“Lesson 15: The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon,” Primary 3 (1994), 70–74
“Lesson 15,” Primary 3, 70–74
To help each child understand how we received the Book of Mormon.
Learn and be prepared to sing or say the words to “The Golden Plates” (Children’s Songbook, p. 86).
A Pearl of Great Price; also, if possible, a Book of Mormon for each child.
Picture 3-32, Moroni Appears to Joseph Smith in His Room (62492; Gospel Art Picture Kit 404); picture 3-33, Joseph Receives the Gold Plates (62012; Gospel Art Picture Kit 406); picture 3-34, Mormon Abridging the Plates (62520; Gospel Art Picture Kit 306); and picture 3-35, Moroni Hides the Plates in the Hill Cumorah (62462; Gospel Art Picture Kit 320); picture 3-36, The Gold Plates.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Explain that the writing on the plates was in a language that Joseph could not read. Joseph received a special tool to help him translate the writing on the plates.
Do any of you know what the Urim and Thummim are?
Explain that the Urim and Thummim are like special glasses through which Joseph could look to help him translate the ancient writing on the plates. With Heavenly Father’s help and by using the Urim and Thummim, Joseph was able to translate the words on the gold plates into words we could understand. When the translation into English was completed, the book was printed. It was called the Book of Mormon.
Hold up a Book of Mormon. Point out that this book is what Joseph translated from the gold plates.
After he translated the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith returned the plates to Moroni.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Using appropriate pictures, review a few of the Book of Mormon stories the children will learn about this year. For example:
Show picture 3-37, Nephi Subdues His Rebellious Brothers (62044; Gospel Art Picture Kit 303). Tell the children that they will learn how Heavenly Father helped Nephi build a ship even though his older brothers were mean to him.
Show picture 3-38, Two Thousand Young Warriors (62050; Gospel Art Picture Kit 313). Tell the children that they will learn how more than two thousand young men fought to keep their families free.
Show picture 3-17, Jesus Teaching in the Western Hemisphere (62380; Gospel Art Picture Kit 316). Tell the children that they will learn about Jesus Christ’s visit to the Nephites.
Have the children draw a picture of the gold plates and the Book of Mormon. Write Gold Plates and Book of Mormon on their pictures.
To help the children understand how ancient prophets could write on metal plates, invite each child to try writing his first initial on the bottom of a tin can with a nail. The teacher should demonstrate this first.
Review with the children the eighth article of faith. Help those who can to memorize part or all of it.