Item needed: A flannel board or carpet board, sticky-back hook Velcro, and scriptures for each child. Also print the Primary two manual cutouts onto white cardstock.
Cut out the pictures and stick a small piece of hook Velcro onto the back of each cutout. The Velcro will make the cutouts stick to the flannel board or carpet board.
- Place the cutouts face up on a table or tape them to the walls around the room.
Read or tell the following story:
Jesus loved, served, and taught the Jewish people while he was on the earth, but there were some Jewish leaders who opposed him. They were upset that people were following Jesus instead of them, so they illegally had him tried and sentenced to death.
(Have the children read Luke 23:33 and then have a child pick the picture that matches the scripture and put it on the flannel board.) Explain that to crucify means to nail or tie a person’s hands and feet to a cross and leaving that person to die.
Jesus was placed on the cross sometime before noon on Friday. At noon the sun was hidden from view, and darkness spread over the land for three hours. Those who were watching in the darkness heard Jesus cry out, “It is finished.” His suffering had ended. He bowed his head and died.
After Jesus died on the cross what happened to his spirit? (Read Luke 23:46) When Jesus died, his spirit left his body and went to the spirit world (Read D&C 138: 11-12, 16, 18, 36)
How do you think his friends and disciples felt after Jesus was crucified? After he died, Jesus’ friends and disciples carefully removed his body from the cross. They wrapped his body in fine linen cloth and with spices, as was the custom in those days. (Take off crucifixion cutout and have a child find and put up matching picture- the wrapping of Jesus’ body)
The Savior’s friends placed his body in a tomb. A tomb is a small room, often carved out of a large rock, in which people can be buried. The newly hewn tomb Jesus’ body was placed in belonged to a rich man named Joseph of Arimathaea. He was a follower of Jesus. (Take off cutout of wrapping the body and have a child find and put up the picture of the tomb.)
Jesus was placed in the tomb on Friday evening because Saturday was the Jewish Sabbath and burying people on that day was not allowed. A large stone was rolled over the mouth of the tomb doorway. (Have a child find and put the large stone cutout on tomb opening)
After Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb, the chief priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. They remembered that Jesus had said that after three days he would rise again. They asked Pilate to have the sepulcher guarded against his disciples coming in the night and stealing the body away. They did not believe Jesus would be resurrected. They thought Jesus’ friends would hide his body and say he was alive again. The stone was sealed and guards were set to watch. (Have a child find the cutout of the guards and put it on the flannel board.)
The Sabbath was a long, sad day for his followers. Early on the third day after his death, which was Sunday, an angel (the Joseph Smith translation says it was two angels) came down from heaven and rolled back the stone from the door of the tomb. (Have a child find the cutout of the angel and put it on the flannel board and then move the stone to one side.) The guards were afraid and shook and fell as dead men. (Lay down the soldier cutout)
Some women had wanted to put special ointments on Jesus body to prepare it for burial, but they didn’t have time before the Sabbath, so they came back as soon as the Sabbath was over to finish preparing his body. (Have a child find and put up cutout of women with ointments, off to one side, and take off the soldier cutout.)
As the women walked to the sepulcher they wondered how they would move the heavy stone from the tomb. (Put the cutout of the women close to the tomb) But when they arrived at the tomb they saw that the stone had been rolled away. The tomb was empty. Jesus’ body was gone. The women saw the angels, who told them not to be afraid. (Read Matthew 28:5-6) When the angel said, “He is risen,” he was telling the women that Jesus Christ had been resurrected. (Hold up cutout of Jesus Resurrected)
- Items needed: Two tan or light brown felt squares, a piece of heavy iron-on interfacing 6”x15” and a 8”X16” piece of a soft silky white fabric. Print the Puppet Patterns.
Instructions: Put the two pieces of felt together and pin the puppet pattern onto it. Cut out the puppet. Fold the white fabric in half and pin the puppet pattern to it and cut it out. Put the two puppet pieces of felt together and stitch around ¼ of an inch from the edge. Leave the bottom of the puppet open where the hand goes. Next put the two puppet pieces of white fabric together so that the wrong side of the fabric is facing out. Stitch ¼ inch around the edges (leaving the bottom open). Zig zag (or serge) around the edge if it needs extra reinforcing. Turn the white fabric puppet inside out so that the right side is facing out.
Place the boy patterns under the interfacing and trace the pictures onto the interfacing. (Note: Some printers can print the puppets directly onto the interfacing.) Color the interfacing figures with permanent markers and crayons. (Keep the robes white on the one boy figure) Cut out around the edges of the boy figures. Place the boy with robes onto the white fabric puppet and the other boy on the felt puppet so that the adhesive side of the interfacing is facing down against the fabric. Put paper over the puppets and interfacing and with a medium to hot iron, adhere the interfacing to the puppet.
What does it mean to be resurrected? When Jesus was resurrected, his spirit came back into his body. He was alive again, but his body was changed. He still had a body of flesh and bones, but his body was perfected and would never die again. His body was immortal.
When Jesus was resurrected it was the first time anyone on earth had been resurrected. Because of Jesus’ resurrection, all people who have lived, or who ever will live on earth, will be resurrected. We will live again after we die, and our bodies will be immortal. He made this possible for us because he loves us.
Puppet Object Lesson:
(Put the white robbed puppet on your hand, or on the hand of one of the children.) When we lived with Heavenly Father before we were born we were called spirits. This white puppet represents the spirit, which lived in the pre-earth life with Heavenly Father. We could move (move the fingers) and think and learn.
When we came to live on earth and were born, we were given earthly bodies. (Put the felt puppet over the white fabric puppet) The spirit and the body were temporarily joined together, and the spirit gave the body life. (Move fingers)
When we die, the spirit and the body separate (take off the felt puppet, being careful not to take off the white puppet at the same time). The body can no longer move (indicate the empty felt puppet), but the spirit is still alive (move fingers) and goes to the spirit world to wait for the resurrection.
(Put the felt puppet back over the white fabric puppet) When we are resurrected, the spirit and body are reunited and the body becomes perfect. We become immortal which means that the spirit and body will never be separated again.
The purpose of this page is to index the church images available to use for lessons. A link is provided at the bottom of most of the images which will take you to where they are located.
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Verse Three
- Items needed: a large piece of white semi-transparent fabric, magnets, and a white poster board.
- For visuals on this verse I used items from OCD Primary Chorister to match the visuals I used in the other two verses (or the above posted pictures can be used instead and can be found here). I copied, pasted, and cropped the pictures containing the scriptures, the parents, the boy praying, and one picture each of the boy and the girl doing the right things. Copy and paste the pictures of the children choosing the right into these thought bubbles. You will also need enlarged individual pictures of the girl and boy that were used in the other verses. Print all the pictures and cut them out. Tape or glue the pictures of the individual boy and girl onto the bottom of the fabric. Put a magnet on the back of the other pictures of the fabric.
- Print the four parts of the large picture of the Savior. Cut and fit the pieces together using glue or tape. Also print the picture of the prophet and the heart. Cut them out and put a magnet on the back of each.
- Cut the fabric so that it is the same size as the completed picture of the Savior. Glue or tape magnets to the back, top corners.
- Print the word pages.
Remind the children that the first two verses consider whether we would do or say certain things differently if we could see the Savior standing next to us. The third verse tells us that even though we can’t see the Savior, he is always near and is aware of what we are doing and saying.
Put the first line on the board.
He is always near me, though I do not see him there. Put the large picture of the Savior on the board and the fabric over the top of the large picture as you say the words to the first line. Cover the picture with the poster board and ask the following question: Because we can’t see the picture does that mean it isn’t there? The picture is still there even though we can’t see it, which is similar to the Savior. Even though we can’t see the Savior, he is watching over us.
(Take off poster board covering and have the children sing this first line. After the children sing, put the next line on the board.)
And because he loves me dearly, I am in his watchful care. Put the heart on the picture of the Savior and explain that because the Savior loves us he wants what’s best for us, so he wants us to say and do good things in life. He watches over us and provides help and guidance through the Holy Ghost, the scriptures, parents, the prophet, etc. (Put up the pictures of the scriptures, family, prophet, and prayer on the board around the top of the large picture of Christ as each are mentioned, then have the children sing this line. After they sing, put up the next line on the board.)
So I’ll be the kind of person that I know I’d like to be Knowing that the Savior loves us and is watching over us helps us try to be the kind of person that we should be. (Put the thought bubble pictures above the pictures of the children.)
Explain that the last line is the same as in the first two verses, but it is drawn out a little at the end. Have the pianist play it so they can hear how it sounds. Have the children sing these last two lines, and afterwards have them sing the whole verse.)
Take off one of the word pages, or cover parts with cardstock. Choose a volunteer to put up the visuals as the children sing the verse again. Continue in this manner, taking off word pages and having different volunteers try to put the visuals on the board correctly and at the right times in the song, until all the word pages are off the board.
Have the children sing all three verses.
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Verse Two
- Items needed: 18 feet of string or fishing line and two cans, two crayons (one yellow and one dark brown or black), and a small bag or bowl.
- Print the second verse pictures from the following website – OCD Primary Chorister. I copied and pasted the first picture of the girl onto Microsoft Word and then cropped and enlarged it. I printed two copies and cut out the pictures. I printed two copies of this picture of the Savior and glued on one picture of the girl to the right side of each picture. I used these page for the last line of the verse and for the line “if he were never far away.”
- Print and cut out the word bubbles.
- Print the word chart and word strips. Cut out the word strips. Fold them and put them into a small bag or bowl. The word chart is based on the one found in the February Ensign.
- Make a homemade phone by hammering a hole into the top of each metal can with a nail. Put one end of the string into the hole at the top of one can. Pull it through a little and tie the end into a knot. Put the other end of the string into the hole at the top of the other can. Pull it through and tie its end into a knot.
Explain that the first line in this verse is the same as in the first verse. – If the Savior stood beside me. (Put up the picture of the Savior with the children (from verse one visuals) at the top of the board. )
Remind the children that the first verse was about the things we do. Explain that the second verse is about the things we say. Show the first word bubble and explain that word bubbles are used as visual aids to help remind them that the verse is about the things we say.
Put the first word bubble and picture on the board.
Would I say the things I say? Discuss the picture by pointing out that the big sister’s words are making her little brother feel bad and cry. Ask the children if they think she would change how she is talking about her brother if the Savior was standing next to her. Remind them that the Savior would like our words to be things that would lift and help people, not hurt or make them sad or tear them down.
Put up the next word bubble and picture on the board. (After discussing this line, continue in this manner–putting up the word bubble and matching picture and then discussing it–for the rest of the lines in the verse.)
Would my words be true and kind Explain that the word “true” in this sentence means sincere and loyal. In this picture it looks like the girl changed her words to be more kind and loving toward her brother. Point out that he is now smiling and looks happy.
If He were never far away? Put up the picture of the girl standing by the Savior. (Have the children sing all of the song lines up to this point.)
Would I try to share the gospel? Explain that the girl in the picture is telling her friend about the Book of Mormon. Ask the children if they think talking about the gospel would be words that would help and lift others.
Would I speak more reverently? Point out that the girl in the picture has her arms folded. Remind the children that when we speak to our Heavenly Father we fold our arms and bow our heads to show reverence. Explain that we should also speak reverently when we talk about the gospel, or about sacred things, or when we are in the Lord’s house. (Though we don’t necessarily need to fold our arms in the process.)
Put up the last picture and explain that the last line is the same as the first verse. Have the children sing these last three lines of the verse, and then have them sing the entire verse.
Tell the children they are going to do an activity as they memorize the verse. The activity will help remind them that our words affect people. Explain that in a recent Ensign article, President Uchdorf said our words should be a “light to others”. A word chart activity was included in the article (show the word chart and put it on the board) to help children think about different kinds of words and how they can lighten up and brighten someone’s day or make a day dark and dreary.
Get two volunteers, preferably children who have been putting effort into singing the song. Show the children the homemade can phones. Explain that you will choose one of the words from the bag, which contains the same words that are on the chart. You will show it to one of the volunteers. That volunteer will speak the word into the can. The other child will plug one ear and hold the can to the other ear and listen. That child will tell everyone what word was spoken. If the child is correct he/she gets to draw a bright smiley face or dark unhappy face over the word on the chart, depending on how it would make someone feel. The other child will choose one of the word bubbles to take off the board. Have the children sing the song again. Continue in this manner until all the word bubbles are off the board. The pictures can be taken off next using the same activity.
Note: The string should be taut between the two cans while they are doing the activity.