“Lesson 34: I Can Love Others,” Primary 1 (2000), 111–14
“Lesson 34,” Primary 1, 111–14
To encourage each child to express love for others through kind words and deeds.
Make a paper heart for each child in the class. Write I love you on each heart.
Picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit 240; 62572); picture 1-43, Jesus Healing the Blind (Gospel Art Picture Kit 213; 62145); picture 1-48, Children Playing with Blocks; picture 1-62, The Good Samaritan (Gospel Art Picture Kit 218; 62156).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Show picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ, and tell the children that Jesus told us to treat others as we would like to have others treat us. Show the Bible and read Matthew 7:12 through do ye even so to them. Explain that this scripture means that if we want others to be kind to us, we must be kind to them.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Read the following examples (or create some of your own), and have the children hold their paper hearts up if the action described is kind or shows love. Have them hold the hearts in their laps if the action is not kind and does not show love.
Taking turns when playing a game.
Helping a child who is hurt.
Hitting someone who makes you angry.
Walking reverently in the meetinghouse.
Saying “please” and “thank you.”
Holding a door open for someone.
Being noisy at church.
Helping clean up.
Remind the children that when we are kind to others, we are showing love, and Heavenly Father and Jesus are happy with us.
Think of several familiar situations where children have an opportunity to be kind and to show love for others. Write these situations on pieces of paper and have each child choose a piece of paper. Read each situation and have the child who picked it tell how to act in that situation. You may wish to use the following examples:
You and a friend are playing together, and another child comes into the room. What should you do?
You and your sister want to play with the same toy. What should you do?
Your baby brother took something that belongs to you. What should you do?
Using familiar examples from your ward or area, discuss how to show kindness and love to those who have disabilities. Help the children think of specific ways they might help a person with a disability.
How can we show love to someone who cannot see?
How can we show love to someone who cannot hear?
How can we show love to someone who uses a wheelchair or crutches?
Help the children understand that although some people may speak a different language or have a different skin color than they do, we are all Heavenly Father’s children. We should all be kind to one another. We should treat everyone as we would like to be treated. You might sing or say the words to “We Are Different” (Children’s Songbook, p. 263) or “Every Star Is Different” (Children’s Songbook, p. 142). Explain that every person is different from everyone else in some way.
Sing or say the words to “Kindness Begins with Me” (Children’s Songbook, p. 145) or “A Special Gift Is Kindness” (Children’s Songbook, p. 145).
Help the children do the following activity verse:
A smile is very catchy (push corners of mouth into a smile),
And so when I feel sad (push corners of mouth into a frown),
I try to give a smile away (push corners of mouth into a smile),
And soon I’m feeling glad (place both hands over heart)!
(Adapted from Pat Graham, “Feeling Glad,” Friend, Mar. 1990, p. 21.)