“October 19–25. 3 Nephi 27–4 Nephi: ‘There Could Not Be a Happier People,’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 (2020)
“October 19–25. 3 Nephi 27–4 Nephi,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2020
Record Your Impressions
Help the children recall what they’ve learned over the past few weeks about what Jesus taught the people in the land of Bountiful. Explain that the Book of Mormon tells us how the people were blessed when they obeyed what Jesus taught them.
How can the Savior’s words to His disciples help the children understand the importance of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ?
Ask each child to say his or her name. Why are our names important? Tell them that Jesus’s disciples wanted to know what they should name Christ’s Church. Read to them the Savior’s response in 3 Nephi 27:7. Who did Jesus say His Church should be named after?
Make a badge that says “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” for each child to wear home. Let the children color their badges. Sing “The Church of Jesus Christ” (Children’s Songbook, 77) as a class. Tell why you are thankful to belong to the Church, and ask the children why they are thankful for the Church.
Help the children put together the puzzle on this week’s activity page. Explain that Jesus wants His Church to be built on His gospel, and use the activity page to talk to the children about what that means.
The happiness of the people described in 4 Nephi can help the children learn about the joy that comes from living the gospel.
Invite the children to talk about what makes them happy. To tell the children about the happiness of the people in 4 Nephi, read key phrases from verses 2–3 and 15–17. You could also refer to “Chapter 48: Peace in America” (Book of Mormon Stories, 136–37, or the corresponding video on ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Emphasize that the people were happy because they were converted to the Lord, they lived the commandments, and they loved one another.
Show pictures of happy people. Explain that the people in 4 Nephi had almost 200 years of happiness because they all tried their best to live the gospel. Help the children think of some commandments they could obey. For example, you could read them 4 Nephi 1:15 to teach that the people didn’t fight with each other anymore. Invite the children to act out obeying the commandments they thought of. Sing together a song about the joy that comes from living the gospel, such as “When We’re Helping” (Children’s Songbook, 198).
Read phrases from 4 Nephi 1:24–29, 34–35, and 43 that describe what happened when some of the Nephites stopped keeping the commandments. As you do, invite the children to make a sad face when they hear something that sounds unhappy. Testify that keeping the commandments leads to happiness.
Consider how you will help the children you teach recognize the great blessings that come from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Help the children read 3 Nephi 27:3, looking for the question Jesus’s disciples asked Him. Then invite them to look in 3 Nephi 27:5–8 for the answer. According to these verses, why is the name of the Church important?
Help the children think of different groups they belong to, such as a family or a Primary class. Ask them to tell you what they like about belonging to each group. Ask the children to help you write each word of the name of the Church on a separate piece of paper. Then mix the papers up, and invite the children to arrange these words in order. What blessings have we received because we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
The Savior summarized His gospel in 3 Nephi 27. How might His words help the children understand what the gospel is?
Explain to the children that the word gospel means “good news” (see Bible Dictionary, “Gospels”). Help the children search 3 Nephi 27:13–15 for something that sounds like good news to them. Why are we grateful to know the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Write on the board principles of the gospel like faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Invite the children to search 3 Nephi 27:19–21, looking for these words or similar words in Jesus’s description of His gospel.
Ask the children to imagine they have a friend who asks them what they believe as a member of the Church. Help them find truths in 3 Nephi 27:13–21 that they could share to summarize what we believe.
Invite the children to choose one of the gospel truths the Savior taught in 3 Nephi 27:13–21 that they want to learn more about. Help them use the footnotes, Topical Guide, or Guide to the Scriptures to find a scripture or two related to that truth. Invite them to share their scriptures with each other and what they learned. Why are we grateful to know the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Because they were converted to Jesus Christ and His gospel, the people described in 4 Nephi were able to establish a society of peace and unity. What can the children learn from them?
Prepare strips of paper with phrases from 4 Nephi 1:2–3, 5, and 15–17 that describe the blessings the people received (such as “there was no contention in the land”). Put the papers in a container, and let each child pick one and read it. Encourage the children to find their phrase in these verses from 4 Nephi. What do we learn from these phrases? What similarities do we see between these verses and the definition of Zion in Moses 7:18?
To help the children practice what is taught in 4 Nephi 1:15–16, present them with situations where people are angry with each other. Invite them to role-play what the situation might be like if they tried to live with “no contention.” Why is it easier to avoid contention when we have the “love of God” in our hearts?
Read with the children the following verses, and ask them to find reasons the Nephites and Lamanites no longer had peace and happiness: 4 Nephi 1:20, 24–29, 34–35, and 43. How can we avoid these dangers? Help the children discover ways we can avoid becoming prideful by reviewing Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson (2014), 238–39.
Encourage the children to decide on one thing they will do to bring more peace and happiness to their home and share it with their families.