Introduction for the Teacher
To prepare yourself spiritually to teach this lesson, please read and ponder the following:
Our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy; the plan He created for us is often called the “great plan of happiness” (Alma 42:8). Although adversity is an important part of life, we can choose to have a positive outlook, and our cheerful attitude can help others be more optimistic as well.
Begin with a gathering activity. For ideas, see page 3.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Have a child hold the picture on page 82. Tell the following story:
Mary and her mommy were going for a walk (point to Mary and Mommy in the picture). Some people they passed were frowning (ask the children to frown). Mary asked Mommy, “Why are the people so sad?” Mommy said, “I don’t know, but maybe we can smile at them and help them be happy.”
As they walked along, Mary saw a woman coming toward them. Mary smiled her biggest smile (invite the children to smile their biggest smiles). When the woman saw Mary’s happy face, she smiled back. Mary said, “It worked!” Mommy said, “When we choose to be happy, it helps others be happy too.”
Ask the children to smile for you. Tell them that their smiles help everyone feel happy. Invite the children to say “happy.”
Sing or say the words to
Have the children stand in a circle. Tell them you are going to practice sharing smiles. Stand in front of a child and smile at him or her. Invite the child to smile. Then say, “Let’s go share our smiles.” Take the child by the hand, go to another child, and smile. Invite the new child to hold the first child’s hand and share smiles with another child. Continue until all the children are holding hands.
Tell the children that when we choose to be happy, we can help others feel happy too. Invite the children to say, “I can be happy!”
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
For the review activity: Mark page 67 in this manual so that you can turn to it easily. Bring pictures of things you are thankful for; you could use pictures in this manual or in Church magazines, or you could draw your own.
For the illustration activity: Copy the illustration on page 83 for each child.
Sing or say the words to
Repeat, replacing “clap your hands” with other actions, such as “turn around,” “pat your knees,” and so on.
Recite the following activity verse and invite the children to join you:
Repeat the two picture activities from lesson 15 (pages 64 and 65). Explain that remembering all the wonderful things Heavenly Father has given us can help us feel happy.
Give each child a copy of the smiling-frowning face on page 83. Invite the children to look at their pictures while you sing the “Smiles” song again. Help them turn their faces from a frown to a smile at appropriate times during the song.