Alma 39-42

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Lesson 24: Alma Counsels His Son Corianton

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Book of Mormon Stories “Alma Counsels His Sons” Video and Images

Start in the middle the video at the part where Alma is counseling Corianton.

I can be a good example.

Alma 39:1, 10–11

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 39-42”

Explain that Shiblon and Corianton were brothers and that Shiblon was a good example for Corianton. Read together Alma 39:1. How was Corianton’s brother Shiblon a good example?

Bring a flashlight or a picture of the sun, and compare light to the power of a righteous example. Just as the light from a flashlight or the sun can help us see a path we need to follow, a righteous example shows us what to do in order to follow Heavenly Father. Share an experience when someone’s good example helped you. Ask the children to talk about someone who is a good example for them. What can the children do to be a good example to others? Testify that Jesus Christ is our perfect example.

Play a game or sing a song in which the children follow or imitate you, such as “Do as I’m Doing” (Children’s Songbook, 276). Let each child have a turn being the leader or example. Ask the children how they can be a good example to someone.

To avoid temptation we must follow righteous counsel and examples.

Who were Corianton’s righteous examples? His father and older brothers. Alma told Corianton to counsel with his brothers. (Alma 39:10)

How can counseling with righteous family members help strengthen our resistance to temptation? They love us and want what is best for us, and being experienced in righteous living, they can help give advice on how to avoid temptation and difficulty.

Not only can we receive direction from righteous family members, but there may be other people around us who are also righteous examples.

  • From what other sources can you receive righteous counsel and examples?

Object Lesson
Demonstrate how it helps to have advice and counsel from someone who knows what is right by doing the following object lesson.

Show the children the two bags or boxes, and explain that one has something undesirable in it and the other has something desirable in it. Show one of the children what is in the boxes. Tell the other children that they can ask the child yes or no questions about the items (with the exception of directly asking which is the good or bad container) until they can decide which is the good choice. Ask the children if it helped to talk to someone who was informed about which was the bad choice and which was the good choice. Point out that it also helps to counsel with those who are experienced in righteous living in order to get help and direction in making good choices in life.

More Example teaching ideas.

I can repent when I make mistakes.

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Alma 42:4 

Ensign August 2020 “Family Study Fun” Flip a Choice: Read Alma 42:4 together and talk about how this life is a time for us “to repent and serve God.”

  1. Sit in a circle and give each family member three index cards.
  2. On two of the cards, write good choices. On the third card, write a bad choice.
  3. Turn the cards face down and mix them up in the middle of the circle.
  4. Take turns flipping over one card at a time. When someone reads a good choice, give the person a high-five (or another gesture that means “Good job!” in your culture).
  5. When someone reads a bad choice, the person shares something they could do to repent and serve God instead.

Discussion: Testify that Jesus Christ makes it possible for us to change and become better people. How can we use our time this week to follow Him and serve God?

More Repentance teaching ideas.

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can help me correct my mistakes.

Alma 39:9, 13

Ask the children to share an experience when they got hurt. What did they do to help their injury heal? Explain that sin injures our spirits, but the Savior can heal us when we repent.

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I will be resurrected.

Alma 40:23

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Alma 40:6–7, 11–14, 21–23

After death, our spirits go to the spirit world until the Resurrection and Judgment.

Come, Follow Me—For Primary: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 39-42”

  • Write death, spirit world, resurrection, and judgment on separate pieces of paper, and place them on the board in random order. Help the children understand what these terms mean. Read Alma 40:6–7, 11–14, and 21–23 with the children, and ask them to put the words on the board in the order in which they occur.
  • Write on the board a list of questions that can be answered by Alma 40:6–7, 11–14, and 21–23, and invite the children to match each question with the verses that answer it. For example, “What will my body be like when I am resurrected?” can be answered by Alma 40:23. If necessary, explain difficult words to the children while they read. Encourage the children to share why they are grateful for Heavenly Father’s plan.

Friend July 2020 “Come Follow Me for Little Ones” Read Alma 40:23 together and help your little ones say, “Because of Jesus, we will live again.” Look at pictures of family members who have died. Help your children learn their names and faces. Testify that they can meet their family members someday.

More Resurrection teaching ideas.

Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020 “Alma 39-42”

Alma 42:4

You could play a game in which pieces of paper with Christlike attributes or gospel principles written on them are scattered around the room. You could see how many pieces of paper family members can gather in a certain amount of time, then discuss how the things written on the papers can help us become more like God. How is the “time granted” to us on earth like the time allotted in this game? How can we use our “probationary time” on earth to become more like the Savior?

Alma 42:12–15, 22–24

Perhaps you could illustrate the relationship between justice and mercy by using a drawing of a simple scale to discuss questions like these: What happens to the scale when we sin? What does justice require for the scale to be balanced? How does the Savior meet the demands of justice and make mercy possible?

Ensign August 2020 “How is God Both Just and Merciful”

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Jesus Christ: Death & Resurrection (Easter)

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Friend March 2018 “For Parents of Little Ones” Help children understand that Easter is a time to remember the things Jesus has done for us.

Friend March 2016 Ideas on how to help children focus on the real meaning of Easter.

Lesson Ideas

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Friend April 2019 “The Miracle of Easter” Learn about Easter! You could read one part each day starting on Palm Sunday, a week before Easter. Each section includes information about a certain part of Jesus’ life, a scripture, and a song. It ends with the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Stories

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Cutouts

Friend April 2020 “The First Easter” Cut out the story and the pictures to tell the story of the first Easter.

Friend April 2020 “Food & Fun: Tell the Easter Story” Use this activity to tell the story of when Jesus Christ was resurrected. Number 12 plastic eggs and put each slip of paper inside, along with the object that goes with it (optional). Then hide the eggs for a family Easter egg hunt! When all the eggs have been found, take turns opening them in order and read the paper inside to tell the Easter story.

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Friend April 2020 “My Family Night Fun” Build a Resurrection garden! Fill a large dish or flower pot with dirt. Then lay a cup sideways to look like a tomb. You could use the cutouts on pages FJ2–FJ3 to finish the scene.

Friend March 2018 “Jackson Loves Easter” Jackson loves Easter because it reminds him of Jesus and all the things Jesus has done for us.

Friend March 2018 “Seven Days Until Easter” Starting the Sunday before Easter, read the scripture for each day and color the matching numbered area. (Print and tape the two pictures together.)

Friend April 2020 “The Easter Tree” Oliver wanted to wave palm branches like the people did when Jesus entered Jerusalem, so he and his parents cut down some branches. After they were done waving their branches and shouting hosanna, they put the branches in a vase. Then they wrote why they loved Jesus and put the papers in Easter eggs and hung them on the branches. Oliver learned that because of Jesus he would one day see his baby sister again. That made him happy.

Friend April 2017 “A Special Easter Treat” Kate makes Easter rolls with her mom. Each part of the process remind us of the Savior’s Atonement or resurrection. Link includes recipe.

Friend April 1988 “Little Friends: The Easter Story” A wordless story for you to tell.

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Friend March 1986 “Testimony of Easter” See link for the full Easter Program

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Activities & Game

New Era April 2020 “Fun Stop” Use a white crayon to write or draw designs on your eggs before dying them. Wherever you draw will stay un-dyed. Could use it to reveal an answer to a question or have the family members answer a question and then reveal their answers.

Friend April 2020 “Getting Ready for Easter” Get ready for Easter by doing an activity and coloring an egg each day to remember Jesus Christ.

Friend March 2015 “Getting Ready for Easter” Start on number 1 the Sunday before Easter. Each day, read about Jesus and answer the question. Then cut out the matching picture and add it to the chart.

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Friend April 1985 “Jesus Rose Again” The capitalized words in the story are also in the letter square. Find them by reading forward, backward, up, down, and diagonally. Note: Some terms appear as a unit, some as separate words.

See also: LDS.org  Easter Activities (Also Easter stories, pictures, and videos.)

Coloring Pages

Friend April 2019 Easter is about Jesus

Song Ideas

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Refreshment Ideas

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Friend April 2017 Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Friend April 2017 Easter Rolls -After they are cooked they are empty in the middle like the tomb was empty.

Clipart

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Jesus Childhood

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Calling the Apostles

Jesus Teaches

Jesus’ Miracles

Jesus Heals

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Jesus with Children

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Song: He is Risen

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Easter Egg Punch Board Activity

In Primary I taught the hymn “He is Risen” during the month of August. I told the children that the song “He is Risen” celebrates Jesus’ resurrection, and we usually sing it in April. I asked what holiday we observe in April in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. (Easter)

I asked the children if they knew why we use eggs in our Easter celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.  (For many people, the living bird coming out of the egg was a reminder of the living Christ coming out of the tomb on the third day.)

I told the children I was going to use Easter eggs to help them learn the song, and I showed them the Easter egg punch board. Inside the eggs were words to the song. I told them they were going to play a matching game. I had pictures to the song on the board, and the children matched the words that were in the eggs with the pictures on the board. Some of the eggs contained a foam hand, and the children who found those got to be my helping hand and fix any matches that were wrong at the end of the activity.

To break open an egg, a child had to peck at it with their finger, like a baby bird would peck to break the shell of an egg.

I had the children who found the foam hands sit in seats at the front. When all the words had been placed under pictures, I had the helping hand children take turns fixing the word strips. I held up numbers telling them how many were wrong before each of their turns. When they got all the words in the right place, we sang the song.  After that we talked about the words to the song.

I pointed out that the words “He is risen” is repeated two times with joyful emphasis. When we got to the part that says “He has burst his three day prison”, I asked what prison it was talking about? (Death)  On the part where it says “Let the whole wide world rejoice” I asked, “Why does the whole world rejoice about Jesus’ resurrection? (Because of Jesus’ resurrection we will also be resurrected and live again.)  Christ won the victory over death.  We honor Jesus, and show how grateful we are to him for what he has done for us, by singing this song with joy in our hearts.

The second week I hid Easter eggs around the room. In each Easter egg was a line from the song. I had a child look for an Easter egg while everyone sang the song. We took the words off the board that was in the Easter egg the child found. Then we sang the song again while another child looked for an egg.  This helped them memorize the song with fun repetition.

Punch board assembly instructions:

  • Items needed: one foam board 20″x30.5″, a knife, white lunch bags, a multi-color pack of gift tissue paper, double -sided permanent tape, four objects such as stickers or cut outs, and the He is Risen word strips and pictures.

 

I cut out  twelve 3 3/4 inch round holes on the foam board with a knife. The holes were about 3 1/8 inches apart side to side, and 2 1/8 inches apart top to bottom.

I cut about 2 1/2 inches off the top of each lunch bag.  I cut a slit 1 1/2 inches deep on each of the top four corners of the bags. I folded back the four edges. I put an open bag over a hole on the foam board and taped the folded back edges to the foam board.  Note: I used lunch bags because they could be folded up for easy storage of the punch board.

I cut out and rolled up each of the word strips. I put a paper clip on each one to hold it in place. I put each word strip into one of the paper bag openings on the board. I put a foam hand (any kind of item could be used for this)  in the remaining four holes.

I cut out 12 egg shapes from the tissue paper. The eggs were each 4 1/2 inches wide and 5 3/4 inches tall. I placed pieces of double sided tape around the outsides edges of the holes and placed a tissue egg over each hole.

I cut out 12 more eggs shapes from the tissue to replace everything for Junior Primary. The best way to use this activity with Junior Primary is to only use half the eggs at a time. Put the first part of the song in half the eggs, and the second part of the song in the other half of the eggs. It is easier for Junior Primary to learn the song when they only have to focus on half of it at a time.

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