If you are able, make a copy of the handout of 1 Nephi 3:7 for each child. Cut the handout apart on the dotted lines. Place the strips in an envelope for each child.
Be prepared to sing the first and second verses of “Nephi’s Courage” (Children’s Songbook, p. 120); the words are included at the back of this manual.
A Book of Mormon for each child, where available.
A pencil and a piece of paper or card for each child.
Chalkboard, chalk, and eraser.
Picture 3-37, Nephi Subdues His Rebellious Brothers (62044; Gospel Art Picture Kit 303).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Nephi Obeyed the Commandments
The Lord Taught Nephi How to Build a Ship
The Lord Will Help Us Obey the Commandments
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.”
Talk with the children about some of the commandments, such as reverence, prayer, kindness, honesty, Word of Wisdom, and so forth. Explain that each person finds some commandments easier to obey than others. Emphasize that Heavenly Father will help each of us to obey the commandments if we are really trying to and if we ask for his help.
With the children, sing or say the words to “Choose the Right Way” (Children’s Songbook, p. 160) and other songs about commandments, such as “Love One Another” (Children’s Songbook, p. 136) or “When We’re Helping” (Children’s Songbook, p. 198); the words for these three songs are included at the back of this manual.
Toss a beanbag or small stuffed animal to a child; then ask him a question from the lesson, such as:
What did the Lord tell Nephi to build?
How did Laman and Lemuel react when Nephi told them about building the ship?
Can you name a commandment that you can obey now?
What can we do if we need Heavenly Father’s help? (Pray.)
What did the Lord tell Nephi to do that was hard?
How did Nephi get tools?
Have the children pretend they are digging for ore, making tools, and building the ship as Nephi did.
For older children: Make a written copy of 1 Nephi 3:7 for each child. Cut it apart by lines and have the children glue the strips in order on a piece of paper. Encourage them to memorize the scripture.