LDS Primary 2009 Theme: My Eternal Family Monthly Themes

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My Eternal Family: Outline for Sharing Time

Objective: To help children understand the eternal nature of families and to teach them how they can strengthen their families now as well as prepare to be fathers and mothers in the future.

The monthly themes in this outline have accompanying scriptures that the children could memorize. The weekly gospel principles should be taught during

sharing times and opening or closing exercises that month. Normally, only one gospel principle is taught each week. Some of the weekly gospel principles are followed by a suggested sharing time idea. All have references to other sources that may help you plan your sharing time. Occasionally there may be a need in your Primary, such as a temple dedication or a priesthood leader’s focus, that calls for a special emphasis in sharing time.

January Theme

I am a spirit child of Heavenly Father.
“All of you are children of the most High”
(Psalm
82:6
).

§ “I
Lived in Heaven”
(CS, 4) or “The Family Is
Ordained of God” (Friend or Liahona, Oct.
2008)

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. Heavenly Father loves me and has a plan for me (Alma
    12:30
    ; Abraham
    2:11
    ; 3:22–27).

    • Before Primary, hide a picture of a family
      in the room. Help the children locate it by reading them three
      clues, each clue taking them closer to the picture. Point out that
      they needed instructions to help them find the picture. Liken this
      to Heavenly Father’s plan, which gives us instructions to
      help us find our way back to Him. Sing “I
      Will Follow God’s Plan”
      (CS, 164),
      stopping periodically to discuss the meaning of the words. For
      older children, use Abraham
      3:22–24
      , Moses
      6:52
      , 1
      Nephi 11:25
      , and Deuteronomy
      10:12
      to briefly discuss the words to the song. Sing the whole
      song and bear testimony of God’s plan.
  • 2. I lived with Heavenly Father before I came to earth
    (Jeremiah
    1:5
    ; D&C
    138:56
    ; Preach My Gospel, 48; GP, chapter
    2
    ).
  • 3. I am created in the image of God. My body is a temple
    (Genesis
    1:27
    ; 1
    Corinthians 3:16–17
    ; D&C
    89
    ; David A. Bednar, “Ye
    Are the Temple of God,”
      Ensign, Sept. 2001,
    14–21).

    • Tell the children you want to show them two
      temples. Show first a picture of a temple. Next hold up a mirror
      and let the children look into it. Have them look up “Temple”
      in the Bible Dictionary (pages 780–81), and help them find
      that a temple is literally a house of the Lord—a place where
      the Lord may come. Read 1
      Corinthians 3:16
      and help the children understand why the Lord
      refers to our bodies as temples. Discuss the following questions:
      What do I take into my temple? What do I put on my temple? What do
      I do to my temple? What do I do with my temple? Give each child a
      word or picture that would answer one of these questions, such as
      nutritious food, modest clothing, sleep and grooming, and acts of
      service. Let each child match his or her picture to one of the
      questions. Also discuss the Word of Wisdom and things that are not
      pleasing to the Lord, such as tattoos, drug abuse, and so on. Sing
      “The
      Lord Gave Me a Temple”
      (CS, 153), and bear
      testimony of the sacred nature of the body.
  • 4. The family is ordained of God and is central to His plan
    (“Proclamation,”
    paragraphs 1, 7; Genesis
    1:28
    ; GP, chapter
    36
    ; Family Guidebook, 1–3).

February Theme

I came to earth as part of a family. “The
family is ordained of God”
(“Proclamation,”
paragraph 7).

§ “How
Firm a Foundation”
(Hymns, no. 85, verses 1 and 3)

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. Adam and Eve were the first family (2
    Nephi 2:19–20
    ; Moses
    3:15–24
    ; 4:12;
    5:1–2,
    12, 58
    ).

    • Ask children to hold word strips that
      identify events from Adam and Eve’s life, such as “lived
      in the Garden of Eden,” “were married,” “ate
      the forbidden fruit,” “had children,” and “taught
      the gospel.” Have the children stand in random order. Tell
      the story of Adam and Eve from the back of GAK
      101
      and from the scriptures. Ask the rest of the children to
      tell those holding the word strips where to stand so that the
      events are in the correct order. Emphasize that Adam and Eve were
      married and became a family. Invite a child to briefly tell the
      story again, using the word strips as an outline. Sing “A
      Happy Family”
      (CS, 198), and invite the children
      to substitute names of their own family members in the second
      verse. Bear testimony of the importance of families.
  • 2. Heavenly Father blesses righteous families in the
    scriptures (Genesis
    18:1–16
    ; 21:1–8;
    Alma
    53:10–23
    ; 56:45–56).

    • Divide children into three groups, and have
      them rotate among three stations (see “Stations,”
      TNGC, 179). At each station teach one of the following
      scripture stories that show how Heavenly Father blesses families.
    • Station 1: Noah’s
      family is protected from the flood (see Genesis
      6–8
      ; GAK
      102
      ).
    • Station 2: Lehi leaves
      Jerusalem with his family (see 1
      Nephi 1–2
      ; 2
      Nephi 1:4
      ; GAK
      301
      ).
    • Station 3: Heavenly Father
      warns Joseph to take Jesus and Mary and flee into Egypt (see
      Matthew
      2:13–15, 19–20
      ; GAK
      204
      ).
    • Sing the third and fourth verses of “Thanks
      to Our Father”
      (CS, 20), and bear testimony that
      Heavenly Father blesses righteous families.
  • 3. The priesthood blesses my family (James
    5:14–15
    ; D&C
    121:36
    ; GP, chapter
    13
    ; “Priesthood,”
    TTF,
    124–28).
  • 4. God’s creations bless us (Genesis
    1
    ; D&C
    59:16–20
    ; Primary 6, lesson
    3
    ; GP, chapter
    5
    ).

March Theme

Family members have important
responsibilities.
“Organize yourselves; prepare
every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a
house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of
glory, a house of order, a house of God”
(D&C
88:119
).

§ “My
Eternal Family”
(page 11 of this outline)

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. Fathers preside over, provide for, and protect the family
    with love (1
    Nephi 8:12
    ; “Proclamation,”
    paragraph 7; GP, chapter
    37
    ).
  • 2. Mothers nurture the family (Alma
    56:47–48
    ; 57:21;
    “Proclamation,”
    paragraph 7, GP, chapter
    37
    ).

    • Display the words “Mothers nurture
      the family.” Discuss what nurture means. Make a list of words
      that describe how mothers nurture the family (such as teach, feed,
      pray, comfort, and so on). Sing “Love
      Is Spoken Here”
      (CS, 190), and ask if any more
      words come to mind. Hand out pencils and copies of the poetry form
      below. Invite the children to write one word in each blank that
      describes how their mother nurtures them. (Younger children could
      draw pictures of ways their mothers nurture them.)Mother
      ____________ ____________
      ____________ ____________
      ____________
      ____________ ____________ ____________
      ____________
      Nurturer
    • Let some of the children share what they
      wrote or drew. Invite the children to give the poems or pictures to
      their mothers. Bear testimony of the importance of mothers and
      fathers in the plan of happiness.
  • 3. I will obey my parents (Exodus
    20:12
    ; Colossians
    3:20
    ; GP, chapter
    37
    ).
  • 4. I have many family members who can help me
    (“Proclamation,”
    paragraph 7; 2
    Nephi 4:3–12
    ; FHE, 95–97).

    • Arrange to have a grandmother come to
      Primary and share ways her extended family members have supported
      her in her life. Let other children share what they like about an
      extended family member. Tell the story of Ruth and Naomi from the
      back of GAK
      124
      and point out the devotion Ruth had to an extended family
      member. Sing “I
      Have a Family Tree”
      (CS, 199). Hand out paper
      and pencils, and have the children write letters to an extended
      family member saying what they appreciate and respect about him or
      her. Younger children could draw pictures. (This satisfies a
      requirement in FIG, page
      9
      .) Testify of the blessings of extended families.

     

April Theme

Jesus Christ made it possible for me to
live with my Heavenly Father again.
“I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”

(John
14:6
).

§ Song of your choice about Jesus Christ from the Children’s
Songbook, Hymns, Friend,
or Liahona

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. In the premortal life, I chose to follow Jesus Christ
    (Abraham
    3:24–27
    ; GP, chapter
    2
    and chapter
    3
    ).
  • 2. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior (John
    3:16
    ; Alma
    34:8–10
    ).

    • Display on the chalkboard GAK
      240
      and a picture of a child. Read John
      3:16
      and help children understand that Heavenly Father and
      Jesus Christ love each one of us and want us to live with Them
      again someday. Explain that because we make mistakes, such as
      telling a lie or being unkind, we create a gulf between ourselves
      and Jesus. Draw a gulf between the picture of the child and the
      picture of the Savior. Use GAK
      227
      and 230
      to give a simple explanation of the Atonement. Draw a bridge over
      the gulf and explain that the Savior’s Atonement is like a
      bridge that makes it possible for us to repent and return to
      Heavenly Father and Jesus. Sing or recite “The
      Third Article of Faith”
      (CS, 123), and testify
      of the blessings of the Atonement.
  • 3. My family and I will be resurrected (Luke
    24
    ; Alma
    11:43
    ; “Resurrection,”
    TTF,
    139–40).
  • 4. By following Jesus Christ, we will be able to live with
    Heavenly Father and Jesus again (D&C
    59:23
    ; Articles
    of Faith 1:3
    ).

    • Select pictures from GAK and Primary
      manuals that depict each of the basic requirements in FIG.
      These might include GAK
      605
      (pray daily), GAK
      617
      (read the scriptures), GAK
      618
      (live “My Gospel Standards”), 1-45 (honor
      parents), 3-26 (pay tithing), and 3-66 (attend Primary). Use a case
      study (see “Case
      Studies,”
      TNGC, 161–62) to illustrate each
      requirement. For example, you might say, “Your mother asks
      you to set the table for dinner, but you are playing with a friend.
      What would you do?” After presenting a case study, ask the
      children to choose one of the pictures that it matches. Invite
      children to share what they are doing to live that basic
      requirement and how it helps them follow Jesus Christ. Sing “I’ll
      Follow Him in Faith”
      (2007 Outline for Sharing Time, 11).
      Bear testimony of the blessings we receive when we follow Jesus
      Christ.

     

May Theme

Baptism and confirmation are ordinances
that bless my family.
“Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”

(John
3:5
).

§ “Baptism”
(CS, 100) or “I
Want to Be Baptized”
  (Friend, July 2005, 45)

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. Baptism is the first ordinance of the gospel (2
    Nephi 31:17
    ; Articles
    of Faith 1:4
    ; “Baptism,”
    TTF,
    21–26; GP, chapter
    20
    ).
  • 2. Jesus Christ was baptized (Matthew
    3:13–17
    ; 1
    Nephi 11:27
    ).

    • Display GAK
      208
      surrounded by the questions Who? What? Where? When?
      Why?
      and How? Give each class one word and ask them
      to read Matthew
      3:13–17
      to find the answer to their question. Tell the
      story of Jesus’s baptism by asking each class to share the
      answer they found to their question. When discussing how Jesus was
      baptized, help the children understand the word immersion
      (see footnote 16a). Sing “Baptism”
      (CS, 100), pointing out that the questions can also be
      answered in the song. Testify of the importance of baptism.
  • 3. I will be baptized and confirmed (Mosiah
    18:8–10
    ; 3
    Nephi 27:20
    ; Articles
    of Faith 1:4
    ; Primary 3, lesson
    11
    ; FHE, 120–23).
  • 4. My family is blessed as we follow the promptings of the
    Holy Ghost (2
    Nephi 32:5
    ; Moroni
    10:5
    ; D&C
    130:22
    ).

    • Ask a child to read D&C
      130:22
      . Teach that the Holy Ghost is a “personage of
      Spirit.” Explain that even though we can’t see the Holy
      Ghost, we can recognize His influence. Display a basket of fruit
      and ask the children to identify the kind of tree that each fruit
      comes from. Have a child read Matthew
      7:20
      . Explain that we can identify a fruit tree by the fruit
      that hangs on its branches. Have another child read Galatians
      5:22
      . Tell the children that the Spirit is the Holy Ghost.
      Testify that we can know that we are feeling the Holy Ghost when we
      have these feelings. Have all of the children look up Galatians
      5:22
      and Mosiah
      4:3
      . Invite the children to mark the words joy, peace,
      and faith, and explain that these are also fruits of the
      Spirit. Share a personal story of how the Holy Ghost has blessed
      your family. Sing “The
      Holy Ghost”
      (CS, 105), and remind the children
      that joy, peace, and faith are fruits of the Holy Ghost.

     

June Theme

Faith, prayer, repentance, and
forgiveness strengthen me and my family.
“Successful
… families are established and maintained on principles of
faith, prayer, repentance, [and] forgiveness”

(“Proclamation,” paragraph 7).

§ “Seek
the Lord Early”
(CS, 108)

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ strengthens me and my
    family (Alma
    32:21
    ; Ether
    12:6
    ; “Faith,”
    TTF,
    54–56; GP, chapter
    18
    ).
  • 2. Prayer strengthens me and my family (James
    1:5
    ; Alma
    37:37
    ; Primary 3, lesson
    19
    ; “Prayer,”
    TTF,
    118–23).
  • 3. Repentance helps me return to Heavenly Father (3
    Nephi 9:22
    ; D&C
    58:42
    ).

    • Make white footprints to represent the path
      to eternal life. Ask the children to suggest things we need to do
      to return to Heavenly Father (such as be baptized and confirmed,
      pay tithing, and so on), and write these things on the footprints.
      Place the footprints in a path and allow several children to walk
      along the path. Add several dark-colored footprints that are
      labeled with things such as “drugs,” “immodesty,”
      and “dishonesty.” Place these footprints so that they
      veer off the path to eternal life. Ask the children what a person
      can do to return to the path. Read D&C
      58:42
      and explain that we can repent and return when we are not
      on the correct path. Help the children draw their own footprints.
      Help them write, “Repentance helps me return to Heavenly
      Father” on the footprint. Sing “Smiles”
      (CS, 267), explaining that when we repent we exchange our
      frowning faces (sadness) for smiling faces (joy). Testify of the
      reality of repentance.
  • 4. As I forgive, I will be forgiven (Genesis
    37:5–35
    ; 45:1–15;
    Matthew
    6:14
    ; D&C
    64:9–10
    ).

    • Have children dramatize the story of Joseph
      being sold into Egypt by his brothers and then forgiving them (see
      “Dramatizations,”
      TNGC,
      165–66; Primary 6, lesson
      15
      and lesson
      17
      ). As the children act out the story, stop them to ask
      questions such as “How do you suppose Joseph felt?”
      “Why were the brothers afraid?” and “How do you
      feel when someone forgives you?” Display words from Matthew
      6:14
      in random order. Have the children put the words in the
      correct order and then look up the scripture to check their answer.
      Point out the word if and explain that the promise of
      forgiveness is conditional. You may need to explain conditional
      with a few “if-then” statements, such as “If you
      keep the commandments, then you will be blessed.” Sing “Help
      Me, Dear Father”
      (CS, 99) and bear your
      testimony of forgiveness.

     

July Theme

I will strengthen my family. “And
ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably”

(Mosiah
4:13
).

§ Song of your choice about Jesus Christ from the Children’s
Songbook, Hymns, Friend,
or Liahona

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. Family prayer strengthens my family (Alma
    17:3
    ; 3
    Nephi 18:21
    ).

    • Ask the music leader to lead the children
      in singing “Family
      Prayer”
      (CS, 189) while you draw a circle on the
      chalkboard and write “The family that prays together stays
      together” around the circle. Explain that President Thomas S.
      Monson likes to quote this phrase (see “How
      Firm a Foundation,”
        Ensign, Nov. 2006,
      67). Discuss what it means. Display GAK
      606
      inside the circle. Have the children form a circle and pass
      a ball from one child to the next while they sing “Family
      Prayer.” When the music stops, ask the child holding the ball
      to name a blessing that his family might express thanks for or ask
      for in a prayer. Write the blessings on the outside of the circle
      you have drawn on the chalkboard. Testify of the blessings of
      family prayer.
  • 2. Reading the scriptures strengthens my family (John
    5:39
    ; 2
    Nephi 4:15
    ; “Scriptures,”
    TTF,
    155–59; FHE, 17–19).
  • 3. Family home evening strengthens my family (3
    Nephi 17:3
    ; 22:13;
    “Family
    Home Evening,”
    TTF, 65–66; Family
    Guidebook,
    7–9).
  • 4. Reverence and keeping the Sabbath day holy strengthen my
    family (Exodus
    20:8–11
    ; GP, chapter
    24
    ).

    • Display a large weekly calendar that has
      Sunday marked or highlighted. Ask the children why Sunday is
      special. Discuss the history and importance of the Sabbath day.
      Help the children memorize Exodus
      20:8
      (see “Memorization,”
      TNGC,
      171–72). Play a sorting game. Prepare a list of
      Sabbath activities and then add a few other activities that would
      not be suitable for the Sabbath. Invite a child to read one idea
      and place it on an appropriate day on the calendar. If the activity
      honors the Sabbath, be sure that it is placed on Sunday. Repeat for
      each activity. Testify of the blessings of keeping the Sabbath day
      holy.

     

August Theme

Temple blessings unite families. “I
will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”

(Matthew
16:19
).

§ “Families
Can Be Together Forever”
(CS, 188)

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. The temple is the house of God (D&C
    88:119
    ; 124:40;
    “Why
    Symbols?”
      Ensign, Feb. 2007, 12–17).

    • Teach that the temple is God’s house
      here on earth. Use information from the booklet Preparing to
      Enter the Holy Temple
      (item 36793) and the Ensign
      article to teach about the purpose of the temple and to answer
      questions the children may have. Show the pictures of the inside of
      the temple, pointing out how beautiful and clean the house of God
      is. Sing “I
      Love to See the Temple”
      (CS, 95). Bear your
      testimony about the importance of the temple.
  • 2. I will prepare now to go to the temple (Alma
    34:32
    ; 37:35;
    “Worthiness
    to Enter the Temple,”
    TTF, 172; Russell M.
    Nelson, “Prepare
    for Blessings of the Temple,”
      Ensign, March
    2002, 17–23).
  • 3. My family can be together forever through the ordinances
    of the temple (D&C
    138:47–48
    ; GP, chapter
    36
    ; Primary 3, lesson
    35
    ).
  • 4. Family history and temple work bless all the generations
    of my family (Malachi
    4:5–6
    ; Abraham
    1:31
    ; GP, chapter
    40
    ; “Family
    History Work and Genealogy,”
    TTF, 61–64).

    • Share a story about a time when you were
      away from your family. Discuss how it feels to be separated from
      your family. Allow a few children to share similar stories. Ask one
      child to stand in the middle of the room. Have children stand on
      one side of him or her to represent his parents, grandparents, and
      great-grandparents. Have other children represent his or her
      posterity on the other side. Ask the children if they know how this
      family could be together forever. Explain that because of
      priesthood authority, no one needs to be separated from their
      families—our families can be together forever. Explain that
      the temple is the place where we can be sealed together. Help
      younger children complete a family tree (Primary 3, 196),
      and help older children work on a pedigree chart. Sing “Families
      Can Be Together Forever”
      (CS, 188), and bear
      your testimony about family history and temple work.

     

September Theme

Prophets teach me how to strengthen my
family.
“What I the Lord have spoken, I have
spoken, … whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my
servants, it is the same”
(D&C
1:38
).

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. Bible prophets teach me how to strengthen my family
    (review biblical stories about righteous families such as Adam and
    Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, and Zacharias and Elisabeth).
  • 2. Book of Mormon prophets teach me how to strengthen my
    family (Mosiah
    4:14–15
    ; 27:8–37).

    • Using simple puppets to portray Alma, Alma
      the Younger, the angel, and the sons of Mosiah (see “Puppets,”
      TNGC,
      176–77), tell the story found in Mosiah
      27:8–37
      , focusing on Alma’s faithful prayers for
      his son. Ask why the angel came in answer to Alma’s prayers.
      Sing verses 1 and 3 of “Book
      of Mormon Stories”
      (CS, 118–19). Emphasize
      that Heavenly Father answers prayers according to His will. Invite
      the children to teach this same lesson in family home evening.
      Testify that our prayers for our family will be answered.
  • 3. The prophet today teaches me how to strengthen my family
    (to meet the needs of the children in your Primary, select teachings
    from past general conferences as found in the Ensign or
    Liahona and in the section titled “Come Listen to a
    Prophet’s Voice” in the Friend; Articles
    of Faith 1:6
    ; “Prophets,”
    TTF,
    129–30; GP, chapter
    9
    ).
  • 4. I will hear the words of the prophets when I listen to
    general conference (Amos
    3:7
    ; D&C
    21:4–5
    ; GP, chapter
    10
    ).

    • Invite the children to think of ways our
      prophets and leaders have counseled us to strengthen our families
      (family prayer, scripture reading, family home evening, Sabbath
      worship, and so on). List these on the board. Give each child a
      card with a grid like the one below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Help the children write or draw something
    in each space that will help them remember the teachings listed on
    the board (one teaching per space). Encourage the children to use
    this card as they watch general conference. Each time a speaker
    teaches something on their card, the children could mark that
    space. Invite the children to choose with their family one of these
    teachings they will try to live more fully. Sing “We
    Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”
    (Hymns, no.
    19). Bear testimony of the living prophet.

 

October Theme

“The Family: A Proclamation to the
World” teaches me about families.
“The
family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny
of His children”
(“Proclamation,” paragraph
1).

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” is
    modern-day revelation (D&C
    68:4
    ; Articles
    of Faith 1:9
    ).

    • Prepare word strips that identify the
      revelations given to the prophets pictured in GAK
      102
      , 107,
      304,
      416
      and to the current President of the Church. Tape the word strips
      under some of the chairs. Challenge the children to solve a puzzle.
      On the board write:
    • We believe …
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 (9)
      10 11 12 13
    • If the children need a hint, point to the
      number 1 and begin reciting the first article of faith. The
      solution to the puzzle is the ninth article of faith. Ask for a
      volunteer to recite it. Display the pictures listed above, and
      invite the children to look under their chairs for the word strips.
      Help them match the word strips to the pictures. Explain that
      prophets have always received revelation. Display “The
      Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Teach the children that
      it is an example of modern-day revelation. Sing “The
      Ninth Article of Faith”
      (CS, 128), and testify
      of the reality of modern-day revelation.
  • 2. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”
    teaches the importance of marriage (“Proclamation,”
    paragraphs 1, 7; Genesis
    2:24
    ; GP, chapter
    38
    ; “Marriage,”
    TTF,
    97–99).
  • 3. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”
    teaches my family how to be happy (“Proclamation,”
    paragraph 7; John
    15:12
    ; “Happiness,”
    TTF,
    79–80; Primary 2, lesson
    6
    ).
  • 4. “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”
    teaches my family the importance of work (“Proclamation,”
    paragraph 7; Exodus
    20:9
    ).

    • Read paragraph 7 of the family
      proclamation, and emphasize the word work. Ask children
      why work is so important. Explain that as we work together, we
      strengthen our family. Show a length of string or yarn. Invite a
      child to break it. Give each child a similar string. Explain that
      we are stronger when we work together. Have the children pair up
      and twist their strings together. Demonstrate that the combined
      strings are harder to break. Have each class twist their strings
      into a class string; then combine all the strings into a Primary
      rope. Demonstrate the strength of the rope. Sing “When
      We’re Helping”
      (CS, 198), and testify that
      our families are strengthened as we work together. With the help of
      the teachers, tie a small string around each child’s finger.
      Ask them to remove the string when they have completed a chore at
      home.

     

November Theme

My family and I can serve others. “By
love serve one another”
(Galatians
5:13
).

Weekly Gospel Principles

  • 1. I am thankful for my family. I will serve them (Matthew
    23:11
    ; Mosiah
    2:17
    ; Primary 2, lesson
    39
    ; GP, chapter
    28
    ).
  • 2. My family will serve others (Matthew
    25:34–40
    ; Mosiah
    2:17
    ; 4:15).

    • Help the children memorize “When ye
      are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service
      of your God” (Mosiah
      2:17
      ) by adding simple actions for words such as service,
      fellow beings,
      and God. You could use sign language
      or make up your own actions. Ask each class to quietly decide how
      they could portray a family serving others, such as pretending to
      rake leaves or share a meal. Have the classes take turns
      pantomiming the acts of service they have chosen while the other
      children guess what they are doing. Recite Mosiah
      2:17
      between each pantomime. Sing “Fun
      to Do”
      (CS, 253), substituting phrases that
      describe the acts of service the children have pantomimed. Testify
      of the blessings of service.
  • 3. I can be a good example for my family (Matthew
    5:16
    ; 1
    Timothy 4:12
    ; Primary 3, lesson
    45
    ).

    • Teach that we help our families return to
      Heavenly Father by our righteous example. Explain that following
      “My
      Gospel Standards”
      helps us set a good example. Show the
      children the back of the Faith in God guidebook. Bring a
      bag with items inside that represent a few of these standards (for
      example, a Church video, a CD of uplifting music, a temple picture,
      modest clothing, and so on). Invite a child to choose an item, and
      teach the importance of living that standard. Sing “I’m
      Trying to Be like Jesus”
      (CS, 78–79).
      Invite the children to sing this song whenever they are tempted to
      make a wrong choice. Testify of the blessings of following “My
      Gospel Standards.”
  • 4. I will prepare now to become a mother or father (Titus
    2:4–6
    ; Mosiah
    4:14–15
    ; Alma
    37:35
    ; D&C
    68:25
    ; “My
    Gospel Standards”
    ).

December Theme

My family is blessed when we remember
Jesus Christ.
“I know that my redeemer liveth, and
that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth”
(Job
19:25
).

Weekly Gospel Principles

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