Year 03/Lesson 13: Death is a Part of Life

What You'll Need: scriptures, Primary Children's Songbook, a glove (or sew this glove) , word strips that say Where? Who? What?, GAB 57/GAK 230: The Crucifixion, GAB 60/GAK 234: Jesus Shows His Wounds, activity pages and coloring tools.

You can also choose to download the pdf of LESSON 13 for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson. *Note: GAK vs GAB pictures explained here.

Scripture: Alma 11:42 - Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.  

Opening Song:  I am a Child of God (PCS #2)


Display the word strips you have prepared that say:

Where? Who? What?

Ask the children to listen as you sing or read the words to the first verse of “I Lived in Heaven” (Children’s Songbook, p. 4) so they will know the answers to some important questions that you will ask them.

“I lived in heaven a long time ago, it is true;
Lived there and loved there with people I know. So did you.
Then Heav’nly Father presented a beautiful plan,
All about earth and eternal salvation for man.”

- Where did we live a long time ago? (In heaven)

- Who lived there with us? (people we loved, Heavenly Father and Jesus)

- What was Heavenly Father’s plan for us? To receive a physical body and to learn to choose between right and wrong.

Heavenly Father has a plan for our lives. He mad the plan before we were even born when we still lived with Him in Heaven. He is the father of our spirits and he sent us on a journey to earth to get physical bodies and learn to choose the right. When we are done our journey He wants us to return home to Him.

Just like we gain a physical body when we are born, we must leave that physical body when we die. But our spirit still lives.

(Show children your hand. Wiggle your fingers to show life and movement)

My hand is like my Spirit. When we lived with Heavenly Father our spirits were alive. When we came to earth we needed a body for our spirit to live in. This glove is like our physical bodies.

(Show children the glove. Put your hand inside and wiggle your fingers.)

When we are born our spirits enter our physical bodies and become one. We can move around, do work, serve others and have fun. After we are finished with what Heavenly Father wants us to do on earth our physical bodies die.

(Take your hand out of the glove)

But our spirits continue to live.

(Wiggle the fingers on your un-gloved hand)

The only thing that dies is our physical body.

Everybody who comes to earth eventually dies. Dying is a part of the plan of our Heavenly Father. As part of that plan Jesus came to earth. Jesus got a physical body as part of that plan.

(show GAB 57/GAK 230: The Crucifixion)

When Jesus was an adult he died on the cross for us. His spirit and his physical body separated. Three days alter he was resurrected. That means his spirit was reunited with his body, but his body was now different. It became perfect. It will never get hurt, feel tired or become sick.

(show GAB 60/GAK 234: Jesus Shows His Wounds)

Because Jesus died for us and was resurrected, our spirits will also be reunited with our physical bodies after we die and, just like Jesus, when we are resurrected our physical bodies will be perfect.

(Display the word strips you have prepared again. Ask the children to listen as you sing or read the words to the third verse of “I Lived in Heaven” so they will know the answers to some important questions that you will ask them.)

"Jesus was chosen, and the Messiah he came,
Conquering evil and death through his glorious name,
Giving us hope of a wonderful life ye to be -
Home in that heaven where father is waiting for me."

- What did Jesus do for us? (died so we could live again)
- Where will we live after we die? (Heaven)
- Who will we get to live with in Heaven? (people we loved, Heavenly Father and Jesus)

Sometimes people (and animals) we love die. Even though dying is an important part of Heavenly Father's plan it makes us feel sad because we loved them and will miss them. Even though we are sad we can be comforted to know that we will see our loved ones again and that they are happy to be waiting for us in Heaven with Heavenly Father. It's alright to cry and feel sad that they are gone. It's nice to remember all of the good times and memories we had with them while they were alive. We can always talk to others about them when we miss them very much. And we can think about the time when we will get to be together again.

President Monson said, "...through the heartache and loneliness of losing loved ones, there is assurance that life is everlasting. Our Lord and Savior is the living witness that such is so."

Bear your testimony about life after death And the joy that comes from knowing and understanding the plan of our Heavenly Father. If you are having this lesson because a loved one has passed away you may use this time to share memories of them and assure your children that they will be reunited with their loved ones in Heaven.

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

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

1. Coloring Page and Poem 
CLICK HERE to download coloring page with poem.

2. Remembering our Loved One
If you have recently lost a loved one you may choose to show photos and share stories about their life.  You may also purchase helium balloons and have children write letters to their lost loved one and send their messages to the sky by releasing their balloons.

10 Way Righteous Comments:

Amanda said...

This looks like a great lesson I am going to try today with my family. We lost a daughter 7 months ago and this will be a good review for my young children. However, the google docs keeps looping/redirecting and I can't get it to download or print. So we won't get to do the coloring page.

Britta said...

Thanks for putting together this lesson. We're going to a funeral for my grandma and this has some great ideas to incorporate into our FHE tonight for my young toddlers. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! This is a perfect way for my family to talk about their grandmother that died before they were born.

Amy said...

Thank you for this lesson. We have experienced the loss of a wonderful grandma and I have wondered how to talk to my young children about it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. We have a neighbor who is dying of cancer and I want to explain the process to my children. They are friends with her children. I think this will help them understand the eternal nature of life on this earth.

Neal and Stacu said...

thank you. This will help us prepare our children as they will soon have their first experience with death.

Neal and Stacu said...

thank you. This will help us prepare our children as they will soon have their first experience with death.

Kelly said...

This is perfect. My father-in-law is living his last few days of life and we will soon be attending his funeral. My children, ages 3-13 will face the first loss of a close loved one and this is perfect for our FHE. I particularly like how you used the question words and the song for answers. I'm looking forward to using this tonight.

Tiffany said...

Thanks so much!

Unknown said...

My mother-in-law passed away in May. My four year old is still trying to wrap her head around where Grandma Evie is. We are really pushing the Plan of Happiness right now as a family with all the issues we're having with our older teens and this will be perfect for all parties involved! THank you!!

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