Alma 23-29

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Lesson 19: The Anti-Nephi-Lehi’s Covenant

Teaching the Scripture Readers: Book of Mormon “The People of Ammon”

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Book of Mormon Stories “The People of Ammon” Images

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Because Heavenly Father is merciful, we can repent and change.

Alma 24:7–1026:23–3427:27–30

Friend August 2015 “You Can Repent and Forgive”

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 23-29” Write Before and After on the board. Ask some of the children to read the following verses to find out what the Lamanites were like before Ammon and his brothers taught them: Alma 17:14–1526:23–24. Ask other children to read the following verses to find out how the Lamanites changed: Alma 26:31–3427:27–30. Invite the children to list under the headings what they found. Then invite them to discover, in Alma 24:7–10, how these Lamanites were able to change so completely. Bear your testimony of God’s power to forgive us and help us repent and change.

I am blessed when I keep my promises.

Alma 24:6–24

Friend May 2017 ” Conference Notes” Sister Jones told the story of five-year-old Lizzie and her big brother, Kevin. Kevin’s dad asked him if he would promise not to tease Lizzie for one day. Kevin agreed. He kept his promise! Then his mom asked him to try not teasing Lizzie for two days. He kept his promise again! Sister Jones said that when we keep our promises, we are learning to make and keep sacred covenants.

Covenants are promises I make with God and He makes with me.

Alma 24

Friend February 2019 “Family Night Fun” A covenant is a promise between two individuals: you and Heavenly Father. Here’s a recipe that needs just two ingredients! Bananut Ice Cream.

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Gospel Media “The Anti-Nephi-Lehies Burying Their Swords”

Show the picture of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies burying their swords. Ask the children if they would want to bury their weapons if they knew they were in danger of attack. The people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi knew their enemies were planning to kill them, but they had made a solemn covenant with Heavenly Father that they would not fight. 

Give all the children small rocks, and invite them to write the word covenant on their rock. Explain that a covenant is a promise between Heavenly Father and His children. How do our covenants make us strong or “firm” like a rock? What covenants have the children made?Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 23-29”

Scripture Stories Coloring Book—Book of Mormon “The Anti-Nephi-Lehies Buried Their Weapons”

Friend July 2020 “Funstuff: Find It!” The Anti-Nephi-Lehies promised God they would never use weapons to hurt people again. They buried their weapons in the ground as part of their promise. Find 23 weapons in the ground and 30 hearts above the ground.

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.

Invite the children to draw pictures of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies’ weapons. Then invite them to write, on the back of the weapons, something they feel they should change in order to follow Jesus Christ more fully. Let them pretend to bury their weapons and make a plan to act on what they wrote. Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 23-29”

Friend July 2020 “My Family Night Fun”

Friend July 2020 “Come Follow Me for Little Ones” Read Alma 23:7 together and talk about how the Anti-Nephi-Lehies promised never to hurt people ever again. Draw weapons on pieces of paper. As you bury each one under a rug or towel, help your littles ones say, “I will be a peacemaker.”

Friend August 2018 “The No-Fighting Promise” After a few days of staying at cousin Timmy’s house, Madi and Timmy start to fight. Timmy suggests they be like the Anti-Nephi-Lehies and make some toy swords and bury them and promise they won’t fight each other anymore. After that they found ways to compromise so they didn’t fight.

The gospel brings me joy, and I can share this joy with others.

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Friend March 2011 “How can the gospel help me be happy?” Elder David A. Bednar shares how to have happiness in life: “The source and cause of true happiness are gospel truth and obedience to eternal law. Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness is designed to provide direction for His children, to help them become happy, and to bring them safely home to Him. For your happiness and protection, I invite you to study and live more diligently the Savior’s gospel.”

As you read Alma 26:11, 13 or Alma 29:13–14 invite the children to stand every time they hear the words “joy” or “rejoice.” Help the children understand that sharing the gospel made Alma and Ammon happy.

Invite the children to draw pictures of things that bring them joy. Invite each child to give his or her drawing to another classmate and explain it. Point out that when something brings us joy—such as the gospel—our joy grows when we share it. Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 23-29”

Ensign July 2020 “Family Study Fun”

Read Alma 27:17–19 and Alma 29:13–14 together, paying special attention to the word joy. Ammon and Alma found great joy in serving other people and the Lord.

  1. Invite one or two people to act out helping someone else—no speaking allowed! Examples could include opening the door for someone, helping a person in their yard, helping fix dinner, and so on.
  2. While the scene is being acted out, other family members guess what the service is.
  3. Take turns until everyone has had a chance to act.

Discussion: Why is it important to help other people? When have you felt joy after helping someone? What could our family do to help someone this week?

Additional Missionary Ideas

I can help my friends live the gospel.

Alma 27:20–30

  • Tell the children the story of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies making a promise not to fight anymore (see Alma 27:20–30). Explain that because of the Anti-Nephi-Lehies’ promise, they could not defend themselves from their enemies. Read Alma 27:23, and explain that their friends among the Nephites chose to protect the Anti-Nephi-Lehies so they could keep their promise. How can we help our friends keep their promises? Tell about a time when a friend helped you keep your promises with God.
  • Role-play with the children situations in which they can, in a kind way, help others choose the right. For example, what can we say to a friend who wants to lie or be mean?Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 23-29”

Friend May 2016 Matt’s friend accidently damages his father’s car. Matt encourages his friend to choose the right and be honest.

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Alma 17-22

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Lesson 17 Ammon: A Mighty Missionary

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Book of Mormon Stories “Ammon a Great Servant” Images

Friend May 2016 “Ammon’s Good Example” Video

Lesson Ideas

My testimony grows when I read the scriptures, pray, and fast.

Alma 17:1–4

Mosiah’s sons grew strong in the gospel and became mighty missionaries because they diligently studied the scriptures, prayed, and fasted.

Alma 17:1–2). What do you learn from the sons of Mosiah about how to keep your faith in the gospel and commitment to it strong?

(Alma 17:3). How did the spiritual preparation of the sons of Mosiah affect their work with the Lamanites?

Primary 4 Manual: Book of Mormon Chapter 17 Show the children a few tools or instruments used by builders, doctors, gardeners, painters, and so forth. Ask the children to tell what they know about each one, who uses it, and how it is used.

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 What other tools do the children know of? Invite them to pretend to use a tool. Explain that just as we use instruments or tools to get things done, Heavenly Father can use us to do His work. Read Alma 17:11, and explain that Ammon and his brothers were Heavenly Father’s instruments to help the Lamanites learn the gospel. How can you be an instrument in God’s hands to bless others? President Thomas S. Monson said, “I always want the Lord to know that if He needs an errand run, Tom Monson will run that errand for Him” (“On the Lord’s Errand: The Life of Thomas S. Monson,”

I Can Share the Gospel with Others.

Alma 17–19

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 17-22” Think of all of the reasons people might give for not sharing the gospel: “I don’t know enough” or “I’m don’t know if they would be interested.” The Nephites had an additional reason for not sharing the gospel with the Lamanites: they were “a wild and a hardened and a ferocious people; a people who delighted in murdering the Nephites” (Alma 17:14; Alma 26:23–25). But the sons of Mosiah had an even stronger reason why they felt they must share the gospel with the Lamanites: “They were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish” (Mosiah 28:3). This love that inspired Ammon and his brothers can also inspire you to share the gospel with your family, friends, and acquaintances—even those who may not seem likely to accept it.

Ensign June 2020″ Family Study Fun” Read Alma 17:27–39 together. Talk about how Ammon agreed to serve King Lamoni and saved the king’s flocks that had been scattered.

  1. Sit around a table or in a circle on the floor. Put 5–10 cotton balls in the center to represent flocks, such as sheep.
  2. On the count of three, everyone tries to “scatter” the sheep by blowing on the cotton balls for about 10 seconds.
  3. To “gather” the sheep, go around the circle and have each person put the cotton ball nearest to them back in the center. As they do, ask them to share one act of service they could do for someone this week. Keep going until all the cotton balls are returned.

Discussion: What can we learn from Ammon’s example of humility? What blessings can we experience as we serve others?

Friend January 2020 “Find It” For family night, Maria hid stuffed animals around the room to represent the animals that Ammon helped find and protect (see Alma 17:27–33). Can you find all 12 stuffed animals? Then find the other hidden objects.

Scripture Stories Coloring Book—Book of Mormon “Ammon and the King’s Sheep”

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 Invite the children to draw a picture of themselves sharing the gospel with someone. Help them think of specific things they can share.

Show the below pictures representing some of the truths Ammon shared with King Lamoni. Play the game or invite the children to pretend to be missionaries and share what they know about these truths with one another.

Abish

Lamanites. In gathering the people together to witness the power of God and reaching out her hand to the queen, she played a crucial role in the conversion of many of King Lamoni’s people.

Scripture Stories Coloring Book—Book of Mormon “Abish Gathered the People”

Invite the children to run in place and pretend to knock on doors as you tell the story of Abish going from house to house telling people about God’s power (see Alma 19:16–34). Help the children think of ways they can be like Abish and share the gospel with others.

Friend June 2020 “Abish Shared the Gospel”

Friend February 1988 “Abish, Lamanite Woman of God”

Friend June 2020 “Abish had Faith in God” Coloring page

Friend November 2016  “Abish and Abby” Abby, like Abish, knows when it is time to share the gospel with her neighbors.

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I can help others come unto Christ by showing my love for them.

Lesson 18 – King Lamoni’s Father

Alma 17:21–2520:9–2722:1–3

Ammon’s love and service softened the hearts of King Lamoni and his father.

Alma 20:8–27

Book of Mormon Stories: Ammon Meets King Lamoni’s Father Images

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 Point out that one reason the heart of Lamoni’s father changed was because Ammon loved Lamoni so much. Invite the children to draw a picture of something they can do to show love for someone.

Book of Mormon Stories: Aaron Teaches King Lamoni’s Father” Images

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020  Alma 20:23  Review to see what Lamoni’s father was willing to give up in order to save his life. Then review Alma 22:15 to see what he was willing to give up in order to receive the joy of the gospel. What was he willing to give up in order to know God? (see verse 18). Perhaps family members could each write a plan to give up something in order to know God more fully.

Song Ideas

Missionary: Songs “I Want to Be a Missionary Now” and other songs.

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Missionary: Songs

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Friend June 2020 “I Want to Be a Missionary Now” I Can Play It Song and Sing-Along Video

  1. I want to be a missionary now. I don’t want to wait until I’m grown. I want to share the gospel while I’m young. For I have a testimony of my own.

2. I want to tell my friends about our church And the happiness it brings to me. I’ll tell them how the gospel was restored, Tell them how the Book of Mormon came to be.

3. Then I can be a missionary now. I don’t have to wait until I’m grown. I’ll live each day the best that I know how, And they’ll see I have a testimony of my own, A testimony of my very own.

Because I Have Been Given Much Ideas for using this song to teach about why we should be missionaries.


Testimony: Lesson Ideas

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What is a Testimony

Ensign January 2019 “Talking about Testimonies” Teach them what a testimony is in clear, simple terms–for example, “A testimony is what you know or believe is true about the gospel. The Holy Ghost helps us know what is true.” Help them recognize what they already believe with questions like, “How do you think Jesus feels about you?” or “How do you feel when you pray?”

Why do You Need a Testimony

Ensign June 2017 “Family Home Evening Ideas”  To illustrate the importance of gaining your own spiritual light, consider this activity. Turn off the lights and ask family members to draw a picture. Have someone with a flashlight or candle use it only for their own picture. After a few minutes, turn the lights back on. Talk about the difference in being able to complete the task and then discuss the principles found in the article.

How to Gain a Testimony

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost (Moro. 10:4).

Friend April 2020 “What’s on Your Mind” A child asks how they can know if they have a testimony because he/she hadn’t gotten any strong answers while praying. The Friend responds: “Instead of waiting for your testimony to come in one big moment, like flipping on a light switch, think of it more like a sunrise. Your testimony will grow brighter little by little as you keep learning, praying, and making good choices.” Link also includes a fill-in  the-blank activity about how to get a testimony.

Friend September 1988 “How Can I Gain a Testimony”

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Listen for the Holy Ghost Testifying of Truth

Friend June 2020 A testimony is a good feeling from the Holy Ghost telling you that something is true.

Strengthening a Testimony

Friend June 2020 “Testimony and the Book of Mormon” President Eyring tells how reading the Book of Mormon helps strengthen his testimony.

Bearing Testimony

Ensign August 2019 “Family Study Fun: Masterpiece Testimony Theater” Paul bore bold testimony, even in the face of danger. (Acts 22:1–21; 26:1–29) an everyday scenario for each family member to role-play bearing testimony. Emphasize that testimonies in conversation need not end in “amen” or include every element of a typical testimony. (Example: A coworker asks why we don’t drink alcohol.) Act out each scenario, being as sincere and authentic as possible. Discussion: What was easy and difficult about the role-play? What motivated Paul to bear such powerful testimony? How can we build our courage to testify?

Friend December 2016 “Show & Tell” A nine year old boy said, “One fast Sunday I felt something say, “Go bear your testimony!” And right when that feeling hit me, I knew it was the Holy Ghost. And instead of having a nervous feeling, I felt courage! And so bearing my testimony wasn’t so bad!”

Maintaining a Testimony

Come Follow Me for Individuals and Families Can you think of an object lesson to help your family understand what it means to keep a firm hold on the gospel truths “which we have heard”? You might illustrate this with an object that is hard to hold onto. How are our efforts to maintain our testimony like catching and holding this object? How can we make sure “the things which we have heard” do not “slip” away from us? (Hebrews 2 verse 1).


Alma 13-16

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The Priesthood Helps Me Come Unto Christ.

Alma 13: 1-19

Game: On pieces of paper, write some statements from Alma 13 about the priesthood. Let the children guess what these statements refer to.

Explain that all priesthood ordinances point us to Jesus Christ. (See “Ordinances” in True to the Faith, 109–10.)

New Era July 2014 “What Do You See?” This New Era article explains how priesthood ordinances are full of signs and symbols that can point us to Jesus Christ.

Friend October 2012 “Coloring Page: We receive the ordinances of salvation through the priesthood.”

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Friend April 2018
 “With Priesthood Power”  Sing-Along Video

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The sun and glittering stars and moon shone bright. With priesthood power, He made the earth and sea. And with His power, He blesses you and me.

Our Savior raised a young maiden from the dead. He spoke, and thousands of hungry souls were fed. With priesthood power, He made the blind man see. And with His power, He blesses you and me. God shares His power with us in latter days. To guide, to lift, and to heal in wondrous ways.

Each priesthood ordinance helps me clearly see, That with His power, He blesses you and me. The God who created the universe and ev’ry tiny flow’ Delights to bless me lovingly through sacred priesthood pow’r.

Heavenly Father Strengthens Me According to My Faith.

Alma 14

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Lesson 16 “Anguish in Ammonihah”

Watch from point 2:49 in the below video. Or use the images that portray the story.

Alma, Amulek, and the people who believed on their words all faced terrible trials. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we can be given strength to endure opposition and adversity.

Alma and Amulek were given strength to escape the prison “according to [their] faith which is in Christ” (Alma 14:26). Alma and Amulek were in prison for many days before the Lord freed them. This story can help the children learn that their trials may not have quick or easy solutions, but the Lord will strengthen them “according to [their] faith” (Alma 14:26

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

Scripture Stories Coloring Book: Book of Mormon

Ensign June 2020″Family Study Fun” Read Alma 14:17–18, 26–28 together. After Alma and Amulek were wrongly imprisoned, God gave them strength to break free.

  1. Build a pretend prison with blankets, cushions, or pillows.
  2. Let each family member take a turn acting out the scripture story by being in prison and breaking free.
  3. After each person breaks free, have them share one way God has helped them in real life.

Discussion: Alma and Amulek used their freedom to continue teaching people about the gospel. How can we help others with what God has given us?

The Gospel Can Change Hearts.

Alma 15:3–12

Zeezrom actively opposed Alma and Amulek at first, but their testimonies touched his heart and inspired him to repent.

Book of Mormon Stories: Alma’s Mission to Ammonihah

We are Blessed When We Follow the Prophet

Alma 16

  • What had Alma previously prophesied would happen to the people of Ammonihah if they did not repent? (God would “utterly destroy [them] from off the face of the earth” [Alma 9:12].)
  • What happened to the people of Ammonihah?  Alma 16:1–3 
Book of Mormon Stories: Alma’s Mission to Ammonihah

Zoram was captain of the Nephite army. He asked the prophet how to rescue some people who had been captured. Because he listened to the prophet Alma, he was able to rescue the people! (See Alma 16:2–8.)

Friend June 2020 “My Family Night Fun” Game: Follow the Leader

Review Questions

Primary 4 Book of Mormon: Lesson 16

  • How did Zeezrom feel when he realized he had blinded the minds of the people? (Alma 14:6.)
  • How did Zeezrom show he was sorry for his sins? (Alma 14:7.) How did the people treat him?
  • What did the people of Ammonihah do to Zeezrom and those who believed Alma and Amulek? (Alma 14:7, 9.)
  • As the sorrowing Alma and Amulek watched the scriptures and the innocent wives and children burning, what did the Holy Ghost tell Alma? (Alma 14:11.)
  • Why didn’t Heavenly Father allow Alma to save the people from the fire?
  • What happens to righteous people who die in defense of the truth? (Alma 60:13.)
  • While Alma and Amulek were in prison, what were they given the power to do? (Alma 14:25–28.) Who gave them this power? Why do you think the people of the city ran away from Alma and Amulek? (Alma 14:29.)
  • Why was Zeezrom sick with a burning fever? (Alma 15:3.)
  • What made it possible for Zeezrom to be healed both physically and spiritually? (Alma 15:6–8.)
  • After he was healed and baptized, what did Zeezrom do? (Alma 15:12.) What are you doing now to share the gospel with others?
  • What happened to Amulek because he was a missionary? (Alma 15:16.)
  • What did Alma prophesy would happen to the people of Ammonihah if they refused to repent? (Alma 9:18.) How was this prophecy fulfilled? (Alma 15:15; 16:2–3, 9–10.)

Resources

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 13-16”

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 13-16”


Conference: Stories & Poems

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Friend May 2020 “Drawing Conference Words” Before conference, Tina and Troy’s grandmother gave them crayons and notebooks so they could draw special words they hear.

Friend May 2019 “Service for Suzie” Ophelie’s favorite part of conference is when the prophet asked them to do acts of service. Ophelie’s family decide to look for ways to help others. They find out that a neighbor is having eye surgery and Ophelie asks if they can make dinner for her.

Friend April 2019 “Action Rhyme: General Conference” King Benjamin once taught his people from a tower tall. The message went from tent to tent until it reached them all.Now when the prophet speaks today, I watch him on a screen. And then I see him when I read the Friend’s next magazine!

Friend October 2016 “General Conference Breakfast” Jacob’s family makes a special breakfast together before conference. (As you read the story to the children, point to the pictures and let them say that part.)

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Fasting: Lesson Ideas

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Friend July 2017 “Question Corner: How do I know when I’m old enough to start fasting?”

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Friend Feb 1983 “Why do we Fast”

Fast Offering

Friend January 2016 Mini Story about the compassion of a child, and lesson ideas about how to give a fast offering and who the fast offering helps.

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Fasting: Stories

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Friend July 2017 “Fasting for a Prophet” Even though it’s hard, a young girl in Tonga fasts with other members of her stake for President Kimball.

Friend July 1988 “Too much to Sacrifice” When Beth’s little sister fell out of a tree, she broke her neck and might be paralyzed. Beth and the family fast for her. She wakes and can wiggle her fingers.

Fast Offerings

Friend November 2019 “Searching for Sir Crunch-a-Lot” Mackenzie’s family shop at the bishop’s storehouse for their food because they don’t have much money after her dad lost his job. Mackenzie wishes she didn’t have to eat boring food like granola instead of her favorite cereal brand, and sandwiches instead of pizza at school. But then she finds out that a friend sitting next to her isn’t eating lunch because she is fasting for a family member. Mackenzie realizes how hard it must be to fast, and she is grateful for all the people who fast and give fast offerings so she and her family don’t go hungry.

Friend September 2015 – Pres Eyring’s story about fast offerings for Vanuatu

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Mosiah 25-28

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Alma the Younger Repents

Lessons

Teaching Children the Gospel “Lesson 14: Alma the Younger Repents”

Introduction Ideas

Friend May 1988

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Story Ideas

Friend July 2020 “Alma the Younger Repents”

Repentance

More Repentance Ideas (lesson, activity, story, and song ideas)

Scripture Stories Coloring Book—Book of Mormon “Alma the Younger”

Friend July 2020 ” Alma Repented and Followed Jesus” Coloring Page

The gospel helps people change and become more like Jesus.

Help the children see the differences between what Alma and the sons of Mosiah were like before they repented and afterward. Invite the children to make a list of words from Mosiah 27:8–10 that describe what Alma and the sons of Mosiah were like before their conversion. Then ask them to make another list from Mosiah 27:32–37 that describe what they were like afterward. According to verses 24–29, what caused this great change in Alma?

To be forgiven, I must forgive.

Friend May 2020 “Family Night Fun” Family Love Notes”

Mosiah 26:30–31 Mosiah 26:22–23, 29–3027:8–37

Ask a child to draw a bridge on the board, and share this statement quoted by President Thomas S. Monson: “He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven, for everyone has need of forgiveness” (George Herbert, quoted in “Hidden Wedges,” Ensign, May 2002, 19). Erase part of the bridge, and ask the children to help you rebuild it, piece by piece, as they share ways they can extend forgiveness to others. Invite them to think of someone they need to forgive.

More Forgiveness Ideas (lesson, activity, story, and song ideas)

I can pray and fast for God to bless those I love.

Mosiah 28:1–8

Share an experience in which you fasted and prayed for someone, and encourage the children to share their own experiences.

More Fasting Ideas (stories, lesson ideas, & activities)

I can share the gospel.

Mosiah 27:8–24

Sing together a song about sharing the gospel, such as “I Want to Be a Missionary Now” (Children’s Songbook, 168). Point out phrases in the song that suggest how we can share the gospel with others.

More Missionary Ideas (stories, lesson ideas, activities, and song ideas)