To help each child understand that Jesus Christ has the power to heal and that priesthood blessings can help heal the sick.
Prayerfully study Matthew 9:18–19, 23–26; Mark 5:22–24, 35–43; Luke 8:41–42, 49–56; James 5:14–15; and Doctrine and Covenants 42:48.
Copy or trace the drawings found at the end of the lesson and cut them apart. These drawings will be used in the “What Am I?” activity.
A Bible and a Doctrine and Covenants.
A first aid kit or sack containing a few items that help people heal when they are sick or injured, such as salve, bandages, and cough syrup.
A small bottle of consecrated oil.
Picture 2-25, Jesus Blessing Jairus’s Daughter (Gospel Art Picture Kit 215; 62231); picture 2-26, Jesus Healing the Sick; picture 2-27, Administering to the Sick (62342).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
We Sometimes Get Sick
Jesus Christ Healed the Sick
Men Who Hold the Priesthood Can Administer to Us
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for the children in your class. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Print We believe in the gift of healing on the chalkboard and explain that Joseph Smith gave us this great truth as part of the seventh article of faith. Have the children stand and repeat the sentence. Help them memorize it by erasing one or two words at a time. Have the children continue to repeat the sentence until it has been completely erased and memorized.
Sing or say the words to the first verse of “Faith” (Children’s Songbook, p. 96), using the actions indicated below. Remind the children that faith is important to healing.
Faith is knowing the sun will rise (form a circle over the head with arms),
lighting each new day (slowly drop arms to shoulder level).
Faith is knowing the Lord will hear (cup hand behind ear)
my prayers each time I pray (bring hands together as if in prayer).
Faith is like a little seed (form a cup with left hand and imitate planting a seed with right hand):
If planted, it will grow (use right hand to imitate a plant growing from the cupped left hand).
Faith is a swelling within my heart (place hands over heart).
When I do right (point upward with right index finger),
I know (touch head with right index finger).
Tell the story of Jesus Christ healing the Nephites, as found in 3 Nephi 17:5–9. If possible, use picture 317 in the Gospel Art Picture Kit (or 62541 in the meetinghouse library) to illustrate the story. Have the children touch on their own bodies some of the things that Jesus healed, such as eyes, ears, and legs. Talk with the children about how wonderful the Nephites must have felt when Jesus healed them. Read aloud the last part of verse 8 (from for I see) and remind the children that it is important to have faith in Jesus Christ.
Make each child a copy or tracing of the pictures at the end of the lesson. Give the children crayons and let them color the pictures. Encourage them to use the pictures to tell their families how sick people can be blessed through priesthood blessings.