“Lesson 2: Jesus Christ Was Chosen to Be Our Savior,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 6–8
“Lesson 2,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 6–8
To help the children understand the importance of using their agency to choose and act for themselves.
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 triple combination for each child.
A copy of the standard works.
The plan of salvation cutouts used in lesson 1 (6-A through 6-J).
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.
To help the children imagine what it might be like to live under Lucifer’s plan, tell them that for the next few minutes they must do exactly what you say and nothing else (make sure they know they cannot talk). Have them stand and remain standing perfectly still for a few seconds. Then tell each child where to sit. (Do not seat friends near each other.) Tell the children they must sit erect, feet flat to the floor, looking straight ahead, not moving or speaking. Have them hold the position until you tell them otherwise. After about thirty seconds, let them stand again and sit where they want.
What would it be like to live under Lucifer’s plan? (Help the children understand that Lucifer wanted us to do exactly as we were told, without being able to decide for ourselves.) Why wouldn’t his idea have worked?
Have the children talk about how they felt and how they would feel if they were forced to do exactly what they were told to do all day every day. Express your gratitude for the blessing of agency.
Write the following choices on separate pieces of paper. Have the children take turns picking a choice and talking about the consequences that come with making that choice. One of the consequences the children might think of is listed in parentheses after the choice.
Pray (receive Heavenly Father’s help)
Attend church (learn the gospel)
Lie (people will not believe you next time)
Be cheerful at home (home is a happier place to be)
Steal or cheat (lose the influence of the Holy Ghost)
Be kind to a new neighbor (make a new friend)
Be reverent in church (feel Heavenly Father’s Spirit)
Be grouchy at home (family does not get along)
Do not keep the Word of Wisdom (damage your body)
Discuss the consequences, good and bad, that come when we use our agency. Emphasize that Heavenly Father blesses us when we use our agency to make right choices.
Discuss and help the children memorize the second article of faith. Help the children see that each of us is responsible for how we use our agency.
Prepare a list of situations the children might face when they would need to choose between right and wrong. (See the following list. You could also have the children suggest situations.) Have the children read and discuss them one at a time, or have them role-play each situation. Talk about how we feel when we choose to do wrong and how we feel when we choose to do right.
A friend encourages you to steal from the store.
You are about to buy a ticket to a movie when you see an advertisement showing that it is not an appropriate movie.
Several neighborhood children are unkind to a child.
You see someone tormenting an animal.
Sing or read the words to “I Lived in Heaven” (Children’s Songbook, p. 4) or “I Know My Father Lives” (Children’s Songbook, p. 5).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.