“Lesson 32: Remembering Jesus Christ When We Take the Sacrament,” Primary 3 (1994), 156–60
“Lesson 32,” Primary 3, 156–60
To help the children always remember Jesus Christ and their baptismal covenants as they take the sacrament.
Prepare a bag containing several small items.
Review the account of Jesus and the Nephite children from lesson 30 under the heading “Jesus Christ Loves All Children.”
Prepare to help the children sing or say the words to “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (Children’s Songbook, p. 74); the words are included at the back of this manual.
A Book of Mormon and a Doctrine and Covenants.
Picture 3-57, Jesus Blessing the Nephite Children; picture 3-22, The Last Supper (62174, Gospel Art Picture Kit 225); picture 3-1, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus (62133, Gospel Art Picture Kit 208); picture 3-51, Sermon on the Mount (62166, Gospel Art Picture Kit 212); picture 3-56, Christ and the Children (62467, Gospel Art Picture Kit 216); picture 3-10, The First Vision (62470, Gospel Art Picture Kit 403); and picture 3-59, Passing the Sacrament (62021).
If possible, a sacrament tray for the bread and for the water.
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.
Tell the children that they are going to do an activity to help them remember how they should act during the sacrament. Choose two children at a time to role-play the following ways of acting. Have them come to the front of the room. Whisper to each one what he should do. Have the other children watch and then choose which way they should act during the sacrament. Have the two participants tell what they were thinking about. Discuss with the children why the positive behavior allows them to think of Jesus Christ more reverently.
Sit reverently and think about stories from the scriptures about Jesus Christ.
Sit reverently and think about how much Jesus Christ loves you.
Reverently partake of the sacrament and then reverently pass it on.
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.”
If possible, obtain a small picture of Jesus Christ for each child and write a short, individualized note on the back. Tell the children that they can put the pictures where they will be reminded of Jesus and his love for them.
Read or sing “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 57).
Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear,
Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here.
Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.
Oh, let me hear how the children stood round his knee.
I shall imagine his blessings resting on me;
Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace,
All in the love light of Jesus’ face.
Tell me, in accents of wonder, how rolled the sea,
Tossing the boat in a tempest on Galilee!
And how the Master, ready and kind,
Chided the billows and hushed the wind.
Invite each child to whisper in your ear as he leaves the class one thing that he will think about Jesus Christ the next time the sacrament is passed. Whispering will keep the children from simply repeating what others said and will help with reverence as they leave the classroom.
Have the children listen to the following story about a boy who was helped by remembering Jesus:
“Scott and his family had just moved to a new city. The first day in his new home was his eighth birthday, but he had no friends to play with and no visits from grandparents or cousins as he always had before.
“His mother said, ‘Don’t worry, Scott, school will start next week and then you will make lots of new friends.’
“School started, but if anything Scott felt more lonely. All of the boys seemed to have their own friends. They laughed and had fun together, but Scott was not invited to join them. He watched from the sidelines. When school was over each day, he walked home by himself. …
“Scott later looked back at this lonesome time and said, ‘Before I moved, my [Primary] teacher gave me a small, framed picture of Jesus. I placed this by my bed. Every time I looked at this picture, I felt better. I remembered that Jesus loved children. I felt that he loved me and knew how I felt” (Family Home Evenings manual no. 1 , p. 140).
How did remembering Jesus help Scott?
How can remembering Christ help us?
Challenge the children to remain quiet for one minute and think about Jesus Christ.
Read or sing “To Think about Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 71).
It shouldn’t be hard to sit very still
And think about Jesus, his cross on the hill;
And all that he suffered and did for me;
It shouldn’t be hard to sit quietly.
It shouldn’t be hard, even though I am small,
To think about Jesus, not hard at all.