“Lesson 5: The First Vision,” Primary 3 (1994), 20–23
“Lesson 5,” Primary 3, 20–23
To help each child know that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
If it is available, prepare to show The First Vision (15 minutes), on videocassette Moments from Church History (53145).
Prepare to sing or say the words to “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” (Hymns, no. 26); the words are included at the back of this manual.
A Bible and a Pearl of Great Price.
Crayons and paper.
Picture 3-8, Joseph Smith Seeks Wisdom in the Bible (Gospel Art Picture Kit 402); and picture 3-10, The First Vision (62470; Gospel Art Picture Kit 403).
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.
Ask the children what Joseph Smith learned from his vision. Bring out the following points:
Joseph saw Heavenly Father and Jesus. He learned that they have bodies of flesh and bone.
He learned that Jesus’ true Church was no longer on earth.
He learned that he was not to join any of the churches. Emphasize that none of the churches was true. (You might tell the children that the next lesson will explain how Joseph Smith helped bring Jesus’ true church back to the earth.)
He learned that Heavenly Father and Jesus care about us and answer prayers.
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 close their eyes while you read the words to the song “The Sacred Grove” (Children’s Songbook, p. 87). Ask them to think carefully about Joseph’s experience so they can draw a picture of it.
The Sacred Grove was green and fresh,
The morning sun shone bright around,
As Joseph knelt in fervent prayer,
As Joseph knelt in fervent prayer
Upon that sacred ground.
The Father and the Son appeared.
They spoke to him as with one voice.
Their message answered all his fears,
Their message answered all his fears
And made his heart rejoice.
Have each child draw a picture of Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, and label it “Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove.”
Reread James 1:5 aloud to the children and explain how this teaches us to find answers to our problems. Give the children situations in which they might “lack wisdom” and need to “ask of God.” Help them think of ways that Heavenly Father could help them with problems if they will ask him. You might use situations such as the following:
You are sad because you and your best friend have been fighting lately. You don’t know how to make things better.
You feel lonely and scared in your bed at night.
Your mother is sick and she seems sad. You would like to help her feel happy again.
Be sure to emphasize that Heavenly Father and Jesus usually answer prayers by giving us a peaceful feeling, which the children will learn more about in another lesson. The children should not expect Heavenly Father and Jesus to appear to them to answer their prayers.