2011 - Week 21: Joseph's Coat of Many Colors


What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 109: Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers, printed coloring page and coloring tools OR printed blank coat page, glue stick, child-safe scissors and scraps of construction paper.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.
Spiritual Quote: Gordon B. Hinckley "...forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way."

Opening Song: Help Me, Dear Father  (PCS #99)


Jacob had twelve sons, but Joseph was his favorite son. Jacob gave him a beautiful coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous and angry.

One time when the brothers were out feeding the sheep, Jacob sent Joseph to see how they were doing. When the brothers saw Joseph, they planned to kill him. But his brother, Reuben, persuaded them not to. Instead, they grabbed him, tore off his colorful coat, and threw him into a pit.  He was 17 years old.

(show GAK 109: Joseph Is Sold by His Brothers)

Soon some people were passing by, and the brothers sold Joseph to them. Then the brothers killed a young goat, dipped Joseph’s coat in its blood, and showed the coat to their father, hoping to convince him that a beast had killed and devoured Joseph. Joseph's father was heartbroken.

The people who bought Joseph took him to Egypt.  While Joseph was there people lied about him. He was thrown into jail, but he always remained faithful to the Lord.  One day when Joseph was in jail the King had a dream. He asked if anyone could tell him what the dream meant. Joseph was able to tell him because Heavenly Father gave him that gift. The King let Joseph out of jail and made Joseph very powerful. 

Soon Joseph's brothers needed help and went to Egypt to ask for help from the King.  When the brothers arrived in Egypt, they went to the house of an important man. They bowed down to him and asked him for help. None of the brothers realized they were bowing to their brother Joseph. But Joseph knew they were his brothers.

“I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt,” he said. The brothers were speechless and frightened. Would Joseph be angry with them?

Joseph forgave his brothers. He said, "Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life."  Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

Joseph’s father and brothers and their families came to live in Egypt. Joseph knew his family had been blessed by Heavenly Father.  Because Joseph was faithful to the commandments and forgave his brothers, his family lived and grew and became righteous.

- Do you think it would be hard to forgive your brothers if they did that to you?
- How can we be more like Joseph when our families do things that make us sad or hurt our feelings?

Bear your testimony about forgiveness.  Because Joseph forgave his brothers he was able to help fulfill God's promise to Abraham and establish the 12 tribes of Israel.

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

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the MAY 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.

I. Coloring Page
- CLICK HERE to print coloring page and have children color. Read the words at bottom of page.

II. Color the Coat
- CLICK HERE to print page with blank coat and either have children color patterns onto the coat or have children cut out small pieces of construction paper. They can then glue small squares of many colors to the blank coat to create a coat of many colors.

11 Way Righteous Comments:

Hot Pink Pansy said...

Another awesome lesson. I am so excited to share this with my Family. You are amazing. Thanks for your hard work and amazing lessons. I would love to feature you on my Primarily LDS Blog: primarilylds.blogspot.com

princess said...


Than, Erica, Pacen, Camry & Claira said...

Hey I have just found your site and I'm really loving it! I was looking for a lesson on manners and I'm doing your lesson tonight with my kids. thank you so much for your blog! I'll be a frequent visitor, i'm sure.

Chasing Molly said...

Dear Emilie and Family,
I am truly enjoying your blog. I share your passion for FHE. I too have felt frazzled trying to get family home evening ready in time for Monday. What a gift you have given us busy moms. Thank you! Thank You!

Allison said...

Thanks again for another great lesson. We usually either pick a topic that has been a challenge this week for us (or our boys) and this week it was Joseph and forgiveness. The boys loved hearing the story again and especially loved coloring their own fill-in coats! You rock! :)

Katherine said...

Many blessings to you! Thanks for a great lesson; it's practical and concise :) The coat will be great for a "Joseph's Coat of Many Colors" display/bulletin board with my Sunday School class! Greatly appreciated, thanks!

Rebecca_H22 said...

I tried using the google doc and it just takes me to the coloring picture. I love your easy lessons and since I started using them FHE doesn't seem like a chore!!Thank you!

Vickie McMullen said...

I love the idea of the blank coat, and the kids can use scrap pieces of paper to create a coat of many colors!!!
Thanks a bunch!! Blessings!

Jacqueline said...

I am going to make Joseph's coat of many colors with 40 children in an orphanage in Uganda! Thanks for the idea. :)

Michelle McClure said...

My kids watched the Joseph movie on Netflix today so this went along perfectly for our FHE lesson. Thanks for the lesson and free printable!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Emilie! Using the color pages for Midweek 3-year olds.

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