To help each child understand that in the pre-earth life we lived with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and chose to follow them.
Prepare to hum and sing the first verse of “I Am a Child of God” (Children’s Songbook, p. 2). The words to this song are included at the back of the manual.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
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.”
Have the children look at their CTR rings. If the children are not wearing CTR rings, you may wish to tie a piece of string around each child’s finger like a ring. Tell the children that their rings will remind them that they chose to follow Jesus and that they should continue to make right choices.
Sing or say the words to the first verse of “I Lived in Heaven” (Children’s Songbook, p. 4):
I lived in heaven a long time ago, it is true;
Lived there and loved there with people I know. So did you.
Then Heav’nly Father presented a beautiful plan,
All about earth and eternal salvation for man.
After you sing, ask questions such as the following about what the song says (repeat the lines of the song as necessary to help the children with the answers):
Where does the song say you lived? When did you live there?
Whom did you live with there?
What did Heavenly Father do while we were in heaven with him?
What was the plan about?
Sing the second verse of the song and ask similar questions:
Father said he needed someone who had enough love
To give his life so we all could return there above.
There was another who sought for the honor divine.
Jesus said, “Father, send me, and the glory be thine.”
(© 1987 by Janeen Jacobs Brady. Used by permission.)
Have the children draw pictures of what they think heaven is like.
Sing or say the words to “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, p. 34) or “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (Children’s Songbook, p. 164). The words to “He Sent His Son” are included at the back of the manual.
My life is a gift; my life has a plan.
My life has a purpose; in heav’n it began.
My choice was to come to this lovely home on earth
And seek for God’s light to direct me from birth.
I will follow God’s plan for me,
Holding fast to his word and his love.
I will work, and I will pray;
I will always walk in his way.
Then I will be happy on earth
And in my home above.