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There was a girl who got a splinter in her finger. Her dad took his pocketknife, cleaned it, and gently scraped it across her finger to catch the end of the splinter and pull it out. Even though her dad was gentle, it hurt to have the splinter removed! The next time the girl got a splinter, she didn’t tell anyone. After a few days, her finger became infected. It hurt so much that she wanted the splinter removed no matter what. Her dad gently removed it. After the splinter was gone, her finger began to heal.
When we do something wrong, it always hurts us and it often hurts others. We may think the hurt will go away if we ignore it. But left alone, the wrong will continue to hurt us and make us sad.
Heavenly Father loves us. He wants us to be happy. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to make it possible for us to repent. Through His Atonement, Jesus paid the price for our sins so that we can repent and be forgiven.
Repentance is a way of removing and healing from a sin that hurts us spiritually. The first thing we need to do is to realize that we have done something wrong and to feel sorry that we did it. This feeling comes from the Holy Ghost. We must ask Heavenly Father and any people we have wronged to forgive us. We need to do the best we can to correct any problems caused because of our wrong choices. We must also decide not to do the wrong thing again. After we have done all that we can to repent, because of Christ’s Atonement, Heavenly Father will forgive us. Repentance makes us happier now and makes it possible for us to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus forever.
You can play this game by yourself or with your family. Cut out the shape on page 15 on the heavy black lines. Fold it on the dotted lines to make a pyramid. Glue or tape the tabs so they are on the inside of the pyramid. Choose a case study from the list, toss the pyramid, and tell how to apply the part of repentance that is facing you to the situation described by the case study.
Illustrated by Thomas S. Child; photograph by Christina Smith, posed by model
Feel sorry Don’t repeat the wrong Right the wrong Ask for forgiveness Case Studies Josh says something unkind about someone. What should Josh do? Jenny does not share her toys. What should Jenny do? Some boys do not include someone in their game. What should they do? Lisa takes something that does not belong to her. What should Lisa do?
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. Teach the children that in the premortal life Heavenly Father chose Jesus Christ to be our Savior. Before we came to earth, we lived with Heavenly Father. Show Primary picture 3–3 (The Pre-Earth Life). This is one artist’s idea of what heaven is like. Explain that Heavenly Father presented a plan for all of us to get a physical body and to learn to choose the right. Read Moses 4:1–4, and have the children tell the story in their own words. Ask, “Who is the ‘Beloved Son’ Heavenly Father spoke of?” Show
2. Read and discuss with the children 2 Ne. 2:27. Point out that the most important choices we make will be between good and evil. Divide the children into three groups and give each group one of the following pictures:
3. Use the song “He Sent His Son” (pp. 34–35) to help the children understand how Heavenly Father sent the Savior to bless us. Using questions and GAK pictures that relate to lines of the song, have the children review the life of the Savior. For example, review the birth of the Savior by holding up
4. Using a glove, teach the children about resurrection. Show your hand without the glove and tell the children that before we came to earth we were spirits. We could move, think, choose, and learn. When we came to earth we each received a body (put hand in glove). We can still move, think, choose, and learn, but now we have wonderful bodies to take care of. When we die, the body and the spirit separate (take off the glove). The body can no longer move, but our spirit still lives. When we are resurrected, our body and our spirit are together again (put on glove), and the body and the spirit will never be separated again. Jesus was the first one to be resurrected. Because He was resurrected, all people who have ever lived will be resurrected. There are many witnesses who saw Jesus after He was resurrected. Sing a story about some of those witnesses (see TNGC,
5. Song Presentation: “Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (p. 64). Verse one asks a question, answers it, and tells what Jesus did. Ask the children to listen and raise one finger when they hear the question, two fingers when they hear the answer, and three fingers when they hear what Jesus did. Sing the first verse of the song for the children. What is the question? What is the answer? Sing that much together. Show
6. Friend references: “Look to the Savior,” Oct. 2003, 33; “Repentance and the Atonement,” Mar. 2004, 36; “No Candy for Easter,” Apr. 2004, 4–6; “Jesus Is Risen,” June 2003, 10–15; “Missing Jarom,” Mar. 2004, 4–5; “Jesus Suffers in the Garden of Gethsemane,” Mar. 2003, 10–13; “The Savior’s Atonement,” Mar. 2002, 2–3; “Heavenly Father’s Plan,” June 2003, 46–47.