Blessings & Gratitude: Stories & Poems

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Gratitude for Nature

Friend March 2017 “Raining!” Rain makes the earth clean and beautiful. Water helps us in many ways.

 

Gratitude despite adversity (seeing blessings)

Friend November 2016 “Pie-crust Cabins” When Robbin’s great grandmother was young, her family didn’t have much at Thanksgiving, so they made pie crust cabins with what they had to remind them of their blessings. It became a family tradition.

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Friend March 1987 “Fruit for Hernando” Hernando and his family has very little, but he realizes they are blessed.

Friend Nov. 1985 “Something of Value” After her father loses his job, Janie learns that there are more important things than possessions and that she has many blessings.

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Friend Nov. 2015 “Sweeter then Pie” Tally gets sick before her school party, but she has good friends that remember her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saying Thank You

Friend November 1986 “My Thank-You Song” Poem about saying thank-you.

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Blessing of Teachers

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Friend September 2015 “Sister Pettigrew’s Lesson”  – link includes thank you note to write to teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessing of Freedom

Friend July 1988 “Grandpa Max’s Flag” Scott’s grandfather puts up a US flag everyday because he came from a country that where the people didn’t have freedom; they were taxed and imprisoned unfairly or forced to join the military.

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Jesus Christ: Stories

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 Premortal Life

Friend January 2017 “Jesus Loves Me” Jesus was chosen in the premortal life to be our Savior. On earth he taught us the right way to live and he atoned for our sins because he loves us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Childhood

Friend February 2017 “When Jesus was a Child” Jesus found teaching in the temple as a child.

 Baptism

Friend March 2017 “Jesus Was Baptized”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2015 “Jesus Was Baptized”  Scripture story and explanation of words.

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Jesus Parables and Teachings

Friend May 2017 “Jesus Taught About Heavenly Father’s Love” Jesus teaches about the lost coin, the lost sheep, and the prodigal son.


Jesus Healed the Sick and Raised the Dead

Friend June 2017 “Jesus Healed People” Story of Jarius’s daughter being raised from the dead, and the story of the women with an issue of blood being healed when she touches the hem of Jesus’s robe.


Honesty: Stories

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Friend March 2017 “Sliding from the Truth” Tori’s lab partner accidentally broke a slide and wants to lie about it to the teacher. Tori helps him tell the truth.

 

 

 

 

Friend June 1988 “Treasures” Amy accidently breaks one of Sister Pedersons glass treasures. She buys a glass swan to replace the one that broke and then she tells Sister Pedersons what she did.

The Helpers – Cindy tells her mom the truth after breaking a pot, even though her mom thinks the baby did it. Friend March 1987

Winnie Wins – A girl is tempted to cheat in a geography test to beat a boy who teases her. Friend May 1984

The Raid – A boy shows it’s better to be honest and ask to pick the cherries than it is to take them. Friend July 1985

The Compliment Tree – Betsy gets a branch on the compliment tree for doing well on a test, but she discovers a mistake on the test. She doesn’t want to lose her branch, but she is honest and tells the teacher. Friend February 1986

The Last Coin – Laura wants to be honest in achieving the swimming lesson requirements even though her friend wants her to cut corners. Friend August 1986

Friend March 2016 “Honesty Geography” During a geography test, Julie tells the teacher about a map accidentally left on the board.

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Friend January 1987 “Jason’s Courage” Jason accidentally breaks a church window. He learns it takes courage to be honest.

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Reverence: Stories

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Helping Others be Reverent

Friend November 2016 “An Origami Answer” Jadyn can’t concentrate on hearing the talks because the speaker’s two children are arguing behind him. He decides to help by using his talents and makes them origami paper animals to help them be quiet.
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Friend March 2015 “Primary is for Everyone” Ryder’s best friend is visiting Primary, but he doesn’t know how to be reverent. Ryder helps him and is glad that the the Primary leaders hopes his friend will come again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend July 2015 “Rowdy to Reverent” A boy is is copying everything Larry does in Primary. Larry decides to be a good example like Jesus and help the boy be reverent.

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Thinking of Jesus

Friend April 2015 “I know that Jesus Loves Me”  Laney is having a hard time being reverent in sacrament meeting, but when she looks at a book about Jesus, that helps her.

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Self-Esteem: Stories

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Fear of Trying New Things

Friend April 2015 “Awkward”  Hilary was afraid to try new things because others might think she looks ridiculous, so she missed out on lots of fun, new experiences, until she decided to change.

Being Tall or Small

Friend November 2016 “Parker’s Big Problem” Parker is much taller than the other kids. He doesn’t fit in his desk and he is awkward.

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Don’t Compare Yourself with Others

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend March 1988 “Invisible Trophies” Susan would like to earn a trophy like her other family members, but she learns that the good things she does are more important.

Beauty Comes from Within

Friend August 2016 “Hands, Heart, and a Smile” Lydia learns that a being kind and strong is what makes a person beautiful.
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Friend May 2016  “Picture Day” Girl learns that it’s not  clothes that make you beautiful, it’s who you are inside.
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Laugh at Yourself

Friend February 1988 “When the Heart Understands” As Miguel makes mistakes while learning English, he learns to laugh with his friends instead of feeling hurt.

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Wonderful Differences in Culture and Color

Friend January 2017 “This Little Light of Mine” Dinah feels uncomfortable when a child at school notices their differences in hair and skin color. Dinah’s mother helps Dinah see that there is lots of wonderful variety in skin color, and our traits represent the family we come from, just as how we treat others represent that we are followers of Jesus.

Friend January 1987 “Martin Makes a Friend” Martin wishes he wasn’t Chinese, but when his mother comes to class and shares their culture, he realizes that the Chinese culture is cool.

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Look for the Good

Friend January 2016 “Lots to Like” Colton is mad at himself for making a mistake. His mother helps him make a list of good things about himself.

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Friend October 1983

Friend October 1983 – Girl learns to look for the good things she does


Church History: Stories

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See Supplemental Resources for Valiant Lessons at LDS.org. This link has lots of great resources to use in lessons including  visual aids, activities, and games.

Restoration

Friend October 1984 Martin Luther

Friend December 1988 “Do You Know” Joseph is visited by Moroni. Story and questions.

Friend December 1983 “Joseph Knight Friend to the Prophet”

Friend December 1984 “Joseph Smith, the Prophet” – history of church- also timeline on next page

Hyrum Smith Friend January 1988 “A Brother Like Hyrum”

Coming of Forth of the Book of Mormon

Friend February 2017 “Golden Plates to Book of Mormon”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend July 1988

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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 1:44-47Joseph Smith History 1:48-50, Joseph Smith History 1:51-52, Joseph Smith History 1:53-54, Joseph Smith History 1:59Joseph 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

Restoration of Priesthood

Church is Organized

Organization of the Church

Friend May 2017 “The First Bishop”

 

Spreading the Gospel

Friend April 2017 “First Missionaries”

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Doctrine and Covenants

Friend June 2017 “The Book of Commandments” Two sisters save the printed book of commandments from a mob.

Nauvoo

Friend April 1983 “Nauvoo whistling and whittling brigade”

Dan Jones–Welsh Missionary Friend October 1987

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Crossing the Plains

Friend January 1983 “Baked Potatoes and Milk” Martin Handcart Company
Friend January 1986 “Ellen Pucell Unthank” While crossing the plains in handcarts, Nellie’s parents died and Nellie’s feet froze and had to be amputated, but she remained faithful and thankful.

Friend July 1988  “Green Flake: Black Pioneer” A former slave was one of the first settlers in the valley.

Friend June 2017 “Mary’s Promise (part one)” Mary promises her dying step-mother that she will get the family to Salt Lake Valley even though Mary’s father is partially paralyzed from a stroke.

Salt Lake City

Friend October 1988 “Charles Smith-Watchmaker” Charles joined the church in England and came to Nauvoo and then crossed the plains with the saints. He served three missions. He endured many tribulations but stayed faithful.

Friend July 1988 “Green Flake: Black Pioneer” The story of a former slave who was one of the first settlers in the valley.

Friend April 1986 “Hulda…Ballantyne” The Ballantynes struggled to survive in the Salt Lake Valley, and Hulda continues to struggle alone while her husband goes on a mission.

Friend July 1985 ” The Deseret Alphabet” Immigrants from foreign lands had a hard time learning to write English, so a special alphabet was created to help them communicate. Link includes example of the alphabet.

Friend November 1984 “Called to Serve” – First sister missionaries

Friend April 1984 “Ellis Reynolds Shipp – Mother & Doctor” 1873

Friend February 1985 “Emmeline B. Wells”

Eliza R. Snow Friend October 1986

Children’s Organizations

Friend March 2017 “Junior Relief Society” Before the Primary was organized a group of girls in Manti started a Junior Relief Society, and they made quilts and their own song.

Utah Temple Building

Friend January 2016 “Windows before Winter” St. George members do all they can to raise money for tabernacle windows, and the Lord blesses them to obtain the rest of the amount needed

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Friend June 1987 “Prayer for Food” A family struggles with having enough to eat while the father works on the Manti Temple.

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Friend July 1983 “Thomas Kane – Friend of the pioneers

Friend July 1983 “William Clayton & come, come, Ye saints”

Friend May1984 “Orrin Porter Rockwell”

Friend January 1987 “George Q. Cannnon”

Friend April 2015 “The Titanic and the Telegram” Six missionaries that are booked on the Titanic have to take a different ship home when one missionary is delayed.


Family: Lesson Ideas

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 Family

Ensign February 2017 President Monson tells a story about a mother who had a special treasure box. When her children opened the box, they found pictures of themselves. The mother’s treasure was her family!

True treasure isn’t gold or jewels—it’s the people you love. Whom do you love? Draw a picture of them or write their names in the treasure box.

Family Proclamation

Ensign January 2017 “Teaching the Proclamation to Children”

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Family Discord

Friend June 2017 “For Parents of Little Ones” Ideas for helping children learn how to get along with each other.

Friend February 2017 “Question Corner” Children’s ideas in how to deal with family members who are being annoying.

Friend May 2017 “Hi Friends” When my brother and I fight, I sing the Primary song “Jesus Said Love Everyone.” It helps me be more like Jesus. Nora P., age 4, Florida, USA

Helping Family Members

Friend January 2017 “Show & Tell” My three-month-old baby sister woke up crying from her nap while my mom was in the shower. I sang Primary songs to her, and she smiled at me. I kept singing to her until my mom was able to get her. Nora R., age 4, Virginia, USA

Siblings

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.

What this teaches me:

Friend November 2016 “For Parents of Little Ones” Ideas on how to help a child adjust to having a new baby brother or sister.

Friend January 2017 “Show & Tell” At a stake conference broadcast, Elder Hales talked about not raising our voices. I am trying not to raise my voice at my brothers. Jackson P., age 7, Tennessee, USA

Family Love

Friend June 2017 “Hope for My Family” Henry B. Eyring: The hope of feeling family love now and throughout eternity.

Write the name of each family member on separate pieces of paper. Pass these papers around from person to person. On each page, each person writes what they love most about the family member whose name is at the top of the paper. Ensign January 2016

Stregthening the Family

Friend April 2017 “Be Consistent and Keep Trying” Elder Bednar persisted in having family prayer and scripture study and in trying to get his father to join the church, and his persistence paid off.

Home Can be a Holy Place

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Love, Kindness, and Looking for the Good

Friend September 2016 “Family Night Fun” Musical chairs but when someone gets out have everyone say one nice thing about them. Look for the good.

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Families Are Forever

Friend June 2017 “Hope for My Family” Henry B. Eyring: The hope of feeling family love now and throughout eternity.

Ensign August 2016 “The Hope of Eternal Family Love”  Because of Jesus Christ’s Atonement and the restoration of priesthood power to seal families, we can live with our families forever! What do you love about your family? Follow these instructions to make this paper chain to celebrate your family.
Fold a piece of paper in half twice so you have one long strip.
Draw a person with hands reaching the folded edges.
Cut the person out. Don’t cut where the hands touch the folded edges.
Unfold it. Write or draw something you love about each family member.
Tape multiple chains together if you have a larger family!

Make a family banner with the family name on it, and then draw pictures of what is important to your family, like the temple, love, Jesus, etc.

Family Adversity

  • Divorce

Friend August 2015 “Help! Someone’s Getting a Divorce” – responses to children’s concerns.

Parents and Family Members Help Us

Friend April 2016: “I Need to Talk” Lesson on how to teach children to talk to a parent about a problem

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