Year 03/Lesson 37: The Prodigal Son

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 220: The Prodigal Son, GAK 608/GAB 116: Jesus and Chidlren, coloring page, coloring tools.

CLICK HERE to download the pdf of LESSON 37 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.

Quote:  "Somehow forgiveness, with love and tolerance, accomplishes miracles that can happen in no other way."  Gordon B. Hinckley

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


A parable is a story that uses every day objects to explain gospel ideas. When Jesus was on the earth he taught the people about repentance.  He told them a parable called The Prodigal Son.  PRODIGAL means very wasteful.

This story is about two brothers. The older one worked hard on his father’s farm and did everything his father asked. The younger son asked his father for money and then went to another land. There he spent all the money living foolishly and sinning. Poor, hungry, and sad, he thought about going back home.  He knew he had made terrible choices and was not sure if his father would still love him, but he decided to return home and beg his father to forgive him and let him work as a servant.
(show GAK 220: The Prodigal Son)

As the son neared his home, his father saw him coming and ran to him and kissed him. The father ordered his servants to put fine clothes on his son and prepare a great feast in his honor. He said, “For this my son...was lost, and is found”.

The older son had been working in the field. As he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. When he learned the reason for the celebration, he was angry and would not go into the feast. His father came to him and pleaded with him to join the party, but the son refused. He reminded his father that he had always been a righteous son and had never been given such a celebration.

The father explained that the older son would be richly blessed for all the good things he had done. But when the younger son was living a life of sin, it was like he was lost and not safe. Now that he had repented, he was found again and had come safely home.

Heavenly Father will always generously bless those who are righteous. But He loves all of His children and wants us to help find those who have lost their way and welcome them back.

- When have you made good decisions like the obedient older son in the parable?
- When have you made mistakes like the prodigal son

When you make mistakes and feel sorry, how would you feel if someone didn't accept your apology?  Jesus taught this parable to teach us to forgive others who have made mistakes and also to teach us that our Heavenly Father will always loves us, no matter how many mistakes we make.

(show GAK 608/GAB 116: Jesus and Children)

- How does Jesus want you to treat those who have disobeyed and then repented? 
- What does Jesus want us to do when we have been disobedient?

Bear your testimony about the power of forgiveness and the love that you, as parents/care givers have for your children. Emphasize that there is no mistake so big that they can not be forgiven and loved by you and by Heavenly Father.

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

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the SEPTEMBER Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Coloring Page
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