“Lesson 9: Jehovah Makes Covenants with Abraham,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 35–38
“Lesson 9,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 35–38
To help the children understand that as God’s covenant people we each have the responsibility to live the gospel and share it with 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 and a triple combination for each child.
An item that you have inherited from your family (see the attention activity).
Pictures 6-9, An Angel Saves Abraham (Gospel Art Picture Kit 104; 62607), and 6-10, Facsimile No. 1 from the book of Abraham.
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 choosing slips of paper with the following scripture references on them that tell of the promises made to Abraham. Explain that seed means descendants. Have them read each verse aloud and, if they desire, mark the verses in their own scriptures.
Abraham 2:9—His name would be great among all nations.
Abraham 2:10—All who accept the gospel through baptism would be known as Abraham’s descendants.
Abraham 2:11—The Lord would bless those who blessed Abraham and curse those who cursed Abraham.
Abraham 2:11—His descendants would have the priesthood.
Abraham 2:11—His seed would have the responsibility to be missionaries and take the gospel to all nations.
Abraham 2:19—Abraham and his descendants would be given the land of Canaan.
Genesis 22:17—The Lord would multiply Abraham’s seed greatly (Abraham would have many descendants).
Look at Facsimile No. 1 in the book of Abraham or use the enlarged version from the manual. Have the children guess whom the figures in the drawing represent. Help them identify numbers 1 through 8. Refer to the explanation on that page and to Abraham 1:12–14. Then compare the facsimile with the picture An Angel Saves Abraham.
Bring some sand in a container. Let the children try to count the grains they can hold between their thumb and forefinger. Imagine the vastness of Abraham’s posterity. Ask the children how they personally can help fulfill the promises made to Abraham that his seed would become as numerous as the grains of “sand which is upon the sea shore” (Genesis 22:17).
On the chalkboard or with letters written on paper, scramble the letters of the word covenant and then have the children unscramble them. One important part of honoring our covenants is sharing the gospel with others. Ask the children what they can do now to prepare to share the gospel on full-time missions when they are older. They may include such things as keeping their baptismal covenants; learning the gospel through studying the scriptures; listening in family home evening and Church meetings; living clean lives in thought, language, and deed; and saving money. Encourage the children to discuss with their parents ways they can be missionaries now and ways they can prepare to be full-time missionaries later.
Discuss who should be missionaries and what missionaries should do. Read President Spencer W. Kimball’s statement:
“Every man, woman, and child—every young person and every little boy and girl—should serve a mission. This does not mean that they must serve abroad or even be formally called and set apart as full-time missionaries. But it does mean that each of us is responsible to bear witness of the gospel truths that we have been given. We all have relatives, neighbors, friends, and fellow workmen, and it is our responsibility to pass the truths of the gospel on to them, by example as well as by precept” (“It Becometh Every Man,” Ensign, Oct. 1977, p. 3).
Have the children think of ways they can be missionaries now, such as being a good friend, inviting someone to church, setting a good example in the home and community, and explaining the teachings of the Church to others.
Provide situations and let the children role-play how to be missionaries in each instance.
Sing or read the words to “Called to Serve” (Children’s Songbook, p. 174, or Hymns, no. 249) or “I Want to Be a Missionary Now” (Children’s Songbook, p. 168).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.