“September 14–20. 3 Nephi 8–11: ‘Arise and Come Forth unto Me,’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 (2020)
“September 14–20. 3 Nephi 8–11,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2020
Record Your Impressions
Show a picture of Jesus Christ appearing in the Americas, like the one in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families. Invite the children to point out details in the picture and share something they know about the story being depicted.
You may not be able to share with the children all the details of the Savior’s appearance to the people of Nephi, but you can help them feel the love He showed the people in 3 Nephi 8–11.
Tell the children about the storms and darkness described in 3 Nephi 8, being careful not to scare or upset them. You could use “Chapter 42: The Signs of Christ’s Crucifixion” (Book of Mormon Stories, 117–19, or the corresponding video on ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Ask the children how they might feel if they had been in those storms and darkness. Explain that the storms and darkness were signs that Jesus had died, and show a picture of the Crucifixion (see Gospel Art Book, no. 57). Then read 3 Nephi 9:13. What did Jesus say He would do for those who repented? Help the children understand that the word “heal” in this verse means that Jesus would forgive them.
Display the picture in this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families while you describe in your own words the resurrected Savior’s appearance to the Nephites and Lamanites. Read short passages from 3 Nephi 11 that will help them feel the sacredness of this event. Invite them to close their eyes and imagine how they would feel if they got to see Jesus. Or show the first minute of the video “My Joy Is Full” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Tell the children about how you feel when you read and ponder these events. Testify that Jesus wants us all to come unto Him and feel His love. Complete the activity page with the children.
The image of a hen gathering her chicks can teach the children about the comfort and protection the Savior offers if we will come unto Him.
Show a picture of a hen caring for her chicks. Read 3 Nephi 10:6, and tell the children about how a hen calls to her chicks and protects them under her wings when there is danger. Discuss how Jesus is like the hen and we are like the chicks. How can we come to Him to find safety?
Place a picture of Jesus on a wall. Invite the children to walk around the classroom as you read 3 Nephi 10:4 out loud. Tell them to move toward the picture of Jesus when they hear the words “gathered” or “gather.” Repeat this activity as you read verses 5 and 6. Share with the children how you have come to the Savior for safety, and testify that He will protect us from spiritual dangers as we keep His commandments.
The children you teach are preparing to be baptized. Christ’s teachings in these passages can help them know why baptism is important.
Read 3 Nephi 11:21–26, and invite the children to stand up every time they hear the word “baptize.” Explain that Jesus taught us the right way to be baptized. Show a picture of a child being baptized (see Gospel Art Book, no. 104). If the children have seen a baptism before, invite them to describe what they saw. Who performed the baptism, and how did he do it?
In advance, invite a father of one of the children to attend your class and share with the children why it is important that we are baptized by immersion by someone who holds the priesthood. He could also explain to the children what will happen when they are baptized and the blessings they will receive. Encourage him to use 3 Nephi 11:23–26 in his explanation.
One powerful message of these chapters is that Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and He can be the light of our lives.
Read together 3 Nephi 8:5–7, 11–23, and 10:9–13 (if possible, darken the room as you read). Pause the reading occasionally and ask the children how it might have felt to experience these events. Read with the children some of the words Jesus Christ spoke to the people while they were in darkness (see 3 Nephi 9:13–14, 18). Why did Jesus Christ call Himself the Light of the World? What did Jesus invite the people, and us, to do so He can be our light? (see 3 Nephi 9:20–22).
Show the children a map of the world, and help them find Jerusalem and the Americas. Explain that the destruction described in 3 Nephi 8 was a sign to the people in the Americas that Jesus Christ had been crucified in Jerusalem. Read together 3 Nephi 11:1–15, and ask the children to tell you when they find something in these verses that helps them feel God’s love. Share verse 37, and testify that the Savior loves all children. Bear your testimony about the truth of what you are reading.
At first the people did not understand the voice they heard from heaven. What can the children learn from this account about receiving revelation?
Read 3 Nephi 11:1–4 with the children, pausing to ask questions like “Why do you think the people couldn’t understand the voice?” Then ask them to read verses 5–7 to find out what the people did that helped them understand the voice in their hearts. How can we try to listen to God when He speaks to our hearts through the Holy Ghost?
Play a recording of a hymn or children’s song softly so that it is difficult to hear. Ask the children if they can understand the words of the song. Then help the children search 3 Nephi 11:3 for descriptions of the voice from heaven. Why doesn’t God speak to us in a “loud” or “harsh” voice? What can we do to hear Him better?
Invite the children to tell someone about Jesus’s visit to the Americas—if possible, someone who does not already know about it.