Prepare to sing or say the words to “I Thank Thee, Dear Father” (Children’s Songbook, p. 7).
Prepare a sheet of paper for each child as follows:
A Book of Mormon.
A pencil or crayon for each child.
Picture 3-60, Girl Praying (62310); and picture 3-61, Jesus Praying with the Nephites (62542).
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 Talk with Our Heavenly Father
We Can Thank Our Heavenly Father
We Can Ask Heavenly Father for Help
We Should Pray Often, As Jesus Christ Did
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.”
Recite the following poem, doing the actions. Then repeat it with the children, doing the actions.
We thank thee, God, for sunshine bright, (arms up, fingers touching to make a sun)
For birds that sing in morning light, (arms outstretched as birds flying)
For happy children everywhere, (smile)
And for Heavenly Father’s loving care. (head bowed, hands folded, as for prayer)
Tell in your own words the following story of how a little boy’s prayer was answered.
An eight-year-old boy was on the operating table in a hospital. His parents had died, but he had learned to pray. He knew the operation was serious. He asked the doctor who was going to operate on him, “Doctor, before you begin to operate, won’t you pray for me?” The surgeon looked at the boy amazed and said, “Why, I can’t pray for you.”
Then the little fellow asked the other doctors who were helping, and they each replied in the same way. Then the boy said, “If you won’t pray for me, won’t you please wait while I pray for myself?” He got up on the operating table on his knees, folded his hands, and said, “Heavenly Father, I am only a little orphan boy, but I am awful sick and these doctors are going to operate. Please help them to do it right. And now, Heavenly Father, if thou wilt make me well, I will be a good boy. Thank you for making me well.”
When he finished praying, there were tears in the eyes of the doctors and nurses. The boy lay down on the table and said, “Now I am ready.” (Adapted from George Albert Smith, Sharing the Gospel with Others, sel. Preston Nibley [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1948], pp. 144–45.)
Make a one-week prayer chart for each child on one half of a piece of paper so that he can mark it morning and night when he says his prayers. On the other half of the paper, have each child draw a picture of himself praying. Invite each child to place his prayer chart in his home where he can see it and remember to mark it morning and night.