LDS Lesson Ideas

Rainier Oregon Stake

My Story of Jesus

By Janet Porter

If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).

Janet Porter, “My Story of Jesus,” Friend, Apr. 1999, 28–29

(Note: These pages are to be added to the “My Story of Jesus” book, Friend, March 1999, pages 18 and 19.)

Instructions: Carefully remove pages 28 and 29 from the magazine and mount (glue) them on lightweight cardboard. Cut out each booklet page, and punch the holes where indicated. (Optional: cover with clear, self-sticking paper, or put into plastic sandwich bags.) Put the pages in order, then add them to the back of the book you started last month. Use this book to tell the story of Jesus Christ to yourself, to your family, or to help you remember Him during the passing of the sacrament.

Illustrated by Jerry Harston

8 At the Last Supper, Jesus administered (blessed) the sacrament.

9 In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “Thy will be done.”

10 Jesus was crucified.

11 Jesus was buried in a tomb.

12 But on the third day He arose!

13 After His resurrection, Jesus visited with many people.

14 Did Jesus really live again after He had died? Oh, yes! And because He did, so shall we!

15 Jesus has asked that I remember Him and keep His commandments. I can do that for Him.

Filed under: Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45: I Can Be a Good Example for My Family, , ,

Building a Testimony

Building a Testimony

Instructions: Cut off the door-hanger part of this page, mount it on lightweight cardboard, and cut it out. Hang it on a doorknob in your bedroom to remind you of the things you need to do to have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

President Hinckley Shows Us the Way

I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise (D&C 82:10).

Do you see the scripture at the top of the page? It means that when you ask Heavenly Father for something that is right, He promises to help you if you have obeyed His commandments.

Now, how can you obey His commandments if you don’t know what they are? You can’t—and so you won’t receive the blessings that come from obeying them. It is important, therefore, to learn what they are.

A most important way to learn what the Lord wants you to know and do is by listening to His servant, the prophet, who speaks for Him.

Listen to President Hinckley carefully during the general conferences of the Church each April and October. Here is some of his counsel to you in three conference sessions last April:

1 “Go forward, returning good for evil, being helpful and kind and generous. I remind you of the teachings of our Lord concerning these matters. … Let us be good people. Let us be friendly people. Let us be neighborly people. Let us be what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ought to be.”

2 “Whether it be going into the mission field, living the Word of Wisdom, paying one’s tithing, it is all the same. It is the faith within us that is evidenced [shown] in all we do. …

“Faith is the basis of testimony. Faith underlies loyalty to the Church. Faith represents sacrifice, gladly given in moving forward the work of the Lord.

“The Lord has commanded us to take upon ourselves ‘the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to [defend yourselves against] the wicked’ (D&C 27:17).”

3 “These conferences are held … to strengthen our testimonies … , to fortify us against temptation and sin, to lift our sights. …

“Let us go forth from this conference with a stronger resolve to live the gospel, to be more faithful, to be better … sons and daughters. …

“This is God’s holy work. … Jesus Christ stands at its head. He is our immortal Savior and Redeemer. His revelation is the source of our doctrine, our faith, our teaching. …

“Our individual testimonies of these truths are the basis of our faith. We must nurture them [help them grow]. … We can never lay them aside. Without them we have nothing. With them we have everything.” *

Filed under: Lesson 20: The Teachings of Jesus Christ Are a Great Treasure, Primary 2: Choose the Right A, , , , ,

Seek Guidance through Prayer

Pat Graham, “Sharing Time: Seek Guidance through Prayer,” Friend, May 1988, 39

Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it (Enos 1:15).


Enos was the son of Jacob and the grandson of Lehi. He was righteous and knew the importance of prayer. One day he went into the forest to hunt. He began thinking about the teachings of his father, Jacob. He knelt to pray and prayed all day and into the night. He asked Heavenly Father to forgive him of his sins. While praying, the voice of the Lord came into his mind and told him that his sins were forgiven.

Enos continued to pray and asked that the records of his people would be preserved so that someday the Lamanites could read them and understand the gospel. Because Enos had great faith, God promised him that the records would be safe. The answer to this prayer gave Enos a feeling of peace.

This experience happened between four and five hundred years before the birth of Christ. Today, just as in Enos’s day, if we seek for forgiveness and guidance through prayer, having faith, Heavenly Father will answer our prayers.

Jeremy and Daniel

A few years ago Jeremy Kearns and his family were on a bow hunt in the La Sal Mountains in southern Utah. One drizzly morning Jeremy and his younger brother Daniel saw a deer near their camp. They shot at it with their toy bows and arrows, then ran after it, not realizing how far from their tent they had run before they lost sight of the deer. Finally they stopped to catch their breath before starting on their walk back to camp. However, they soon realized that they were lost. All afternoon they walked and called out for help, but no one heard them. They began to be afraid. It was raining hard, and they tried to make a shelter under a big tree. They huddled together to keep warm. All night they prayed to Heavenly Father for help.

After walking for three hours the next morning, the boys saw some cows. Just then Jeremy heard a voice in his mind. He was told to follow the cow’s path to the stream, go up the stream, around the mountain, and then someone would find them there.

Jeremy and Daniel heeded this answer to their prayers, and when they reached the other side of the mountain, they heard people calling for them. Soon they were back with their family, grateful for the answer that they had received to their prayers.


1. Color figures, mount on lightweight cardboard, then cut out.

2. Make stands for each figure by cutting cardboard circle and attaching a tall triangle to it (see illustration).

3. Glue each figure to triangle stand.

4. Use figures to tell both stories in family home evening. Point out similarities in stories.

5. Tell your own story about how you received an answer to prayer.

Sharing Time Ideas

1. Read Book of Enos. Invite Merrie Miss B and Blazer B classes to make presentation, using Lesson 14, page 62–65 in their manual. Include statement by Bishop H. Burke Peterson, describing how to tell when prayers have been answered.

2. Make headings: Who, What, How. Have children name Book of Mormon prophets, what they prayed for, and how answers came.

3. Sing “Search, Ponder and Pray” (Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation 1988, page 9) and “Listen, Listen” (Sing with Me, B-3).

[illustrations] Illustrated by Julie F. Young

Filed under: Lesson 10: I Can Speak with Heavenly Father in Prayer, Prayer

The Nativity Song

1. These are the new stars shining so bright,
Lighting the world on that first Christmas night.

2. This is the angel proclaiming the birth,
Singing, “Hosanna!” and “Peace on the earth!”

3. This is the stable—shelter so bare;
Cattle and oxen first welcomed Christ there.

4. This is the manger—sweet hay for a bed—
Waiting for Jesus to cradle His head.

5. These are the shepherds, humble and mild,
Hast’ning to worship the newborn Christ Child.

6. These are the wise men who followed the star,
with frankincense, gold, and myrrh brought from afar.

7. See the sweet mother, Mary so fair,
And Joseph, guiding the donkey with care.

8. See the dear Baby of Bethlehem,
Little Lord Jesus, the Savior of men.

Filed under: Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual, Christmas, Christmas, Lesson 30 Jesus Christ Is the Son of Heavenly Father, Music, Primary 2: Choose the Right A, ,

Remembering Jesus Christ

Filed under: Easter, Easter, Lesson 29 Jesus Christ Was Resurrected, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 47 Easter Lesson, Lesson 47 Easter Lesson, , ,

Easter Ideas from childern

Easter Kindness

Kymora S., age 6, Wyoming

One Easter my family and I went to an Easter egg hunt. I was so excited because I had found so many eggs. My basket was full! Then I saw my friend. She only had a few eggs. She had hoped to find more. I thought it would be nice to give her some of my eggs. I felt glad I was able to share with her. I know I can be like Jesus by sharing and being kind.

Easter Invitation

Brilynn E., age 9, Arizona

A girl in my class wasn’t a member of the Church. Our Easter pageant was coming up, so I gave her an invitation. Her family went to the pageant. The next day when I went to school, she said her family had a good time. I felt a warm feeling in my heart for inviting them.


Filed under: Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 47 Easter Lesson, Lesson 47 Easter Lesson,

Easter Rebus

Easter Rebus

Easter Bonnet

By Yvonne Slater

To make your Easter bonnet, you will need: two large squares of wrapping paper, glue, string, scissors, and bow or flowers (optional).Glue wrong sides of paper squares together.

  1. Glue wrong sides of paper squares together.
  2. While squares are still damp with glue, have someone mold bonnet to your head and tie string around it to hold shape (see illustration).
  3. Wait ten minutes; then take it off, shape brim, and let hat finish drying.
  4. When dry, trim corners and add bow or flowers.

Filed under: Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 47 Easter Lesson,

The Atonement and Resurrection

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Illustrated by Dick Brown

To learn about some of the events that occurred on the last two days of Jesus’ mortal life, read each of the verses listed on each day of the calendar until Easter. (Or do this with your family for family home evening.) When a location is mentioned, find that place on the map.

Filed under: Coloring Pages, Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 47 Easter Lesson, Lesson 47 Easter Lesson, Primary, ,



Tell the story of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ again, this time using the illustration you have cut out. Below is an example:

  • (Begin with the figure of Jesus standing upright and the stone rolled away from the opening in the tomb.) When Jesus died, his body was laid in a tomb (lay the figure of Jesus in [behind] the tomb). A large stone was rolled in front of the door (roll the stone in front of the opening in the tomb). On the third day two angels came and rolled the stone away (roll the stone away from the opening). Jesus was resurrected (stand the figure of Jesus upright). His spirit and His body were together again! [See Susan Payson, “Easter Story,” Friend, Apr. 1995, 32–33.]

Filed under: Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual, Easter, Lesson 29 Jesus Christ Was Resurrected, Lesson 45 Easter, Lesson 47 Easter Lesson,


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