“Lesson 23: Forgiving One Another,” Primary 3 (1994), 107–11
“Lesson 23,” Primary 3, 107–11
To help each child desire to follow the commandment to forgive others.
Prayerfully study Doctrine and Covenants 64:9.
Write the word angry or happy on the back of the appropriate face cutout (cutout 3-6).
A Doctrine and Covenants.
Cutouts of Alma the Younger (cutout 3-3), the four sons of Mosiah (cutout 3-4), and the angry and happy faces (cutout 3-6).
A scarlet (bright red) item, such as a piece of cloth or paper, and a white one. Make sure the white item is as clean as possible.
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.
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.”
Have younger children try to say a very large word, such as hippopotamus. Tell them that some words are hard to say. Explain that it can be hard to say “I forgive you” when someone makes us feel angry or sad. Tell the children that sometimes those three words can turn a sad feeling into a happy one.
Sing or say the words to “Help Me, Dear Father” (Children’s Songbook, p. 99); the words are included at the back of this manual.
Do the following finger play with the children. (You might also place socks over your hands to make puppets and attach little eyes to the socks.)
Two little friends, one left and one right (hold up both hands with fists closed)
Started to quarrel and started to fight. (wave fists at each other)
Now these little friends were not happy that day,
For they had been taught the right way to play.
Then one little friend hid his head down in shame; (lower right fist from wrist and turn away)
The other did too, for he felt just the same. (lower left fist and turn away also)
The first friend said, “I know what I’ll do (clap hands)
To show you I’m sorry. I’ll ask forgiveness of you.”
“I too am really sorry,” the next one did say,
“Let’s play and be happy the rest of the day.” (fold arms and sit down)
Make light pencil marks on a piece of paper (or chalk marks on a chalkboard) to represent wrong deeds and choices. Then erase them completely so that no marks remain. Explain that when we repent, it is as if Jesus Christ erases our sins so that no sign of them remains. (You might want to practice this before class.)