Promises in the Scriptures26961_000_018
There once was a young boy who had a very important question. He wanted to know which church was right so he could join it. He read a promise in the Bible in James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” The boy believed that promise. He believed that if he sincerely asked Heavenly Father which church was right, he would get an answer.
You have probably guessed that the boy’s name was Joseph Smith. He studied the scriptures and believed in the promise. He prayed and was given a wonderful answer—Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared and told him not to join any of the churches. Joseph learned for himself that the promise in James is true, that a person who lacks wisdom can pray to Heavenly Father and receive an answer. Many answers will come not from a heavenly appearance but through the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
There are many stories in the scriptures about Heavenly Father making promises. The scriptures also teach us that Heavenly Father always keeps His promises. When we study the scriptures, we learn about His promises to us.
To make the bookmarks on page 20, mount the page on heavy paper, cut on the solid black lines, fold along the dotted lines, and glue backs together. Read each scripture and write on the blank lines the promise made. Keep these bookmarks in your scriptures as a reminder to read every day.
Illustrated by Dilleen Marsh
Promises in the Scriptures
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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. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ made promises to the children of Israel. Tell the story of the children of Israel in Egypt (see Ex. 5). The Lord promised to bring them out of bondage (see Ex. 6:6–7) and told Moses and Aaron to ask Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go. The Lord promised to send plagues until Pharaoh agreed. Divide the children into small groups. Give each group a slip of paper with one of the following scriptures written on it: (1) Ex. 7:20–21; (2) Ex. 8:6; (3) Ex. 8:17; (4) Ex. 8:24; (5) Ex. 9:6; (6) Ex. 9:10; (7) Ex. 9:23; (8) Ex. 10:14–15; (9) Ex. 10:22. Have the groups read the scripture together, determine which plague was sent, and draw a picture representing it. Gather the pictures, and present the story of the plagues to the group in a roller box (see TNGC,
For younger children: Tell the story of the plagues of Egypt in your own words, and invite the children to draw a picture of one of them.
2. Make a copy of the bookmark on page 20 for each child, or write the scripture references on the board (Gen. 9:12–17; Moro. 10:3–5; D&C 59:9–16; 3 Ne. 27:6; Matt. 11:28–30; Mal. 3:10; Alma 40:3–4, 23; John 14:27; D&C 34:5–8). Divide the children into groups, and have each group look up a scripture, read it, and find the promise. Have each group report to the whole Primary by reading or summarizing the scripture and telling how we are all blessed because of the promise. As each group reports, have the children fill in the promise made on the blank lines on their bookmarks. Encourage them to keep this bookmark in their scriptures as a reminder to read every day. Testify of Heavenly Father and Jesus’s love for us. Their promises bless all of us. Sing “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (pp. 74–75).
3. Use the following scriptures, pictures, and songs to reinforce the idea that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ keep Their promises. Place the pictures in random order around the room. As you read a scripture, have the children listen for what was promised. Discuss how the Lord has fulfilled or will fulfill the promise. Have a child choose the corresponding picture and place it in front of the room. Sing the song. Repeat with the next scripture, picture, and song. (1) 2 Ne. 25:21 (records will be preserved), GAK
4. Invite the children to turn to the word Promise in the Topical Guide. Teach them how to read the Topical Guide and that each time they see the letter p it means promise. Divide the children into groups of five or six. Have each group list four or five things they learn about the promises of the Lord as they read the Topical Guide. Invite them to share what they have learned, and make a list on the board. Sing “For Thy Bounteous Blessings” (p. 21) in a round. Invite the children to turn to D&C 82:10, and explain that the Lord’s promises require specific actions on our part. When we do what He asks, the Lord blesses us according to the promise. Mark, discuss, and memorize the scripture (see TNGC,
For younger children: Explain in your own words D&C 82:10 using examples from the scriptures of promises fulfilled. Then play the beanbag game.
5. Song Presentation: Teach the song
6. Friend references: “A Message from Alma,” Oct. 2004, 35; “Remember the Sabbath Day,” Nov. 2004, 38; “Scriptures in a Suitcase,” June 2004, 28; “Randy’s Turn,” Nov. 2004, 32; “Show You Know,” June 2003, 16; “Honor Jesus Christ,” July 2002, 23. These references and others can be found at www.lds.org. Click on Gospel Library.