“God’s Plan Is for You,” Liahona, January 2022
As we study the images, symbols, and teachings of the Old Testament, we can better understand our Heavenly Father’s plan for us and Jesus Christ’s role in that plan.
The articles in this month’s issue can give you ideas for teaching children from the Old Testament and about God’s plan for us.
Why is it important to understand God’s plan of salvation? Use “Gospel Basics” on page 10 to teach your children the importance of the Fall of Adam and Eve. Together, you could create a list of the blessings and opportunities we have in this life because we came to earth.
After reading Elder Quentin L. Cook’s article on page 6, discuss as a family the blessings that have come into your life from knowing that God has a plan to save His children.
See page 38 for ideas on helping kids get involved in the scriptures. Enhance your study of the Old Testament by reading the articles on pages 12 and 42. What do you learn that helps you understand the Old Testament? Prayerfully discuss with your family what goals you have for your Come, Follow Me study this year.
See page 46 for an illustrated explanation of the Creation and other material to support your weekly Come, Follow Me study.
Moses 2:28 explains that humankind was given dominion over all living things. President Russell M. Nelson said, “We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations” (“The Creation,” Liahona, July 2000, 104).
Go on a short walk around the area you live in or look at pictures and videos of beautiful landscapes.
Point out different parts of the environment that you notice. This could be plants, animals, or landforms.
Notice each living thing and discuss specific ways we can take care of them and the environment around them.
Discussion: In what ways do Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ take care of us? How can we follow Their examples as we take care of the living things around us? In what ways can our actions show our gratitude for God’s creations?
President Russell M. Nelson taught: “Grand as it is, planet Earth is part of something even grander—that great plan of God. Simply summarized, the earth was created that families might be” (“The Creation,” Liahona, July 2000, 104).
Each person can take a turn acting out a day or part of the Creation.
The rest of the family members guess the day or the part of Creation that was chosen.
Discussion: Follow up by reading Abraham 3:22–27 together. How can knowing God’s purpose for creating the earth affect our daily lives? How can we better show appreciation for God’s creations?