LDS Lesson Ideas

Rainier Oregon Stake

Temple Dot to Dot

Illustrated by Mark Robison

Who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart (Ps. 24:3–4).


“New Temples,” Friend, Jan 2002, 40

Who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart (Ps. 24:3–4).

President Hinckley wants all worthy Church members to have temple blessings. He feels bad that members who live far away cannot go to the temple often. He said that these people “make tremendous sacrifices to visit the temples. They travel for days … in cheap buses and on old boats. They save their money and do without to make it all possible.”*

He and his counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles prayed to know how they could help more people participate in temple work. The prophet said that “the answer … came bright and clear.” Heavenly Father told them to build many small temples all over the world instead of only a few large ones. President Hinckley has dedicated close to seventy temples.

Seeing new temples built makes President Hinckley happy because temples bring blessings. In 1985, he traveled to Mexico City for the temple dedication there. He had visited Mexico before, and he remembered how poor some of the people were. This didn’t stop them from coming to the temple dedication, smiling brightly and dressed in their best clothing. They knew that they would be blessed because a temple had been built in their country. President Hinckley was impressed by their joy. He said, “What a wonderfully uplifting experience it was to be with them and to witness the miraculous power of God in their lives.”

Temples bring blessings because there we are taught more about Heavenly Father’s plan. We participate in ordinances and make covenants; the Holy Ghost strengthens us as we obey. We can help in the building of more temples by paying a full tithing and by living the gospel.


Filed under: Temple, , , ,

The Fourth Article of Faith

Faith in Jesus Christ; Repentance; Baptism; Gift of the Holy Ghost.
(Illustrated by Beth Whittaker.)

Make sets of the finger puppets below for each child and have them use the
puppets as they learn “The Fourth Article of Faith”

Filed under: Baptism, Lesson 10: Repentance, Lesson 11: Baptism, Lesson 12: The Gift of the Holy Ghost, Lesson 6: The Holy Ghost Helps Me, , , ,

A Sacred Promise

Ann Jamison, “Sharing Time: A Sacred Promise,” Friend,
Mar 2000, 12

And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters (Mosiah 5:7).

Do you know what a covenant in the Church is? It is a sacred promise, an
agreement between Heavenly Father and His children. Since the time of Adam and
Eve, Father in Heaven has made covenants with His children to help us live
righteously and be worthy to live with Him again.

In the scriptures, we learn about many people who made covenants with the
Lord. When the people of Alma gathered at the waters of Mormon, he invited them
to be baptized, to make a covenant (see Mosiah 18:8–13). The people were so happy that they clapped their hands with joy. They wanted to show their love for Heavenly Father, and their desire to keep His commandments, by being baptized.

Alma taught his people what they must do to keep and honor their baptismal
covenant. He said that they must be willing to be called God’s people and to
obey His commandments. He told them that they should help one another and
comfort one another. They were to be “witnesses of God” (Mosiah
). That means that they would tell others about Heavenly Father and about how much He loves each of His children. If they did these things, the Lord would bless them with His Spirit. Alma’s people learned that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to make a sacred covenant with Him.

We begin our journey back to Him by making a covenant and being baptized.
When Jesus was baptized, He made a covenant that He would be obedient to
Heavenly Father’s commandments (see 2 Ne. 31:5–8). When you are baptized, you make that same covenant to serve Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Then, when you are confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you covenant to take His name upon you, to always remember Him, and to keep His commandments. Just like the people of Alma, you promise to be a witness of the Savior—to tell others about, or testify of, Him. When you keep your part of the baptismal covenant, you will always have His Spirit to be with you. That is God’s promise to you.


To make a mobile to help you remember your baptismal covenant, mount page 13
on heavy paper, then color and cut out the figures. Using string or yarn, attach
each figure to a clothes hanger or decorative hook, and display the mobile where
you can see it each day.

(Illustrated by Phyllis Luch.)

When I Am Baptized, I Make a Sacred Covenant
And now, because of the
covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons,
and his daughters
(Mosiah 5:7).
I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
I am baptized by immersion.
I receive the gift of the Holy
I promise to testify of Jesus Christ.
I promise to serve
I promise to serve God and keep His commandments.

Filed under: Baptism, Lesson 11: Baptism, Lesson 26: I Will Be Baptized and Confirmed, , , ,

Conference Coloring Activity

“Conference Coloring Activity,” Friend, Apr 2005, 24–25

Twice a year we have the opportunity to listen to our prophet, apostles, and
other leaders. As you listen to general conference, follow the instructions to
complete this activity.

Instructions: You will need crayons or markers for
the colors marked below. Before listening to general conference, look at the
topics written next to the colored boxes. When a speaker talks about one of
those topics, use that color of crayon to color parts of the picture. (A speaker
may mention more than one topic in his or her address.) If there are still white
spaces when you have finished listening to conference, use the Topical Guide in
your scriptures to find and read scriptures matching those topics. Then finish
coloring your pictures.

blue=Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
yellow=Holy Ghost
orange=Word of Wisdom

Filed under: Conference Coloring Activity,

Blind Man

Filed under: Jesus, Lesson 18: Jesus Christ Heals a Man Born Blind,

Jesus with Lamb

Illustrated by Tadd R. Peterson

Filed under: Jesus, Lesson 19: The Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son

Father’s Day

Pat Graham, “Sharing Time: Happy Father’s Day,” Friend, Jun 1984, 37

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good (Gen. 1:31).

A card is a nice way to remember someone on Father’s Day. You could make this puzzle card for your father, for the father of your ward (the bishop), or with a few changes, for your grandfather or a married brother. Father’s Day is a good time to compliment and thank all fathers for the many ways they help children.


1. Fold 8 1/2″ x 11″ (22 cm x 28 cm) piece of colored paper in half the long way. Open paper and fold up to make 2″ (5 cm) pocket inside, then refold lengthwise.

2. Print “Happy Father’s Day” on outside of card by first drawing letters with straight lines, then outlining them with round edges (see illustrations). Color letters.

3. Cut out poem and glue it (or print it yourself) on right inside page above pocket.

4. Cut out puzzle pieces and place inside pocket.

5. Sign your name and put card in envelope.

6. When you give card, you could put puzzle together while receiver reads verse out loud.


By Mary Jane Davis

1 You’re head of our whole family.
2 You see to all our needs.
3 You listen and you hear with love.
4 You smile and praise good deeds.
5 You shoulder your own heavy loads
And share our burdens too.
6 Armed with patriarchal power,
God blesses us through you.
7 Your strong hands hold our smaller ones
When calming childish fears
Or touch to gently reassure
And wipe away our tears.
8 As you walk forth in righteousness,
We want to follow you.
9 And on our knees we humbly pray
To God, just as you do.
10 We’re walking in your footsteps,
Secure in loving care.
God bless you fathers, everyone,
Is our most humble prayer.

Sharing Time Ideas

1. This poem and puzzle can be used for Father’s Day program—

  • a. By one class or by all children during Primary Sharing Time.
  • b. As children’s part of Sunday School program.
  • c. By class for bishopric.

For Program—

  • a. Make puzzle as large as needed.
  • b. Assign ten children to memorize lines of verse. Each child holds puzzle piece, says part, then tapes puzzle piece onto flannel board or other large display board.
  • c. Have children sing appropriate songs before and after puzzle presentation.

2. Make enough copies so that older children can make cards to take home. Younger children can use page as coloring project.

Filed under: Father's Day,

I Believe in Being Obedient

Karen Lofgreen, “Sharing Time: I Believe in Being Obedient,” Friend, May 1995, 42

(Information about and quotations by President Hunter are from Howard W. Hunter by Eleanor Knowles, pages 25–41.)

By the obedience of one [man] shall many be made righteous (Rom. 5:19).

Being obedient means being willing to make right choices. When you are obedient, you are blessed. Can you remember a time when you were blessed because you obeyed a commandment, a law, or your parents?

President Howard W. Hunter knew that it was important to obey his parents. He also learned that it is important to obey Heavenly Father’s commandments. He kept a journal, in which he told about things that happened in his early life and about the lessons he learned then.

For example, in those days, you could buy fruits and vegetables only at the time they were harvested in your area. Each spring he helped plant a family garden. During the summer and fall, he picked the fruits and vegetables and helped his mother preserve, or save, them for eating during months when they weren’t otherwise available.

His mother taught him to pray, and he developed a testimony while he was very young. He said, “My mother had taught me to pray and to thank Heavenly Father for all the things that I enjoyed. I often thanked Him for the beauty of the earth and for the wonderful times that I had at the ranch and by the river and with the Scouts. I also learned to ask Him for the things that I wanted or needed.”

When he was eight years old, he wanted to be baptized. His nonmember father felt that Howard should be older before he joined any church. Though he knew Heavenly Father wanted him to be a member of the Church, he also knew it was important to do what his father wanted him to do. He honored his father by waiting for his permission. Five months after his twelfth birthday, Howard was baptized.

When he was a teenager, the Saints in Boise, Idaho, met with Church officials to talk about building a new tabernacle. The Boise members were asked to donate money to build the tabernacle, and Howard was the first to raise his hand. He pledged twenty-five dollars—a lot of money for a teenager in those days—as his offering. “I worked and saved until I was able to pay my commitment in full,” he said.

Instructions: The pictures of President Hunter on page 43 show some of the things that he did to be obedient. Fill in the missing word(s) under each picture. On separate sheets of paper, draw pictures of ways that you are obedient. Label and color the pictures

Sharing Time Ideas

1. Thread a long piece of yarn or string through a button or a ring, and tie the ends together. Have the children stand in a circle and pass the button along the string from person to person. As each child receives the button, he or she names a way to be obedient at home, school, neighborhood, or church.

2. Make eight to ten large footprints out of paper. Label one “Earth” and another “Eternal Life,” and place them far apart from each other in the room. Ask the children to name some things we can do so that we may gain eternal life—love others, keep the Word of Wisdom, etc. As each answer is given, write it on a footprint and place it in a path on the floor or around the wall between the “Earth” and “Eternal Life” footprints. Discuss how we can obey each commandment. Use all the footprints.

3. For each class, prepare a set of nine cards with a letter from o-b-e-d-i-e-n-c-e written on each. Have each class work together to discover what the letters spell, then, using the letter on the card to begin each response, write on each card ways they can be obedient (e.g., O—obey my parents, obey traffic signs; B—be at church on time, be kind to my brothers and sisters). Share all ideas with the whole group.

4. Make a calendar for each child. Have the older children fill in the name of the month and the days of the week (teachers may do this for younger children). Let each child decorate his or her own calendar, and encourage all to hang them in their homes. Each evening they can write or draw on the calendar what they did to be obedient (e.g., “I stopped at the stop sign,” “I said my prayers,” “I ate a healthy breakfast”). Have them bring the completed calendars to Primary on the final Sunday of the month and share them.

5. Invite the children to name songs that help them learn about obedience. Sing the songs and discuss what rule(s) is (are) taught in each song. Include “I Thank Thee, Dear Father,” “Baptism,” “Quickly I’ll Obey,” (Children’s Songbook, pp. 7, 100, and 197, respectively).

6. Have the children draw a picture illustrating the following terms to add to their “My Articles of Faith Book” (see Sharing Time, Jan. 1995, p. 36): obedience—when we are willing to make the right choice, law—a rule that requires us to be obedient.

Filed under: Lesson 14: I Will Obey, Lesson 16: We Can Show Our Faith by Being Obedient, Prophets, Sharing Time, , , ,


Filed under: Tithing

Be a Righteous Leader

Pat Graham, “Sharing Time: Be a Righteous Leader,” Friend, Aug 1988, 36

When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God (Mosiah 2:17).

King Benjamin was a righteous leader. He served his people and wanted them to keep the commandments. When he became old, he gathered his people at the temple to speak to them. The people brought their families and pitched their tents. Because there was such a multitude, King Benjamin had a tower built to speak from so that more people could hear his counsel. He had his words written down and sent among the people who couldn’t hear him. He wanted everyone to understand what they should do to be happy. King Benjamin loved his people. He set a good example for them, and they believed his words.

Today you can be a leader and help others live happily. You may never build a tower to speak from, but you can learn to lead your family and friends by righteously serving them.


1. Cut out King Benjamin, empty scroll, statements, and tower.

2. Read statements about King Benjamin as you glue them between steps of tower. (Compare Mosiah 2 and Mosiah 4.) Cut slits marked with broken lines and place King Benjamin on tower between railing.

Taught them to keep the commandments (See Mosiah 2:4.) Did not boast or claim to be better than anyone else (See Mosiah 2:26.)
Delivered them from their enemies (See Mosiah 2:14.) Labored with the people (See Mosiah 2:14.)
Did not tax the people and was not paid for his services (See Mosiah 2:12.) Taught the people that when you serve your fellowman, you are serving the Lord (See Mosiah 2:17.)
Served with all his might, mind, and strength (See Mosiah 2:11.) Loved his people and warned them not to rebel against God (See Mosiah 2:36–69.)

3. Find at least ten things in Mosiah 4 that King Benjamin taught his people. Write these on the scroll.

4. Make a list of some things that you might teach others by your example.

Sharing Time Ideas

1. Honor those who serve you righteously—family, church, school, community leaders. As a group or as individuals, children could write a letter, telling how they are trying to do what a particular leader, such as bishop, has taught them to do.

2. Pretend that you or children are leader(s) of new country. Discuss what rules and laws would be needed so that people living in new country would be happy.

3. Sing “Quiet Song” (Sing with Me, B-27). Emphasize words, “As we learn to do right, We are reverent in thy sight.”

[illustrations] Illustrated by Rudy Anderson

Filed under: Book of Mormon, Lesson 10: King Benjamin Teaches His People, , ,


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