“Lesson 1: Heavenly Father’s Plan for Us,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 1–5
“Lesson 1,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 1–5
To help the children understand that they are spirit children of Heavenly Father and that he has a plan that will help them become like him and return to live with him again.
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 and a Pearl of Great Price for each child.
Ten cutout figures of the plan of salvation: 6-A through 6-J (located in the back of the manual).
The following wordstrips:
Note: The second part of the story of the Council in Heaven, our choosing to follow Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father rather than Lucifer, will be covered in lesson 2.
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.
Tell the children that this year they will be studying the gospel mostly from the Old Testament and Pearl of Great Price. Show the children a copy of each of these books, or if they have their own set of scriptures, have them locate each of these books. Explain that the Old Testament is the history of God’s dealings with his people from the creation of the earth until about four hundred years before Jesus Christ was born. The Pearl of Great Price contains sacred writings by several prophets, including two Old Testament prophets, Moses and Abraham. They tell about our premortal life, the early history of the world, Heavenly Father’s plan for us, and the restoration of the gospel.
You may wish to compare some verses in the Old Testament with those in the Pearl of Great Price, such as Genesis 1:5 with Moses 2:5. Encourage the children to bring their own scriptures each week if possible.
Read and discuss Abraham 3:23 with the children.
What kinds of things might we have been chosen to do on earth? Explain that we are free to choose what we will do in this life, but each of us has been foreordained to do an important work on the earth.
Put the cutout figures of the plan of salvation around the room and have the children physically move from place to place as you briefly review each one (emphasize in the review that we all lived with Heavenly Father in the premortal life and that we can live with him again). Or have the children put the cutouts in the proper order on a table. Encourage the children to decide to make right choices so they will someday be worthy to return and live forever in the celestial kingdom. (You may also wish to have each child make a set of cutouts to take home and share with his or her family.)
Explain that our life on earth is like a school. We are here to learn and be tested. If we make right choices, we will pass the tests and be able to return to Heavenly Father. Read and discuss the following quotation: “My brothers and sisters, we’re away from home. We’re off to school. Our lessons will not be easy. The way we react to them, the way we conquer and accomplish and live will determine our rewards, and they will be permanent and eternal” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 28).
Help the children understand and memorize Abraham 3:25.
Discuss with the children how earth life is similar to and different from our premortal life. You may wish to prepare slips of paper with items from the following list written on them. Have the children take turns picking a slip of paper, reading it to the class, and placing it under the cutout figure, Earth Life or Premortal Life, to which it belongs. (Some of these belong under both. You could make an additional wordstrip or put these between the two cutout figures.)
Live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (premortal)
Be with our family (both)
Have the Bible and Book of Mormon to guide us (earth)
Have only a spirit body (premortal)
Have a physical body (earth)
Be taught Heavenly Father’s plan (both)
Experience hard work, sorrow, and death (earth)
Be able to have children (earth)
Talk with the children about the importance of living righteously in order to be able to return to Heavenly Father and live in the celestial kingdom. Have the children role-play situations such as the following, showing the decision that will help them return to live with Heavenly Father:
Your friend asks you to go to a movie with him on Sunday.
You forgot to do your homework and you are tempted to tell your teacher that you could not do it because you were sick.
Your mother asks you to stay home to tend your younger brother instead of going somewhere with your friends.
Sing or read the words to “I Am a Child of God” (Children’s Songbook, p. 2), “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (Children’s Songbook, p. 164), “I Lived in Heaven” (Children’s Songbook, p. 4), or “The Books in the Old Testament” (Children’s Songbook, p. 114).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.