Year 03/Lesson 25: The Brother of Jared

What You'll Need: scriptures, difficult puzzle or math problem, GAK 318: The Brother of Jared, coloring page, coloring tools, pen or pencil.

Scripture: James 1: 5-6 - If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God...and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering...

Opening Song: Faith (PCS #96)


(Attention Activity)  Display a tricky puzzle you have or a difficult math problem.

Ask the children to solve the puzzle. When they cannot solve it ask them what they would do to figure out how to solve it.  (Ask someone who knows how to fix it for help).

- Have you ever had a problem that you didn't know how to solve?

Today we are going to learn about a Book of Mormon hero who had a problem he couldn't solve and read about how he got his answer.

Jared and his brother were righteous men who lived in a city called Babel. Most people were wicked.  The Lord told the brother of Jared to gather his family and friends and journey northward.  The Lord led them through the wilderness to the seashore, where they lived for four years.

While the Jaredites camped by the sea, the Lord chastised the brother of Jared for not praying. The brother of Jared realized how important it is to pray and ask the Lord for guidance. The brother of Jared repented, and the Lord forgave him. 

The Lord told the brother of Jared to build barges to take his people to the promised land. After eight barges were finished, the brother of Jared realized the barges had two serious problems. There would be no fresh air and no light. Because the Brother of Jared had learned to pray, he decided to ask Heavenly Father how to solve those problems.  He prayed and asked God for help.

The Lord told the brother of Jared to cut a hole in the top and the bottom of each barge. The holes could be opened to let air in and closed to keep water out. The Lord asked the brother of Jared to think of a way to have light inside the barges. The brother of Jared formed 16 small stones that were clear like glass. He asked the Lord to touch the stones so they would give light.

(display GAK 318: The Brother of Jared)

The Lord touched each stone with His finger and gave them light.  Because the Brother of Jared had such great faith he saw the Lord as he touched the stones.  The brother of Jared took the stones and placed one in each end of the barges. They gave light to the Jaredites as they traveled to the promised land.

- Who can you ask for help if you have a problem you cannot solve?

If we ask the Lord for help He will answer our prayers. Sometimes he answers with a quiet whispering to our minds, sometimes we find our answers in the scriptures or the words of a Primary song and sometimes the Lord sends others to help us.  No matter how He answers our prayers He will always find a way to answer them because we are His children and He loves us.

Bear your testimony about receiving guidance through prayer.  Share a specific example of a time in your life when you had a problem and took it to the Lord in prayer. Share the answer you received.

(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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19 Way Righteous Comments:

Amanda said...

Thanks you for this lesson. I love how visual it is - I think my 3-year-old will be able to understand. Thanks for all the time and effort you put into doing these lessons!

Nielson Family said...

Thank you for your lesson plan. It's nice to be able to have something meaningful for my children even when I can't put it together myself. Busy week :) Thanks again!

Jodee said...

I am sad that I found your website in June! I wish I had come across it in January! Thanks for all your hard work. Very well put together.

ashley said...

Thank you! This story has come up about 3 different times this weekend, apparently this was something I needed today!

Anonymous said...

Diidn't the brother of Jared see Jesus not heavenly father? Thanks for the lesson,

Emilie said...

Anon - yes. That's why I referred to him as 'the Lord'. I think to make the distinction at an early age might be confusing.

Pam Miller said...

Thank you so much for these lessons, I love them.

Lainee said...

Thank you for this lesson plan! Just what I needed!

Tay said...

I love the simplicity of this lesson - I especially love that I can adapt it to fit the understanding of my 4 1/2-year old and my 2-year old, but still have something that I can learn from it. I really like simple activities that don't require a lot of crafts and things - being pregnant and not very craft-inclined with my resources. Thanks for putting this together!


Thank you for all your hard work. Your work blesses the lives of many. We appreciate you and all you do for others.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the free printable. I used it for my CTR B class lesson!

Unknown said...

I am helping the boys in my Webelos den prepare a FHE lesson for their families...I love that your lessons are easy to understand for children and I think these boys will be able to do a great job using your outline! Thank you!!!!

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Ashley said...

We're reading about the brother of Jared right now. I think my kids will love this coloring page. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for the work you've put into this site. I use it at least twice a month to help with FHE lessons! Keep up the great work!

Leda said...

Thanks for the coloring page. This isn't the first time you've helped me out!! You are wonderful for sharing your talents and knowledge!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping me to be successful in teaching this great lesson to my kids. As my 6 year old says, "You are the!"

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