“Lesson 5: Jesus Christ Is the Son of Heavenly Father,” Primary 1 (2000), 13–14
“Lesson 5,” Primary 1, 13–14
To help each child understand that Jesus Christ is Heavenly Father’s son.
With the approval of your Primary president, invite the father of one of the children to come to class to talk about his child when he or she was a baby. Ask him to bring photos and a favorite toy, if possible. Encourage him to express love for his child.
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 1-18, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 208; 62133).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Note to the teacher: As you talk about fathers in this lesson, be sensitive to any children in your class who do not have fathers in their homes. Emphasize that we all have a Heavenly Father who loves us. If some of the children in your class have stepfathers, explain that stepfathers also love us and take care of us.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Tell the children that each of them has two fathers: an earthly father and a Heavenly Father. Our earthly father is the father of our physical bodies. Heavenly Father is the father of the spirits inside our bodies. Jesus has only one father, because Heavenly Father is the father of Jesus’ spirit and his physical body. That is why Jesus is called the Son of God.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Put the three pictures from the lesson face down on your lap or on a table. Invite a child to choose one of the pictures, show it to the class, and tell the story illustrated by the picture. Do the same with the other two pictures.
Have the children sing or say the words to the first verse of “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 57).
Have the children act out the story of the birth of Jesus, using simple props such as a doll, a shawl, and scarves.
Show picture 1-16, The Nativity, and ask the children who the baby in the picture is. Tell them about the birth of Jesus.
Explain that Jesus is not still a baby. He is grown up now, and he is Heavenly Father’s most important helper. Show picture 1-3, Jesus the Christ, and tell the children that Jesus loves us and helps us in many ways.
Have the children stand and sing the following words to the tune of “Once There Was a Snowman” (Children’s Songbook, p. 249). Use crouching actions for the first verse and stretching actions for the second verse.
Once I was a baby, baby, baby,
Once I was a baby, small, small, small.
Now I’m growing bigger, bigger, bigger,
Now I’m growing bigger, tall, tall, tall!
Talk to parents of your class members in advance to get photographs of class members as babies or small toys they used to play with. Show these to the class. Identify the baby in each picture or the owner of each toy. Explain that when they were babies, the children used to look like the photographs and play with the toys.