2010 - Wk 41 : Reading Scriptures

10.09.2010

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 226 (Jesus washing the Apostles' feet), GAK 316 (Jesus Christ Visits the Americas), GAK 401 (The Prophet Joseph Smith), GAK 403 (The First Vision), coloring tools for younger children and pen and paper for older children's activity.

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Scripture: 2 Nephi 32:3  - Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

Opening Song: Search, Ponder, and Pray  (PCS #109)

Lesson:

Scriptures are important books that are different from other books. They are sacred books. Something that is sacred helps us think about Heavenly Father and Jesus. The scriptures are more important than any other books because they tell us about Heavenly Father and Jesus and how much they love us. They tell us what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do so we can be happy.

Show and name each of the four standard works, one at a time. If some of them are combined in one book, point to the side binding where the titles are listed or turn to the title pages of each of the standard works.

(Show Gospel Art Kit #226)

The Bible has stories written by Prophets who testified that Jesus would come and by people who knew Jesus when he was alive on the earth.  These people lived where Jesus came from, in Jerusalem and the areas around it.

(Show Gospel Art Kit #316)

The Book of Mormon was written by Prophets who lived all the way across the world from where Jesus grew up.  But they wrote the same things...Prophets told that Christ would come, they shared their testimonies of Him and they saw Him after his resurrection.

(Show Gospel Art Kit #401)


The Doctrine and Covenants was written by modern Prophets, like Joseph Smith.  As he was organizing Christ's church on the earth he had many questions. The Doctrine and Covenants has the answers to many of those questions and is a history of the early Latter Day church.

(Show Gospel Art Kit #403)


The Pearl of Great Price contains many sacred writing that were lost many years ago.  The Lord guided Joseph Smith to find those lost writings and translate them for us to read today.  It also has a history of Joseph Smith's life and the Articles of Faith.

All of these scriptures tell stories about Heavenly Father and Jesus.  They help us know how to be happy.  Heavenly Father has commanded us to read them often, think about what we read and do what they tell us to do.  When we do those things we will be happy now and we can live with Heavenly Father again after we die.

Bear your testimony about the power of scripture study and how it has blessed your life.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.


Challenge: 
President Howard W. Hunter said, “When we … read and study the scriptures, benefits and blessings of many kinds come to us. This is the most profitable of all study in which we could engage.”

If you do not already do so, set a goal to read from the scriptures as a family at least 3 nights each week. You may attempt Monday, Wednesday and Friday to start off. After a month try adding Tuesday and Thursday to your reading schedule. Set in mind the goal to read scriptures as a family each night.


Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the OCTOBER Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family.


For Younger Children : Scripture Study Coloring Page 
(click to print)

For Older Children : Written Testimony of My Own



Explain to older children that the scriptures contain testimonies of the Prophets concerning Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  Share that many of the Prophets were very young when they wrote their testimonies (like Nephi). 

Have older children write down what their testimony would be if they were adding to their own scriptures.  Save this testimony or have them glue it into the inside of their personal set of scriptures.


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6 Way Righteous Comments:

Brooke said...

I've been looking for the perfect lesson about scriptures and this is it! I love how it talks about each book of scripture and who wrote them. Thanks so much for sharing these lessons!

Rachel said...

Thank you for your wonderful ideas and lessons.

Jill said...

Thank you for your lesson ideas!

Anonymous said...

Thank you I love the idea for older kids!

Emily Earl said...

I love the thought of gluing the testimony into the scriptures.

Haley said...

Thank you do much for all of your work and study. So grateful for you making this available to us!

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