Prayer: Lesson Ideas

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Handouts

Reasons for Praying

Ensign May 2017 “Trust in the Lord and Lean Not” Read the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust the Lord…and lean not unto thy own understanding. Demonstrate what happens when we lean–we move away from our center (Jesus Christ) and we may fall.

Answers to Prayers

Ensign January 2017 “Unanswered Prayers”

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2017 “Will Heavenly Father Answer My Prayers” Heavenly Father will answer our prayers in the way that is best and we need to have faith and trust in Him. Also story about when Elder Oaks was seven his father died even though they had sincerely prayed. .

 

 

 

 

What Should a Prayer Include

Friend February 2017 “The Lord’s Prayer” Jesus taught his disciples to pray. This link includes an explanation for what the words in the Lord’s Prayer mean. It also includes an activity idea for making a mobile of the things that should be included in a prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend August 1988 “Say It With Pictures” Which would you include in your prayer?

Friend August 1988

Friend August 1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings of Praying

Friend September 2016 “Heavenly Father Hears Your Prayers”  Heavenly Father has many blessings he wants to give us. Prayers unlock the treasure chest of blessings.

Friend September 2016

Friend September 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Prayer

Friend July 2017 “For Parents of Little Ones” The importance of family prayer and ideas on how to make family prayers more meaningful.
Friend June 2016 Helping children have positive experiences with family prayer.

Friend June 1987 A boy is given the assignment to move a rock. He tries everything except asking his father for help.

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Friend July 2015
The Godhead and prayer


Talents: Stories

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Finding Your Talents

Friend March 2017 “I Want to Play the Flute” Jacob wants to play the flute in the school band, but everyone tries to get him to do something else. He prays about what to do.

 

 

 

 

Friend March 1985 “First Pick” – A boy’s brother isn’t good at baseball but he is good at baseball strategy and managing.

Friend January 2016 “Behind the Scenes” Tessa wishes she could sing and dance so she could get a part in the play, but she discovers she has other wonderful talents.

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Developing Talents

Friend September 2017 “A Painting of Christ” Tesla makes a goal to make a painting of Christ for developing talents in her Faith in God booklet. She also decides to give it to her Catholic friend for her first  communion.

Using Talents to Help Others

Friend September 2015 “When I Grow Up…” Artist, Rose Datoc Dall, uses her art talent to share her testimony and inspire others.  November 2015– Man uses science talents to help others

 Serving the Lord with our Talents

Friend March 2016 “A True pearl” Jetta must go away from home to learn the piano, but when she returns she uses her talent to serve.

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Afraid to Share Talents

Friend May 2016 “The Great Fiddling Duo” Lisa is afraid she will mess up in the talent show, so she finds a way to help herself not feel so nervous.

 

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Developing Talents Takes Sacrifice, Practice, and Time

Friend January 2017 “Matt and Mandy” Mandy’s friend wants to be an architect when she grows up, but she isn’t good at math. Her dad told her to keep practicing and eventually she will get good at it.

Friend July 2015- Parable of the Talents - includes lesson ideas

Friend July 2015– Parable of the Talents – includes lesson ideas

Friend February 2016 “Savannah the Engineer” Savannah needs to decide whether to sacrifice her time and join an after school science team.

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Friend April 1986 “Jill the Jump Rope Genius” Jill can’t jump rope, but she practices and is able to jump in her school field day contest.

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Friend January 2016 “Matt & Mandy” Matt learns that things that are hard to do can easier and fun with practice.

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Hidden Talents

Friend March 1988 “Invisible Trophy” Susan has talents for loving others and for doing things without being told.


Tithing #1

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 Pay Tithing with a Grateful Heart – Game and Activity

Preparation

Print one copy of the blessing cards found in the November 2008 Friend.  Glue the cards onto heavier paper so that the images can’t be seen through the cards when playing the game. Cut out each card.   

Print the purse, envelope and the page entitled “Our Blessings from Heavenly Father”.  Cut out the purse and envelope. Cut out the front windows of each, and cut out the handle opening on the purse. Tape a piece of clear plastic (a piece of a Ziploc baggie or page protector) over the window on the inside of the purse and envelope. To form the envelope and purse, fold each on the lines and glue the two side tabs to the inside fold.

Items needed: ten dimes or pennies, Doctrine and Covenant scriptures, a pen or a marker

Game

Place the cards facedown. Have the family take turns flipping over two cards trying to make a match. When someone makes a match, have them tell why they are thankful for that blessing. Have them write that blessing, and an additional blessing they are grateful for (not duplicating any previous ones), on the paper entilted “Our Blessings from Heavenly Father”. When the game is over, point out all the wonderful blessings Heavenly Father has given us.

Discussion

Read D&C 104:14-15    According to this scripture, who created the earth and who does everything belong to? (The Lord)  Everything we have is His, but He has created it and provided it for us to use.

The Lord asks (commands) that we give 10% of the income that He provides to help strengthen and build His church on the earth. This 10% is called tithing. This is a small amount compared to all the many things the Lord has given us.

(Hold out the ten dimes (or pennies) in your hand). Ask the family, “If we are to give 10%, which is one of every ten, how much would we owe the Lord if we had ten dimes.”  Put one dime in the envelope that says “For the Lord”. Put the rest in the container that says “For Us”.  Ten percent is a small amount compared to all he has given us (Indicate the blessing chart and the other 90% of the money).  We should give 10% with gratitude in our hearts.