Year 03 // Lesson 09: The Lord Calls Samuel

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAB 18/GAK 111: Boy Samuel Called by the Lord, printed activity pages, and coloring tools/writing utensils.

Scripture:  Deut. 28:1–2 - And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.

Opening Song: Called to Serve (PCS #174)


In the bible we read the story of a woman named Hannah.  Hannah had wanted a baby for a long time. One day while she was in the temple she prayed, “O Lord, if you will give me a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life.”  The Lord answered Hannah’s prayer and she had a baby boy. She named the baby Samuel.

When the little boy was old enough to help in the temple, Hannah and Elkanah, his father, took him to the temple to live with Eli, the priest.  They took him there to fulfill Hannah's promise to have her son serve the Lord.

(Display GAB 18/GAK 111: Boy Samuel Called by the Lord)

One night after Samuel had gone to bed, Samuel heard someone calling his name, “Samuel.” Samuel thought it must be Eli calling to him. He went into Eli's room and answered, “Here am I”. But Eli said he had not called and sent him back to bed.

Samuel went back to bed, but after he laid down her heard a voice again calling his name...“Samuel,” and once more Samuel answered, “Here am I”.  The boy ran to Eli, who answered, “I called not, my son,” and sent him back as before.

The third time this happened, Eli realized that the Lord had been calling Samuel. He told the boy to go back to bed and, if the voice called again, to say, “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth”.

When the Lord called, “Samuel, Samuel” again, the boy answered as Eli had told him. Then the Lord talked to Samuel and Samuel  listened to His words. As Samuel grew up, he learned well the duties and responsibilities of being called by the Lord.  Because Samuel listened and obeyed, the Lord was with Samuel as he grew, and all the people knew he was a prophet.

Many times the Lord calls us and asks us to serve him.  Sometimes it is through a mission call and sometimes it is through accepting a calling at church and doing our best.  Sometimes the work we do for the Lord is easy and other times we may find it difficult. But if we always hear and answer when the Lord calls we will be blessed.  We may also get a quiet prompting in our hearts to serve another of God's children.  We may also be called upon to bear our testimony or to stand up for what is right.

There is a primary song called if "I Listen With my Heart". Do you know it?  The 2nd and 3rd verse of this song tell us about hearing the voice of the Lord, just as Samuel did.

I hear a living prophet speak the things that Christ would say
If He were here upon the earth to talk with me today
The prophet teaches how to live in righteousness and peace
And if I listen with my heart, I hear the Savior’s voice

I feel the Holy Spirit as he teaches truth and right
He comforts me in times of need, he testifies of Christ
He speaks to me in quiet ways that fill my soul with peace
And when I listen with my heart, I hear the Savior’s voice

No matter what the Lord calls you to do or how he speaks to you, we will always be blessed if we answer His call.

Bear your testimony about the blessing that come from bending your will to the Lords and serving in the capacities in which you are called. Share a specific time when you received a calling from the Lord and answered that call - share the insights and blessings you received as a result..

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

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

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A Year of FHE // A free Family Home Evening lesson on the Bible story of when the Lord spoke to Samuel in the Temple. There are so many spiritual lessons to be learned from this story!  Includes scripture, song, lesson, and two printable activites to choose from (one for young children and one for older kids). Your FHE is ready...just CLICK, PRINT, and TEACH! #bible #fhe #lds #familyhomeevening

14 Way Righteous Comments:

The Jewkes Family said...

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cr said...

Thank you for the lesson! I'm sure you are so busy and I really appreciate the time you put into these lessons. It makes it so easy for me!

Kristan said...

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Crystal Spencer said...

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Scottkids said...

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funkyhan said...

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Emily said...

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