“December 14–20. Moroni 10: ‘Come unto Christ, and Be Perfected in Him,’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 (2020)
“December 14–20. Moroni 10,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2020
Record Your Impressions
Pass around a copy of the Book of Mormon. When each child holds the book, ask him or her to share something he or she loves about the Book of Mormon—a favorite story, a testimony, or an experience learning from it at home or at church.
Look for ways to help the children accept Moroni’s invitation to ask God if the Book of Mormon is true.
Show a picture of Moroni burying the golden plates (see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families), and ask the children to describe what they see. Invite them to point to the plates, and explain that on these plates were written the words that we now read in the Book of Mormon. Let the children pretend to be Moroni writing on the plates and burying them. Sing together “The Golden Plates” (Children’s Songbook, 86).
Show the Book of Mormon, and read Moroni 10:4. Emphasize that we can ask God if the Book of Mormon is true, and He will send the Holy Ghost to testify to us. You could also use “Chapter 54: The Promise of the Book of Mormon” (Book of Mormon Stories, 156, or the corresponding video on ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Share how the Holy Ghost has helped you gain your testimony of the Book of Mormon. Help the children understand what a witness from the Spirit feels like. Sing a song about finding truth, such as “Search, Ponder, and Pray” (Children’s Songbook, 109).
Moroni described the gifts that God gives to His children when they have faith in Him. You can help the children have faith that God will give them spiritual gifts.
Write the numbers 9 through 16 on separate pieces of paper, and wrap each paper like a gift. Let the children take turns unwrapping the gifts. As they do, read together verses from Moroni 10:9–16 that correspond with the numbers, and help the children identify each spiritual gift. Explain that these are gifts Heavenly Father gives His children so we can help each other and do His work.
Let the children talk briefly about favorite gifts they have received. Tell the children about spiritual gifts you have noticed that Heavenly Father has given them, such as the gifts of faith, wisdom, testimony, kindness, and the ability to learn.
Consider how you will help the children understand what it means to “come unto Christ.”
Read to the children from Moroni 10:32, “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him,” and invite the children to repeat the phrase with you. Ask them to close their eyes while you place a picture of Jesus somewhere in the room. Then let them open their eyes, find the picture, and gather around it. Discuss with the children the ways we can come unto Christ (see, for example, Articles of Faith 1:3–4). Repeat this activity, letting the children put the picture somewhere in the classroom.
Help the children decorate heart-shaped badges that say “I love God with all my might, mind, and strength” (see Moroni 10:32). How do we show God that we love Him?
God wants each of us to know that the Book of Mormon is true. Help the children understand God’s promise to “manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Write on the board the words Read, Remember, Ponder, and Ask. Invite the children to find these words in Moroni 10:3–4. What should we read, remember, ponder, and ask in order to gain or strengthen our testimonies of the Book of Mormon? Ask the children to look for similarities between these verses and the song “Search, Ponder, and Pray” (Children’s Songbook, 109).
Help the children remember some of the experiences you have had together learning from the Book of Mormon. Share your feelings about the Book of Mormon, including how you have gained or strengthened your testimony that it is true. Invite the children to share their feelings and testimonies.
Tell about a time when the Holy Ghost bore witness to you about something. Describe how you felt and how you knew it was the Holy Ghost. Help the children learn from the following scriptures about how the Spirit speaks to us: John 14:26–27; Doctrine and Covenants 6:15, 23; 8:2–3; 9:7–9; 11:12–14.
There are many in our day who “deny … the gifts of God” (Moroni 10:8). Help the children see that these gifts still exist today.
Write the gifts named in Moroni 10:9–16 on strips of paper, and put them in a gift box. Write the numbers 9 through 16 on the board, and invite the children to take turns picking a paper from the box and matching it to the verse number on the board. What do we learn about these gifts from verses 8 and 17–18?
Share the story of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon (see “Chapter 3: The Angel Moroni and the Gold Plates,” Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 13–17). Help the children identify the gifts mentioned in Moroni 10:9–16 that God gave to Joseph Smith so he could bring forth the Book of Mormon. Why does Heavenly Father want us to believe in spiritual gifts today?
How will you invite the children to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him”?
Write on the board a question like What does it mean to come unto Christ? Help the children search Moroni 10:32–33 to find possible answers. Work together to list what Christ wants us to do and what He promises to do for us.
Share your favorite passages or stories from the Book of Mormon that have helped you come unto Christ, and invite the children to do the same. Review with the children the Prophet Joseph Smith’s words from the introduction to the Book of Mormon: “A man would get nearer to God by abiding by [the Book of Mormon’s] precepts, than by any other book.” Bear your testimony about how this has happened in your life.
Invite the children to pray for a stronger testimony of the Book of Mormon and then to share their testimony with a family member or friend.