To help each child understand that the true Church of Jesus Christ has been restored.
Study Amos 3:7.
If it is available in your area, arrange to show Joseph Smith: The Man (9 minutes), on the videocassette Moments from Church History (53145).
Prepare to sing or say the words to “The Priesthood Is Restored” (Children’s Songbook, p. 89); the words are included at the back of this manual.
A Doctrine and Covenants and a Bible.
An attractive object or picture, such as a flower, a seashell, or nice picture from the meetinghouse library.
Chalk, chalkboard, and eraser.
Sheets of paper to be rolled into trumpets.
Picture 3-10, The First Vision (62470; Gospel Art Picture Kit 403); picture 3-11, John the Baptist Conferring the Aaronic Priesthood (62013; Gospel Art Picture Kit 407); picture 3-12, Melchizedek Priesthood Restoration (62371; Gospel Art Picture Kit 408); picture 3-13, Boy Being Baptized (62018); and picture 3-14, Girl Being Confirmed (62020).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
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.
The True Church Was Restored
Joseph Smith Received the Priesthood
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. 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.”
Tell the children that since Jesus’ true Church has been restored to the earth, we can learn the same things Jesus taught when he was on earth. We all have the privilege of being a member of his Church.
Tell the following story in your own words, or have the children role-play it:
“My name is Ila Marie Goodey. I am fourteen years old and I have had polio for eleven years. … I’m staying in the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. …
“Ever since I can remember, my parents have instilled the thought in my mind that the most important thing in my life is my Church and my Heavenly Father. … I have learned to love [the] Church with all my heart. …
“My parents taught me how important baptism is, so I looked forward eagerly to my own baptism. When I finally turned eight, I was in the hospital and it was the doctor’s opinion that I couldn’t leave the hospital even long enough to be baptized. I was heartbroken and I begged Dad to have me baptized while I was still eight. But it looked as though I would have to wait until I was well enough to get out, and no one knew when that would be.
“Then, [before my ninth birthday], my parents … and other relatives and friends came to the hospital, and I was baptized … in the [water] tank of our physical therapy room. I was confirmed a member of the Church I loved. …
“Now, six years later, I have been asked to write this story to show others how very important being baptized was to me.
“… I would like … to tell all of you how thankful I am to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (Ila Marie Goodey, “I Was Baptized in a Hubbard Tank,” Children’s Friend, Jan. 1963, p. 30).
Have the children tell about a baptism that they have seen, such as that of an older brother or sister.
Allow the children to draw and color something that will remind them of the restoration of the Church, such as a trumpet to announce the Restoration or Joseph Smith praying in a grove of trees.