“Lesson 6: Adam and Eve Lived the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 23–26
“Lesson 6,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 23–26
To help the children understand that the gospel of Jesus Christ is eternal and is based on truths that will help us gain exaltation.
2 Nephi 31:5, 9–12, 15–21—Nephi teaches the same principles that were taught to Adam.
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 Pearl of Great Price and a Book of Mormon for each child.
A Doctrine and Covenants.
A piece of bread or fruit and a rock, a picture of a rock, or a piece of metal that does not rust (see the attention activity).
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.
Display the plan of salvation cutouts used in lesson 1.
Where are we in this plan right now?
Remove all the cutouts except Birth, Earth Life, Death, and Celestial Kingdom. Explain that we are all trying to go from Earth Life to the Celestial Kingdom. Point out that there are certain things we must do in order to achieve this goal. Have each child look up one or more of the following scriptures to find these key words:
2 Nephi 31:19—Faith in Christ
2 Nephi 31:11—Repentance
2 Nephi 31:5—Baptism
2 Nephi 31:12—Receiving the Holy Ghost
2 Nephi 31:15—Enduring to the end
Discuss the information in 2 Nephi 31:17–21 to help the children understand what we must do throughout our lives to reach the celestial kingdom. Help them realize the importance of our life here on earth.
Read statements similar to the following to emphasize how the gospel of Jesus Christ does not change. Have the children stand if the statement is true.
Jesus Christ was baptized by immersion, so we are to be baptized by immersion. (True)
My parents were taught to dress modestly and appropriately, but I should be able to dress any way I want. (False)
Adam and Eve prayed to Heavenly Father, and I pray to Heavenly Father. (True)
Adam and Eve were taught the same principles and ordinances of the gospel as we have in the fourth article of faith. (True)
The Holy Ghost helped only those people who lived long ago. (False)
The people we read about in the scriptures were taught to have faith in Jesus Christ, and I am taught to have faith in Jesus Christ. (True)
Adam and Eve repented of their transgressions, so I don’t have to repent when I do wrong. (False)
We read about paying tithing in the scriptures, but that law was only for people who lived long ago. (False)
Jesus Christ taught people to love and serve others, and I have been taught to love and serve others. (True)
Discuss the meaning of faith in Jesus Christ. It is a strong belief in Jesus that inspires us to obey his teachings. Help the children understand that when we have faith in Jesus Christ, we not only believe in him but we also do what he wants us to do.
Discuss the meaning of repentance. “Repentance is the way provided for us to become free from our sins and to receive forgiveness for them.” To repent, we must feel sincere sorrow for our sins. We must stop sinning and begin keeping the commandments. (See Gospel Principles, pp. 123–25.)
Share your feelings about your baptism, and let the children tell what they remember about their baptisms.
Help the children understand the importance of receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Share an experience you have had or someone you know has had of being helped by the Holy Ghost. Invite the children to share experiences they have had.
Explain what it means to “endure to the end.” Help the children understand that baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is just the beginning. We endure to the end and receive eternal life by obeying the commandments for the rest of our lives. Give the children each a piece of paper and have them write down things they can do throughout their lives, such as pray, pay tithing, attend church, read the scriptures, and so on, that will help them endure to the end. Encourage the children to take these papers home and discuss with their families how they can help each other endure to the end.
Sing or read the words to “Faith” (Children’s Songbook, p. 96), “When I Am Baptized” (Children’s Songbook, p. 103), or “The Holy Ghost” (Children’s Songbook, p. 105).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.