“Lesson 35: Naaman Is Healed,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 154–57
“Lesson 35,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 154–57
To strengthen each child’s desire to obey righteous leaders.
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 box containing a surprise for each child, such as pencils, notes of appreciation, or pictures.
Pictures 6-42, Servant of Elisha and Naaman, and 6-43, Naaman Is Cleansed.
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 review the scripture accounts in this lesson and then role-play or pantomime the interaction among Naaman’s wife, the Israelite servant girl, Naaman, Elisha, Elisha’s messenger, Naaman’s servant, and Gehazi. You may want to write the names of these seven people on separate pieces of paper that the children could wear during the pantomime.
Read and then discuss the following quotation by President Spencer W. Kimball: “Expecting the spectacular, one may not be fully alerted to the constant flow of revealed communication” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1977, p. 115; or Ensign, May 1977, p. 78). Remind the children of the time when, as Joseph Smith read the scriptures, inspiration came to him to go into the woods and pray about which church to join. You may want to share an experience of your own when you were inspired through simple means. Discuss how answers might come in situations such as the following:
Someone is praying to know if the Church is true.
Someone is praying for help with a difficult class in school.
Someone is praying to get along better with friends or family members.
Show a picture of the living prophet, and share a message he has given to Church members. Explain to the children how listening to what the prophet is teaching us to do and obeying what he asks us to do will bless our lives. You may also want to discuss something your stake president or bishop has asked members of your stake or ward to do and the blessings that will come if you are obedient.
Tell the children the following story:
President David O. McKay was in Berlin, Germany, in 1952 when he received a message from one of the members of the Church in that mission—a sister whose husband and eldest son had both been killed. She had been driven from her home, and because of exposure and lack of nutrition she finally became paralyzed and had been confined to her bed for five years. She expressed the desire that her two little children—a boy and a girl about ten and twelve years of age—be sent over to meet the President of the Church. This good sister said, “I know if I send my children to shake hands with President McKay, and then they come home and take my hand—if I can hold their little hands in mine I know that I shall get better.”
Arrangements were made for them to take the trip. President McKay said, “When that little girl and boy came along, I went to them and shook their hands, and said, ‘Will you take this handkerchief to your mother with my blessing?’ I later learned that after I had shaken hands with them, they would not shake hands with anyone else, for they did not want to touch anyone with their hands until they got back to their mother.”
The mission president’s wife later reported, “Immediately after the children came home, her feet and toes began to get feeling in them, and this feeling slowly moved up into her legs. And now she gets out of bed alone and seats herself on a chair, and then, with her feet and the chair, works all the way around to the kitchen sink, where she has the children bring her the dishes to wash, and other things, and is very thankful that she is able to help now.” (Adapted from Cherished Experiences from the Writings of President David O. McKay, comp. Clare Middlemiss, rev. ed. , pp. 142–44.)
Explain to the children that people may be healed:
According to their faith in Jesus Christ.
If they are worthy and have done their part.
If it is the will of the Lord.
Sing or read the words to the ninth verse of “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, p. 110).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.