Jacob 1-4: Unshaken Faith in Jesus

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Jacob 1: 1-19

Book of Mormon Stories Before Nephi died, he gave the plates he had written on to his younger brother Jacob. This meant that Jacob would also be the spiritual leader of the people. Jacob 1:1–2, 8

Nephi told Jacob to write the things that would help the people believe in Jesus Christ. Jacob 1:4–6

Nephi gave his younger brothers Jacob and Joseph the power to be priests and teachers in the Church and to teach the Nephites the word of God. Jacob 1:18

Go through the Fifth Article of Faith and explain that Nephi would have prayed to find out who God wanted called to certain responsibilities. He then would have “consecrated” Jacob and Joseph for those responsibilities by the laying on of hands because he had the priesthood authority from God to do so.

Jacob and Joseph labored diligently among their people, that they might persuade them to come unto Christ and partake of the goodness of God Jacob 1:7

Nephi began to be old, and he saw that he must die soon; so he anointed a man to be a king and a ruler over his people, according to the reigns of the kings. (Jacob 1:9) Because of the great love of the people for Nephi, all kings after Nephi were called Nephi (1st Nephi, 2nd Nephi, etc.). (Jacob 1:11)

Jacob 2:1-21

I Can Help Others in Need when I Share with Them

The people began to grow wicked during the reign of the second king, wanting lots of riches and many wives, and they also became lifted up in pride.

Jacob taught in the temple and told the people to repent of the bad things they were doing.

Jacob taught the following: “And the hand of providence hath smiled upon you most pleasingly (this phrase means that Heavenly Father had blessed them), that you have obtained many riches; and because some of you have obtained more abundantly than that of your brethren ye are alifted up in the pride of your hearts, and wear stiff necks and high heads because of the costliness of your apparel, and persecute your brethren because ye suppose that ye are better than they.” (Jacob 2:13)

Some of the people in Jacob’s time were very rich and prideful, and they didn’t want to share what they had with people who were poor.

Jacob taught that we should clothe the naked, and feed the hungry, liberate the captive, and administer relief to the sick and the afflicted. (Jacob 2:19)

Story Ideas

Friend March 2020 “Harry Shares” Harry is playing with toys. He is having fun. Harry sees a girl who looks sad. Harry shares toys with her. Now they are both having fun!

Friend November 1987 “Hand-Me-Down Box” Leigh is fortunate to have a caring friend who shares her hand-me-down clothes with her. She wants to grow up to be someone who shares with others.

  • Was there someone in the story who was prideful and made fun of Leigh for her hand-me-down clothes?

Jacob taught the following: Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you. Jacob 2:17 

  • What does it mean to think of others like unto yourselves? (Treat others like you would like to be treated, and give to others like you would give to yourself. (Think about the things you need and then help others who don’t have those types of things so they can have them too.)

Friend December 2019 “Martin’s Favorite Toys” Martin was not happy about having to move, but eventually he got used to his new home. One Sunday, he noticed a lot of new people at church. He found out that they were refugees. He wanted to help them, but he didn’t want to give them any of his toys. Then he realized that many of the children had to leave everything behind. He remembered how hard it was for him to move, but at least he got to bring his things with him. He then wanted to give them his favorite toys to help them be happier.

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Invite the children to think of something they could share to help someone feel happy.

Cut out the arrow, and attach it to the center of the circle. Spin the arrow, and tell about how you can share what the arrow points to. CFM for Primary: BofM

Friend March 2020 “Come Follow Me for Little Ones” Play a sharing game. Give each person a toy and set a timer. When it dings, everyone should run to someone else and say, “God is happy when I share!” and trade toys.

Friend July 2018 “Coloring Page: I Can Share with Others”

Jacob 4:14

Missing the Mark

The “Mark” is Christ

All the Prophets Taught of Christ


Jacob 4:4 For, for this intent have we written these things, that they may know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his coming; and not only we ourselves had a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets which were before us.

Jacob taught this about the Jews: “Wherefore, because of their blindness, which blindness came by looking beyond the mark, they must needs fall.”

The Jews misunderstood the law of Moses and its intent to lead them to the Savior. They were looking for a different kind of deliverance than the kind Jesus, the Messiah, offered them—they were looking for deliverance from foreign rule and oppression.

If we fail to keep focused on our Savior Jesus Christ, what could happen?

Activity Ideas

Ensign March 2020 “Family Study Fun” Off-Target Ball Toss

The prophet Jacob taught that the spiritual blindness of the Jews caused them to look “beyond the mark” (Jacob 4:14), which resulted in their stumbling spiritually and missing many gospel truths.

  1. Place a bucket or sturdy bowl in the backyard.
  2. Take turns tossing a ball into the bucket, standing a short distance away.
  3. Now try tossing the ball into the bucket without looking at the bucket.

Discussion: Why was it harder to hit the target when we’re not looking at it? How did the Jews look “beyond the mark”? (Jacob 4:14). Read “Looking beyond the Mark” by Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Ensign, Mar. 2003, 40–44). Discuss how we might find ourselves looking beyond the mark today.

Book of Mormon Study Guide “for Home-Study Seminary Students” Lift your pen or pencil at least two feet or one meter above this target, and try to drop it so that it hits the center of the target—“the mark.” You may want to try this several times. Think about how less effective your efforts would be if you were looking somewhere other than the target. How well do you think people would do in archery if they never looked at the target, or mark, while they were shooting or if they looked at what was beyond the mark? Read Jacob 4:14, and identify characteristics of the people Jacob prophesied would look “beyond the mark.”

Jacob 4:4–11

Unshaken in Their Faith

How did Jacob and others develop faith in Christ that is “unshaken” ?

Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all these witnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can ccommand in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.

Jacob studied the words of the prophets, and he received revelations from the Spirit. How can we follow his example and develop unshaken faith?

One way to help your family understand what it means to be “unshaken” in their faith would be to find a large tree nearby and ask family members to shake individual branches. Then let them try to shake the trunk. Why is it harder to shake the trunk?

Song: Wise Man and the Foolish Man

Jacob teaches that the Jews rejected the stone upon which they might build and have safe foundation. (Jacob 4:15-17)

Sing “The Wise Man and the Foolish Man” See here for teaching ideas, sing-along videos, and visual aid ideas.

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Service Lessons

Ensign April 2020 “Family Study Fun” Gratitude Tower of Service

King Benjamin built a tower and taught his people that when we serve each other, we are really serving God (see Mosiah 2:17).

  1. Build a tower. It can be a chair, an ottoman, a few boxes, etc.
  2. Take turns getting up on your tower and thanking someone in the family for the service they have done recently.
  3. Now take turns getting on the tower again and sharing with the family one way you’re going to provide service this week.

Discussion: Why is it important to serve others? How does it make you feel when someone serves you? How can we serve someone (and God) as a family this week?

Friend July 2019 “Family Night Fun” A Family Home Evening lesson idea about helping others, coming up with ideas on how to help them, and making goals to serve. (Also includes a refreshment idea.)

Why Serve

Many People in the World Need Help

Friend November 2019 “Helping Our Brothers and Sisters”

President Nelson told about some ways people need help in the world today, such as 1 out of 9 people don’t have enough food and many don’t have clean water to drink. The article discusses how the church helps and how we can help people in need. (The article includes photos of the ways people need help, a quote handout idea, and a coloring page.)

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Ministering

Friend January 2019 “President Ballard Visits Texas”  Ministering means serving and loving. Jesus Christ ministered to others, and so do His Apostles. How are the people below ministering? How can you help someone today?

How Can We Help

Friend March 2019 “Service Survey”  Questions to ask people to find out how you can help serve them.

Friend February 2019 “Helper Like You” Tell how you could help out in each situation.

Friend January 2018 “Family Night Fun” Hide slips of paper with difficulties someone may be enduring written on them. When someone finds a paper, have them say how they could help that person.

Holy Ghost Can Guide Us

Ensign July 2019 “Family Study Fun”(Acts 1:1–8, 15–26; 2:1–42; 4:1–13, 31–33)

After His Ascension, the Lord directed his Church through the Holy Ghost. Revelation helped leaders call a new Apostle, spread the gospel, and find those in need. This same practice is followed today.

  1. Scatter pillows, couch cushions, and other soft objects throughout the room.

  2. Assign someone in the family to be the “person in need” at the end of the obstacle course.

  3. Place a blindfold on a member of the family and assign someone else to whisper directions into the person’s ear to guide them safely through the course to the person in need.

Discussion: When was a time you felt directed by the Holy Ghost to help someone else? How did you recognize those promptings? What recent changes have been announced by President Russell M. Nelson and others? How are these changes evidence of the Lord guiding His Church today?

Never too Young to Serve

Friend November 2017 Sarah helps her little sister when her mom is sick.

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Friend August 2016 “For Parents of Little Ones” Letting children help when they ask to help teaches them to serve others.

Friend March 2016 Ideas on what to talk about when visiting patients at hospitals or nursing homes.

“Cheer up a Friend” – Ideas of things to make and do for a friend who is sick. Friend February 1984

Friend January 2016 - Our Father lifts us and we can lift and help others.

Friend January 2016 – Our Father lifts us and we can lift and help others.

Friend May 2016  Ideas on how to help family member who is grieving the loss of a loved one

Humanitarian Aid

Friend August 2019 “Elder Rasband Visits Cape Verde” Elder Rasband visited a school were many of the children don’t have parents to take care of them. The Church gives money to help the children’s school that Elder Rasband visited. (Activity: Four children donated money to the Church’s Humanitarian Aid Fund. Follow the shapes along the path to see what each child’s money was used for. (Also includes instructions on how to donate money to humanitarian aid.)

Service Ideas

Friend May 2019 “Friends by Mail” Children rake their neighbor’s leaves. (Picture included)

Friend February 2019 “Show and Tell” Our family decided to collect food in our neighborhood for the homeless shelter. My brother and I decorated notes to tell our neighbors about it. A few days later we collected the food. It made me feel happy to help lots of people. Asher W., age 6, Ontario, Canada

Friend July 2018 “Show and Tell” As friends, we wanted to honor the people in our neighborhood who serve our country in the military. We sang patriotic songs and shared cupcakes with them!

Addelyn S., Julianne W., Connor M., Eli S., Ansel S., and Easton M., ages 5, 11, 8, 7, 11, and 6, Missouri, USA

To celebrate Pioneer Day, Primary children of the Lebanon Pennsylvania Ward, USA, and their friends helped refugees close to home by making cards and putting together hygiene, school, and cleaning kits to help welcome them.

Friend June 2018 “Show and Tell” “I was excited to donate 12 inches (30.5 cm) of my hair to make wigs for children with cancer!” Lavona R., age 8, West Java, Indonesia

Friend April 2018 “Furry Fun” Camila and her brother Tomás found a fun and furry way to serve their neighbors! Every Saturday, they walk dogs for people who have a hard time getting around.

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Friend February 2018 “Show and Tell” I like to serve the sisters in our ward by playing with their children. I love the happy feeling I get from serving! Masha K., age 11, Central Federal District, Russia

Friend January 2018 “Show and Tell” (Click on link to show pictures of the following children.)

We made a paper kindness garden and put a flower or bug sticker on it every time we served or were kind to others. At Christmas, we sent it as a gift to our grandparents who live very far away. Adding stickers reminded us how much we love them! Deltree and Calan A., ages 10 and 8, Victoria, Australia

I fasted for my brother-in-law so he could get a good job. A week later, he got a job! Caden J., age 8, Ohio, USA

At school, I help a friend understand the assignments. Serving my friend helps me feel the love of my Heavenly Father. Allison M., age 9, Santa Ana, El Salvador

I like to play soccer with younger kids and teach them new skills. It is one way I like to serve! Sasha K., age 11, Moscow, Russia

Secret Service

Print the following secret service slips and put them in a jar. Have the children draw one a day or one a week to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Serving God through Serving Others

Friend May 2019 “Keeping the Orphans Warm” George Muller, a Christian, served God by helping orphans. He had strong faith that God would help him help them. Once, when the heater went out in one of his orphanages, he prayed that a warm wind would come to keep the children warm and that the workers would have a desire to get the work done quickly. His prayer was answered.

Friend February 2020 “Go and Do” President Henry B. Eyring tells about growing up during a time when many people were out of work and homeless. The Relief Society president collected clothes from neighbors and washed them and put them in boxes on her back porch for anyone who needed clothes. She followed God’s command to help those in need and helped hundreds of Heavenly Father’s children. Activity: Follow the paths to see how these children made a difference!

Heavenly Father Sometimes Uses Others to Help Answer Prayers

Friend October 2019 “The Little Red Harmonica” Katie uses her music points to get two harmonicas. She gives one to her little brother. She loved seeing how happy it made him, but then he became devastated when he lost it.  Kaity helped him look for it, but no luck. Ryan says a prayer asking for help in finding it, but still no luck. Katie prays for her brother and an idea comes to her. She gives her harmonica to him. Katie told Ryan that Heavenly Father was letting her help him answer Ryan’s prayer.

Pray to Know How and Who to Serve

Friend May 2020 “The Little Red Bread Wagon” The Bishop asked ward members to help others. Sammy’s father prayed to know what to do, and the idea came to make bread to share. Sammy helped his father decide who to take bread to, and he helped him deliver the bread with his wagon.

Following Jesus’ Example of Service

Friend November 2018 “What I Know” Action rhyme about serving people like Jesus—because we love them.

Friend January 2018 “Following Paw Prints” As Derek was following paw prints in the snow, he helped his neighbors along the way. He likes to follow the example of Jesus by helping others. (Also do the activity of finding ways Derek can help family members.)

Service Helps the Receiver and the Giver

We learn from those we serve.

Friend July 2017 “Best Camp Ever!” A boy is assigned to be a buddy at camp to Bryant who is blind. The boy keeps a journal and writes about it. He is worried about the assignment, but he finds that it is exciting  and fun  when the person you are serving accomplishes difficult things. Bryant serves him too by being an example of perserverance in doing hard things.

We Worry Less About Ourselves when We Serve Others/ We are Also Blessed

Friend August 2018 “The Lemonade Stand” After terrorist attacks, a girl and her friends are afraid. The girl also wants to help the victims but doesn’t know how. The neighborhood decides to host a lemonade stand to help raise money for the firefighters and their families. After helping with the lemonade stand, she feels better. Her mom tell she her that when she is being like Jesus, the Holy Ghost can help her feel happy and safe.

Develop Empathy

Friend December 2019 “Martin’s Favorite Toys” Martin was not happy about having to move, but eventually he got used to his new home. One Sunday, he noticed a lot of new people at church. He found out that they were refugees. He wanted to help them, but he didn’t want to give them any of his toys because he brought them from his old house. Then he realized that many of the children had to leave everything behind. He remembered how hard it was for him to move, but at least he got to bring his things with him. He then wanted to give them his favorite toys to help them be happier.

Service Doesn’t have to be Perfect

Friend April 2020 “One Grey Square” Mariana’s stake had a goal to crochet 500 squares. The squares would then be joined together to make quilts and given to people who needed them. When Mariana went to turn in her square, she saw all the perfectly made squares. She was embarrassed because hers was crooked and had a few mistakes. She thought about shoving it in her pocket, but the lady taking the squares put it in the pile and then announced that her square was the 1000th square turned in. Everybody clapped. Mariana was glad she was a part of the special activity of helping people stay warm.

Friend Aug 1987 “The Bryan & Barney Circus” Children put on a circus to cheer up a sick friend. It doesn’t go well, but it does the job.

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Service Prayer

Friend September 2019 “Praying Like Alma” Joplin got hit by a tornado and Isaac wants to go help,  but he’s too young.  While learning about Alma’s prayer for his son, Isaac got the idea to pray for the people of Joplin. He said prayers for them everyday.

Service Minded

Friend December 2018 “Saved from the Mud” Elder Parillo’s  parents were always doing things to help people, including letting people from their neighborhood sleep in their home whenever the houses flooded with mud.

Friend December 2018 “Brothers who Light the World” Brothers from Ghana like helping others. They use their piano playing talents to help others, they share their snacks at school with children who are hungry and have nothing to eat, and they like to teach the gospel to neighbors. (Link includes photos.)

Friend January 1989 “Oatmeal, Shovels, and Pyramids” Toby is always serving others, from his grandfather and  neighbor to his gymnastic teacher.

Friend September 2018 “Show and Tell” Lisa S., age 10, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, always looks for ways to serve at church. She looks for little children who need comfort or those who may feel alone. She passes out hymnbooks so that everyone can sing.

Setting an Example of Service

Friend February 2019 “Helper Like You” Jaylen watches her brother take bread to a neighbor, shovel another neighbor’s driveway, and then offer to help her build a snowman. She tells him that she wants to be a helper like him. (Link also includes an activity where children tell how they could help in each situation.)

Friend June 2017 “Show and Tell” Brandt secretly plans to clean up his grandma’s yard after a big storm, and his family sees him working and joins in.

Friend December 2016 “Cookies, Cans, and Christmas” A mother got out of  her car in the rain to help a homeless man pick up spilled cans in the road. It makes an impression on her kids.

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 Service Helps Us Feel Happy

Friend June 2020 “Eli’s Helping Hand” Eli was sad when he missed a ball and his soccer team lost the game. At church he noticed that his friend Kate was feeling sad too because her body hurt from sitting in a wheelchair. He rocked her wheelchair to help her feel better. Afterwards, he realized that helping others made him feel happy too.

Friend September 2019 “Show and Tell” “We got an extra meal from a restaurant so that we could give it to someone who was hungry. We saw a police car parked nearby and asked the policeman if he had eaten lunch. He had not! He said he was hungry and that we were a blessing to him. We had the best feeling knowing we had helped someone.” Callister, Kerrigan, and Preston S., ages 7, 5, and 3, Texas, USA (picture of children and police officer)

Friend March 2018 A man drops some money and Brianna gives it to him. She has a wonderful feeling afterwards

Friend April 2016 “Off to Chicago” Alex is sad his brother will be gone for 3 days, but he makes a gift to help his brother not be lonely and that makes Alex feel better.

Friend August 1987 “The Popsicle Race” Children find creative ways to serve others using Popsicle sticks.

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Service Super Hero

Friend March 2018 “Matt and Mandy” Matt makes a super hero costume and secretly helps his mom.

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Service Club

Friend November 2018 “Chalk Service” Nathan gave out invitations to be in a service club. For their first service they did nice sidewalk chalk messages at the homes of people who needed encouragement.

Friend July 2018 “The Service Club” Three siblings started their own service club. They first wrote thank you cards to people they appreciated and delivered them anonymously, and then they started delivering treats to people.

Family Traditions of Service

Friend November 2018 “Thanks and Giving”  Kate’s family have a tradition where every Thanksgiving each family gets some money from grandma to help someone in need. Kate’s family uses their money to make fleece blankets for children in the hospital.

Friend November 2018 “Our uncle passed away a couple of years ago. On his birthday right before he died, he asked us to help the homeless instead of giving him a present. So now every year on his birthday, we do things for the homeless. This year we made kits to give them. We can show Jesus love by helping others.” Ben and Paisley C., ages 8 and 3, Utah, USA

Service Helps Others Feel Loved

Friend December 2019 “The Red Paper Bird” Eve got sick and was very sad when she couldn’t go to the school Christmas party. Her teacher sent home a red bird Christmas craft the kids made during the party, and Eve’s brother and sister helped her make it. Whenever she looked at the red bird, she felt very loved. (Make the craft. Have a family member do a secret act of service for someone and leave the bird. Then that person does an act of service and leaves the bird. How many times can you pass the bird?)

Service to Elderly

Friend March 2016 “Baseball Bill” A family adventure day spending time at a nursing home is more fun than expected. Service makes you feel good.

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Service for the Sick

Friend November 2018 Kate’s family make fleece blankets for children in the hospital.

Friend August 2017 “Sister Sheldon’s Miracle” Children make a quilt for their much loved Primary president who has cancer.

Community Service

Friend April 2020 “One Grey Square” Mariana’s stake had a goal to crochet 500 squares. The squares would then be joined together to make quilts. and given to hospital patients and people without homes. Mariana was excited to help.

Friend August 2019 “Show and Tell”

I volunteer at Give Kids the World, where kids with critical illnesses stay for a vacation. I help by serving them slushies, ice cream, hot dogs, soda, and other foods. Anna Sophia A., age 11, Florida, USA

Our city does an interfaith food drive every year. We pass out fliers and then pick up the food left on the doorsteps. When we delivered the food to the depot, I felt really excited. My mom said that feeling was the Holy Ghost. Walker N., age 7, Alberta, Canada

Friend May 2018 “Matt and Mandy” (Part 1)  Mandy wants to help the lonely kids at school. A friend mentioned that her old school had a friendliness campaign, and her mom mentions that student council elections are coming up.

Friend June 2018 “Matt and Mandy” (Part 2) Mandy decides to run for student council.

Friend May 2018 “Junior Helping Hands” When Hurricane Irma’s hit Florida, Autumn helped by collecting backpacks full of school supplies.

Friend November 2017 “The Yellow Angels” President Eyring’s visited Florida after the hurricanes. The LDS members who came to help were known as the yellow angels because of the yellow helping hands shirts they wore. “Sometimes you will be the angel the Lord sends to bear others up.”

Friend June 2017 “Making Dolls” Jackson makes dolls for refugees.

Friend June 2017 “Cousin Camp” Cousins do service projects with their grandma.

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Friend April 2017 “Erika’s Dream Park” A neighborhood comes together to help make a dying girl’s dream come true of fixing up an old run down park.

Refugees

Friend October 2017 “ Helping Out, One Pencil at a Time” Caleb helps his school set up a program to help refugees children. He then took the collected school supply kits to the refugee camp.

Friend January 2017 “Salsa Service” Brooks makes and sells salsa to earn money to help refugees.

Food Bank

Friend November 2015 “Macaroni Helper” Ari’s family helps at the food bank.

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Friend June 2016 “Buckets of Mud” Tayson helps get mud out of people’s basements. Activity and Refreshment

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Serving the Homeless

Friend November 2019 “Kindness Kits” A family collects some items and makes some muffins to take to some homeless.

Neighbor Service

Friend November 2018 “Gavin and his family shoveled their elderly neighbors snow. It was fun at first, but doing it every time it snowed became tedious and difficult. One day, when they didn’t make it over,  Gavin saw the neighbor trying to do it himself, and Gavin realized how difficult it was for him. After that, shoveling for the neighbors wasn’t a chore, it was a joy.

Friend April 2018 “Furry Fun” Camila and her brother Tomás found a fun and furry way to serve their neighbors! Every Saturday, they walk dogs for people who have a hard time getting around.

Friend October 2017 “Helping Mrs. Brewster”


Friend August 1986 “The Extra Hug” A neighbor lady is always grumpy. Benjamin gives her hugs to help her feel better.
Friend June 1985 “The Picadilly Street Pirates” – A group of boys pretend to be good pirates that do service.

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Disaster Service

Friend February 2020 “Show and Tell” We have family living in Tonga and were sad when a cyclone hit there. We decided to send water purifiers so that they could have clean drinking water. We worked to earn money to send three boxes of purifiers. Our family in Tonga had enough to share with their community. Christopher and Kalea L., both age 8, Saskatchewan, Canada

Friend October 2019 “The Great Family Shoe Hunt” A flood washed away people’s homes. Cameron wanted to help. The Primary was collecting shoes for the flood victims, and Cameron’s family did a shoe hunt for Family Home Evening.

Church Humanitarian Aid Fund

Friend February 2020 “Garage-Sale Service” TeAroha wanted to help some people in a village who had lost their homes. Her mother suggested they send money to the Church Humanitarian Aid Fund because they use money to help places like that. TeAroha sold some of her toys at a family garage sale and she did chores to earn money to donate.

Service Ideas

Friend March 2019 “Show and Telll”  Children serve by playing the piano to bring spirit, picking up trash at school playground, helping with weeding.

Friend November 2018 Kate’s family make fleece blankets for children in the hospital.

Friend October 2018 “The Talents Team” Several great stories about children who did service projects such as collecting pencils for school children in Africa, making quilts for the needy, and collecting supplies for an orphanage in Guatemala. Photos are also included.

Friend September 2018 “Caring and Coconuts” Lui and his family share their garden food with others.

Friend August 2018 When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Hailey and London saw news stories about libraries whose books had been ruined in the flood. They decided to raise money for new books. They made “Texas Strong” stickers. People from all over bought the stickers. Hailey and London donated all the money to their favorite library in Houston.

Friend May 2018 “Cards and Caring” Brady made and sold cards to make money to help foster kids and refugees.

Friend January 2018 “Sharing Snacks and Smiles” Sam and Anastasia make snack kits for the homeless.

Friend December 2017 “Gabriel’s Cello” Gabriel played Christmas songs on his cello at a shopping center for tips to give to the food pantry to feed the homeless. (Includes photos)

Friend  November 2017 “Secret Service Sisters” Twin sisters decide to surprise their friends and family with secret service.

Friend October 2017 “Show and Tell” “I decided to collect and donate pet food for our local pet pantry program. I named it #operationfeedthepets. It made me feel good to help families that need help feeding their pets.” Julio A., age 7, Florida, USA

Friend June 2017 “Show and Tell” Two girls do a neighborhood food drive.

Friend March 2017 “Reading for Wheelchairs” Zach reads to people for 10 cents per minute and donates the money to buy wheelchairs for LDS Humanitarian Services.

Friend June 1988 “The Deseret Clarinet” A girl learns that giving things to Deseret Industries helps people, and she is then more willing to give away some of her old things. (Link also includes a list of the reasons DI was established.)

Friend April 1988 “Scavenger Hunt” While on a Scavenger hunt, some children find a frail, old lady who doesn’t have any food in her cupboards. They decide to do a different kind of Scavenger hunt and they collect food for the lady.
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Friend October 1987 “The Pumpkin Phantom” A boy secretly gives away the pumpkins he grew so the children can have pumpkins to carve at Halloween.

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Friend October 2015 “Happy to Help” – Children volunteer to help neighbor rake leaves.

“Mom’s Magic Bread “– Friend February 1985 – Boys learn that the magic of giving bread away comes from sharing love.
Emily’s Lawn Service” Friend June 2015- Girl earns money to give to a family whose father has cancer.
“Boots” Friend December 1984 Girl gives snow boots to another girl who doesn’t have any.

 Stories about children’s service projects. Includes photos of the children doing the service. February 2015April 2015,  July 2015, June 2015,  May 2015, August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, December 2015, etc.

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Outgrown Treasures -At her family yard sale, a girl willingly sells her treasures (toys) at a low price to a family who are in need. Friend June 1983

Friend June 1983 “Outgrown Treasures” -At a yard sale a girl willingly sells her treasures (toys) at a low price to a family who are in need.

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Friend September 2015 – A boy helps another boy learn English and is blessed.

Friend December 2015 “The Woodpile” A family gives away their wood to help a family who needs it to heat their home.

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Friend April 1984 “A Time to Act” “A girl will lose the opportunity to be volleyball captain if late for school again, but she does the right thing and helps a girl who becomes afraid crossing the street.

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“Because I Have Been Given Much” – Hymn # 219 (First verse)

Preparation

  • Print the song pictures. Cut out the boy and girl figures, the word strips, the word bubble, and the gift boxes. Fold the box lids on the lines and glue or tape the lid down.
  • Items needed: a display board, tape to post pictures on the display board, a CD player, and the music CD’s of the hymns. (This song is not on the church website because of copyright issues, but CD’s of the hymns can be found at meeting house libraries or church distribution centers.)

 

Song Instructions

Post the main picture of the two girls on the display board. After discussing a line of the song, put up the word strip under the picture.  Also add the pictures called for that go with that line.

Because I have been given much

Discussion – Ask the family what are some of the gifts and blessings we enjoy because we are members of the restored church of Jesus Christ?

Picture – As the family gives their answers, put  a couple of the gift pictures next to the child with the scriptures. 

 

I too must give.

Discussion – Because we have been given the knowledge of the gospel, we  must share that gift with others so they too can enjoy the blessings of the gospel.

Picture -Take one of the gifts off and put it next to the other child.

 

Because of thy great bounty Lord

Discussion – Bounty means generosity.

Picture – Put two more gifts next to the child with the scriptures to represent bounty.

 

Each day I live.

Discussion – Because of these gospel gifts, we live in happiness. Point out how happy the girl on the right looks, and that she wants to share that happiness with her friend.

Picture – Point to the girl’s happy face.

 

I shall divide my gifts from thee

Picture – Put one of the gifts over by the child on the left.

 

With every brother that I see,

Discussion – Who are our brothers and sisters? (Everyone in the world, because we are all sons and daughters of Heavenly Father. )

Picture – Put the other children next to the child on the left.

 

Who has the need of help from me.

Discussion – Why would others have need of help from you to learn about the gospel?   (In D&C 123:12 it says that they are kept from truth because they know not where to find it.)

Picture – Put up word bubble next to the children on the left.

 

Sing the Song.

Use the CD for accompaniment. Take off the pictures before singing the song, and add them as you sing.

After singing, remind the family what the first two lines of the song are, and then take those word strips off. Using the picture aids as reminders, sing the song again. Do this with each two lines of the song until the family can sing the song without word reminders.   

 

 

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