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The scriptures give counsel

I’m attaching a handout about scripture study Thanks for all the great stuff you offer on your site — it makes my preparation much easier! Emily B Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine cown understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) O, remember, my son, and learn bwisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy…
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The Power of the Scriptures

 
I created this activity to introduce the song Scripture Power, but it could be used any time the subject is scripture related. 
 
Begin by showing the children a small lamp.  Ask one of the children to switch it on.  The bulb won’t light because the lamp is not plugged in-it has no power.  Explain that electricity is a kind of energy or power.  When we plug a device into a power outlet, power flows to the device and it works.  Plug the lamp into an outlet and ask the child to try to switch it on again.
 
Ask what kind of power we get from the scriptures.  Some possible answers are listed in the activity.  Tell the children that reading the scriptures is like plugging into an outlet- we can’t benefit from the power unless we “plug in,” or read.
 
Print the document linked below.  Display the first page at the front of the room.  Then cut out the lightning bolts on the following pages.  On the back, write a type of power, and the title and page number of  a song that works with the theme.  Have one of the children find a lightning bolt and move it to the page at the front of the room.  Briefly discuss the power and sing the song.  Remember, Singing Time is not Sharing Time- be sure not to spend too much time talking.
 
 

 
Possible Powers and my song suggestions:
 
Power to make good choices
Choose the Right (Hymns 239)
Dare to Do Right (#158)
Stand for the Right (#159)
 
Power to be happy
A Smile is like the Sunshine (#267)
Fun to Do (#253)
 
Power to endure
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man (#281)
 
Power of the Atonement
He Sent His Son (#34)
To Think About Jesus (#71)
 
Power of baptism
Baptism (#100)
When I am Baptized (#103)
 
Power of charity
“Give,” Said the Little Stream (#236)
 
Power of peace
Keep the Commandments (#146)
 
Power of courage
Dare to do Right (#158)
Stand for the Right (#159)
 
Power of faith
Faith (#96)
 
Power of family
Families Can Be Together Forever (#188)
 
Power of Missionary Work
I Want to be a Missionary Now (#168)
 
etc.

 
 
 
 
 

Expectations of Prophets

See also: The Nature of Prophets and Prophecy On the Fallibility of Inspired Human Leaders or What are your Expectations of Prophets? By Jeff Lindsay (accessed 5.16.16 from http://www.jefflindsay.com/fallible.shtml ) Fallible Prophets–A Scriptural Truth Many critics of the Church, and … Continue reading

Jacob 5 The Allegory of the Olive Tree (part 2)

The longest allegory in scripture is Zenos’ allegory of the olive, which is found in Jacob 5. In Jacob 5:3, Zenos explains to his hearers that the tame olive tree represents the house of Israel. From this interpretation, we can … Continue reading

The Armor of God

 
I created this art specifically to be used in introduction of the second verse of “Scripture Power,” but it could be used with any scripture theme.  If you do use it for “Scripture Power,” you should know that there is a small discrepancy.  In the song, it mentions the “Sword of Truth,” while Ephesians calls it the “Sword of the Spirit.”  My personal feeling is this- if you use this activity first, followed by the second verse of the song the next week, the children will likely have forgotten what the sword represents and won’t notice.  If you’re very concerned about them learning the incorrect terms, my only second suggestion would be to change the words in the song.  If you do choose to change the words, make sure to first have it approved by your Primary President.  It’s possible that the “incorrect” wording is deliberate and I’d hate to miss teaching an important point of doctrine.  If you have strong feelings one way or the other, please do share them in the comments.
 
ANYWAY, for this activity, you’ll need to print one of the documents at the bottom of the page.  There is a color version and a black and white version which you can color yourself or ask the Activity Days children to color for you.  Cut out the boy and paste him together at the seams. Post him at the front of the room. 
 
 
 
Cut out the pieces of armor and post them in different areas around the room. 
 
Begin by explaining the concept of the Armor of God.  Ask the children what armor does.  How are the scriptures like armor?  Read Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
 
Have children choose a picture of a piece of armor from around the room. Read the scripture reference, name the armor, and add it to the boy at the front of the room.  Then sing the corresponding song.  My suggestions are listed below.
 
Remember that singing time is not sharing time.  It’s fine to teach the children a quick lesson, but the emphasis MUST be on the singing.  Make sure to use the vast majority of your time on music. 
 
As a final note, there ARE several church-approved images of the Armor of God.  I created these because I wanted something large enough to be seen by all of the children.  If you have a smaller Primary, you may choose to use the church resources.
  
 
Girdle of Truth
Ephesians 6:14
 

Shoes- the Gospel of Peace
Ephesians 6:15
 I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ
 
Breastplate of Righteousness
Ephesians 6:14
 

Helmet of Salvation
Ephesians 6:17

Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16

Sword of the Spirit
Ephesians 6:17
The Holy Ghost
The Still Small Voice
Listen, Listen
for the color version:
for the black and white version:
 


-HELP THE CHILDREN SHARE WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED WITH THEIR FAMILIES-
You might choose to print a copy of this black and white page for the children to take home and explain in Family Home Evening.  This also satisfies a Faith in God requirement for the older children!

 
 

 



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