Introduction for the Teacher
To prepare yourself spiritually to teach this lesson, please read and ponder the following:
Each of us is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents. We lived with them before we were born. Our Heavenly Father knows us personally and loves us. (See Psalm 82:6; Acts 17:28–29; Hebrews 12:9.)
Begin with a gathering activity. For ideas, see page 3.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Sing or say the first verse of
Repeat two or three times, inviting the children to sing with you.
Tell the children that they have mothers and fathers on earth who love them. Tell them that they also have a Heavenly Father who knows and loves them. Open the Bible to Psalm 82:6 and read, “All of you are children of [God].”
Show the illustration of Moses on page 99 (you may want to cover the other illustrations on this page to help the children focus on Moses). Explain that Moses was a great prophet who lived a long time ago. Tell the children that Moses went to a mountain to pray. Invite the children to pretend to climb a mountain; then have them fold their arms as if praying. Open the Pearl of Great Price to Moses 1:4 and say, “God said to Moses, ‘Behold, thou art my son.’ ” Explain that Moses learned that he was a child of God.
Invite a child to stand next to you in the front of the class.
Say: “This is [child’s name].”
Ask the children to repeat the child’s name.
Say: “[Child’s name] is a child of God.”
Ask the children to repeat: “[Child’s name] is a child of God.”
Repeat the activity for each child in the nursery. If the nursery class is large, you could present two children at a time or shorten the activity as necessary.
Show the picture on page 10, point to a child in the picture, and ask, “Is this person a child of God?” Nod and say yes. Repeat for each child in the picture. Then point to yourself and ask, “Am I a child of God?” Nod and say yes. Emphasize that everyone is a child of God and He knows and loves us all.
Share your testimony that we are all children of God and that He knows and loves us.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
For the poster activity: Invite parents to bring a photograph of their child to nursery (they may have already provided this photograph when the child first joined the nursery class; see
page 7). At the top of a piece of poster board, write, “I Am a Child of God.” Leave plenty of space for the pictures of the children.
For the illustration activity: Copy the illustrations on page 11 so that each child can have one.
Invite the children to stand and do the following activity verse with you:
Attach the pictures of the children to the poster you have prepared. Read the title of the poster to the children and remind them that we are all children of God. Display the poster each week and add pictures to it as other children join the nursery.
Give each child a copy of one of the illustrations on page 11. Invite the children to point to different parts of the faces (such as eyes, mouth, and so on). Let the children color the illustrations, if desired.