To prepare yourself spiritually to teach this lesson, please read and ponder the following:
When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He established His Church. After Christ’s Crucifixion and the deaths of the Apostles, the fulness of the gospel was lost, and the true Church was taken from the earth. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the fulness of the gospel has been restored, and the true Church of Jesus Christ is on the earth again. (See D&C 1:15–30; Joseph Smith—History 1:68–72.)
Bring a copy of the scriptures. Mark D&C 115:4 so that you can turn to it easily.
Bring a picture of the current President of the Church, if available.
Begin with a gathering activity. For ideas, see page 3.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Display the picture on page 106. Tell the children that this is a picture of Jesus Christ and we belong to His Church. Point to the picture and ask, “Who is this?”
Answer: “Jesus Christ.”
Tell the children that Jesus told us the name of the Church in the scriptures. Open the scriptures and read D&C 115:4: “For thus shall my church be called in the last days, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” Invite the children to repeat the name of the Church with you, a few words at a time.
Hold up your copy of the scriptures. Tell the children that Jesus tells us what He wants us to know in the scriptures and that in the Church of Jesus Christ we have scriptures. Have the children hold their hands open as if reading the scriptures. Invite them to say “the Church of Jesus Christ.”
Explain that Jesus speaks to His prophets and that in the Church of Jesus Christ we have prophets. Invite the children to say “the Church of Jesus Christ.” Show a picture of the current President of the Church. Explain that he is our prophet today. Invite the children to say his name with you.
Invite the children to march with you around the room while you sing or say the following words to “The Church of Jesus Christ” (Children’s Songbook, 77):
I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I know who I am.
I know God’s plan.
I’ll follow him in faith.
Briefly share your testimony that we belong to the true Church of Jesus Christ.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.
For the coloring activity and the matching game: Copy the illustration on page 107 for each child to color. Bring small bits of paper or something similar for the children to use as markers for the matching game; bring enough for each child to have three markers.
Let the children color a copy of page 107. While they are coloring, review the principles taught in the lesson. Point out details in the pictures and explain to the children what they are coloring. Read the words on the illustration to them.
Give each child three bits of paper. Display the illustration on page 107. Point to the drawing of Jesus and say, “This is a picture of Jesus Christ. We belong to His Church.” Invite the children to put a bit of paper on the picture of Jesus on their copies.
Then point to the picture of the prophet and read the caption. Have the children say “prophet” and put a bit of paper on their drawing. Repeat for the drawing of the scriptures. Then have the children say with you, “I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” a few words at a time.
Choose an activity from lesson 23 and one from lesson 24 to help the children review what they have learned about the scriptures and prophets. After doing these activities, remind the children that in the Church of Jesus Christ we have scriptures and prophets.