“Successful … families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World”).10940_000_aug
Week 1: “Pray in your families unto the Father … that your [families] may be blessed” (3 Nephi 18:21).
Identify the doctrine (seeing pictures and reciting a scripture): Show a picture of Jesus Christ, and tell the children that He taught, “Pray in your families unto the Father … that your [families] may be blessed” (3 Nephi 18:21). Repeat this scripture with the children a few times. Show a picture of a family praying, and discuss the picture with the children. Explain that in family prayer, we thank Heavenly Father for our blessings and ask Him to help and bless our families.
Encourage understanding and application (singing and sharing ideas): Ask the children to form one or more circles. Sing “Family Prayer” (CS, 189). Invite each child to share something he or she might thank or ask Heavenly Father for in family prayer and then link arms with another child in the circle. When all the children are linked, emphasize how families are held together, blessed, and strengthened through family prayer.
Week 2: Family home evening strengthens my family.
Identify the doctrine (repeating the doctrine): Divide the Primary into three groups. Invite a child from each group to hold one of the following props, and ask the children in that group to stand and repeat the applicable phrase together:
“Family Home Evening”
Have the children trade props, and repeat the activity until all the groups have said each phrase.
Encourage understanding (visualizing strong families): Show a picture of President Joseph F. Smith, and explain that in 1915 he started family home evening and promised “great blessings” for holding regular family home evenings. Show a picture of the current prophet and explain that almost 100 years later, our prophet still testifies that family home evening will strengthen our families. Invite a few children to represent members of a family, and ask them to stand with their arms linked together. Have another child try to pull one of them away from the others. Explain that families are stronger when they have family home evening.
Encourage application (role-playing a family home evening): Invite a few children to share what they would like to do for their family home evening. Write their ideas on the board. Encourage the children to help plan and contribute to their own family home evenings.
Week 3: Scripture study gives me and my family spiritual strength.
Identify the doctrine (answering questions): Ask the children to flex their arm muscles and show their physical strength. Ask what they can do to get stronger physically. Hold up your scriptures and explain that our spirits can get stronger as we read the scriptures. Ask the children to say “scripture study” each time you raise your scriptures. Ask a few questions that can be answered with this phrase, such as “What can help me to think good thoughts?” and “How can I gain strength to choose the right?” Hold up your scriptures after each question so the children can respond. (If children bring their scriptures to Primary, invite them to raise their own scriptures as they repeat “scripture study” in answer to your questions.)
Encourage understanding (discussing a scripture story): Prepare three pictures on the board to represent the ways Jesus Christ was tempted in Matthew 4:1–11. Beneath each picture, write the corresponding scripture reference (Matthew 4:4, Matthew 4:7, and Matthew 4:10). Explain that Jesus Christ used the scriptures when He was tempted. Read Matthew 4:1–11 aloud, stopping after each temptation to clarify and ask, “What gave Jesus spiritual strength?” Hold up your scriptures to help the children answer, and invite a child to read Jesus Christ’s response from the scriptures. Explain that “it is written” means that Jesus was quoting scripture.
Encourage application (memorizing a scripture): Ask each class to choose and memorize together a short phrase from the scriptures that could give them and their families spiritual strength (for example, Luke 1:37, 1 Nephi 3:7, or D&C 10:5).
Week 4: The Sabbath is a day of rest and worship.
Identify the doctrine (unscrambling words): Give each class an envelope containing nine pieces of paper with one of the following words written on each: The Sabbath is a day of rest and worship. Ask them to put the words in the correct order. Discuss the meaning of “rest” and “worship.” Repeat the phrase together.
Encourage understanding (discussing scriptures): Write the following scripture references on the board: Exodus 20:8–11; Luke 23:56; Mosiah 18:23; Doctrine and Covenants 68:29. Explain that Heavenly Father created the world in six days (hold up six fingers and wiggle them), but on the seventh day He rested (hold up seven fingers and hold them still), and all through time He has commanded His children to rest on the seventh, or Sabbath, day and keep it holy. Invite four children to read the scriptures on the board. Ask the children to listen and discover what principle is being taught. Point out that the scriptures were all written at different times in the history of the world but they all teach the same principle. Explain that keeping the Sabbath day holy means doing things that will bring us closer to Heavenly Father.
Encourage application (playing a game): Have the children count off the days of the week one by one, starting with Monday. Ask the child who says “Sunday” to suggest an appropriate activity for the Sabbath. Repeat as time allows.
Scriptures: Some children may not have scriptures. Other children may not be able to read yet. Think of ways to include all the children as you search the scriptures. For example, you could write the scripture on the board and read it together or have a small group share one set of scriptures.
Memorizing scriptures can help the children learn the doctrines of the gospel. The Spirit will help the children recall these words in times of need throughout their lives.