“Lesson 40: The Sacrament Helps Me Think about Jesus,” Primary 1 (2000), 132–34
“Lesson 40,” Primary 1, 132–34
To encourage each child to think about Jesus Christ during the sacrament.
With the approval of your Primary president, ask the bishop to arrange for a member of the priests quorum to come to your class for a few minutes at the beginning of lesson time. The member of the priests quorum should prepare to tell the children about his responsibilities in administering the sacrament and his feelings about this sacred ordinance.
A Bible and a Book of Mormon.
Pictures of events from Jesus’ life, such as picture 1-16, The Nativity (Gospel Art Picture Kit 201; 62495); picture 1-17, Boy Jesus in the Temple (Gospel Art Picture Kit 205; 62500); picture 1-19, Christ and the Children (Gospel Art Picture Kit 216; 62467); picture 1-43, Jesus Healing the Blind (Gospel Art Picture Kit 213; 62145); and any others you want to use.
Picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ (Gospel Art Picture Kit 240; 62572); picture 1-8, Passing the Sacrament (62021); picture 1-44, Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere (Gospel Art Picture Kit 316; 62380); picture 1-70, The Last Supper (Gospel Art Picture Kit 225; 62174).
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. Remind the children that Jesus is the son of Heavenly Father. Because Jesus loves us so much, he came to earth to be our Savior. He healed the sick, taught the gospel, and showed the right way to live. Then he died for us.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Sing or say the words to “Before I Take the Sacrament” (Children’s Songbook, p. 73) or “To Think about Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 71).
Have each child draw a picture of himself or herself taking the sacrament. Label each picture I can think of Jesus as I take the sacrament.
Bring to class empty sacrament trays for the bread and water. Let the children look at and hold the trays. Have the children describe what happens during the administering of the sacrament in sacrament meeting.
Have the children act out some of their favorite stories from the life of Jesus.
Explain the sacrament in a simplified way: Show a picture of Jesus and tell the children that there is a time on Sunday when we remember Jesus in a special way. This is when we eat a small piece of bread and drink a small cup of water during sacrament meeting. Explain that during the sacrament we remember how much Jesus loves us and think about the many things he has done to help us be happy.
Sing or say the words to “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 57) or “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” (Children’s Songbook, p. 60).
Help the children do the actions to the following activity verse while you say the words:
Jesus said the sun should shine (make a large circle above head with arms),
The rain should fall (bring hands down in front of body while wiggling fingers),
The flowers should grow (cup hands, palms facing up).
Jesus said the birds should sing (open and close fingers and thumb like a bird’s beak),
And it was so, was so (fold arms).
(Johnie B. Wood, in Sing, Look, Do, Action Songs for Children, ed. Dorothy M. Peterson [Cincinnati: Standard Publishing Co., 1965].)
Remind the children that Jesus has given us many things to make us happy. During the sacrament we can show we are thankful by thinking about Jesus.