Tree of Life Vision

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Tree of Life Vision

Lessons

Lesson Four: Tree of Life Vision Teachingldschildren.com

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 1 Nephi 8-10

Scripture Story Telling Ideas

Book of Mormon Stories “Lehi’s Dream” Video and Images

 

Book of Mormon Videos “Lehi Sees a Vision of the Tree of Life”

 

Ensign January 2020 “Family Study Fun”

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Collaborative Art Museum Give everyone a paper and pencil. Assign each person to draw only one of the following: Tree and fruit (1 Nephi 8:10–12) River (1 Nephi 8:13–14) Iron rod (1 Nephi 8:19) Strait and narrow path (1 Nephi 8:20) Great and spacious building (1 Nephi 8:26–28) Pass the papers to the left. Add people to the drawing. Pass again. Add captions or word balloons. Pass again. Color with crayons or markers. Discussion: What do the various parts of the vision represent? (see 1 Nephi 11:21–23; 12:16; 15:23–24; John 14:6; 1 Nephi 11:36). What do we need to do to reach the tree and find joy?

 

Friend June 2011 “Lehi’s Dream” Rebus story.

 

Friend January 2011 “Lehi’s Dream”

Lesson Ideas

Hold to the Rod

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020  Coloring page shows different way we can receive the word of God, such as from the prophet, from the scriptures, from the Holy Ghost, etc. Also, shows how to make a rod with the coloring page.

 

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2020 “Come, Follow Me for Little Ones” Read 1 Nephi 8:30 together and help your little ones say, “I will hold on to the word of God.” Ask your children to hold on to a broomstick or rope to represent the iron rod as you lead them around a room. End your walk at a picture of Jesus or something else to represent God’s love. You could even have some fruit as a snack!

Friend January 2020 “My Family Night Fun” Blindfold PathIn the vision of the tree of life, people had to walk along the path and hold to the iron rod to get to the tree. The iron rod represents the word of God (see 1 Nephi 11:25). Get a long string and a blindfold. Blindfold one person and spin them around. Have them try to walk in a straight line across the room. Was it hard? Now have two people hold the string. After you spin the blindfolded person, have them hold onto the string as they walk across the room. How did it help them? How can the scriptures help us? Sing “Search, Ponder, and Pray” (Children’s Songbook, 109)

Song:  “Hold to the Rod

Love of God

John 3:16 — For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

In Lehi’s vision, we are invited to partake of the love of God, symbolized by the tree and its fruit, and receive the blessings of the Savior’s love and atoning sacrifice.

Share the Fruit

Friend January 2020 “My Family Night Fun” Pass the Apple: Sing “He Sent His Son” (Children’s Songbook, 34–35) In the vision of the tree of life, the fruit on the tree represents the love of God (see 1 Nephi 11:21–22). The fruit was so delicious that Lehi wanted to share it with everyone. Get a piece of paper for each person and an apple or other round fruit. Roll each paper lengthwise into a cone and tape it in place. Now sit in a circle. Put the apple in one cone and pass it from cone to cone around the circle. What’s something good you can share with others?

Activity & Game Ideas

Tree of Life AR is an augmented reality experience for mobile devices created by the church.

 

 

 

 

 

Friend September 1989 “Lehi’s Vision” Match the things that Lehi saw in his vision with what they stand for.

 

 

 

 

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 1 Nephi 8-10 Find your way through the maze of Lehi’s vision, avoiding things that will prevent you from reaching the tree of life.

 

 

 

 

Friend June 1988 “Hold to the Rod” A game based on the meaning of Lehi’s dream.

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2019 “Book of Mormon Puzzler: Funstuff” Find the blocks of Book of Mormon symbols that match the numbered blocks below. Write the letters in the numbered spaces to find the name of the vision Nephi and Lehi saw.

Activity Pages

These activity pages could be used for sacrament meeting quiet books or for sabbath day activity books

Scripture Stories Coloring Book—Book of Mormon Draw your family eating the fruit of the tree.

 

 

 

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 11-15

Nephi Desired to Know More and Believed He Could

Lesson: Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “1 Nephi 11-15”

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Ensign January 2020 “Family Study Fun” Nephi desired to know the meaning of his father’s vision and was shown many wonderful things. Write the scrambled words and scriptures on cards. Read the scriptures to unscramble the words and find out some of the things Nephi was shown.

 

Nephi saw that Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to earth because He loves us

Friend January 2020 “Come, Follow Me for Little Ones” Read 1 Nephi 11:24 together and help your little ones say, “Jesus came to earth because He loves me.” Help your little one flip through copies of the Friendand draw a heart next to each picture of Jesus. This would be a great time to share your feelings about the Savior.

Nephi saw that many Plain and Precious Things would be Removed from Bible 1 Nephi 13:26–29, 35–36, 40

The Book of Mormon restores precious truths and is another witness that the things in the Bible did happen..

  • Draw a picture on the board, and invite the children to change or remove parts of the picture to make it look different. Help them understand that, like this picture, some things in the Bible were changed and taken out over time. Read parts of 1 Nephi 13:40 that teach how the Book of Mormon (which Nephi calls “these last records”) helps us understand the “plain and precious things” that were lost from the Bible.

  • Hide around the room pictures representing gospel truths that are clarified in the Book of Mormon, such as baptism, the sacrament, and resurrection. Invite the children to find these pictures. Explain that the Book of Mormon brought back gospel truths that had been lost. Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020

  • Why is it helpful to have more than one witness? Draw a dot on the board, label it Bible, and invite each child to draw a different straight line passing through the dot to illustrate that teachings in the Bible can be interpreted many ways when the Bible stands alone. Erase the lines, and draw a second dot labeled Book of Mormon. Invite a child to draw a straight line that passes through both dots to show that there is only one way to interpret the gospel when the Bible and Book of Mormon are used together.


The Brass Plates

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The Brass Plates

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The Brass Plates by Teaching LDS Children

 

 

 

 

 

Come Follow Me 2020 Primary  “1 Nephi 1-7”

Scripture Story Telling Ideas

Teach the story of the Brass Plates with one of the following methods.

Act out the story of Nephi getting the plates, or you can choose a narrator and use the cutouts and give everyone a piece to hold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the video “Chapter 4: The Brass Plates” (Book of Mormon Stories, 8–12)

Make this Mini Book Created by Kevin Merrell. Images are from the Scripture Readers. Have the children take turns reading from their books.

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Friend January 2020 “Nephi Gets the Brass Plates”

Lesson Ideas

Nephi was Obedient

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Ensign January 2020 “Family Study Fun” Nephi’s brothers Laman and Lemuel complained that the Lord required hard things (see 1 Nephi 3:5), Nephi said he would “go and do” whatever the Lord commanded (see 1 Nephi 3:7).

Have everyone sit in a circle. Give someone a small, soft object (beanbag, tennis ball, balled-up sock, etc.). Play “Nephi’s Courage” on the Sacred Music app (no. 120 in the Children’s Songbook) while family members pass the object around the circle. Pause the music at a random moment. Whoever is holding the object when the music stops will explain one faithful act they will “go and do” this week.

Discussion: What are some things the Lord has asked us to do that seem hard? How can we be more faithful in our responses to those commandments?

Friend January 2016 “Nephi was Obedient” Goal Card. I can be obedient like Nephi.

 

 

 

 

 

Nephi Didn’t Give Up

Being Like Nephi

Friend January 2020 “A Nephi Attitude” Bennett was tired and thirsty and not enjoying doing the service project. He wanted to go home but there was still a lot left to do. His mom talked to him about how Nephi had hard things to do like getting the plates from Laban, but he didn’t give up. Bennett liked the idea of being like Nephi. Nephi was strong and brave and good. So he kept working. He was proud of what they had accomplished when they were done. He was glad he had gotten rid of the Laman and Lemuel attitude.

God Will Help Me Keep the Commandments

Friend January 2020 “Family Night Fun”  Sing “Keep the Commandments” (Children’s Songbook, 146)

Read 1 Nephi 3:7 together and help your little ones say, “God will help me keep the commandments.” Now it’s your turn to look for the scriptures! Send someone out of the room and hide a Book of Mormon for them to find. When they start searching, say “hot” when they get close and “cold” when they get far away. Take turns hiding and finding the scriptures.Thye

Sing The song “Nephi’s Courage” (Children’s Songbook, 120–21)

The Scriptures are Important

Lehi and His Family Studied the Scriptures

Friend January 2020 ” Coloring Page: Lehi and His Family Studied the Scriptures”

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2020 “Cover” Image of Lehi reading to his family from the Brass Plates.

 

 

 

 

 

Song Ideas

Nephi’s Courage

35395, Children’s Songbook, Nephi’s Courage, 120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verse One Visual Aids and Teaching Ideas

Lord commanded Nephi to go and get the plates
From the wicked Laban inside the city gates.
Laman and Lemuel were both afraid to try.
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:

“I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.”

Verse Three Visual Aids and Teaching Ideas

The Lord gives us commandments and asks us to obey.
Sometimes I am tempted to choose another way.
When I’m discouraged, and think I cannot try,
I will be courageous, and I will reply:

“I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.”

Words and music: Bill N. Hansen Jr., b. 1952, and Lisa T. Hansen, b. 1958.

© 1986 by Wilford N. Hansen Jr., and Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen. All rights reserved. This song may be copied for incidental, noncommercial church or home use.

 

Friend January 2020 “The Book of Mormon Tells of Christ” Song. Sing-along Video Four verses. Verse one and two are below.  The last two verses are about the importance of the Book of Mormon.

1.When Lehi listened to the Lord,

And his family left their home and riches,

His sons returned back home again

So they could get the scriptures.

2. So Lehi’s people knew the Lord,

As the plates of brass helped them remember.

When they obeyed the prophet’s voice,

They prospered all together.

 

 


Lehi’s and His Family Leave Jerusalem

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Lehi and His Family Leave Jerusalem Listen to the Prophet

Come Follow Me Primary 2020: 1 Nephi 1-7

Introduction Ideas

Friend March 1988 “Name this Prophet” Read the clues and name this Book of Mormon prophet. (Lehi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scripture Story Ideas

Book of Mormon Stories “Lehi Warns the People” Video and Images

Book of Mormon Stories “Lehi Leaves Jerusalem”  Video and Images

Friend October 1987 “Lehi–Man of Vision” Lehi’s story

Lesson Ideas

Teaching the Scripture Readers “Lehi Leaves Jerusalem” Lesson Ideas

Teaching the Scripture Readers

Teaching the Scripture Readers

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Teaching the Scripture Readers

 

 

 

 

 

Nephi Gained His Own Testimony

Nephi prayed and gained his own testimony that the Lord had commanded his family to leave Jerusalem.

Activity and Game Ideas

Game: Have the children put the Book of Mormon story pictures in the correct order. Read the story and allow the children to make changes. Explain that Lehi built an altar to give thanks. Have the children put a stone on the altar for every way the Lord has helped them.

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Refreshment Ideas

Friend January 2020 “My Family Night Fun” Mix-and-Match Trail Mix: Use nuts, cereal, dried fruit, pretzels, or other small snacks to make your own trail mix. Start by giving each person in your family a resealable plastic bag. Then take turns adding ingredients. Shake your bags to mix! Trail mix is used for hiking and camping, and Lehi and his family were going on an similar type extended trip. Could have children name other things they might have taken on their trip as they add each ingredient.

 


Reading the Book of Mormon

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Reading the Book of Mormon

Benefits and Blessings of Reading the Book of Mormon

Friend January 2020 “The Precious Book of Mormon” President Nelson compares the Book of Mormon to treasure and encourages us to read it. He promises that changes and miracles will occur in our lives if we do.

 

 

 

 

Friend May 2017 “Book of Mormon Power” President Monson implores us to read the Book of Mormon and lists the benefits of doing so. Also includes a bookmark.

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2020 “A Special Book” Pablo knows the Book of Mormon is special. It teaches him about Jesus. It helps him feel Heavenly Father’s love. It is more important than any treasure. He reads from it every day. Pablo loves the Book of Mormon!

Friend April 2015 “The Book of Mormon Challenge” Blake had just finished reading the Book of Mormon when the stake president challenged everyone to read it again because of the many benefits it brings into the people’s lives.

Testimony of It’s Truthfulness Will Grow

Friend February 2019 “Ingrid’s Birthday Surprise” Ingrid gets a special present for her seventh birthday from her mom—a Book of Mormon. It was a special gift to help her prepare for her baptism. Ingrid read the entire Book of Mormon that year and prayed for and received a testimony of its truthfulness.

Friend January 2017 “The Book on the Shelf” When Walter reads the Book of Mormon he knows it’s words are true, and he learns that it contains answers to problems in life.

 

 

 

 

Friend June 2016 “Jason’s Study Buddy” Jason reads the entire Book of Mormon before his baptism. His testimony grows.

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Friend April 2016 A family reads the Book of Mormon and then prays to get a testimony of its truth

 

Ideas for Reading and Understanding the Book of Mormon

Friend January 2020 “8 Ideas for Reading the Book of Mormon”

Read with Friends and Family

Friend January 2020 “Gracie’s Goal” Gracie got a set of scriptures from her grandparents at her baptism. She set a goal to read the Book of Mormon by her next birthday, but she is struggling with the goal because some of the words and chapters are hard to understand. She told her grandma that she was having a problem keeping up with her goal. Her grandma suggested that they read the Book of Mormon together every night on the phone. Gracie was able to accomplish her goal and understand the Book of Mormon better with her grandma’s help.

Friend June 2017 “Book of Mormon Club” Sydney starts a Book of Mormon club where she and her friends discuss what they have learned.

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2018 “Book of Mormon Reading Club” Includes children’s thoughts about reading the Book of Moron. February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December,

Read the Scripture Readers 

Friend January 2020 “Batbayar and the Book with Pictures” Reading was hard for Batbayar, so he struggled with reading the Book of Mormon. The missionaries brought him Book of Mormon Stories instead. Every night he prayed after reading. His heart felt good when he read, and when he prayed he felt like the stories were true, so he asked to be baptized.

Setting Goals to Read the Book of Mormon

Friend January 2020 “Show and Tell: The Book of Mormon Edition” Real life experiences of children and families that set goals to read the Book of Mormon.

Reading Charts

 

Come Follow Me

Friend January 2020 “What’s on Your Mind? Someone asks a question about how to do Come Follow Me at home when their family doesn’t do it? The Friend explains that they can do it themselves. They include a Book Mark to inspire them.

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2020 “I Can Read the Book of Mormon” You can use this coloring chart to follow along with the Come, Follow Me lessons. Read the verses on the reading chart each week. Then color in the matching spaces.

 


Introduction to the Book of Mormon

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Introduction to the Book of Mormon

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Introduction to the Book of Mormon

 

 

 

 

Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020

Introduction Ideas

Invite the children to share stories they know from the Book of Mormon, using pictures 67–86 in the Gospel Art Book or other pictures you have. And/or have everyone draw their favorite Book of Mormon story. Then have each child tell about their picture.

Purpose of the Book of Mormon

To Bear Testimony of Jesus Christ

See the purpose stated on its title page–to convince all that Jesus is the Christ.

Friend January 2020 “Come Follow Me for Little Ones” Read the full title of the Book of Mormon, including the subtitle, “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” Put a picture of the Savior somewhere in the pages of a Book of Mormon. Help your children flip through the book and find the picture. You could do this repeatedly, and every time you find it, help your little ones say, “The Book of Mormon is about Jesus!”

All of the prophets in the Book of Mormon taught about Jesus.

Friend January 2016 “The Book of Mormon Teaches about Jesus Christ” Take turns reading these scriptures. Each talks about a Book of Mormon prophet who taught about Jesus. Match the scripture with the prophet who said it.

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Friend January 2020 “Bright Idea: The Book of Mormon is about Jesus”

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2020 “The Book of Mormon Tells of Christ” Song. Sing-along Video  The last two verses are about the importance of the Book of Mormon in teaching us about Jesus Christ.

How We Got the Book of Mormon

Friend July 1988 “Calendar Cutouts” Read one scripture each day. Match the highlighted scriptures to the correct picture. Ezekiel 37:15-20, 2 Nephi 3:12; 29:8, Psalm 85:11& Mormon 8:16, Moses 7:62 & Isaiah 29:4, 2 Nephi 26:14-17, Ether1:1 & 2:11, Enos 1:15-16, Mormon 5:12-14, Revelation 14:6, 1 Nephi 1:1 & 9:5, Omni 1:8-9, Introduction to Helaman, 3 Nephi 23:4-5, 3 Nephi 23:6-14, Words of Mormon 1:1-2, Mormon 8:1 & Moroni 10:1-2, Joseph Smith History 1:30-35, D&C 27:5 & 128:20, Joseph Smith History 1:44-47, Joseph Smith History 1:48-50, Joseph Smith History 1:51-52, Joseph Smith History 1:53-54, Joseph Smith History 1:59, Joseph Smith History 1:62, Joseph Smith History 1:67 & D&C 3:preface, D&C 25:1&5-6, Isaiah 29:11, Joseph Smith History 1:61 & 63-65, 2 Corinthians 13:1 & D&C 5:4 &11&13, D&C 19:preface & 26 & 34-35, Joseph Smith History 1:60

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Sing “Book of Mormon Stories” (Children’s Songbook, 118)

Book of Mormon Stories: Chapter One “How We Got the Book of Mormon” Video and images about the story of Joseph Smith and the golden plates.

Translating the Book of Mormon

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon”

Show the children an image of characters from the golden plates. Explain that God helped Joseph translate these characters into words we can read and understand.

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Joseph Smith translated the characters written on the golden plates.

Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon

Introduction

Ensign January 2020 “Family Study Fun” A fun activity to help the children listen to the introduction as it is read.

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  1. Write the following on index cards, one word per card: Mormon, Lord, Testimony, God, Jesus, Joseph, Plates, Prophet.

  2. Pass out the cards (one or two per person) and instruct family members to lift the card high when they hear the word.

  3. Read the introduction to the Book of Mormon aloud.

Come Follow Me Primary 2020: Introductory Pages Ask the children to pretend you have never heard of the Book of Mormon before. Invite them to work with a partner to think of ways they could explain to you what it is and where it came from, using details from the introduction. Then let each pair take turns teaching you.

The Book of Mormon is the Key Stone of Our Religion

Ensign January 2016 Consider using a set of dominoes or gathering items from around your home to use as dominoes. Have family members set them up in a line and then push the first one over. Discuss how the Book of Mormon is central to the message of the Church and how it is like the first domino: once we know for ourselves that the Book of Mormon is true, all of the other truths of the Restoration fall into place, just like the other dominoes.

Index

Friend March 1988 “Sharing Time” Learning how to find stories and information in the Book of Mormon. Includes an activity for putting the books in the right order.

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  1. Have each child make his own Book of Mormon storybook throughout the year as they read. Write title for each book on separate page. Then have children write, in their own words, stories of people they learn about in each book and the lessons they learned from the stories. They could also draw pictures or cut out and paste pictures into their storybook.

  2. Sing “The Books in the Book of Mormon” (More Songs for Children, page 32). Have children arrange titles in correct order before song is completed.

Reading the Book of Mormon

See the post Reading the Book of Mormon.

Review

Friend November 2016 Find the answers to the below quiz in Elder Stevenson conference address “Look to the Book, Look to the Lord.”

 


Book of Mormon: Lesson Ideas

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Crossing the Sea

Teaching the Scripture Readers

Teaching the Scripture Readers

Teaching the Scripture Readers

Teaching the Scripture Readers

The Promised Land

Teaching the Scripture Readers pg. 60

Teaching the Scripture Readers pg. 60

King Benjamin

Friend November 2019 “Friends by Mail” During general conference, we used the “Pitch Your Tent” cutouts (March 2018) to create a 3D model and added quotes from President Nelson’s talk! Ava and Maryanne P., ages 8 and 6, Washington, USA

 

 

 

 

Friend August 1988 “Sharing Time: Be a Righteous Leader”

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Abinidi & King Noah

Teaching the Scripture Readers

Teaching the Scripture Readers

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King Limhi

 Alma the Younger Repents

For they were the very vilest of sinners.(Mosiah 28:4)
But Alma 48:17-18 talks about these men and the changes they had made.

17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

18 Behold, he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God.

Alma & Amulek

The People of Ammon

 

Anti-Nephi-Lehies

Friend August 2018 “Family Night Fun” Write a bad habit on a piece of paper. “Bury” the bad habit! Tear up the paper, or bury it outside. You could even plant a flower to represent replacing a bad habit with a good one.

Brother of Jared & Jaredites

Friend November 1988 “Annette’s Very Own Scriptures”  A teacher tells the story of the brother of Jared using some fun ideas.

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Book of Mormon Review or Timeline

Friend September 1988 “Sharing Time: Study the Book of Mormon”

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