We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost (A of F 1:4).
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What does it mean to have faith? Faith is believing in things that are not seen but are true (see Alma 32:21). The first principle of the gospel is to have faith in Jesus Christ. Even though we have not seen Jesus, we can have faith that He lives and loves us.
Our faith in Jesus Christ will grow as we read about Him. The New Testament teaches of when He was on the earth. We can read about Jesus healing a blind man and calming a storm. The New Testament teaches that He suffered for our sins, that He died, and that He was resurrected on the third day.
The Book of Mormon teaches that after Jesus Christ was resurrected, He visited the people in America. Many saw and touched Jesus. He administered the sacrament, healed the sick, and organized His Church.
The Pearl of Great Price gives us the account of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. Joseph Smith had faith that Heavenly Father would answer his prayer. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.
We can read the testimony of Joseph Smith in the Doctrine and Covenants: “This is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God” (D&C 76:22–23). As we read the testimonies of those who knew Him, our faith will grow and we too will bear testimony that Jesus Christ lives today and that He knows and loves us.
Faith in Christ Mobile
Remove page 14 from the magazine, and glue it to heavy paper. Cut along the solid lines. Form the long panel into a box by folding the dotted lines and gluing the tab. Draw or glue a picture of yourself in the blank panel, and write something you will do on the blank lines. Fold the five small panels along the dotted lines so the pictures and scriptures are on the outside. Punch holes where indicated. Attach pieces of string to the top of the box. Tie the picture of yourself to the strings at the top of the box so it hangs through the center of the box and 5″ (13 cm) below the bottom of the box. Tie the four remaining pictures to the bottom of the box. (See illustration.)
Three Nephites, by Gary L. Kapp; Noah’s Preaching Scorned, by Harry Anderson; Nephi’s Broken Bow, by Michael Jarvis Nelson; The First Vision, by Kenneth Riley
And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me (Moro. 7:33).
And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him (Gen. 7:5).
I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded (1 Ne. 3:7).
I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God (JS—H 1:15).
Get on your knees and pray and stand on your feet and do His will and put your trust and faith in Him, and God will bless you (Ensign, Apr. 2002, 5).
Because of my faith in Jesus Christ, I will _______________________.
Note: If you do not wish to remove pages from the magazine, this activity may be copied, traced, or printed out from the Internet at www.lds.org. Click on Gospel Library.
Sharing Time Ideas
(Note: All songs are from Children’s Songbook unless otherwise noted; GAK = Gospel Art Picture Kit, TNGC = Teaching, No Greater Call.)
1. Using the shape of the shield in the front of the CTR manual as a pattern, draw a large version of the shield and cut it out. Cut the shield into seven puzzle pieces and write on each piece one of the following scripture references that teach of the characteristics of Jesus Christ: Abr. 3:27 (Christ chosen as Savior), Jacob 4:9 (Creator), John 20:31 (Jesus is the Christ, Son of God), 3 Ne. 27:21 (example), John 11:25 (made it possible for us to be resurrected), Alma 34:8 (atoned for our sins), D&C 110:2–8 (He lives today and guides His prophet). Teach the children the fourth article of faith and that faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel. He is our Savior. He lives today and loves each of us. Divide the children into seven groups and give each group a puzzle piece. Invite each group to find the scripture reference, decide what it teaches about Jesus Christ, and write that quality on the puzzle piece. Invite one child from each group to bring the piece up and put the puzzle together. Ask, “How can our faith in Jesus Christ form a shield? Why is a shield of faith important for us to have today?” Read and discuss D&C 27:15–17. Bear testimony of your faith in the Savior. Give each child a small paper shield on which they can write an expression of faith, gratitude, and testimony of Jesus Christ to take home and share with their families. Sing “He Sent His Son” (pp. 34–35).
For younger children: Use GAK pictures from the New Testament section to teach characteristics of Jesus. Let them draw on the paper shield a picture of one thing they can do to show they are thankful for Jesus Christ.
2. Put the following pictures in an upside-down stack: GAK
3. Post a picture of the Savior at the top of the chalkboard. Have the children follow along in their scriptures as you summarize the principles in Alma 32:27–43. Teach the importance of planting the seed of faith in our hearts. Draw a seed on the chalkboard and ask, “How do we nourish the seed?” Have the older children turn to pages
For younger children: Instead of using the Faith in God guidebook, teach the same principles of prayer, etc., with pictures from the GAK.
4. Because of their faith in Christ, modern prophets and prophets of old have fulfilled the work of God even in the face of strong opposition. Heavenly Father blesses those who keep His commandments in faith. Post the following GAK pictures on a board and briefly tell (or have the children help you tell) the stories:
5. Song Presentation: To teach “I’ll Follow Him in Faith” (Friend, Jan. 2003, 24–25), begin by teaching the melody. Sing the song for the children. Invite them to stand and “follow in faith” by marching in place to the 4/4 beat as you sing it again. Have the children hum the melody with you while they are still standing and marching. Point out that the melody is repeated within the verse except for in the last two measures of the sections. Post a picture of the Savior on the board facedown and cover it with pictures from the GAK or Primary packets that illustrate the concepts in each line of the song. Pick four pictures for each verse such as GAK
6. Friend references: