“Lesson 25: Samson,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 110–13
“Lesson 25,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 110–13
To teach the children that by keeping our covenants, we will develop spiritual strength.
Judges 13:1–5, 24—Manoah’s wife is promised a son who will begin to deliver Israel from bondage. Samson is born.
Judges 14:5–6—Samson slays a lion with his bare hands.
Judges 15:3–8, 11–15, 20—Samson burns the corn of the Philistines and slays a thousand Philistines with the jawbone of an ass.
Judges 16:2–3—Samson carries away the doors of the city gates.
Judges 16:4–20—Samson is betrayed by Delilah and loses his strength.
Judges 16:21–31—Samson is blinded and put in prison. He destroys a building, killing himself and 3,000 others.
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 stick (optional).
Picture 6-32, Samson Pulls Down Pillars.
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.
Have the children take turns naming something they can do to become stronger spiritually, such as attend church, do something nice for someone, pray daily, be a peacemaker at home, read the scriptures, and so on. Write their answers on the chalkboard. When they have named all they can, give the children each a pencil and a piece of paper with the heading “I can be stronger spiritually by:” and have them write down one or more “spiritual muscles” they would like to “exercise,” or ideas they would like to work on, during the coming week. Encourage them to put the paper where they will be able to see it often.
Using the ideas listed in enrichment activity 1, let the children take turns choosing one and either pantomiming it or drawing it on the chalkboard and having the others guess which idea they are illustrating.
Remind the children that Samson made a covenant with the Lord but did not keep it.
What covenants did you make with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ when you were baptized? (See Mosiah 18:8–10.) Discuss how keeping these covenants will help us be spiritually strong. You might want to point out that the children will also make covenants when they go to the temple, that making and keeping these covenants provide great spiritual strength in our lives, and that the children can prepare now for this great blessing by keeping the covenants they have already made.
Before class identify a strength you have observed in each child. Write a note to each one telling of this strength, such as, “Dear , you are strong in coming to Primary each week.” Some other ideas might include:
Being kind to others
Sharing your testimony
Helping your parents
Being a peacemaker
Being a good friend
Reading the scriptures
Point out that we all have different kinds of strengths. Heavenly Father needs us to use these strengths to serve him and to serve others. Read aloud each note you have prepared, without reading the names, and then give them to the children. Help the children realize that these are only some of the many strengths Heavenly Father has blessed them with. Give the children an opportunity to mention other strengths they have observed in class members. Encourage them to develop these and other strengths during the coming week.
Pass out pictures of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Rebekah, and so on, and have the children tell how these people were spiritually strong.
With the approval of the Primary president, invite a ward or branch member to share an experience with the class that helped him or her develop spiritual strength. (Be sure to give the visitor a time limit.)
Sing or read the words to “I Want to Live the Gospel” (Children’s Songbook, p. 148) or “I Will Be Valiant” (Children’s Songbook, p. 162).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.