To help each child want to prepare for Jesus Christ’s second coming by following Jesus’ teachings.
Prayerfully study Matthew 24:36, Luke 24:50–53, and Acts 1:3, 9–11. See also Gospel Principles (31110), chapter 43.
Make a copy of the “Preparing for Jesus to Come” game board, found on the last pages of the manual (if it is not possible to make a copy, carefully remove the pages from the manual). Paste the game board onto cardboard or stiff paper. Save this game board for use with future classes.
If your class is large, you may want to make a second copy of the game so two groups can play at the same time. Ask a Primary leader or a parent of one of the children to come to class and supervise the second game.
For the game, cut twelve small pieces of paper. Write a number on each paper, using the numbers 1 through 6 twice. Fold the papers and put them in a container.
Prepare to tell about a time when someone close to you went away for a while. Plan to talk about how you missed the person and how you prepared for the person’s return.
Prepare to sing or say the words to the second verse of “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, p. 82).
A small object, such as a button or rock, for each child. These objects will be used as markers in the game; each object must be different (in color, shape, or size) so the children can recognize their own markers.
Picture 2-62, Mary and the Resurrected Lord (Gospel Art Picture Kit 233; 62186); picture 2-64, Jesus Shows His Wounds (Gospel Art Picture Kit 234; 62503); picture 2-65, The Resurrected Jesus Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit 239; 62187); picture 2-71, The Ascension of Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 236; 62497).
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 Prepare for the Return of Our Loved Ones
Jesus Christ Will Return
We Can Prepare for Jesus Christ’s Second Coming
Invite a child to give the closing prayer. Suggest that the child ask Heavenly Father to help the class members prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ.
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.”
Sing or say the words to both verses of “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, p. 82). The words to the second verse are printed on pages 237–38.
I wonder, when he comes again,
Will herald angels sing?
Will earth be white with drifted snow,
Or will the world know spring?
I wonder if one star will shine
Far brighter than the rest;
Will daylight stay the whole night through?
Will songbirds leave their nests?
I’m sure he’ll call his little ones
Together round his knee,
Because he said in days gone by,
“Suffer them to come to me.”
(© 1952, 1980 by Mirla Greenwood Thayne. Used by permission.)
Explain that the tenth article of faith tells about Jesus Christ’s second coming. Help the children memorize the phrase “We believe … that Christ will reign personally upon the earth.” Explain the meaning of the phrase to the children.
Show the children an oil lamp or a simple drawing of an oil lamp. Explain that Jesus taught us the importance of preparing for his coming in a story about ten virgins (or girls) and their lamps. Tell the parable of the ten virgins, as found in Matthew 25:1–13. Explain that oil lamps cannot give light unless they have oil to burn. Emphasize that because the five foolish girls did not prepare, they were not permitted to go to the wedding.
Explain that the Savior compared the wedding to his second coming. The girls getting oil for their lamps can be compared to us preparing to be with Jesus. If we are not prepared when he comes, we will not be able to live with him.
Ask the children to tell ways they can prepare for the coming of Jesus (you may need to give them some suggestions, such as those used in the game). Help them understand that by choosing the right we are preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Write I Am Preparing for the Coming of Jesus Christ at the top of a badge for each child. Have each child use crayons or pencils to draw on the badge a picture of himself or herself doing something to prepare for the coming of Jesus. Pin the badges on the children or help them put string or yarn through a hole at the top of each badge to make a necklace.