Cutout 1-26, father; cutout 1-27, mother; cutout 1-28, young girl; cutout 1-29, missionary-age boy (similar cutouts can also be found in Primary Visual Aids Cutouts set 1).
Picture 1-10, Family Prayer (62275); picture 1-15, Blessing the Food; picture 1-44, Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere (Gospel Art Picture Kit 316; 62380).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to pray with our families
We can have family prayer every day
Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to pray with our families every morning and every night. Usually the father or person in charge of the family asks someone to say the prayer. Anyone in the family can say a family prayer.
When should we pray with our families?
Who can say a family prayer?
We receive many blessings by praying together as a family
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Do the following activity verse with the children:
This is my mother, who helps me at play (raise first finger);
This is my father, who works all the day (raise second finger).
This is my brother, so strong and so tall (raise third finger);
This is my sister, who likes to play ball (raise fourth finger).
And this is me; I’m happy to say (extend thumb)
Together our family kneels down to pray (close fist).
Toss or hand a soft object such as a beanbag or ball to the children, one at a time. After the children catch the object, ask them to name something they could thank Heavenly Father for when they say a family prayer. After each child has had a turn, repeat the activity, having the children name things they could ask Heavenly Father for when they say a family prayer.
Give each child a piece of paper and crayons or pencils. Let the children draw pictures of their families praying. Label each picture I am happy when my family prays together.
Sing or say the words to “A Song of Thanks” (Children’s Songbook, p. 20) or “A Prayer Song” (Children’s Songbook, p. 22).
Additional Activities for Younger Children
Help the children repeat this verse, line by line:
We love Heavenly Father;
We thank him when we pray.
Heavenly Father loves us;
He hears the things we say.
Tell a story of a family praying together and receiving the needed assistance. For example, the family could be lost and then find their way; they could lose something and then find it; or someone in the family could be sick and then be made well. Suggest that in addition to praying for help, the family should remember to offer a prayer of thanks after receiving the help they needed. Remind the children that Heavenly Father is happy when we thank him for the blessings he gives us.
Sing or say the words to the first and third verses of “Thanks to Our Father” (Children’s Songbook, p. 20).