What You'll Need: scriptures, coloring page of a outdoor scene, a box of crayons, GAK 608/GAB 116: Christ with Children from Around the World, coloring page from lesson, coloring tools.Scripture: "Our Heavenly Father loves His children. He hears the prayers of the humble and sincere of every nation, tongue, and people." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Opening Song: We Are Different (PCS #263)
ATTENTION ACTIVITY: Print a coloring page for each child. Pull out a box of crayons and tell them they can each only use one crayon to color their picture. They can not share. If they protest ask them...
- Why do you want to use more than one color?
- Why is having a lot of different colors better?
Read the following poem by Shane DeRolf
(from the book The Crayon Box that Talked)
Last week we talked about how we are all children of our Heavenly Father and so we are very much the same. He wants us to treat everyone with kindness and love, no matter what they look like.The Crayon Box That Talkedby Shane DeRolf
While walking in a toy store, the day before today,
I overheard a crayon box, with many things to say…
‘I don’t like Red!’ said Yellow and Green said, ‘Nor do I!
And no one here likes Orange, but no one knows just why.’‘We are a box of crayons that doesn’t get along.’
Said Blue to all the others, ‘Something here is wrong!’
Well, I bought that box of crayons and took it home with me,
And laid out all the colors so the crayons could all see.
They watched me as I colored with Red and Blue and Green,
And Black and White and Orange and every color in between…They watched as Green became the grass and Blue became the sky,
The Yellow sun was shining bright on White clouds drifting by,
Colors changing as they touched becoming something new.
They watched me as I colored. They watched till I was through.And when I’d finally finished I began to walk away.
And as I did, the crayon box had something more to say…
‘I do like Red!’ said Yellow and Green said, ‘So do I!And, Blue, you were terrific so high up in the sky!’‘We are a box of crayons each one of us unique.
But when we get together the picture is complete'.
Today we are going to talk about the many things that are great about our differences.
LOOKING DIFFERENT MAKES US SPECIAL
Everyone looks different and we are each beautiful in our own way. No one is exactly like you and that makes every person special. Freckles, hair color, height, weight and everything else that makes us unique is part of our beauty.
- Tell each member of your family one of their physical traits which makes them unique and beautiful.
DIFFERENT TALENTS MAKE THE WORLD BETTER
Each of us has different talents. Some people play the piano or another instrument. Some are good at creating art. Some people are great listeners and good friends to others. When Heavenly Father gives us different talents, and we use those talents, we can make life more interesting, fun and we can help and strengthen each other.
- Tell each member of your family one of their talents which makes them unique and contributes to the happiness of others.
DIFFERENT BELIEFS ARE FUN TO LEARN ABOUT
Some people go to our same church and believe the same things we do, but a lot of people go to other churches and believe differently than we do. We can learn about their beliefs. It is fun! Having friends from other faiths and backgrounds makes life more fun and helps us realize that there are good people everywhere. We should be friends with everyone, even if they don't believe the same things we do. We should never say that their beliefs are wrong.
- Talk about a family friend or relative that is not a member of your faith and share all the reasons you love them.
When we realize that everyone being different is a wonderful thing it helps us see beauty in and appreciate everyone for exactly who they are. That also helps us feel happy about the way God made us.
WE HAVE BEEN COMMANDED TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER
(Display GAK 608/GAB 116: Christ with Children from Around the World)
Jesus Christ showed us the perfect example of loving people of all colors, faiths, beliefs, and differences. He healed people of all faiths. He loved people of all colors. He treated everyone with kindness. And we are commanded to follow him.
In the scriptures we learn about a time when a man asked Jesus what the very most important commandments to keep were. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (Matthew 22: 37-39) So, the two most important commandments are (1) Love God and (2) Love Your Neighbor. Jesus also taught us that when we love others we are showing love for Him. When we follow this commandment we will be blessed.
Bear your testimony about celebrating our differences. Share positive experiences you have had with people of different backgrounds, faiths and ethnicity. Bear testimony that God has made us different for a reason and each of us is loved by Him for exactly who we are.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Activity: Symbols of Faith Coloring Page
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