“Lesson 16: Joseph in Egypt,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 67–70
“Lesson 16,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 67–70
To encourage the children to keep themselves pure by staying away from temptation and living close to the Lord.
Genesis 40—Joseph interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s butler and baker.
Genesis 41—Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams, prepares for famine, and rules in Egypt. (Note: The word kine in Pharaoh’s description of his dream refers to cows or cattle.)
Additional reading: Psalm 24:3–5—Those with clean hands and pure hearts will stand in the Lord’s holy place.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture accounts (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.
Two magnets, one labeled “God” and the other labeled “Satan,” and a nail, pin, or paper clip. Or for the alternate attention activity draw a simple figure of a person on a piece of paper.
Pictures 6-18, Joseph Resists Potiphar’s Wife (Gospel Art Picture Kit 110; 62548), and 6-19, Joseph and the Butler and Baker.
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.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know that it is harder to avoid temptation when we allow ourselves to get close to it. Discuss with the children how they could distance themselves from temptation in the following situations:
A plate of your favorite dessert is on the table, ready to be taken to a sick neighbor.
Your parents have warned you not to swim without someone watching. You are alone by the water on a very hot day; perhaps you could just wade up to your knees …
Some of your friends are trying to convince you to try smoking a cigarette. Whenever you are with them, they dare you to take just one puff.
You are troubled by bad thoughts when you read a certain book.
You could make a list on the chalkboard of other temptations, such as gossiping, looking at vulgar magazines, using bad language, dressing immodestly, watching inappropriate movies or television shows, telling unclean jokes or stories, listening to improper song lyrics, or using drugs. Discuss strategies for resisting evil, such as removing ourselves from the situation and replacing the temptation with something wholesome. Erase each harmful influence from the chalkboard as it is discussed.
Explain that deciding to stay clean and pure before temptation comes can be a protection. President Spencer W. Kimball taught:
“Make certain decisions only once. … We can push some things away from us once and have done with them … without having to brood and redecide a hundred times what it is we will do and what we will not do” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1976, pp. 69–70; or Ensign, May 1976, p. 46).
Discuss with the children some decisions they can make right now, such as never to smoke; not look at bad books, magazines, television shows, or videos; pray each morning and evening; read the scriptures daily; and stay morally clean. Challenge each child to write down one or more decisions he or she will make now.
Explain that instead of concentrating on evils to avoid, we should fill our lives with wholesome influences. Recite the thirteenth article of faith with your class and discuss with the children what good things they can seek after in their lives.
Challenge the children to commit to being clean and pure. Ask a child to read Psalm 24:3–5. Let the children discuss how this description fits Joseph (“clean hands and a pure heart”—fled temptation; “hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity”—gave credit to God for his abilities). Help your class members understand how this scripture could apply to them.
Give the children each a pencil and paper and ask them to complete the sentence: “I will keep my mind and heart pure by .” They might write the following ideas: praying, reading the scriptures, attending church, being honest, attending only uplifting movies, reading good books, and following Joseph’s example of avoiding evil. Encourage the children to take their papers home and discuss what they have written with their families.
Sing “I Will Be Valiant” (Children’s Songbook, p. 162) with the children. Divide your class into two groups, “truth” and “right.” When you sing the line “I’ll stand for truth,” have that group stand up and remain standing. Do the same thing for the line “I’ll stand for right.”
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.