Old Testament 2022
March 14–20. Genesis 42–50: “God Meant It unto Good”

“March 14–20. Genesis 42–50: ‘God Meant It unto Good,’” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Old Testament 2022 (2021)

“March 14–20. Genesis 42–50,” Come, Follow Me—For Primary: 2022

Joseph of Egypt

Illustration of Joseph of Egypt, by Robert T. Barrett

March 14–20

Genesis 42–50

“God Meant It unto Good”

It’s important to know the scriptures you are teaching, but it’s also important to know the children you are teaching. Take time to ponder and pray about both.

Record Your Impressions

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Invite Sharing

Because the story in Genesis 42–50 is a continuation of the story in last week’s lesson, from Genesis 37–41, take time at the beginning of class to let the children share what they remember about Joseph, including what they learned in Primary and at home.

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Teach the Doctrine: Younger Children

Genesis 45:4–15

I can show love to my family.

For young children, you may want to emphasize the parts of this story in which Joseph showed love to his family.

Possible Activities

  • Using “Joseph and the Famine” (in Old Testament Stories) or pictures in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families, tell the children about Joseph’s reunion with his brothers. Emphasize how Joseph showed love for his brothers.

  • Read phrases from Genesis 45:4–15 that describe things Joseph did to show he loved his family. Invite the children to pretend they are doing what the verses describe. For example, they could pretend to ask a family member to “come near” (verse 4) or give a family member food (see verse 11).

  • Sing a song about love, such as “Love One Another” (Children’s Songbook, 136). Help the children draw an outline of their hands and write in the outline something they can do to show love to their family.

Genesis 48:8–9

Priesthood blessings help me.

Jacob blessed his sons and grandsons (see Genesis 48–49). Today we can receive priesthood blessings that give us comfort, healing, guidance, and spiritual strength.

boy receiving blessing

We can receive blessings from those who hold the priesthood.

Possible Activities

  • Show the children a picture of Jacob blessing his sons or other pictures of priesthood blessings (see the pictures in this outline; see also Gospel Art Book, no. 12). Let the children describe what is happening in the pictures.

  • Read to the children Genesis 48:8–9. Explain that Israel, also called Jacob, was Joseph’s father and that he wanted to give Joseph’s children a priesthood blessing. If any of the children have received a priesthood blessing, invite them to tell about their experience. Or share an experience of your own.

  • Help the children think of reasons they might ask for a priesthood blessing. Also help them name priesthood holders they could ask, such as a father, grandfather, or ministering brother.

Genesis 50:15–21

I can forgive.

What can the children learn about forgiveness from the example of Joseph forgiving his brothers?

Possible Activities

  • Use this week’s activity page to help the children remember how Joseph’s brothers had been unkind to him. Read to the children Genesis 50:17, emphasizing that the brothers were sorry for what they did and wanted Joseph to forgive them. Read verse 21 to show that Joseph forgave his brothers—he was not angry with them anymore.

  • Sing together “Help Me, Dear Father” (Children’s Songbook, 99). When you sing about forgiving, invite the children to point to Joseph on the activity page. When you sing about repenting, invite them to point to his brothers.

  • Help the children think of situations in which they might need to forgive someone. Invite the children to practice what they might say or do to show forgiveness to that person.

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Teach the Doctrine: Older Children

Genesis 42–44; 45:1–15

Forgiveness brings peace.

Joseph’s brothers had done terrible things to him. Yet Joseph forgave them and brought peace to his family.

Possible Activities

  • Help the children act out scenes from Genesis 42–44. As they do, ask them how they think Joseph might have felt to see his brothers again or how the brothers might have felt when they finally recognized Joseph.

  • Ask the children what it means to forgive someone. Help them understand that forgiving someone includes treating him or her with Christlike love. Ask the children what they know about the story of Joseph forgiving his brothers, or read with the children verses from Genesis 45:1–15. What did Joseph do or say to let his brothers know he forgave them? What can we say or do when others ask us to forgive them?

  • Ask the children to think of a time when they forgave someone or when someone forgave them. To give them time to think, share an experience of your own, and testify of the blessings that came from forgiveness. Invite the children to share their experiences, if they would like to. How did they feel? What do we learn about forgiveness from the Savior’s example? (see Luke 23:33–34).

Genesis 45:5–11

Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to save me.

The story of Joseph saving his family from famine can teach us about Jesus Christ, who saves us from sin and death.

Possible Activities

Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 50:27–33 (in the Bible appendix)

Heavenly Father prepared Joseph Smith to be a prophet in our day.

Thousands of years in advance, Joseph of Egypt saw that the Lord would call Joseph Smith to do a great work in the latter days. Teach the children how the Lord has blessed us through the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Possible Activities

  • Give the children descriptive clues about Joseph Smith, and invite them to guess who you are describing. Include clues from Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 50:27–33 (in the Bible appendix), such as “he taught us about covenants” (see verse 28), “he gave us the word of the Lord” (see verse 30), and “he was named after his father” (see verse 33). After the children guess correctly, invite them to find these clues in the verses. What else do we learn about Joseph Smith from the prophecy of Joseph in Egypt?

  • Show the children pictures that represent important things Joseph Smith did or taught (see, for example, Gospel Art Book, nos. 89–95, 97, 98, 117, 118). Help the children think of blessings we have because of Joseph Smith. For example, how has his work helped us come closer to Jesus Christ?

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Encourage Learning at Home

Invite the children to share this week’s activity page with their families at home. They can use it to review the story of Joseph and his brothers and to discuss the importance of love and forgiveness in our families.

Improving Our Teaching

Testify of Jesus Christ. Even though the Old Testament does not mention the name Jesus Christ, it does refer to Him by other names, and it testifies of Him through symbols and stories. Help the children learn to look for truths about the Savior whenever they read the scriptures.