“Lesson 37: I’ll Serve Jesus Christ by Serving Others,” Primary 3 (1994), 180–84
“Lesson 37,” Primary 3, 180–84
To help the children understand that they can show love for Jesus Christ by serving others.
Be prepared to hum “When We’re Helping” (Children’s Songbook, p. 198) and “‘Give,’ Said the Little Stream” (Children’s Songbook, p. 236).
Be prepared to sing or say the words to “Our Bishop” (Children’s Songbook, p. 135).
Talk to your bishop or branch president about his childhood. Ask him to tell you some ways in which he served others while he was young. Prepare a short presentation about him so the children can guess whom you are describing. If possible, borrow a picture of your bishop or branch president as a child. (You could also prepare this presentation about the Primary president or another leader.)
Make a flower out of construction paper for each child similar to the examples shown below. Make it large enough to print a short message on the back.
A Book of Mormon and a Bible.
A drinking straw or stick for each child, if available.
Transparent tape, if available.
A pencil or crayon for each child.
A vase or bottle.
Chalk, chalkboard, and eraser.
Picture 3-63, The Good Samaritan (62156; Gospel Art Picture Kit 218).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
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.”
Tell the following story about Heber J. Grant, the seventh President of the Church, and discuss how he served others.
Heber’s father died when he was just nine days old. His mother was very poor and had a hard time providing for herself and little Heber. She supported them by sewing for other people and taking in boarders. Sometimes she sewed for so many hours without resting that she could hardly push the pedal of her old-fashioned sewing machine. Heber would often crawl under the sewing machine and push the pedal for her. The winters were very cold in Salt Lake City, and Heber had only a thin, worn coat to keep him warm. He longed to have a warm coat but knew that they barely had enough money for food. Heber was delighted on his birthday when his mother presented him with a warm winter coat that she had made for him. His new coat was his most prized possession. A few weeks later, as Heber was hurrying on an errand, he saw a boy about his size shivering with cold. The boy was wearing a thin sweater, and Heber remembered how it felt not to have a warm coat. Heber took off his new coat and insisted that the boy put it on. He told the boy to keep it because he had another coat at home.
You might have the children role-play this story and then explain how the various characters might have felt.
Have the children sit in a circle and pass around a ball or soft object while you hum “When We’re Helping.” When you stop humming, whoever is holding the ball or soft object tells a way that he or she could help someone. Be sure that everyone gets a turn to tell a way he or she could help.
Pin or tape upside-down smiley faces on the children before they leave class. Tell them that when they do a kind service for someone, they may turn the smiley face right side up.