Obtain some small clean stones, or cut circles out of heavy paper to represent stones. Print “Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” on the bottom of the stones or papers by putting one letter on each stone, as shown below.
Arrange the stones or papers letter side down on a table or the floor before class.
A Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants for each child, if possible.
A paper and pencil (or crayon) for each child.
An interesting object (if possible, something relating to the lesson), with a piece of cloth to hide it.
Picture 3-55, The Brother of Jared Sees the Finger of the Lord (62478; Gospel Art Picture Kit 318).
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.
We Can Have Faith in Jesus Christ
The Brother of Jared and the Jaredites Had Faith
The Brother of Jared Saw Jesus Christ
Explain that because of the tightness of the barges, there was not any light inside, nor could fresh air get to the people and animals inside the barge. The people wondered how they would see or breathe while they were crossing the ocean. Jesus Christ instructed them to cut a hole in the top and bottom of each barge. These holes could be plugged up. Then, when the barges were on top of the water, the Jaredites could open the top hole to let in fresh air. If water started coming in, they could plug up the hole again.
The brother of Jared knew they still needed light inside the ships. He prayed and asked what they could do for light.
We Can Have Faith like the Brother of Jared
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.”
Give each child one of the stones used in the lesson as a reminder that they can have faith like the brother of Jared. You might want to have each child write the word faith on his stone.
Have the children repeat the first part of the fourth article of faith: “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Stand with the children to sing or say the words to “Faith” with actions (Children’s Songbook, p. 96):
Faith is knowing the sun will rise, (arms form a half-circle over head)
lighting each new day. (arms slowly drop to shoulder level)
Faith is knowing the Lord will hear (cup hands behind ears)
my prayers each time I pray. (hands together as in prayer)
Faith is like a little seed: (cup left hand and imitate planting a seed with right hand)
If planted, it will grow. (right hand imitates a plant growing from the cupped left hand)
Faith is a swelling within my heart. (place hands over heart)
When I do right, (point right index finger upward)
I know. (touch right index finger to head)
Show the children a seed. Ask the children what will happen when it is planted and cared for. You might help each child plant a seed in a paper cup filled with soil. Challenge the children to care for their plants for the next two weeks as the plants sprout.
What must we do for this seed to help it grow?
Explain that we have faith that seeds will grow when they are properly cared for. In the same way, we have faith that Heavenly Father will answer our prayers if we keep his commandments and pray in faith.