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Gift of Myself

It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).

Have you ever wanted a toy, a game, or a piece of sports equipment so much that you asked for it over and over again, and even imagined how happy you would be playing with it? If you finally got it, was it everything you expected? Were you disappointed? Did you tire of playing with it? Did it break or wear out? Sometimes we think that having things will make us happy, but lasting happiness does not come from that.

Happiness often comes, however, from doing something kind or thoughtful for someone else. Have you ever planned a special surprise for a friend or family member? Wasn’t it fun! Have you ever worked hard to give someone a gift that you knew he would like? Wasn’t it exciting! Have you ever helped a younger child do something that he couldn’t do by himself? Or spent time with someone who needed your love and attention. The happy feelings that come when we love and serve others can stay with us for a long, long time.

The thirteenth article of faith helps us remember that “We believe in … doing good to all men.” When we do good to others, we receive great happiness.

Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” You could say that it will make you happier to give than to receive.

Instructions: Mount or trace the gift box pattern on a heavier sheet of paper.

Decorate or color the pattern, then cut it out along the solid lines. Punch out the two holes. Fold the sides and the tabs along the dotted lines. Glue the top and bottom tabs together.

Think of a family member or friend you would like to surprise with a special gift of time and love. Write down what you will do for that person on one of the gift slips. Slide the slip through one of the side openings in the gift box. Thread a piece of string through the holes at the top, and tie the ends together. Now your gift box is ready to hang on the tree or give away. You may use this gift box as a pattern and cut out many others from heavy gift wrapping or wallpaper.

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki

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Giving Activities

1. Talk to the children about giving gifts of time, love, and service to others. Divide into classes. Roll out large sheets of butcher paper, newspaper roll ends, or freezer paper. With a large, blunt crayon, trace around each child to create a full body silhouette. Let each child cut out his own silhouette and then draw in his own face. On the back of each silhouette, glue a small note with these words: This year I give the gift of self—my smile, my love, my help. Fold each silhouette carefully, and tie it up with a piece of yarn or ribbon. You could also use paper plates and let each child draw his own face on the front of the plate.

2. Collect and bring to Primary a wheelchair, a walker, a blindfold, a book in Braille, a brace, crutches, and a cane. Pictures of such items could be used. Sing “I’ll Walk with You” (Children’s Songbook, p. 140). Explain to the children some of the conditions under which a friend, family member, or neighbor might need to use the equipment. Talk about the kind of help, patience, and understanding each child could show to an individual using that equipment. If there is a child in the Primary who is currently using any of the equipment, give him a chance to express what kind of help is welcome. Be sensitive. Divide into groups and let each child have a chance to maneuver a wheelchair through a doorway, climb a stair with a brace on, open a door while using a walker, read a book written in Braille, etc.

3. Prepare a group of questions to test the children’s understanding of the principles taught in the Articles of Faith. Bring a large bag of building blocks to Sharing Time. Have the children sit in a circle. Spin a bottle, or draw names, to determine who gets to answer each question. When a question is answered correctly, stack a block on a pile in the center of the circle. Work together to see how high the stack of blocks can grow before it tumbles.

4. Prepare a list of the gifts Heavenly Father and Jesus have given us, and write them on separate slips of paper. Place each slip of paper in a box, then wrap the boxes as presents. Number each box, and write on it a clue to help the children discover the gift mentioned inside. Place the boxes all around the room. Give each child a paper and pencil. Have them walk around, look at the boxes and the clues, and write down what they think is in each box. After they are seated again, open each box. Discuss the gifts they have been given by Heavenly Father and the kinds of gifts they can give in return. Younger children would enjoy looking at pictures of things God has placed on the earth for them.

5. Have, in a paper bag, a collection of small items familiar to a young child. As you pull out the items, talk about gifts of love and kindness the children could perform in their homes using the items. For example, a toy—you can pick up your toys; clothing—you can put away your clothing; a picture book—you can help a younger brother or sister look at a picture book; a picture of a smiling child—you can be cheerful and happy.

6. Invite two or three good storytellers from your ward to visit Sharing Time. Have each share a personal story that will encourage the children to “do good to all men.”

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Worthy Thoughts Activities

1. Write situations like the following on slips of paper. Give one to each class. Have them discuss it, then role-play the situation and a possible solution for the whole group: (a) You are at your friend’s house and he or she wants to watch a video your parents do not approve of. What should you do? (b) You are watching a TV show and realize that it is very violent. What should you do? (c) You are riding in the backseat of a car. The music on the radio is loud and irreverent. What should you do?

2. Invite a panel of adult members, including a member of the bishopric, to discuss with the children the kinds of media choices that they (the panel) had to make when they were young and what helped them make good choices. Each panel member could briefly discuss the topic. Teachers could help children formulate questions to ask panel members.

3. Gather materials for fun activities to be used as alternatives to TV or video viewing; place some in a box or envelope for each child, and let each child decorate his or hers. Add items over a period of several weeks. The Friend magazine is an excellent source for such materials (for example: stories, games, crafts, and word searches, dot-to-dot, other puzzles).

4. Clear a space in the middle of the room. Choose several different types of Primary songs, and one child for each song to lead the other children around the room, moving according to how the music makes her or him feel. Discuss the power of music over our feelings and thoughts. This variety from the Children’s Songbook might be considered: “Called to Serve,” p. 174 (marching); “The Oxcart,” p. 219 (slow plodding); “Follow the Prophet,” p. 110 (dancing); “Do As I’m Doing,” p. 276 (skipping); “I Feel My Savior’s Love,” p. 74 (quiet reverence).

5. Explain that choosing to think about the beautiful things that Heavenly Father and Jesus have placed on the earth can make us feel good. Show pictures of or items from nature, such as seeds, fruit, leaves, flowers, an egg; talk about them. Have each child draw something he or she can think about that will bring feelings of love and thanksgiving.

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Clean Thoughts Lesson and Activity

If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things (A of F 1:13).

Have you ever had a bad thought or word come into your mind? It is not a good feeling. Sometimes they come all by themselves. But you can make them leave!

Your mind can think of only one thing at a time, so when a bad thought or word comes into your mind, pull it out and plant a good thought in its place: Sing a favorite Primary song or hymn. Make a list in your mind of all your blessings, and say them out loud. Think of the beautiful things in nature that Heavenly Father and Jesus have created for you.

Your eyes and your ears send messages to your mind. Most of the time, you can choose what will enter your mind. You invite in good thoughts and words or bad ones by what you choose to look at or listen to. The thirteenth article of faith helps us know what to choose. It says, “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

When you watch TV or a video, ask yourself, “If Jesus were watching television with me, would I want to watch this program?” If not, turn off the TV or leave the room. When you listen to music, ask yourself, “Would this music be pleasing to Heavenly Father?” If not, turn the music off or leave the room.

We need reminders every day to help us make these important choices. On the next page, you will find reminder buttons and a reminder bookmark that can be placed on a TV, a radio, a compact disc player, or in a book.

Instructions: Carefully color the reminder buttons and the bookmark, then cut them out. Fold the bottoms along the broken lines. Secure the top part of the button to the top of your TV, radio, or CD player with a small weight, and let the bottom part hang down where you can easily see it. Use the bookmark in the books you read.

Illustrated by Denise Kirby

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Patriotic and Obedience to Laws activities

1. Invite the children to list some of the laws of their country and community on the blackboard, a large piece of paper, or whatever is available. Help each child make a copy to take home to share with his family in a family home evening.

2. Have the children make a large picture of the flag of their country. Paste it on a poster or large paper. With each child drawing one person, create pictures representing many different people (old, young, boy, girl, dark, light, etc.) who live in your country. Paste them around the picture of the flag. Discuss how so many different people need to obey laws so that they can live together in peace. The poster could be shared with the bishop.

3. Invite everyone to stand in a circle. Use three different colors of beanbags—one for the laws of God, one for the laws of the land, and one for family laws. The leader begins by gently tossing a beanbag to a child who must then state one law or rule of God, country, or home that he or she should obey. Make sure that each child has a turn.

4. Invite each child to draw a picture of herself or himself obeying a rule or law. Encourage each child to explain her or his drawing to the group. This is an activity children could share in a family home evening.

5. Using toy blocks, rocks, or pieces of paper, have younger children create on the floor a town with roads. Using toy cars, demonstrate what might happen when drivers do not obey laws. If you have any toy figures, children could also demonstrate what might happen to people who do not obey traffic laws. If no toy cars or figures are available, children could draw them on cards or pieces of paper.

6. Write on pieces of paper different situations in which someone did not obey a law. Fold and place the papers in a container. Invite a child to choose a paper and read the situation (you read the situations for younger children). Ask another child to tell what rule or law was broken and how the situation could have been different if the law had been obeyed. Be sure that each child has an opportunity to participate. Children could also act out the situations and let others guess the law that is being broken.

7. Invite each child to make a small drawing representing someone obeying a law. Tape the picture to a stick. Have each child explain his or her picture, then stand it up in a hole made in a cardboard box or empty egg carton. Invite the bishop or another priesthood leader to come to Primary during another Sharing Time to see the display of pictures and to reinforce to the Primary children the importance of obeying laws.

8. Have the children sit on the floor in a circle with their hands folded. The leader calls out a number, then pats the hands of the person sitting next to him while saying “One.” That person then pats the hands of the person on the other side of him and says, “Two.” Go on around the circle until they arrive at the number the leader called to begin with. That person tells one law we should obey and indicates if it is a law of the land, a law of God, or a family rule. Then that person calls out a number and pats the hands of the person sitting next to him, saying “One.” Continue around the circle until the number that was called is reached. Play until every child has had a chance to say a law or rule.

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Obedience and Family History with Coat of Arms activity

We believe … in obeying honoring, and sustaining the law (A of F 1:12).

Have you ever tried to play a game with someone who doesn’t know the rules? You end up spending all your time deciding whose turn it is or what should happen next. When each person who is playing the game knows the rules and follows them, everyone can have fun.

We also need rules or laws to help us live together in safety and peace. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe in honoring and obeying the laws of the countries where we live.

Jesus knew that it was important to obey the laws of the land. In the country where He lived, Caesar was the ruler. When the people asked Jesus if they should obey the law, He told the people to “render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21). In other words, Jesus taught us to obey and honor both the laws of the land, or nation, we live in, and God’s laws.

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have given us certain laws to live by so that we can be happy in this life and prepare to live with Them again. The rules and laws in our countries are meant to help us live together in safety and peace with our neighbors. We also have rules in our families to help us live, work, and play together in love and harmony.

Each country has laws that need to be obeyed. For example, Trevor, age 6, of Japan said, “When we walk to school, we can only walk where the cars cannot go.” Ji Hae, age 10, of Korea added, “In my country, you cannot drive a car unless you have a license.” According to David, age 9, of Canada, “In my country, we are not supposed to take drugs.” Annie, age 11, of China explained, “When I ride my bike in China, I must obey traffic laws. We do not ride bikes on sidewalks in China. Our sidewalks are for people who are walking.” Kirstie, age 8, of England shared, “When you drive, you mustn’t go over the speed limit. When you work and earn money, you have to pay taxes.”
Instructions

A coat of arms tells a story about a family and often includes a motto, or rule, the family tries to live by. In some countries, coats of arms have been used for centuries. Using the pattern on page 13, design your own coat of arms. Write your name in the banner at the bottom of the shield. In one section of the shield, draw a picture of your country’s flag. In another section, draw a picture of something that represents your family. In another section draw something that illustrates one of God’s laws. In the last section, draw something that represents you (a picture of yourself; a soccer ball; a musical instrument; your favorite color, animal, book, or place; your house). Think of a motto and write it in the banner at the top of the shield. You may choose from this list or think of another one: “I Am a Child of God,” “Love One Another,” “I Will Follow Jesus,” “I Love Truth,” “Choose the Right.”

Illustrated by Greg Newbold

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Second Coming and Preparedness Activities

1. Take a piece of string or yarn long enough to make a large circle, thread it through two empty spools, and tie the ends together. Have the children stand in a circle and hold on to the yarn. As the music is played, the children move the spools along the yarn. When the music stops, the two children who are holding the spools tell one way they can prepare for the time when Jesus comes again. Children can sing “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, p. 82) while the game is played. Play until every child has given a suggestion.

2. Divide the children into groups with a teacher or leader in each one. Read together the account of the Savior appearing to the Nephites in the Western Hemisphere (see 3 Ne. 11:7–17). Talk about when Jesus blessed the Nephite children (see 3 Ne. 17:11–13, 18–24), and about what it might be like when He comes again. Let the children share their ideas with the rest of the Primary in a news-interview format.

3. Using simple costumes, dramatize the parable of the ten virgins. Let the children who play the parts of the foolish virgins express their feelings about how it feels to be left out and about the importance of being prepared. Discuss how doing good things each day is like putting oil in our lamps.

4. Assign one part of the parable to each class, and have them illustrate it on a large piece of paper. Ask the children to stand in sequence, explain their picture, and tell their part of the parable. Invite a member of the bishopric to attend and respond.

5. Children could make small lamps out of play dough (see Primary 1, p. xv) and use them to tell the parable of the ten virgins. They could take the lamps home and share the parable and the present-day application at family home evening.

6. Have the children draw pictures to illustrate the following terms to add to their “My Articles of Faith Book” (see Sharing Time, Friend, January 1995, page 36): “Testimony—a special feeling that comes to me from the Holy Ghost”; “First Coming—the time from Jesus’ birth on earth until His crucifixion”; “Second Coming—the time when Jesus, our Savior, will come to earth again and reign as King.”

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Preparing for the Second Coming Lesson and Craft

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The Second Coming

I will come again (John 14:3).

When Jesus died and was resurrected, He promised that He would come again. Have you ever wondered what that will be like? Jesus could not tell us when He would come, but the scriptures tell us that it will be a glorious event. He will be our King and Ruler. It will be a heavenly, happy time for us if we are prepared to meet Him.

Because Jesus wanted us to know how important it is to be prepared, He told us a parable, or story. It is called the parable of the ten virgins, and it is recorded in Matthew 25:1–13. [Matt 25:1–13]

There were ten young women, or virgins, who were invited to a wedding supper. They had to wait for the bridegroom to let them in, but none of them knew when he would come to open the door.

The young women brought oil-burning lamps to give light so that they could see. Five of them were wise and not only filled their lamps with oil but also brought extra oil so that their lamps would burn for a long time. The other five young women were foolish. They did not bring enough oil.

Before the bridegroom finally came, the oil in all the lamps had burned away. The five wise women put their extra oil in their lamps and lit them. The five foolish women had to leave to buy more oil. By the time they returned, the bridegroom had opened the door, let the wise young women in, and closed the door again. So the five foolish young women could not go in to the wedding with the bridegroom.

Jesus is like the bridegroom. We do not know when He will come again. But if we prepare like the five wise women in the parable, we will be ready and happy to meet Him when He comes.

How can we prepare for the Savior’s coming? President Kimball taught, “In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living. Attendance at sacrament meetings adds oil to our lamps, drop by drop over the years. Fasting, family prayer, … control of bodily appetites, preaching the gospel, studying the scriptures—each act of dedication and obedience is a drop added to our store. Deeds of kindness, payment of offerings and tithes, chaste thoughts and actions, marriage in the covenant for eternity—these, too, contribute importantly to the oil with which we can at midnight refuel our exhausted lamps.” (Faith Precedes the Miracle, p. 256.)

1. Color the picture and the drops of oil on page 13. In the drops of oil, write what you can do to prepare to meet Jesus when He comes again.
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2. Remove the page and mount it on lightweight cardboard, then cut out the picture and the drops of oil.

3. Cut slits on the broken lines, as indicated, and “fill” the lamp and the jar for extra oil by placing the drops of oil in the slits.

4. Use the picture to share what you have learned with someone in your family.

Illustrated by Jerry Harston

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Gratitude Activities

1. Learn the songs “Thank Thee, Father,” “I Love to Pray,” and “Can a Little Child Like Me?” (Children’s Songbook, pp. 24, 25, and 9 respectively). Have the children name the blessings they are thankful for that are mentioned in the songs. Write the blessings on separate cards. Pass a card (or cards) to each class and have the children draw pictures of each blessing. Then sing the songs again and have the children show their pictures as each blessing is mentioned.

2. Tell the story of the ten lepers, having the children role-play the different parts. Discuss the gift of healing with them. Have children who have received special blessings tell about them and how they showed they were thankful. (Be sure to make the children sensitive to the importance of appreciating our blessings and expressing thanks for them.)

3. On separate cards, write situations where a blessing was given or a service was rendered, and put them into a box. Have the children choose a situation from the box, read it, and discuss how they would respond. For example: David was very ill. His father gave him a special blessing. David got well. What should he do? (Possible answer: Thank his Heavenly Father for granting the blessing, and his father for using the priesthood to pronounce the blessing.)

4. Read “Grateful Heart” by James E. Faust (Friend, May 1994, inside front cover). Invite older members of the ward or branch to talk about how their hearts have been made happy because of simple, daily blessings. Help the children realize that each day we receive many small blessings for which to be thankful.

5. Display a large heart. Discuss activities that make a happy heart (for example, saying our prayers, making a new friend, helping with a family project, learning a new skill). As the children provide answers, draw simple illustrations on the heart that represent the ideas. Give each child a small paper heart, and have him draw something that makes him happy. Take turns sharing these with the other children.

6. One week ahead, assign each class a word or phrase from Articles of Faith 1:7 (tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues). Have the class prepare to teach the meaning of the word/phrase to the other children. The Primary children could then memorize this article of faith.

7. Search the scriptures to find references about some of the gifts our Father in Heaven gives us (Job 32:8, 1 Ne. 10:17; Moro. 7:16; D&C 14:7; D&C 18:32; D&C 46:11–26). Display pictures of children who are demonstrating some special gifts they have (treating an elderly person with respect, helping a younger child with homework, showing kindness to animals, etc.). Have each child spend a moment thinking about a special gift he or she has. Leaders may need to help point out these gifts. Have the children share some of their gifts with the others and talk about how these blessings from their Heavenly Father help them to be happy.

8. Have the children draw pictures to illustrate the following terms to add to their “My Articles of Faith Word Book” (see Sharing Time, Friend, January 1995, page 36): gift—an ability or power given by our Heavenly Father to each of his children; to heal—to make a sick person well; thanks—expression of gratitude to someone who has done something kind; service—doing something kind or helpful for someone else.

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Gratitude and the 10 Lepers – Crossword puzzle and lesson

I Believe in Having a Happy Heart

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord (Ps. 92:1).

When you do something kind for someone, do you like to be told thank you? How does it make you feel?

Heavenly Father and Jesus have given you many blessings for which you can be thankful. Being thankful means that you appreciate your blessings and the kind things other people do for you. When you are thankful, your heart is happy!

One day as Jesus was going to Jerusalem, He saw ten men standing outside a village. They could not go into the village because they were lepers. Leprosy is a disease that causes large sores on the body that spread and hurt. When the ten lepers saw the Savior, they asked Him to heal them of this terrible disease. Jesus told them to go and show themselves to the priests. When they did as the Savior told them, they were found to be healed.

When one of the men discovered that he was cured, he went back to the Savior, fell down at his feet, and thanked Him. Ten men had been healed, but only one went back to thank the Savior. Who had the happy heart?
Instructions

After reading the scripture story of the ten lepers in Luke 17:12–19, complete the word puzzle on the next page. Then color the picture.

Across

2. The number of lepers who thanked the Savior

3. The disease that causes large, spreading sores on the body

5. What one thankful leper said to the Savior (2 words)

7. The city where the Savior was going

9. The number of men who were healed

Down

1. The ten men were _____________ because they did what Jesus told them.

4. Another name for Jesus

6. We have a happy ______________ when we remember to say thank you.

8. The book in the New Testament that tells the story of the ten lepers

Answers: Across—(2) one, (3) leprosy, (5) thank you, (7) Jerusalem, (9) ten. Down—(1) healed, (4) Savior, (6) heart, (8) Luke.

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Ideas for a Lesson on the Priesthood

1. Find pictures in the meetinghouse library or Church magazines that show priesthood ordinances (for example, a baby being blessed, someone being baptized, the sacrament being administered). Give a picture to each class and have them discuss the priesthood ordinance shown and how it blesses them. Have each class stand, show their picture, and share their thoughts.

2. Ask the children how the priesthood can bless their families. Write on the chalkboard the things they say. Talk about how families are blessed whn Lofgreen, “Sharing Time: Priesthood Blessings,” Friend, June 1995, 36
2. Ask the children how the priesthood can bless their families. Write on the chalkboard the things they say. Talk about how families are blessed when a father, brother, grandfather, uncle, or friend holds the priesthood.

3. Have the bishop or branch president discuss with the children the process that is followed in calling a person to serve in a church position such as that of a Primary teacher. Discuss the importance of the calling and setting apart of a person. During the year, if a new Primary teacher is called—and the bishop feels it is appropriate—invite the children to attend when the teacher is set apart.

4. Discuss the responsibilities and duties of deacons, teachers, and priests. Help the children determine how Aaronic Priesthood holders can bless others in the family (being a kind brother, going to church and fulfilling priesthood assignments, gathering fast offerings, and so forth).

5. Recite the fifth article of faith and discuss the words and their meanings. Sing “The Priesthood Is Restored,” “A Young Man Prepared,” and “Love Is Spoken Here” (Children’s Songbook, pages 89, 166, and 190, respectively). Talk about the message of each song and how it relates to the fifth article of faith.

6. Have children draw a picture to illustrate the following terms to add to their “My Articles of Faith Word Book” (see Sharing Time, January 1994, page 36): priesthood—the power and authority to act for our Heavenly Father; authority—the right to use or give power; laying on of hands—part of the ordinance when a priesthood blessing is given.

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Otosan Receives a Priesthood Blessing – Lesson with Craft

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I Believe That the Priesthood Blesses My Life

We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof (A of F 1:5).

Tetsuko lived by a high mountain in Japan. She was going to school for the first time. Excited, she dressed quickly in her new school uniform. Then she began to feel sick, and she didn’t feel like eating breakfast.

Okasan (Mother) asked, “Do you feel sick, Tetsuko?”

“Yes. My stomach hurts, and I don’t think I will be able to go to school today.” She started to cry.

Otosan (Father) took her hand in his and said, “I think I know what might be wrong with you. This is your first day of school. You will be away from home all day, and you don’t know what to expect. I had the same feeling when I started my job. Would you like me to give you a special father’s blessing?”

Tetsuko nodded.

Otosan placed his hands upon her head and gave her a blessing. He thanked Heavenly Father for her and for the happiness she brought them. He blessed her to feel better, to not be afraid, and to feel peace in her heart.

Tetsuko left for school. That afternoon she ran into the house, calling “Okasan! Okasan! I’m home. It was fun at school. My teacher is nice, and I met some new friends.”

Her mother pulled her close and said, “I’m happy you had such a good day and that Otosan was able to give you a special blessing.”

Our Heavenly Father gave his authority to certain men so that his work could be done. It is called the priesthood. Priesthood means the power and authority to act for our Heavenly Father.

How would things be different if we didn’t have the priesthood? The Church would not have been organized, no one could be baptized or receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, no one could receive the blessings of the temple, and no one could return to live with Heavenly Father. Through the priesthood, all of Heavenly Father’s children can be blessed.

Instructions:

Carefully remove page 37 and mount it on lightweight cardboard. Color the flannel board figures, cut them out, and glue a small piece of flannel or sand paper on the back of each. Using a flannel board, share the story of Tetsuko with your family and friends during a family home evening. Talk about the priesthood authority that Tetsuko’s father used to bless her.