Lesson Plan: Am I Willing to Serve?

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Powerfully Teaching Your Children Gospel Principles Lesson Plan: Am I Willing to Serve? Objectives: Talk about the blessings that come from serving others. Emphasize how the prayers of others can be answered
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Powerfully Teaching Your Children Gospel Principles Lesson Plan: Am I Willing to Serve? Objectives: Talk about the blessings that come from serving others. Emphasize how the prayers of others can be answered through our willingness to help. Reinforces Principles of: Service Each lesson contains 5 timed activities: (Choose the activities that fit your family s schedule. Additional resources are provided as extra time may be available.) Reverence Time: Song, prayer, scripture and video clip Lesson Time: Lesson summary and points to ponder Story Time: Story Activity Time: Object lesson or activity Treat Time: Prayer, theme related recipe & music video Living Scriptures, Inc. All rights reserved. May be used freely for personal, non-commercial purposes. Approximate Time: 5 minutes Sing Together: Children s Songbook #78, I m Trying to Be like Jesus. If you wish to have an online music file to accompany you visit: (Note: Navigate to the Interactive Church Music Player where you can listen to and print Church hymns and children s songs.) Prayer: Scripture Time: Mosiah 2: And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Video Clip: Watch chapter 8 from The Complete Learning System Elijah DVD Living Scriptures, Inc. All rights reserved. May be used freely for personal, non-commercial purposes. Lesson Summary: Approximate Time: minutes (For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas): When asked Master, which is the great commandment in the law? the Savior said, 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 neighbour as thyself. (Matt. 22:36-39) In His earthly ministry, the Master outlined how we should live, how we should teach, how we should serve, and what we should do so that we could become our best selves.... Our Heavenly Father gave His Son; The Son of God gave His life. We are asked by Them to give our lives, as it were, in Their divine service.... There are lessons to be taught; there are kind deeds to be done; there are souls to be saved. Thomas S. Monson, Liahona, Apr 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. How does loving our neighbor show Heavenly Father that we love him? (Discuss ideas.) As we love our God, as we love our neighbor, we can be the recipients of our Heavenly Father s love. Of all the blessings I have had in my life, one of the sweetest is that feeling the Lord provides when I know that He has answered the prayer of another person through me. As we love the Lord, as we love our neighbor, we discover that our Heavenly Father will answer the prayers of others through our ministry. Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Jan 1998 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Did the Lord answer the Widow of Zarephath s prayers through Elijah? (Discuss ideas.) In the midst of a terrible famine; drought; and the despair of hunger, suffering, and perhaps even death... Elijah didn t question the Lord. He arose and went to Zarephath. She [the widow of Zarephath] did not question... She went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. (1 Kgs. 17:8-11) Thomas S. Monson, Ensign, Jun 2005 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. How was the Widow of Zarephath blessed for her service to Elijah? (Discuss ideas.) To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellowmen. Service to others... brings true joy. Thomas S. Monson, April 1990 General Conference Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Do we have to be financially well off to serve others? (Discuss ideas.) Often small acts of service are all that is required to lift and bless another: a question concerning a person s family, quick words of encouragement, a sincere compliment, a small note of thanks, a brief telephone call. If we are observant and aware, and if we act on the promptings which come to us, we can accomplish much good. Thomas S. Monson, Oct 2007 General Conference Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved Living Scriptures, Inc. All rights reserved. May be used freely for personal, non-commercial purposes. Points to Ponder: President Monson s lifelong friend John Burt says, Tom s care of the widows who lived in his ward eighty-seven of them is an example of his loyalty and devotion to people. When the rest of us were released as bishops, we just kind of moved on to the next task and left the widows to our successors. Not Tom. He somehow found time to keep visiting them. Nearly all of those eighty-seven widows are gone now, but their bishop kept visiting them to the end. Jeffrey R. Holland, Liahona, Oct 1994 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserve Why do you think President Monson kept visiting the widows of his ward? (Discuss ideas.) How does serving others bring happiness? (Discuss ideas.) Often times when we serve others, we are also giving them the opportunity for happiness by serving the Lord. When Elijah went to the Widow of Zaraphath, she didn t even have enough for herself and her son, yet she served Elijah and was blessed with enough food for her and her son. Do you think that the Widow of Zaraphath would have been happy to serve Elijah, even if she had not been blessed with food? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that true happiness comes from the feelings you get inside when you serve others.) What acts of service can our family give to find happiness? (Discuss specific ways your family can serve each other, neighbors, the church, etc.) Quote: I extol you who, with loving care and compassionate concern, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and house the homeless. He who notes the sparrow s fall will not be unmindful of such service. The desire to lift, the willingness to help, and the graciousness to give come from a heart filled with love. Serve willingly. Thomas S. Monson, Oct 2007 General Conference Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserve Living Scriptures, Inc. All rights reserved. May be used freely for personal, non-commercial purposes. (Approximate Time: 4 minutes) During the First Presidency Christmas Devotional, President Monson spoke fondly of his service to the eightyseven widows in his ward and the weekly vacation he would take each Christmas season to visit each widow in order to provide a small remembrance. President Monson recalled. One whom I visited was Elizabeth Keachie... Each year at Christmas time Lizzy baked a large and delicious shortbread cake for me.... President Monson went on to explain that one year Lizzy was upset because his shortbread gift had cracked. He continued...then the inspiration came. I said, Lizzy, do you have some milk in the house?... President Monson then explained how it became a cherished tradition for Lizzy and he to share a cracked shortbread with a glass of milk every year at Christmas time until she passed away. Memories of her own sweet Scottish grandmother filled Evelyn s mind as she listened. Grandmother had lived next door. After Grandpa passed away, Evelyn spent many afternoons keeping Grandma company. There were many afternoons that she and Grandma would bake shortbread for a neighbor. Like President Monson and Elizabeth Keachie, Evelyn and Grandma would eat the shortbreads that came out cracked. One time while they were eating their cracked shortbread, Evelyn had asked, Why are we making shortbread for Mrs. Borsma? It s not Christmas. Is it her birthday? and Grandmother had replied, Can t we do something nice, just because? When Evelyn was older she realized that just because was an opportunity to serve Mrs. Wood, who struggled to put food on the table for her children. Or Sister Perry was lonely because her children hadn t come to visit in a very long time. Or Mr. Kelsey was out of work. Grandma prayed for opportunities to serve. One time near the end of the month, Evelyn knew that Grandma s grocery budget was spent and there was hardly any sugar left in the canister. I don t think we better make shortbread for Mrs. Holmes today, Grandma, Evelyn had said with concern. You re almost out of sugar. Now, Evelyn, Grandma had answered, Do you think the Lord will bless me more, if I help brighten Mrs. Holmes day or if I selfishly hoard this sugar for myself? Grandmother always saw the glass half full, Evelyn thought to herself as they exited the Conference Center. On the drive home Evelyn asked her Beehive class what they had learned. To serve others, was the unanimous response, and not just at Christmastime. There are many worthwhile and obvious opportunities to serve, Evelyn told the girls. But have you ever prayed for the spirit to guide you to someone who might be in need and no one knows it? she asked. My Grandma taught me to do this and when I ve listened, I m blessed with a feeling of true happiness. The girls decided to pray, as a class, for an opportunity to serve someone in need. The opportunity that they prayed for didn t come right away. One Sunday in May, after the opening prayer, the girls began to talk about feelings they had been having about their friend Courtney, who was the only Beehive in her ward Living Scriptures, Inc. All rights reserved. May be used freely for personal, non-commercial purposes. Sister Smith, I m worried about my friend Courtney. She hasn t been to school in a week. I think she s sick because she hasn t been eating lunch at school, Tiffany explained. When I asked her why she wasn t eating, she said she didn t have any lunch money, Jennifer interjected. But she wouldn t eat any pizza at my birthday party either and pizza has always been her favorite food. With a plate of cookies in hand for Courtney, Evelyn rang the bell. When Sister Clark answered the door and looked at the offered cookies, she began to cry. How can I help, Kathy? Evelyn asked. Courtney has developed an eating disorder. Kathy went on to explain, She sees herself differently than others see her. It s called Body Image Distortion. Evelyn, why can t she see the beautiful young woman she is? After Evelyn explained that the spirit had prompted her to come today, the two women felt strongly that the answer to all of their prayers was for Evelyn to visit Courtney in the hospital. Evelyn s heart ached for the emaciated young woman lying in the hospital bed. Hi, Courtney. Do you remember me? Evelyn asked. I m your friend Tiffany s Beehive teacher. You came to our class once. Courtney turned away without saying a word. Evelyn sat down in the chair next to the bed. Courtney, when I was just a little older than you, I thought I was fat too. Sometimes I still do, she confided. Did you know that Satan is jealous because we have bodies and he doesn t? He s the one that want s us to believe that we re fat, but I for one, refuse to ever give in to those lies again, Evelyn resolved. Courtney turned and looked at Evelyn. She was the most beautiful woman Courtney had ever seen. How could she ever think she was fat? she thought. Evelyn continued to share her story with Courtney,... One day when I was refusing to eat, I over heard my mother praying for me, just like your mother has been praying for you. She pleaded with Heavenly Father for me to know that I was a beautiful daughter of God, Evelyn explained. It was then that the words to the song The Lord Gave Me a Temple entered my head and when I looked in the mirror, I did see a beautiful daughter of God... Courtney, my grandmother taught me that Heavenly Father sometimes answers prayers through another person s service. Will you let me and my Beehive girls help Heavenly Father answer your mother s prayers? Evelyn asked. Over the next few months Evelyn and the Beehive girls visited Courtney in the hospital. Made her get-well cards, wrote her letters and even filmed little videos that made Courtney laugh. They read scriptures and the New Era and listened to President Monson s talk that Evelyn had downloaded onto an mp3 player. Then one day Courtney held out her arms. Look, Evelyn. No I.V. I m eating all on my own now. I might get to go home next Friday. With tears of joy in her eyes, Evelyn opened her purse and took out a beautiful antique hand mirror. I ve been waiting for just the right moment to give this to you. Tell me, she said, holding the mirror up for Courtney to see her reflection in it. Do you see the beautiful daughter of God that I do?... Two weeks after Courtney came home from the hospital she invited Evelyn and the Beehive girls to her house. When we listened to President Monson s talk in the hospital. The one that brought all of you to my rescue, Courtney said with a wink. I knew just what I wanted to do to show you my gratitude. Courtney gave the group a large card she had made out of poster board that read Thank you for being there for me when my life was cracked. Then Courtney and her mother served each of them a cold glass of milk with a slice of cracked shortbread cake. by Margie Nauta Lee 2008 Living Scriptures, Inc Living Scriptures, Inc. All rights reserved. May be used freely for personal, non-commercial purposes. What you need: Preparation Activity: A copy of the SERVE game (artwork included with this lesson, scissors, a handful of small candies, cereal puffs or beans per person, prizes. Optional: Cardstock and glue for more durability. 1. Print out the artwork (one SERVE card per person). 2. Cut along all dotted lines. 3. Optional: Glue to cardstock for more durability. (Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.) 1. Place calling cards into a hat or bowl. 2. Choose one person to be the caller. 3. Hand out one SERVE card to each family member. 4. The caller pulls out one calling card at a time, gives a description of the card and then shows it to the players. 5. The players will then place candy, cereal or beans on the called image, if it is on their card. (Be sure to check both rows of E s for the called E images.) 6. The first person with the predetermined pattern (5 in a row, an X shape, etc.,) on their card calls out SERVE. 7. The person with SERVE picks a prize after telling one thing that they can do to serve others Living Scriptures, Inc. All rights reserved. May be used freely for personal, non-commercial purposes. Approximate Time: 45 minutes Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Cracked Shortbread Cake 1/2 c. butter 1/4 c. sugar 1 1/4 c. flour 1/8 tsp. salt Cream butter until smooth. Sift together salt, flour and sugar. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter. Beat thoroughly. Line one 9 inch pan with wax paper. Press dough evenly into pan until surface is smooth. Treat Time: Let children help prick top of shortbread cake with fork to make design. With a knife, make a crack going through the shortcake. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Let cool in pan before serving. Serve with cold glasses of milk like in the story. Closing Prayer and blessing on the food Living Scriptures, Inc. All rights reserved. May be used freely for personal, non-commercial purposes.
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