Happy General Conference month!!! I wonder what great and wonderful things are in store for us this round!
Because of General Conference, two weeks worth of Come Follow Me material is arranged in one lesson, but because we do FHE every week I’m giving two lessons for that block.
Sept. 30- Oct 13 For the Perfecting of the Saints
Song: The Priesthood is Restored pg 89
Materials: Jenga tower
Use a Jenga tower to teach about Christ’s church, the Apostasy, and the Restoration.
I used a different color marker for each set, mine has 48 pieces which I think is standard.
Label 12 pieces as Apostles- if you want to be an overachiever, cut out little pictures of the original Apostles and the current Apostles to glue on.
Label the next 9- Priesthood Authority/Offices, Deacons, Teachers, Priests, Elders, High Priests, Seventies, Pastors/ Bishops, Evangelists/ Patriarchs
Label the next 3- Perfect the saints, work of ministry, and edify
Next 6- Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Holy Ghost, Keep Covenants, Endure to the End
Next 3- Grace, Works, Faith
Last set (if yours has less than 48 this would be the best place to cut from)-
Doctrines, Atonement, Fall, Nature of God, Purpose of Life, 3 Kingdoms, Revelation, Sacrament, Commandments, Body is a Temple, Baptism by Immersion, Service, Scriptures, Miracles, Answers to Prayers.
Start building the tower with the Apostles on the bottom, talk about how Jesus built his church and called 12 Apostles.
He gave them Priesthood Authority and others helped in different roles- go through each of the offices/ callings.
Then explain that he did this for the perfecting of the Saints, the Work of the Ministry, and to edify (lift us up) (Ephesians 4:12)
The apostles taught that we would need to have faith (believe), works (do what Heavenly Father asks), and grace (help from Jesus) in order to return to Heavenly Father.
And they taught really important doctrines- go through each one until the tower is complete.
But, after Jesus died, his Apostles did their best to keep the church together, unfortunately they got spread out and also began to die. Have the kids start taking out the apostles until the tower falls.
Remove all of the Apostle pieces and the Priesthood authority piece.
The church fell apart, but people still believed in Heavenly Father and Jesus and wanted to do the best they could. So they started trying to build churches out of the pieces they still had. Have everyone grab some pieces and build their own churches. Point out that everyone has parts of the truth, and some good things, but they don’t look like Jesus’ church and they are missing pieces.
Then explain that Joseph Smith was called to restore the church so he called 12 Apostles, and was given the Priesthood Authority again, and now we have deacons, teachers….. you get the idea, go through and rebuild the church.
Song: I Will Be Valiant pg. 162
Put on the armor of God.
I bet you can guess where I’m going with this…
If you can find a suit of armor great, or make one out of cardboard. Or if you want to keep it more simple then there is a paper doll suit of armor in the Primary Manual.
Here’s the different parts of the armor outlined in Ephesians 6.
Shoes- preparation of the Gospel of peace
Oct 14-20 I Can Do All Things Through Christ Which Strengthens Me
Song: I Feel My Savior’s Love pg. 74
Materials: items for difficult tasks
Come up with a few tasks that would be impossible for the kids to do on their own. Lifting something really heavy, reaching something too high, reading a difficult book, or doing math that is beyond their level. Ask them to try to do it on their own. Then explain that they can ask Jesus to help them. Ask them to try again but this time hold a picture of Jesus while they try. As they hold the picture assist them so they can complete the task. Talk about Phillipians 4:13 and explain that Jesus will strengthen us so that we can do anything he needs us to do.
Oct 21-27 Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind, or Be Troubled
Song: I Wonder When He Comes Again pg. 85
Materials: Suit cases, clothes, shoes, etc for trip, scriptures, pictures, etc. for Second Coming
Pull out two suit cases. On one place a picture of their favorite place to visit (or place they really want to go) and on the other place a picture of Jesus. For the first one talk about what we would need to do to prepare to go on a trip to. Let the kids grab some things they think they would need. For the second talk about the things we need to do to prepare for Jesus’ second coming. Place things like scriptures, a picture of a family praying, something that reminds them of church, a picture of the temple, etc. in the bag.
Oct 28- Nov 3 Be Thou an Example of the Believers
Song: Our Bishop pg. 135
Materials: Art supplies
Talk to your kids about the Bishop in your ward. Make sure they know his name. Explain some of the things that Bishops do. Have the kids draw pictures to say thank you to the Bishop for all his hard work.
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