June 13, 2011 • 3:49 am 0
What Makes a DadGod took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
He called it … Dad
– Author Unknown
June 13, 2011 • 12:41 am 0
By Julie Wardell
Julie Wardell, “Blessings,” Friend, Nov. 1990, 33
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings you blessings. You and your family can play a game to help you remember some of these blessings.
1.Mount it on heavy paper, and cut out the picture cards. Put the cards into a paper sack.
June 13, 2011 • 12:21 am 0
Laurel Rohlfing, “Sharing Time: Remember Him,” Friend, Oct 1990, 14
Take, eat; this is in remembrance of my body which I give a ransom for you (Matt. 26:26, including footnote b).
When you want to remember something important, you might write yourself a note or tie a string on your finger. To remember someone who has been gone for a long time, you might look at his picture or read something he wrote. To remember a song or poem you’ve learned, you might sing or recite it often.
Jesus gave us the sacrament to help us remember the sacrifice He made for us in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. He suffered for our sins so that we could be forgiven if we repent. He gave His life and took it up again so that we could be resurrected and live again. The sacrament bread represents Jesus’ body, and the water represents His blood, which was shed for us.
When we take the sacrament, we renew the covenants made at baptism: We are willing to take His name upon us as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we will always remember Him, and we will keep His commandments.
There are many ways we can reverently remember Jesus, especially while the sacrament is being passed. We can remember how He suffered for our sins and how He died and was resurrected. We can remember His life and teachings and think about how we can become more like Him. We can remember the things we have done wrong, repent, and ask for forgiveness. We can remember the many blessings He has given us. Jesus said, “And if ye do always remember me ye shall have my Spirit to be with you” (3 Ne. 18:11). The sacrament is a great blessing in our lives.
To help you remember Jesus during the sacrament, make this picture wheel. Cut out the two circles, and put the one with the wedge cut out of it on top of the one with the pictures. Fasten the two circles in the center with a brass fastener. During the sacrament, look at each picture and think about what it represents.
Sharing Time Ideas
1. Divide children into groups and have them list stories of Jesus that they could think about during the sacrament. Draw pictures of favorites.
2. Ask two children to read the sacrament prayers. (See Moro. 4:3, Moro 5:2.) Make a fill-in-the-blank handout listing the promises we make at baptism and the promises the Lord makes to us. (See CTR B manual, lesson 32.)
3. Show video Bible Stories for Children, volume 3, chapters 39–41, VHS VVVH2765. Discuss the purpose of the sacrament, what a sacrifice is, and what Heavenly Father and Jesus sacrificed for us.
4. Tell the story “A Great Blessing Comes with the Sacrament” (Merrie Miss/Blazer B/Course 11 manual, page 162). Have younger children pantomime proper ways to behave during the sacrament.
5. Sing songs about the sacrament as listed in the “Topics” section of the Children’ Songbook.
June 11, 2011 • 11:09 pm 0
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (James 1:5).
At the time of Christ, Saul was born in Tarsus, a coastal city now located in Turkey. He was a Jew, and as he grew older, he diligently studied the scriptures. After the Savior’s death, Saul, with the permission of the Jewish leaders, began to persecute and jail Christians. He believed that they were teaching false doctrine and leading many Jews away from the truth. Saul also received permission from the high priest in Jerusalem to go to the city of Damascus, 130 miles (208 k) away, and arrest anyone teaching about Jesus Christ in the synagogues there.
“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
“And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
“And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. …
“And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.” (Acts 9:3–6.)
Saul arose and found that he was blind. Those traveling with Saul led him to Damascus and to the home of a man named Judas. For three days Saul remained there, not eating or drinking. He prayed for help in understanding what the Lord wanted him to do.
Meanwhile, a Christian named Ananias received a vision that he should find Saul and give him a priesthood blessing to restore his sight. Knowing that Saul had persecuted and jailed many Saints in Jerusalem, Ananias was afraid, but the Lord assured him that Saul had changed.
Ananias found Saul and gave him the blessing. “He received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. …
“And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” (Acts 9:18, 20.)
Because Saul prayed to know the Lord’s will and was obedient after being blinded, his sight was restored and he learned and accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was known from then on as Paul, and he dedicated his life to teaching and testifying of the Savior and His gospel.
Color the flannel-board figures, then mount them on heavy paper. Cut them out and use them to retell the story of Paul’s conversion, and discuss how the gospel blesses your life.
June 11, 2011 • 11:01 pm 0
By Jill Johnson Hymas
Jill Johnson Hymas, “Nephi Gets the Brass Plates,” Friend, Feb. 1996, 43
The pictures illustrating this Book of Mormon story are all mixed up. Read 1 Nephi 3–4 [1 Ne. 3–4], number the pictures in the order that they should be, then color them. You might also like to mount them on lightweight cardboard, cut them out, punch holes along the top, put them in order, tie them with yarn or string to look like a book, and put them with your Sunday things.
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Illustrated by Beth M. Whittaker
June 11, 2011 • 10:55 pm 0
Karen Ashton, “Sharing Time: The Holy Ghost Can Help Me,” Friend, Jul 1997, 36
Put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit (D&C 11:12).
Who speaks in a still, small voice that is sometimes felt more than heard?
Who can bring a feeling of comfort and peace when you are sad, lonely, or frightened?
Who brings a warm, sweet feeling into your heart when you think about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father?
Who can help teach you right and wrong?
Who encourages you to do good deeds for others?
Who can help you understand and remember the scriptures?
The answer to all of these questions is the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. He has a body of spirit rather than of flesh and bones. Because He is a spirit, you cannot see Him. But you can feel Him with you. The Holy Ghost has many names. Some of them are the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Lord, and the Comforter.
After you are baptized, you are confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Having this glorious gift means that if you live righteously, you can have the Holy Ghost with you always.
When you have special friends, you want to be with them. You might invite them to your home. You might prepare for their visit by cleaning your house. You might plan to do things to make them feel comfortable and welcome. When your friends arrive, you listen carefully to them. You probably tell them how glad you are to be with them.
The Holy Ghost is a special friend to you. To invite the Holy Ghost to be with you, you can sincerely pray and ask Heavenly Father to send Him. You can prepare for Him by remembering Jesus Christ, choosing the right, keeping the commandments. The Holy Ghost can bring feelings of warmth, love, peace, joy, and wanting to do good. (See Gal. 5:22–23; D&C 11:12–13.) When you feel the Holy Ghost with you, thank Heavenly Father for this blessing. The Holy Ghost is one of the greatest gifts Father in Heaven can give you.
Cut out the invitation on the solid line. Fold it in half along the horizontal broken line, then along the vertical broken line so that page 1 is on the front. Place the invitation where you can look at it each day. It will remind you how to invite the Holy Ghost to be with you.
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Illustrated by Beth M. Whittaker
Note: “Listen, Listen” (Children’s Songbook, p. 107) might be featured this month.
1. Sing “Listen, Listen.” Have the children recite the first article of faith. Explain that the Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, a personage of spirit Who can dwell with them. After they are baptized, they are given the gift of the Holy Ghost. If they keep the commandments, the Holy Ghost can be their constant companion. Help them understand that the Holy Ghost can comfort them in times of trouble (see Alma 17:10; Moro. 8:26), teach them (see John 14:26), help them remember important things (see John 14:26), and testify of the truths of the gospel (see D&C 20:27; Moro. 10:4–5). Write the words comfort, teach, remember, and testify on the board. On individual slips of paper, write situations in which the Holy Ghost could bless the lives of children. Possible situations: You have studied hard for a test but are afraid you won’t remember what you’ve studied. Someone in your family has died, and you are sad. You have read and studied the Book of Mormon and want to know if it is true. You have prepared a talk for church but are afraid that you will be nervous and forget what comes next. You are in a store and wonder if you should take some candy without paying for it. Your father lost his job, and you are worried and sad. Your sister broke one of your toys, and you wonder what to do. You are lost and afraid. Put the strips into a container. Have the children form a circle and hold hands. Place a marker on the floor. Have the children quietly move in a circle to the music of “Listen, Listen.” When the music stops, let the child nearest the marker select a paper from the container, read the situation, then choose from the list on the board the way the Holy Ghost can help in that situation.
2. Use chairs to construct a maze in the back of the room. Have the children sing “Listen, Listen.” Remind them that the Holy Ghost comforts, teaches, helps them remember what they know, testifies of the truth. Tell them that the Holy Ghost will carefully lead them through difficult situations if they ask Heavenly Father for the direction and inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Blindfold one child. Vocally lead the child through the maze. Discuss distractions that make it difficult to hear the still small voice—loud music, TV, arguing, irreverent behavior, etc. The children could role-play these distractions. Demonstrate how difficult it is to hear and follow the still, small voice under such circumstances. Sing “The Still Small Voice” (Children’s Songbook, p. 106). Suggest that they share this activity with their families.
3. For this Sharing Time, bring a small paper bag and several crayons for each child, and a flashlight. Draw and color a child’s face on a paper bag. Tell the children that because the Holy Ghost is a spirit, He can dwell inside of them. Demonstrate that the flashlight (the Holy Ghost) can fill the bag (our souls) with light and warmth. Say that sometimes it is possible to see the light through the bag. This is like the Holy Ghost brightening our souls and making us happy (see Alma 5:14). Read and discuss Gal. 5:22–23. Talk about the types of feelings the Spirit brings. Let each child draw and color on her/his paper bag a face showing one of these feelings; suggest that they share this activity in a family home evening.
4. Explain that the Holy Ghost can be felt in many different ways. Review Gal. 5:22–23 and list some of the feelings the Holy Ghost can bring into their hearts. Let them know that the Holy Ghost will lead them to do only good things. Read together D&C 11:12–13. Tell them that many times the still, small voice is more a feeling than a voice. (1) We feel it in our hearts. (Have each place a hand over his/her heart. (2) Sometimes thoughts and words come to our minds. (Have each place a hand on his/her head.) (3) At times we may even hear a voice. (Have each touch his/her ears.) Tell them that you have some visitors (ward/branch members whom you have previously asked to help) who will share some stories and/or scriptures about the Holy Ghost. When the children know how the Holy Ghost is communicating in the story or scripture, they should touch their heart, head, or ear, whichever is correct.
5. Invite a member of the bishopric/branch presidency (or other priesthood leader) to discuss the gift of the Holy Ghost and the day of Pentecost (see John 14:16–17, 26; Acts 2). Have the children sing “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, p. 105) and recite the fourth article of faith. Remind them that listening to the Holy Ghost is one of the standards in “My Gospel Standards.” Prepare the following note for each child to take to his or her parents: “I am learning about the Holy Ghost in Primary. Please tell me how the Holy Ghost has helped you and our family.”
6. For additional resources on the topic “Holy Ghost,” see the following stories in the Friend: “Danger on the Snake River,” May 1995, p. 8; “Family Reunion,” Aug. 1995, p. 8; “Lost and Found,” July 1996, p. 2. See also “The Holy Ghost,” Primary Sharing Time Resource Manual, p. 66, and “Learning to Recognize the Spirit,” Family Home Evening Resource Book, p. 64.
June 11, 2011 • 10:44 pm 0
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Illustrated by Dick Brown
|2||Mark 14:1–2; John 12:1–5; Matt. 26:14–16||Bethany|
|3||Luke 22:7–14||Upper room|
|4||John 13:1–17, 20||Upper room|
|5||John 13:21–30||Upper room|
|6||Matt. 26:26–29 (Read also footnotes 26b and 28a.)||Upper room|
|7||John 13:34–35; John 15:9–17||Upper room|
|8||John 17||Upper room|
|9||Matt. 26:30–35||Mount of Olives|
|10||Luke 22:40–46; Mark 14:39–42||Garden of Gethsemane|
|11||John 18:3–11; Luke 22:47–51||Garden of Gethsemane|
|12||John 18:12–14, 19–24; Matt. 26:57–68||Caiaphas’s Palace 1|
|13||John 18:15–18, 25–27||Caiaphas’s Palace|
|14||Mark 15:1; John 18:29–38||Judgment Hall 2|
|15||Luke 23:6–11||Herod’s Palace 3|
|16||Matt. 27:15–25||Judgment Hall|
|17||Mark 15:15–20||Judgment Hall|
|18||John 19:4–16||Judgment Hall|
|20||Luke 23:34 (Read also footnote 34c.); John 19:23–24||Golgotha|
|21||Matt. 27:39–44; Luke 23:39–43||Golgotha|
|23||Matt. 27:45–46, 50–54 (Read also footnote 50a.)||Golgotha|
|25||John 19:38–42||Garden Tomb|
|26||Matt. 27:62–66||Garden Tomb|
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.
June 11, 2011 • 5:00 am 0
“Daniel Obeys the Lord,” Friend, Jun 1998, 34
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Prov. 3:5–6.)
When King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon conquered the land of Judah, he brought back to his kingdom some of the well-favored children of Israel. Chosen were those who were without blemish, who were wise and well-educated. Among them were four young men—Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The king told his servant to feed them rich foods and wines for three years, the same food he would eat himself, and then bring them before him.
Daniel and his friends had been taught to eat a more healthy diet, and he made a request of the king’s servant. “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse [seeds, grains, vegetables] to eat, and water to drink.
“Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.” (Dan. 1:12–13.)
The servant agreed. The Lord blessed the four young men for their faithfulness, and after ten days had passed, Daniel and his friends were fairer and healthier than those who ate the king’s meat.
You can be like Daniel in the scriptures. You, too, know what the Lord would have you eat and drink. You know what is not good for you (see Doctrine and Covenants 89). If a king, or a friend, or anyone else tempts you to try something that is harmful to your body, say no with the same courage shown by Daniel.
Color the flannel-board figures, then mount them on heavy paper. Cut them out and use them to retell the story of Daniel and his three friends.
June 11, 2011 • 4:53 am 0
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Josiah at age eight, when he became king; The temple being repaired; The book of the law; The high priest; Josiah, grown up, standing by the pillar of the temple.
(Illustrated by Beth Whittaker.)
“Josiah—Believer in the Scriptures,” Friend, Feb 1998, 10
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. (Moro. 10:4–5.)
Josiah was only eight years old when he became king of Judah. His father had been a wicked king, but Josiah chose to be righteous. When he had been king for several years, he ordered that the temple be repaired. While that was being done, the “book of the law” (scriptures) was found. The high priest sent it to King Josiah, who studied it carefully. To his dismay, he discovered that he and his people had not been living the gospel. He wept when he realized that they had been worshiping idols (false gods). He ordered that the idols be destroyed.
The Lord saw that Josiah wished to be obedient and live according to the scriptures, and promised him that though Jerusalem would one day be destroyed because of its wickedness, it would not happen while he was king.
King Josiah had all the people brought before the temple. As he stood next to a pillar, he read to them from the book of law. He then had them make a sacred covenant to “walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments … with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book” (2 Kgs. 23:3). All the people agreed. Josiah tried all his life to live by the scriptures, and he tried to teach his people to do the same.
Though his people did not remain faithful after his death, Josiah was such a righteous man that it was said, “like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him” (2 Kgs. 23:25).
Instructions: Color the flannel board figures, then mount them on heavy paper. Cut them out and use them to retell the story of righteous King Josiah.(See 2 Kgs. 22–23.)