Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 34 Elijah and the False Prophets of Baal




Post up part of Matthew 6:24
“No man can serve two masters.”

Post up part of Matthew 12:30
“He that is not with me is against me.”

Post up part of Joshua 24:15"Choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Post the gospel artwork for this lesson:

Post up this question:
What do we worship today, perhaps without even realizing we are doing so?

So let’s recap what we’ve learned so far about Elijah.
His interactions with the widow - what do you remember? (she showed great faith, he showed faith in following what the Lord wanted him to do, he used the Priesthood faithfully, Ahab and Jezebel, Baal, etc)

So today is part two about Elijah from our manual!

Let’s turn to 1 Kings 18.

Remember - was Ahab a good leader or not? (no!)

No, under the leadership of Ahab and his wife Jezebel, most people had chosen wickedness and were worshipping false gods.

The drought Elijah brought upon the land was because of their wickedness.

Many prophets had been killed by Jezebel, but Elijah had survived.

Elijah tells a man named Obadiah, a governor of Ahab, to tell Ahab that Elijah wants to meet with him.

:14 Go tell thy Lord (Ahab), Behold, Elijah is here.

So then what? (verse 16)
And what happens when Ahab saw Elijah? (verse 17)
Ahab asks Elijah, are you the troublemaker of the Israelites? (likely referring to the drought)

Elijah says no, I have not troubled Israel...who does he says has troubled Israel?

:18 thou and thy father’s house

And why? (ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and thou hast followed Baalim)

So here we have the meeting of two people -- Ahab and Elijah.
How are they different? (one worships Baal and one worships God)
Do you foresee some sort of showdown about to happen? (yes)

Let’s see what Elijah says to Ahab.

:19 Gather to me all Israel unto Mount Carmel and the prophets of Baal.
How many prophets? (Baal 450 and of the groves 400 = 850)

:20 Ahab does this

And what does Elijah say to them? (verse 21)
(Reference scriptures on the board)

:22 I am a prophet of God but Baal has 450 prophets!
So then Elijah has a plan. What is it? (verse 23)

To get some meat prepared to be cooked on a fire - he will do this and the prophets of Baal should do this.
But no fire shall be put under.

Then what in verse 24? (they will each call upon their respective God/gods and the one that answers by fire is the true God)
So who is excited to hear what happens?
But what do you know in your heart will happen?

:26 The prophets of Baal did according to plan and they called upon Baal from morning until noon.

What happened? (no voice, no answer - they also leapt upon their altar and it broke!)
What does Elijah do?

:27 At noon, Elijah mocked them - maybe their god is talking, pursuing, in a journey, or sleeping
How did the prophets of Baal react? (crying, cutting themselves!)

:29 They kept waiting from noon until evening but still no voice or answer.
:30-:35 (read all of these in a row, one kid at a time - perhaps draw it as they read it)
:36-:37 Elijah prays to the Lord! He wants their hearts turned back to Him.
:38 The fire came etc.
:39 The people recognized the Lord is the God rather than Baal.

1 Kings 19
So Jezebel was not there for this, but heard about it and she sought Elijah’s life.

He knew this and he went away “for his life” (verse 3)
:4 He goes and sits under a tree
:9 the Lord asks what he’s doing there?
:10 Elijah explains how he’s feeling
:11-12 The Lord speaks to him in a still small voice

What have we learned from this? (The Lord’s power is greater than the power of men, and the Lord can help us know that He is the true God :source Seminary manual:)

How does the Lord speak to Elijah? (still small voice)

And how does He speak to us? (same way)

When we pray to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, our answers come through the Holy Ghost, usually as a peaceful thought in our minds or a warm feeling in our hearts.

When we pray and listen for the still small voice and obey it, we are worshipping Heavenly Father.

This is a wonderful video that will help us learn how to focus on truth from God, not looking for truth in other things we may worship or in false gods in our daily life.

So let’s talk about what we worship? (ideas from the manual include money, power, popularity, celebrities, recreation, sports, tv shows, clothing)

(Have those items written on wordstrips and have other wordstrips ready and pass them out to each student, give them a minute or two to prepare a haiku, and remind them the 5-7-5 syllable rules for haikus, about the item on their wordstrip.)

For example:
Recreation’s fun
But keep the Sabbath day holy
And use time wisely

Did the Israelites know not to worship false gods?
Yes! Moses had received that as a commandment - Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

We should place Heavenly Father first in our lives and worship him.
If anything else is more important to us, it is an idol or a false god.

I am grateful that we have a loving Heavenly Father and a Savior Jesus Christ.
I’m grateful for the Holy Ghost and the still small voice by which we may know the truth of all things.
That’s how I knew this was the true Church - I prayed about it and I felt a witness through the Holy Ghost.

We may not have a false god named Baal in our life, but we are tempted by things to “worship” and I’m grateful I can think about that this week and what I perhaps “worship” over God.

Take home ideas along with a scripture or the words to The Still Small Voice songbook song
- Something related to hearts turning or to serving God
- Something reminding them to worship only God throughout the week

- Something related to music to reference the Mormon Ad
- Caramels to reference Mt. Carmel (it's a stretch, yes) but beware if any kids have braces and can't eat that

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Short Attention Span Sunday School: Primary 6 Lesson 33 Elijah Uses the Priesthood



Quotation on the board about Priesthood - for example this one by President Ballard:
“The same priesthood power that created worlds, galaxies, and the universe can and should be part of our lives to succor, strengthen, and bless our families, our friends, and our neighbors.”

Write on the board:
What are some choices the Lord and His prophets have asked you to make that require you to exercise faith? (from the Seminary manual)


(Find an object lesson regarding static electricity - either involving a comb and hair or a balloon and hair and then picking something up - a lot of versions of this online!)

(Some good info on static electricity to share here:

(Talk about the unseen powers of the static electricity)

The power of God also cannot be seen, but we often see its effects!
We’re going to be learning about a prophet of God and his use of the greatest power on earth, the priesthood of God.

LESSON - I plan to have a visitor come in and do a reader's theater with me where I narrate and they act out. I will have them dress as Elijah (fake beard and brown long robe) and I will probably have a fake raven, I might have a lady come in as the widow etc. These stories are very visual! The main goal is to be reverent.

So our lesson today starts with the reign of a man named Ahab, he began his reign over Israel.
It says in 1 Kings 16:30 that he did evil in the sight of the Lord - uh-oh!
:31 He took to wife a woman named Jezebel and who does it say they served? (Baal)
Would this please the Lord? (no!)
What does it say in verse 33 that makes Ahab especially bad? (did more to provoke the Lord to anger more than all the kings of Israel before him!)

1 Kings 17 Who are we introduced to in verse 1? (Elijah)
What did he say to Ahab? (As the Lord liveth, there shall not be dew nor rain these years)
What is that called? (a drought)
In verse 3, the Lord tells him to get away and hide.
:4 And he is supposed to drink of the brook and have the ravens feed him.
Did he listen? (verse 5, yes he did)
:6 The ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning and evening.
So there’s a drought, but Elijah the prophet is okay thanks to the Lord.
:7 the brook dried up! There hadn’t been rain in the land.
:9 the Lord said to him to go to Zarephath as He has commanded a widow to “sustain thee” - what does “sustain” mean in this context? (take care of, feed, keep alive, keep strong and healthy, support, lift up)

When we “sustain” someone in Sacrament Meeting, like for a new calling, we are saying we will support them.
:10 So he went and who did he see and what were they doing? (widow gathering sticks)
He told her what? (please fetch me a little water in a vessel to drink)
:11 What else did he ask her? (please bring me some bread)
:12 What was her answer? (I don’t really have barely any food, we are dying of starvation)
:13 What does Elijah tell her? (don’t be afraid, just do as i’ve said)
What order does he tell her to do it in? (make cake for him first, then for herself and her son)

So the widow is being asked to show faith here - do you see how?
She would be tempted to eat it first or give it to her son first, but he is asking her to show faith and give it to him first.
:14 He is promising her what? (your food/oil will not go away until the Lord ends the drought)
:15 Did she show her faith? (yes)
And was his promise fulfilled? (yes, they ate many days)
:17 What happened to the son? (sick, so sick there was no breath left in him)
:18 How did the widow respond? (Why have you come to me? Am I being punished by my son dying?)
Do you ever feel like you're trying so hard in your life, but you still have challenges that you have to experience? Here's a situation where someone acted in faith but she was still struck with tragedy in her home.
:19 Elijah told her to give her so to him and he went separate from her and laid him down
:20 What did he ask the Lord? (if the Lord has brought evil upon the widow by her son dying?)
:21 He stretches himself upon the boy three times and cries unto the Lord, asking for him to live
:22 A miracle happens!
:23 He brings the boy to his mother to show her that he lives
:24 the widow tells Elijah that now she knows he is a man of God and the word of the Lord is truth


What we see here in this part of the Old Testament is that Ahab and Jezebel brought back the worship of false idols - when else do we remember the Israelites worshipping false gods? (the golden calf with Moses)

How do you think the widow felt when she was asked to take the flour and oil she had left and make a cake for Elijah first? What do you think you would have done?

Her example of faith can inspire us to live the same way - how can we develop the faith in Jesus Christ that we need to follow Him and the words of our prophets?

What we can learn from this is that before we can receive the Lord's promised blessings, we must first act in faith. Why is this important? (from the Seminary manual)


Game to review how all the previous prophets in the lesson so far used the Priesthood.Adam

Have papers for them to pull out of a hat or a bowl with a different prophet name from the above list.

Already have prepared the answers for each one about how they used the Priesthood but have the student try to think and the class can help.


Have the following items and ask them how they relate to Priesthood blessings:

Receiving a name and a blessing - any type of baby item
Being baptized - eight birthday candles tied together
Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost - small "gift" box
Receiving a blessing when sick - consecrated oil
Partaking of the sacrament - slice of bread
Serving a mission - missionary tag
Being married in the temple - a ring


The Priesthood is a huge blessing in our lives - we may not always think about it or realize it, but when we ponder the ways it blesses our life it can be overwhelming! When you need comfort, when you are sick, when you are being baptized or set apart for a calling, blessed as a baby, etc. The Priesthood is the unseen power of God!

Take home ideas:
Something related to a raven, cake/bread, etc. and a scripture (perhaps 1 Kings 17:24) to accompany, or a quotation about the Priesthood like the above one by President Ballard.