Bring a doll wrapped in a small blanket (or use a rolled blanket or towel) to represent a tiny baby.
A Book of Mormon.
Chalk, chalkboard, and eraser.
Picture 3-47, Abinadi before King Noah (62042; Gospel Art Picture Kit 308); picture 3-67, President Spencer W. Kimball; picture 3-70, Boy Samuel Called by the Lord (62498; Gospel Art Picture Kit 111).
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.
Names Are Important
We Are Commanded to Honor the Names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
Using the Names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Properly
When is it right to use the name of Heavenly Father? (When we speak with reverence and respect and when we pray.)
Encourage the children to use the names of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father with reverence and respect.
Invite a child to give the closing 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.”
Recite the following action verse with the children:
Speak gently of Jesus;
Please soften your voice. (place index finger to lips)
You honor his name with your every right choice.
Our Heavenly Father’s name,
Like a prayer (fold arms and bow head)
Should only be spoken with great love and care.
Call a child by the wrong name, and ask him to do something for you. Ask him to explain to the rest of the class how he felt to be called by the wrong name. Use this experience to illustrate how it bothers us if someone mispronounces, forgets, or misuses our names. Explain that we do not like to hear our names yelled in anger. It would upset us to hear our names used in a bad way. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do not like this either. They have taught us to use their names only with respect, when we pray or are speaking reverently.
If the children can write their own names, have them print their first names in the middle of a blank sheet of paper, then trace around it with one color, then again with another color, and another, until they have made a circular “rainbow” around the names. If the children cannot print their own first names, you could print their names in the center of the papers and let them decorate the names with the rainbow outlines or in other ways.
Repeat the Abinadi role play from lesson 20, and have the child pretending to be Abinadi repeat the commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” to wicked King Noah.
With the children, sing or say the words to “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” (Hymns,no. 26); the words are included at the back of this manual.
Prepare a large wordstrip puzzle for the class that looks like this:
Tell the children that you would like to see if they remember the important commandment discussed in the lesson. Give five children each a piece of the large wordstrip puzzle that you have prepared. Help them arrange the words of the scripture in order. Then have the class read the commandment together.
Invite any children who want to recite this scripture.