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Year 02 / Lesson 06: Joseph Smith, 1st Latter Day Prophet

2.05.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 102: Building the Ark, GAK 308: Abinadi before King Noah, GAK 314: Samuel the Lamanite on the Wall, GAK 402: The First Vision, GAK 401: The Prophet Joseph Smith, prepare an empty container (such as boxes or paper bags) for each family memebr...label each container with the words "Choose Me!", coloring tools, printed activites, pen/pencil, broomstick.


Scripture: Amos 3:7 - Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Opening Song: Follow the Prophet (PCS #110)

Lesson:

Heavenly Father wants us to happy. He wants us to know His commandments.  In the scriptures we read that God has a certain way that he reveals truth to the people on the earth. 

(Show pictures GAK 102: Building the Ark, GAK 308: Abinadi before King Noah and GAK 314: Samuel the Lamanite on the Wall)


- Who is each of these men?  (Noah, Abinadi and Samuel the Lamanite)
- What is the same about all of these men? (they were Prophets)

Heavenly Father calls righteous men as his Prophets.  He tells them his will and they are commanded to tell those around them what Heavenly Father wants them to do.  They write their testimonies in sacred books called scriptures. 

OBJECT LESSON 
Your family will love this easy and effective object lesson about Joseph Smith's first vision! It's such a great way to start a lesson in church or to go along with a Family Home Evening lesson.

Ask one child to leave the room.  Give remaining family members one box/bag.  That is their box and if the chosen child picks their box they "win". Invite the child back into the room.  Have the family members try to persuade the child which box to choose.  Encourage them to really be persuasive.

After they choose (but before opening) ask...

- Why did you choose that container?

- How did you feel when others were trying to tell you what to do?

When Jesus was on the earth he established his church, but after he died, the truth was lost and his church was gone.  After that many churches were formed and said THEY were the church Jesus Christ made.

When Joseph Smith was fourteen years old, he was confused about a choice he needed to make. He was trying to decide which church he should join. Other people tried to help him choose a church, but he only became more confused.  Joseph’s situation was similar to that of the child who had to choose between the two containers. Everyone wanted him to choose their church, but he did not know which church was the right choice. He decided to pray and ask Heavenly Father which church to join.

One day, Joseph went into the woods near his home to ask God which church to join.

(show GAK 402: The First Vision)


As Joseph knelt down he saw a pillar of light over his head and he saw two men standing in the air above him. Heavenly Father spoke to Joseph and introduced His Son, Jesus Christ.

(Have child open the box and see that there is nothing inside.  Show that the other box was also empty.)

When Joseph asked which church to join, Jesus told him not to join any, for they were all wrong.  The Lord commanded Joseph Smith to make the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth again.  Because Joseph Smith  spoke with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ he was called as a Prophet, just like Prophets like Noah, Abinadi and Samuel the Lamanite.

(show GAK 401: The Prophet Joseph Smith)


Joseph Smith restored Jesus Christ's true church on the earth again, he received the Priesthood power and wrote his testimony in sacred books, like the Doctrine and Covenants.  Joseph Smith was our first Modern or Latter Day Prophet, meaning he lived a long time after Jesus died.  He also translated the words of Ancient Prophets from the golden plates and they are now The Book of Mormon.
Bear your testimony about the Prophet Joseph Smith and how his restoration of the Gospel has impacted your life. 

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Activity: 

1. FOR YOUNG CHILDREN // Coloring Page (from The Friend magazine)

2. FOR OLDER KIDS // Joseph Smith Life Timeline & Scripture Hunt (from The Friend magazine)

3. FOR TEENS // I can Be a Leader like Joseph Smith


This is a great lesson handout for LDS teens and adults to learn how to disply the same leadership qualities that made Joseph Smith such an excellent leader.  Includes 5 qualities of leaderships, how Joseph Smith displayed those qualities in his life, and a place to write goals for each quality to enhance personal leadership skills. Awesome handout by A Year of FHE. #lds #mutual #JosephSmith #Leadership

4. FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY // Stick Pull Game



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12 Way Righteous Comments:

Christa said...

This is so great. I can't wait to try it tonight! Thanks so much for posting FHE lessons. I found your blog through another blog and realized we are 'neighbors'. We go to the Lebanon Ward.

Lindsay said...

My sister just told me about your blog and I love it! We will definitely be using these every week for our 3 little ones. You're great!

Jan said...

Thanks for your lesson ideas! Love the detail behind them. We've been using them since the first of the year. It's been so helpful!! Our boys (4 and 2) love having FHE and ask mid week if it's FHE tonight. They look forward to it and so do I now. THANKS!!

Angie said...

My family and I have made a goal to have FHE every Monday night this year, and so far so good,.....thanks to YOU! We did this one last night and my girls (4&2) had a blast with the game where you have to convince one person to pick your box. We actually played it about 10 times, even though they knew there wasn't anything inside! It was great, thank you so so much.

Carr Family said...

This lesson was so great! I love all your lessons!! My girls did the same as Angie's and wanted to play the "game" of choosing the gift again and again. Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas!!

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing your talents will all of us! Having the lessons so easily available and simple makes it much easier for me to have a meaningful lesson with my kids.

Scottkids said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, I needed a lesson on Joseph Smith for my Bear Scouts!! It will help them earn the religious square knot!! Thanks Again!!

Rebecca & Jeff said...

This is an awesome lesson! Thank you! I have been using your lessons EVERY WEEK for the past year and one month. I love them and so do my kids. Thank you so much. You have truly blessed our lives.

Candice said...

I found your blog in mid December 2012 after feeling very frustrated about our lack of FHE success. I took your 2011 lessons, altered the schedule so that they fit the weeks of our current year and printed it off so that I know exactly what we're doing every week. We have a goal as a family to achieve 100% FHE this year, and so far we are on track for accomplishing that goal. Thank You SO MUCH, for these wonderful lessons!!!

Candice said...

I found your blog in mid December 2012 after feeling very frustrated about our lack of FHE success. I took your 2011 lessons, altered the schedule so that they fit the weeks of our current year and printed it off so that I know exactly what we're doing every week. We have a goal as a family to achieve 100% FHE this year, and so far we are on track for accomplishing that goal. Thank You SO MUCH, for these wonderful lessons!!!

Lauren Hammond said...

Thanks for all of your hard work and talent! This is a wonderful resource.

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