“Lesson 4: Joseph Smith’s Childhood,” Primary 3 (1994), 15–19
“Lesson 4,” Primary 3, 15–19
To encourage each child to follow the example of Joseph Smith in being a good family member and following Jesus.
Study Joseph Smith—History 1:1–12.
Prepare a piece of paper large enough to cover the picture of Joseph Smith. Cut the paper into several pieces, enough for one piece of the puzzle for every child. Place the cut paper over the picture of Joseph Smith until the picture cannot be seen. (For older children, write a fact about Joseph Smith on the back of each piece.)
Prepare the following wordstrips:
Prepare to sing “Love at Home” (Hymns,no. 294).
Prepare the following materials:
Picture 3-6, The Prophet Joseph Smith (62002; Gospel Art Picture Kit 401); picture 3-7, The Joseph Smith Family; picture 3-8, Joseph Smith Seeks Wisdom in the Bible (Gospel Art Picture Kit 402); and picture 3-9, Jesus the Christ (62572; Gospel Art Picture Kit 240).
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 last 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 the children choose one way they can follow Joseph Smith’s example this week. As they are deciding, pass out pencils and paper. Have the children write their names and their choices at the top of the paper. Help them as needed. (For example, “I will be kind this week.”) Then have them write or draw a picture showing what they have chosen to do to follow Joseph Smith’s example.
Encourage the children to take their papers home to show their parents and to keep them in a place where they will see them often during the week.
Sing together “Choose the Right Way”; the words are included at the back of this manual.