“Lesson 14: Jacob and His Family,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 56–61
“Lesson 14,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 56–61
To help the children have a desire to be honest and have integrity.
Genesis 28:1–5—Jacob is sent to seek a wife from among the daughters of Laban.
Genesis 29:1–30—Jacob marries Leah and Rachel.
Genesis 30:25–35, 43—Jacob works longer for Laban and prospers.
Genesis 31:1–18, 38–46, 52–55—Jacob and his family leave Laban.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
A Bible for each child.
A large chart as shown at the end of the lesson. (Note: Save this chart to use in lesson 15.)
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Make a copy for each child of the worksheet at the end of the lesson, or do the activity as a class.
Discuss making promises with the children.
What does it mean to make a promise? (To agree to do or not to do something.) Remind the children that when we were baptized, we made a covenant, or promise, to keep Heavenly Father’s commandments. One of the things we promised was to tell the truth and keep our word.
Why is it important to keep our promises? Explain that it is hard to trust someone who does not keep promises. Encourage the children to think promises through carefully before they make them. Some promises are better not made, such as promising not to tell the truth about something that happened.
Have the children listen to the following list of things they might promise to do. Have them raise their right hands if they think it is a good promise to make. Then discuss each promise and the consequences of making or breaking that promise.
You told your friend you would meet him at a certain time to walk to school together.
You said you would give a talk in Primary next week.
You told your friend you would help her play a trick on her brother.
You told your mother you would tend your little sister after school.
You told your friend you wouldn’t tell who broke the neighbor’s window.
You told your mother you would be home at five o’clock.
Display a wallet or other desirable object. Have the children pretend they found this object on the way to church. They do not know who the owner is, and they are tempted to keep what they have found. Have them discuss what they could do with it. You may want to tell the children where lost and found items are put in your meetinghouse. Encourage them to return valuable items they find to someone who can help find the owner.
Write each of the children’s names on separate slips of paper and place them in a container. Read one of the following situations; then draw a name from the container and ask that child to tell what should be done. Afterward, let that child draw out the next name. If the class is small, replace the names in the container after each use so a child may answer more than one question. You might want to add other examples.
You are given too much change at the store.
You forgot to do a school assignment. You are tempted to tell the teacher you were ill.
You are playing with a friend’s toy when it breaks.
You want some money to buy a treat and your mother’s purse is on the table.
You used one of your father’s belongings without permission and lost it.
Your friend left a toy at your house by mistake. It is something you would really like to have.
You are setting out a game to play while your friend goes to get a drink of water. You realize that while she is out of the room you could arrange the game so you would win.
You accidentally knock over a breakable object belonging to someone else. Your friend tells you that if it is an accident, you don’t need to admit you did it.
You can see another child’s test paper. You know his answers are usually correct.
Have the children read Exodus 20:15–16. Explain that these are two of the ten commandments given by the Lord. (Explain that “to bear false witness” means to tell a lie about someone.) Why is each of these commandments important to obey?
Sing or read the words to “I Believe in Being Honest” (Children’s Songbook, p. 149).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.