Sharing Time: This Is My Beloved Son

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    Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him (3 Ne. 11:7).

    This Is My Beloved Son

    The scriptures tell of a few times that Heavenly Father has introduced His Son, Jesus Christ, to righteous people. Each time, he has introduced the Savior by calling Him His “Beloved Son.” These words show us how much Heavenly Father loves and honors His Son. He is pleased with Him, and knows all that Christ has willingly done for us. He came to earth as a tiny baby and was born in a stable. As He grew older, He learned by study and by obedience to the commandments. When He was finally prepared, He taught the commandments to all who would listen. He atoned for our sins, and was crucified and resurrected so that we will all live again.

    Heavenly Father shows respect, honor, and love for Jesus Christ. As we understand the Savior and what He did for us more perfectly, we will respect, honor, and love Him.

    Instructions

    Each of these panels tells about a time when Heavenly Father introduced His Son to men on earth. Cut out the panel along the solid lines, and underline the words Heavenly Father said. Put a circle around the words that were exactly the same on each occasion. Fold on dotted lines so that your panels will stand up.

    Jesus was baptized

    Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. When He came out of the water, the heavens were opened and a voice said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17).

    Heavenly Father tells Peter, James and John of Jesus

    One day the Savior was walking with His disciples Peter, James, and John. He took them to a high mountain. A bright cloud overshadowed them, “And behold a voice out of the cloud … said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him” (Matt. 17:5).

    Jesus appears on the American continent

    The people on the American continent knew that the Savior had been crucified. They were talking about this when they heard a voice that made their hearts burn. The voice said, “Behold my Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him” (3 Ne. 11:7).

    God and Jesus appear to Joseph Smith

    Joseph Smith did not know which church to join. He went into the woods to pray. As he prayed, he saw two Personages standing above him in the air. One of them spoke to him as He pointed to the other, saying, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (JS—H 1:17).

    Sharing Time Ideas

    1. 1.

      Set up four storytelling stations. An adult leader at each station tells a different scripture story referred to in the Sharing Time activity. Have the children rotate to each station in small groups. Ask the children to listen to discover how all four stories are alike. Discuss the children’s discoveries; conclude with your testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ.

    2. 2.

      Write the names of several children on purple cards. Write various names for the Savior on yellow cards. (See “Christ, Names of” in the Bible Dictionary.) Tape the yellow cards underneath some chairs, and give the purple cards to the appropriate children as they enter. At the beginning of Sharing Time, ask those who have purple cards to bring them to the front. Do they know how their parents chose their names? Discuss the fact that our names represent us. Say the children’s names with varying voice inflections—excitement, annoyance, love, anger, respect, etc. Then have them tell how different ways of speaking their names make them feel. Conclude by having the children with the yellow cards bring them forward. Discuss showing reverence by speaking the names of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ with respect, honor and love.

    3. 3.

      Divide the older children into groups, giving each group a scriptural reference (Matt. 8:1–3; Matt. 9:23–24; Mark 3:2; John 4:42; 3 Ne. 11:17). Ask each group to respond to the question: Did these people show respect, honor, and love for the Savior? For younger children, tell the stories simply, using library pictures or flannel-board characters, and ask them the same question.

    4. 4.

      Have the children sing any of the songs listed in “The Savior” section of the index in the Children’s Songbook. At the conclusion of each song, have the children tell how the song helped them understand why we respect, honor, and love the Savior.

    [illustrations] Illustrated by Lori Anderson Wing