” (16:32).
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (17:22).
“As he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (23:7).
“Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me” (24:29).
“A faithful man shall abound with blessings” (28:20).
“Whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe” (29:25).


I’ve seen a lot of wisdom in our class, a lot of knowledge in our class, and a lot of understanding of others.

As we all strive to be more wise and to have an understanding heart, we will become more like our Savior.

Scripture ideas to send home:

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.” - 1 Kings 4:29 (something heart-shaped or sand-related)

“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” - Proverbs 3:5–6 (something heart-shaped)

You can also send them home with a costume crown and one of the above scriptures and under the scripture mention to follow the wisdom of King Solomon.

Owl-related take-home as well would work for wisdom!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 29 David and Jonathan



Write on the board:
What does it mean to be a friend?


We’re going to start off with a video, and I want you to pay attention to what they say about friendship:

(Discuss after - what does it mean to be a friend? What kind of friend was Tanya? How did she show that she cared about others?)


Today we’re going to be learning about a great example of friendship from the scriptures.
This is about David - we’ve seen him show great faith as a young boy.
This is another time in his life where he showed the love of Christ and true friendship.

(Teach the account from the scriptures and use the discussion questions at the end as needed).

So last week we learned about David and who? (Goliath)
David was taken in by King Saul and lived with him and his family.
One of King Saul’s sons was named Jonathan.
He and Jonathan became great friends - best friends!

1 Samuel 18:1 - the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Would you describe your friendships this way?

David continued to be a loyal servant to the king and he also fought with the Israelite army.
18:5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him and behaved himself wisely

One day there was a battle, another battle, between the Philistines and the Israelites.
The Israelite soldiers returned victorious and everyone was happy! (vs 7)

It says in verse 7 that “the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”

Unfortunately, Saul didn’t particularly like hearing that - why not? (jealous)
He was the King, right? And he was feeling prideful. (vs 8)
Remember, he was the first king of Israel.
The Prophet Samuel had anointed him.
He was starting to love power more than he was loving obeying the commandments.

Samuel the Prophet hadn’t chosen one of Saul’s kids to be the next king, with the Lord directing him of course.No, he had chosen one of Jesse’s sons...David.
So Jonathan wouldn’t inherit the kingdom, David would.

He decided he was going to kill David!
It says in verse 10 that an “evil spirit from God came upon Saul”
“...and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand”
And in verse 11 “And Saul cast the javelin” and he wanted to kill David!
David “avoided out of his presence twice”
Thank goodness!
In verse 12 it says that Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him.
The Spirit was not with Saul!

19:1 Saul spoke with Jonathan and his servants and said that they should kill David!

But in vs 2, Jonathan told David and he tells him “take heed to thyself until the morning and abide in a secret place and hide thyself.”
Do you think this is good advice from a friend? (yes!)

He tells him in vs 3 that he, Jonathan, will go out and stand beside his father Saul and give David a heads-up about what Saul is doing.

19:4 Jonathan tells Saul, “he hath not sinned against thee” and reminds him he’s been a faithful servant!
He pointed out that David had been very loyal to him, fought in battles, protected the Israelites.
19:6 Saul listened to Jonathan and Saul promised “As the Lord liveth, he shall not be slain”
I’m sure this made Jonathan feel very relieved!

19:7 Jonathan went back to David and reassured him that he was safe now.
19:8 There was war again, and David came out from hiding and faithfully fought!

19:9 Saul was still not with the Spirit and was waiting with a javelin!!
19:10 Still sought to smite David! But David escaped again into the night.

Would you say Saul was kind of obsessed with his hatred for David at this point?

20:1 David asks Jonathan what he did?
20:2 Jonathan tells him that he is pretty sure he can protect David from Saul - that he knows Saul will not hide his intent from him, Jonathan, so Jonathan can try to stop his father.
It says in 20:16 that Jonathan and David make a covenant of friendship.
They really are true friends.
David stays in hiding but Jonathan tells him he’ll have a secret code and here’s how it would go.
20:20 He’ll shoot three arrows as if he was shooting a target.
20:21 He’ll send a boy to get the arrows and if he says “they are on this side” then David knows he is not in danger and can come out from hiding.
20:22 But if Jonathan says “the arrows are beyond thee” then David must run further away.
20:24 So David hid and waited.
20:27 Saul is asking where David is (remember he’s Jesse’s son).
20:28 Jonathan says David had left for Bethlehem.
20:31 Saul wants David and wants him to die!
20:32 Jonathan asks him - why do you want to kill him?
20:33 Saul tries to kill Jonathan with a javelin! He’s clearly blinded with hatred!

20:34 Jonathan leaves the table in anger and is sad for David.

20:35 He goes into the field as he said he would and what secret code should he say? (beyond thee)
Yes, he says “is not the arrow beyond thee?” which means David is in danger!

20:41 David comes out of hiding and they hugged.
20:42 Jonathan tells David to go and reminds them of their covenant.

So eventually Saul is told where David is hiding.
24:1 Saul takes 3,000 men to seek David!
Saul went into a cave during which time David came out of hiding!
He could have killed Saul but he spares his life.

Saul knew that was true!
24:16 Saul wept!
24:17 He tells David “thou art more righteous than I”
24:20 He knows David will be a good king because of this.

1.5 years later, the Israelites and Philistines had fought again.
But this time the Philistines had won - Saul and Jonathan had died!
David was very sad!
2 Samuel 1:11 David rent (tore) his clothes
1:12 They mourned and wept and fasted for Saul, for Jonathan, and all the people of the Lord.

2 Samuel 9:1 David asks if anyone is left that he may show kindness to Jonathan’s family.
Vs 3 he finds out Jonathan’s son who cannot walk is still alive.
David took him in (vs 7) and took care of him for the rest of his life.
He honored the covenant he’d made with Jonathan.


David - good friend? (yes) why? (kept his promise, loyal, careful, considerate)
Jonathan - good friend? (yes) why? (tried to save David’s life, loyal)
Saul - what did you learn from him? (don’t give in to impulse, power can be bad, jealousy is very bad, keep the Spirit with you)

How does a true friend feel about another friend’s successes?

What promises were part of this story? (Saul promises Jonathan he wouldn’t hurt David, David and Jonathan promised they’d take care of each other’s families, etc.)

How important are promises to friendships?

What does true friendship mean? (creates a bond of love, you care about what your friend wants and not just what you want, you feel inspired to become a better person)


- There are examples in the manual (Enrichment 4)

- Have a series of fun questions and have everyone split up and interview each other and then take time to have everyone report back.

- Human knot - have everyone stand in a circle and reach across to hold someone else’s hand with their left hand. Then everyone connects their right hands with someone else.

- Unknot themselves by moving around without breaking the knot!
Talk about how they are all connected etc.

- Two Truths and a Lie - have everyone write down and then share three statements about themselves, one of them has to be false while the other two have to be true. Have everyone guess which ones are true and which is false.

- Shrinking blanket - bring in a big blanket and have them all stand on it. If you have a bigger class, split into two teams, one per blanket. Then fold the blanket in half and have them stand again. Keep folding it in half and keep having them try to fit everyone. The last time when it’s clearly almost impossible, just have them try to creatively all fit on for at least three seconds.


Have supplies for them to create cards for inactive kids in their class (to mail or deliver), for their Primary President, for an adult at church of their choosing, for someone that comes to mind that they feel prompted to reach out to, for your Bishopric, etc. You can have treats on hand to attach if delivering to someone at church.


Lots of friendship stories here

Without friends, life can feel really lonely! Friends can help us feel happy, and they can also cause us to feel sad. Our friendships teach us a lot about life - about forgiveness, about choices, about unconditional love, about being supportive. The Lord can lead us to people that help us grow, and we can also be that person to others.

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