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Year 02 / Lesson 12: Friendship

3.19.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 214: Stilling Ther Storm,  GAK 608/GAB 116: Christ and the Children, printed Friendship Wheel activity, brass fasteners, coloring pages, crayons.


Scripture: Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loveth at all times.

Opening Song: I'll Walk With You (PCS #140)

Lesson:

One of the very best blessings we can have in this life is good friends.  Good friends make us feel happy, are fun to be around, listen to us and help us when we need help.  We can be all of those things to others as well.  Friends can be very much alike or very different.

Share this story about being a good friend, even when we are different. 
Paul ran down the school steps and got into Mom’s car.

“How was school?” Mom asked.

“Great!” Paul exclaimed. “We have a new girl in our class named Cristina. She is from another country, and she is just learning to speak English.”

“I hope you will help her feel welcome,” Mom said.

“I’d like to, but how can I do that if she can’t understand me?” Paul asked.

“That’s easy,” Mom said. “Just smile.”

“Smile? What do you mean?”

“A smile can mean hello, how are you, or have a nice day. It is an international sign,” Mom said.

“I never thought of it that way before,” Paul said.

A few days later, Paul was excited to tell Mom about his day.

“Mom, remember when you told me that if I couldn’t talk to Cristina, I should just smile?” Paul asked. “Well, it worked!”

“That’s great!” Mom said. “What happened?”

“During recess I noticed that Cristina was standing by herself. She had a jump rope in her hand, but she wasn’t jumping. I wanted to be nice, but I didn’t know what to say. Then I remembered what you said and I smiled at her. She smiled back. Then she started jumping rope, and for the rest of recess she looked happy.”

“That’s wonderful!” Mom said. “I’m proud of you for being nice to Cristina.”

About a month later, Paul went to a school party at the roller-skating rink. As he skated around, he noticed that Cristina was standing alone at the side of the rink. Then there was an announcement over the loudspeaker: “Find a buddy to skate with for the next song.”

Paul skated over to Cristina. She looked surprised. He gave her a big smile and motioned for her to join him. Just like that day on the playground, she smiled brightly. As they skated with their classmates, Paul realized Mom was right. A smile means friendship in any language.

(story by Barbara Hagen, "Just Smile", Friend, Jan. 2010, 20–21)

Good friendships can help us make good decisions and choose the right.  Our friends should never try and make us break commandments or make bad decisions that could hurt others. If there are people like that who say they are our friends, they are not really good friends.  We should always choose good friends who help us make good decisions.

We have friends we play with now, but we have another good friend that you know a lot about. You know where He was born and what His mother’s name was. You know that He was baptized in the River Jordan by His cousin, John the Baptist. You probably know many of the stories about His life and what He taught. You know that He loves you.

- Who is the friend? (Jesus Christ)

Did you know that the more you come to know Jesus Christ the more you will understand that He can be your very best friend?


(display Stilling the Storm)


The scriptures are a wonderful place to learn about Jesus Christ. One time His disciples were on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. A great storm arose, and they were afraid that they would die. Jesus Christ calmed the winds and the water, and His friends were safe. We can also be safe in His care.


(display Christ and the Children)


When we keep the commandments of Jesus Christ, we are following Him. He will help us follow Him. We will come to know the Savior when we follow Him, pray to Heavenly Father in His name, learn about Him in the scriptures, and love Him. Jesus said, "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." (John 15:14). We can feel close to the Savior when we keep the commandments.

Sing (or recite together) the first verse to Jesus Is Our Loving Friend from the Primary Songbook no. 58.

Jesus is our loving friend.
He is always near.
He will guide us when we pray;
Ev'ry child is dear.

Share a story about friends in your life who have made an impact on the good decisions you made. Bear testimony of the friendship of Jesus Christ, that we can feel close to Him and He will take care of us.

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

Activity:

FOR YOUNG CHILDREN // Coloring Page
(Image from lds.org - Text from PCS #58: Jesus is Our Loving Friend)


FOR OLDER CHILDREN & TEENS // Friendship Scripture Hunt




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7 Way Righteous Comments:

Grant said...

I Love this blog! We have done a lot of your lessons. They are plain and simple truths: perfect for my little ones and so easy to feel the spirit when teaching them. Thank you! Oh...this particular lesson I love that I have already taught them to be friendly but now I can begin to teach my children how important it is to keep company with GOOD friends.

Anonymous said...

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Dyan said...

I like how easy the lessons are to give and prepare. Great for small children

Susan said...

Going to use this in advance of school starting up again! Thanks for sharing all your work!

Jamie said...

This is a great lesson with school starting next month! Thanks so much!

Tyler and Kristin Smith said...

Awesome lesson as usual.
Thanks so much.

alexandra enyart said...

This is such a great resource. Thank you for putting it all together. My girls go back to school in a week, this is a great reminder for them.

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