Book of Mormon is a Second Witness of Jesus Christ: Easter

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Book of Mormon Prophets Knew that Jesus Christ Would Come.

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Launch Presentation

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020: Easter

The Atonement of Jesus Christ cleanses me and helps perfect me.

Watch this video to learn about the Atonement.

It could be said that the Book of Mormon is largely an account of people who changed because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Activity

Divide into three groups and give each group one of the scriptures below to read (or read or watch the illustrated Book of Mormon Stories Enos, Alma the Younger, Anti-Nephi, Lehies. Have each group share how that person or group changed because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

(Enos) Enos 1:2–8; (Alma the Younger) Mosiah 27:8–24; (The Anti-Nephi-Lehies) Alma 13:11–1224:7–19

See also Teaching Children the Gospel “Jesus Christ: Atonement

Jesus Christ took upon Himself my sins, pains, and sicknesses.

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020: Easter

In addition to suffering for our sins, the Savior also suffered our pains, sicknesses, and other infirmities so He would know how to comfort us.

Activity

Read the scriptures below and have the children list the things that Jesus suffered in the blue box below. (It will open in a new tab.)

 Mosiah 3:7 And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people. 

Mosiah 15:5 And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people.

 Alma 7:11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

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Invite them to think of times when they have felt some of these things.

According to Alma 7:12, why did Jesus suffer all of this?

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

What does succor mean? (Give assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.)

Jesus Christ was Resurrected

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Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon

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Jarom

Before Enos died, he gave his son Jarom the plates.

The Lord will bless me when I keep the commandments.

One of God’s most repeated promises in the Book of Mormon is that if the Nephites kept the commandments, they would prosper. 

Read Jarom 1:7-9 to see some of the ways the Nephites prospered in the land and were blessed.

Read Jarom 1:5, 10-12 and have the family make a list of what the Nephites did that enabled them to be blessed and prosper.

What do you learn from these accounts that can help you “prosper in the land”?

Omni

Before dying, Jarom delivered the plates into the hands of his son Omni (Jarom 1:15), who then passed them on to his son Amaron. Amaron tells that the more wicked part of the Nephites had been destroyed. (Omni 1:5)

For the Lord would not suffer, after he had led them out of the land of Jerusalem and kept and preserved them from falling into the hands of their enemies, yea, he would not suffer that the words should not be verified, which he spake unto our fathers, saying that: Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not prosper in the land.

Wherefore, the Lord did visit them in great judgment; nevertheless, he did spare the righteous that they should not perish, but did deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.

After Amaron, the record continued to be passed down from father to son, Amaron to Chemish to Abinadom to Amaleki. 

Amaleki tells of a man called Mosiah, “he being warned of the Lord that he should flee out of the land of Nephi, and as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with him, into the wilderness

14 And they discovered a people, who were called the people of Zarahemla.

Who were the people of Zarahemla?

15 Mosiah discovered that the people of Zarahemla were led by God out from Jerusalem at the time that Zedekiah, king of Judah, was carried away captive into Babylon. Among that group was Mulek, one of the sons of Zedekiah.

After the people of Zarahemla arrived in the promised land, they met Coriantumr (see Omni 1:21), the last known survivor of the Jaredites, whose story is told in the book of Ether.

Department of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion “Book of Mormon Chronology Chart”

Because Amaleki did not have any children Amaleki gave the plates to King Benjamin. Amaleki concluded his record in about 130B.C., about 470 years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem.

Words of Mormon

As a historical account, the book serves as a bridge between the small plates of Nephi (1 Nephi–Omni) and Mormon’s abridgment of the large plates of Nephi (Mosiah–4 Nephi).

I can bless others when I listen to the Holy Ghost.

As Nephi was writing the record of his people, God directed him to create two sets of plates, called the small plates and the large plates of Nephi. Nephi didn’t know why he was commanded to create two sets of plates, but he trusted that the Lord had “a wise purpose … , which purpose I know not” (1 Nephi 9:5

Centuries later, as Mormon was abridging Nephi’s large plates, he came across the small plates. The small plates covered many of the same events described in the large plates that Mormon had already abridged, but the small plates focused more on spiritual matters and the ministry and teachings of the prophets. God inspired Mormon to include the small plates of Nephi in his record in addition to the large plates.

Like Nephi, Mormon didn’t understand God’s purpose for having both sets of plates, but he trusted that it was “for a wise purpose” (Words of Mormon 1:7).

Gospel Media: Mormon Abridging the Plates

Today we know what God’s purpose was. In 1828, after Joseph Smith had translated part of Mormon’s abridgment of Nephi’s large plates (116 manuscript pages), Martin Harris lost those pages. God commanded Joseph not to retranslate this portion because evil men would change the words and try to discredit Joseph (see Doctrine and Covenants 10, section heading; Doctrine and Covenants 10:14–19, 30–45).

Video and Images from Doctrine and Covenants Stories

Thankfully, God had foreseen this and provided the small plates, which covered the same history that was lost with the 116 pages. The small plates compose the books that come before Words of Mormon, and Mormon’s abridgment of the large plates begins after the Words of Mormon.

Gospel Media “Mormon Compiles Sacred Writings” Coloring Page

Gospel Media

Invite the children to share stories they have learned from the Book of Mormon so far this year (pictures from the Gospel Art Book may help them remember). Explain that we have these stories in the Book of Mormon because Mormon listened when the Holy Ghost told him to include them.

Story Idea

Share an experience when you followed a prompting from the Holy Ghost (or share the story below). How did your actions bless others? Explain that Heavenly Father wants us to help and bless others, so He sends the Holy Ghost to guide us.

Friend March 2020 “Check the Kittens” After everyone has gone to bed, a girl kept having the thought to go and check on their kittens. She acted on the prompting and found that a warming light had fallen over onto the kittens cardboard box and would have caught on fire. The Holy Ghost helped keep their family and kittens safe.

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Prayer: Activities & Games

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Answers to Prayers

Friend March 2020 “How Does Heavenly Father Speak to Us” Dot to dot of children praying.

Friend October 2016 “Prayer Match-Up” Draw a line to match the name with the scripture story. Then draw a line to the answer Heavenly Father gave.

Remember to Pray

Friend March 2019 “Family Night Fun” Have family members decorate white pillow cases to remind them to say their morning and evening prayers.

Get Help Through Prayer

Friend October 2016 “Funstuff: Picture Puzzle” Does the world ever seem big and confusing? There’s a way to find help whenever you need it! Solve the puzzle to find out how to get that help. (Answer: Pray Every Day)

Learning About Prayer

Friend November 1984 “Funstuff” Use the scripture reference to complete each statement about prayer by combining the words in the first column with the appropriate words in the second column.

Friend June 2015 “Pray to Our Father” Have an adventure searching the scriptures to learn more about prayer! Look up each scripture on the map. On the blank lines, write a few words to describe what the scripture says about prayer.

What Should We Pray For?

Friend March 1985 “Sharing Time: What Shall I Say When I Pray?” Cut out the words and picture. Glue each title on separate piece of colored paper. Decide where you think each picture belongs—is it something you are grateful for, or is it something you might ask a blessing for? Some pictures may go either place. Glue each picture under title you have chosen. Add your own drawings as you think of other things.

Coloring Pages

Friend March 2019 Jesus Taught Us to Pray

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Church Restoration

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Stories

Friend April 2020 “Jesus Christ’s Church Is Restored!”

Friend December 2015 “The Restoration Puzzle” Story about how to teach restoration using a puzzle.

Lesson Ideas

Friend April 2020 “Helping with the Restoration” In 1820, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. The Restoration of the gospel began that day 200 years ago. It continues today! Here are four ways you can help with the Restoration and prepare for the time when Jesus will return:

Truths Restored

Through Joseph Smith the following truths were restored: eternal families, Godhead, Book of Mormon as a witness of the truth of the Bible and Jesus Christ, priesthood authority, baptism of children not babies, salvation for the dead, our eternal potential as children of God, and modern revelation. (Chapter one of Teachings of the Presidents: Gordon B. Hinckley)

Activities & Games

Friend April 2020 “Find It” Because of the Restoration, people all over the world can know about Jesus Christ’s gospel! How many copies of the Book of Mormon can you find? Extra challenge: How many country flags can you find? Do you recognize any of the flags? Check answers below.

Answers: 8 copies of the Book of Mormon; 16 country flags

Because of the Restoration, today people all over the world can know about Jesus Christ’s gospel! How many copies of the Book of Mormon can you find? Extra challenge: How many country flags can you find? Do you recognize any of the flags? Check answers below.

Wherever you go in the world, Primary is the same. It’s like having a whole world of friends!

Answers: 8 copies of the Book of Mormon; 16 country flags

Friend April 2020 “Learning about the Restoration “The missionaries are teaching this family about how the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored. Find the items below that represent parts of the Restoration.

Ensign February 2020 “Celebrating the Restoration” Invite people to create artwork about the early events of the Restoration. It could include paintings, illustrations, sculptures, photographs, and so on. Ask them to choose an event or theme from the Restoration for their art. Schedule a time and place to display them all together and invite others to come and see them. Or, organize a simple parade with different individuals or groups representing different events, revealed truths, or blessings of the Restoration. If circumstances allow, invite each individual or group to share the significance of the event, truth, or blessing they represented. Perhaps you could have a parade just for children. (See more ideas at link.)

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Enos

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Enos

Lessons

Teaching Children the Gospel “Enos Prays”

Lesson Ideas

Ensign March 2020 “Family Study Fun: Mighty, Meaningful Prayer”

Enos prayed all day and into the night. Our prayers may not be that long, but they can be that meaningful.

  1. Identify all the things Enos prayed for:
  2. Discuss some modern equivalents of each of these (forgiveness; family, ward members, and the bishop; bullies at school; understanding the scriptures; and so on.)
  3. Kneel together and see if you can give a thoughtful, meaningful prayer for all that you identified.

Discussion: Why are our prayers more meaningful when we are more specific in our expressions? What else can you do to make your family and personal prayers more thoughtful?

Friend March 2020 “Come Follow Me for Little Ones” Read Enos 1:4–5 together and help your little ones say, “I can pray to Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere.” You could use five fingers to review the parts of prayer: 1) start with “Dear Heavenly Father,” 2) thank Him for blessings, 3) tell Him about your day, 4) ask Him for what you and others need, 5) end “in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” Or create actions for the rhyme, “I close my eyes. I bow my head. I listen while a prayer is said.”

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Enos – Words of Mormon” In the first two boxes, write or draw pictures of some of the things Enos prayed for. In the third box, write or draw something you can pray about.

Story Ideas

Book of Mormon Stories “Enos” Images and Video

Friend March 2020 “Enos Prayed” Video and Images

Friend July 2003 “Enos Prays”

Friend May 1988 “Sharing Time: Seeking Guidance through Prayer”

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Friend January 1988 “Scriptural Giants: Enos Prays”

Activity Ideas

Friend March 2020 “Enos Prayed with Faith” Coloring Page: Who Needs Your Prayers Today?

Friend March 2020 “I Can Pray Like Enos” Make a diorama scene of Enos praying.  Article also outlines what prayers should contain.

Song Ideas

Friend August 2018 “I Pray in Faith” Simplified “I Can Play It”, and a music video.

Friend September 2019 “A Child’s Prayer” Simplified “I Can Play It” version. Also a music video

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Church History: Lesson Ideas

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Restoration

Friend April 2020 “Helping with the Restoration” In 1820, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. The Restoration of the gospel began that day 200 years ago. It continues today! Here are four ways you can help with the Restoration and prepare for the time when Jesus will return:

Friend April 2020 “Learning about the Restoration “The missionaries are teaching this family about how the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored. Find the items below that represent parts of the Restoration.

Friend December 2015 “The Restoration Puzzle” Story about how to teach restoration using a puzzle.

Ensign February 2020 “Celebrating the Restoration” Invite people to create artwork about the early events of the Restoration. It could include paintings, illustrations, sculptures, photographs, and so on. Ask them to choose an event or theme from the Restoration for their art. Schedule a time and place to display them all together and invite others to come and see them. Or, organize a simple parade with different individuals or groups representing different events, revealed truths, or blessings of the Restoration. If circumstances allow, invite each individual or group to share the significance of the event, truth, or blessing they represented. Perhaps you could have a parade just for children. (See more ideas at link.)

Truths Restored

Through Joseph Smith the following truths were restored: eternal families, Godhead, Book of Mormon as a witness of the truth of the Bible and Jesus Christ, priesthood authority, baptism of children not babies, salvation for the dead, our eternal potential as children of God, and modern revelation. Chapter one of Teachings of the Presidents: Gordon B. hinckley

Joseph Smith

Lehi Refers to a Prophecy About Joseph Smith

Liahona February 2020 “Meet the Four Josephs” Lehi tells his son Joseph about some of the prophecies that Joseph of Egypt made about Joseph Smith, who was named after his father, Joseph. The article includes the following: What Did Joseph of Egypt Say about Joseph Smith? How Was Joseph Smith Like Joseph of Egypt? How Did Lehi Know about Joseph of Egypt?

Wards and Companies

Friend July 2018 “Take Care of Each Other” Joseph Smith organized wards in Nauvoo as a way to take care of the many people who were moving there. Companies were organized when crossing the plains. These also helped take care of each other better. President Eyring’s Great grandfather was helped when he got sick on the trail west. Today, wards continue to help us take care of each other.

Tabernacle Choir

Tabernacle Organ and Musicians  “Sharing Time: Making Music for the Church” Friend October 1987

World Wide Church

The Church in Great Britain   Friend August 1987

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Primary

Friend November 2018 “Conference News” Changes to length of Primary and the manuals used.

Today

Name of the Church

Friend November 2018 “The Correct Name of the Church” The prophet, Russell M. Nelson, directs church members to use the correct name of the church. Questions are answered to explain why. Also a book mark is included and an example cartoon of how to respond when people ask what church we belong to.

Baptized Members can be Witnesses at Baptism

Friend November 2019 “Conference News” President Nelson announced that anyone who has been baptized can be an official witness at another person’s baptism.

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Jacob’s Encounter with Sherem

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Jacob 7:1–23

Lessons

Teaching Children the Gospel “Jacob’s Encounter with Sherem”

Story Ideas

I can stand up for what I know is true.

Lesson Ideas

Friend February 2019 “What’s on Your Mind” Someone writes to the Friend and wants to know how to help make the bad things in life better. The Friend responds with an activity of some ways to stand for the right. Unscramble the words, then put them in the correct sentence to find ways to help.

See also the following: Stand for the Right: Stories & Stand for the Right: Lesson Ideas

Song Ideas

Invite the children to sing a song about choosing the right, such as “Dare to Do Right” or “Stand for the Right” (Children’s Songbook, 158, 159).

Divide them into groups, and invite them to create an inspirational banner or poster that represents something that they stand for or believe in.

Stand for the Right: Teaching Ideas

Teaching Children the Gospel “Song: Stand for the Right”

Teaching Children the Gospel “Review: Stand for the Right”

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Stand for the Right: Lesson Ideas

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Friend April 2019 “What’s on Your Mind” A child needs help knowing how to tell family and friends no when they want him to do things that aren’t right.

Friend November 2015 Take turns acting out standing for truth using the provided scenarios. Link also includes other lesson ideas and a story.

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Friend October 2016 “Family Night Fun” Acting out situations where a someone might dare you to do something. Also includes discussion and refreshment ideas.

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