Lesson 5: Jesus Christ Showed Us How to Love Others

Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual, (2008), 24–27


Introduction for the Teacher

To prepare yourself spiritually to teach this lesson, please read and ponder the following:

Jesus Christ set a perfect example of kindness and love. Throughout His earthly ministry, Jesus showed His love for others by blessing and serving the poor, the sick, and the distressed. He told His disciples, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12; see also John 13:34–35; Moroni 7:46–48).

Preparation

  • Mark page 22 in this manual so that you can turn to it easily.

  • Bring a copy of the scriptures.

Learning Activities

Begin with a gathering activity. For ideas, see page 3.

Prayer

Invite a child to give the opening prayer.

Song

Tell the children that when Jesus Christ lived on earth, He taught us to love others; He showed us how by the things He did. Sing or say the chorus of “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, 78–79) and do the actions below. Invite the children to join you.

Love one another as Jesus loves you. (hug self and turn from side to side)
Try to show kindness in all that you do. (nod head up and down)
Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought, (hug self and turn from side to side)
For these are the things Jesus taught. (nod head up and down)

Scripture Stories

Show the children a copy of the scriptures. Tell them that in the scriptures we learn how Jesus showed love. Briefly tell the following stories:

Story 1 (show the illustration on page 27): Many people had come to hear Jesus teach. They were there a long time and got very hungry (have the children pretend to be hungry). There was only a little bread and fish to feed all of the people. Jesus blessed the food and told His disciples to give it to the people. Everyone had enough to eat, and there was a lot of food left over (have the children pretend to eat). (See Matthew 14:13–21.)

Have the children say with you, “Jesus showed us how to love others,” a few words at a time.

Story 2 (show the picture on page 26): One day Jesus saw a man who was blind—he could not see (have the children cover their eyes). Jesus blessed the man so he could see (have the children uncover their eyes). (See John 9:1–12.)

Have the children say with you, “Jesus showed us how to love others.”

Story 3 (show the picture on page 22): After Jesus was resurrected, He visited the Nephites. Because He loved the children, He blessed each one of them (have the children hug themselves). (See 3 Nephi 17:21–24.)

Have the children say with you, “Jesus showed us how to love others.”

Song

Sing or say the chorus of “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” again. Invite the children to sing and do the actions with you.

Conclusion

Share your testimony that we can love others as Jesus did.

Prayer

Invite a child to give the closing prayer.

Optional Activities

Preparation

  • For the puzzle: Bring a picture of the Savior (you could use the picture on page 106 if you’d like). Find a piece of paper that is the same size as the picture (or cut a piece of paper to the same size) and cut the paper into three or four pieces to make a puzzle. Write “I Will Love Others” on the back of each piece.

  • For the scripture activity: Bring a copy of the Bible. Mark John 15:12 so that you can turn to it easily.

  • For the illustration activity: Copy the illustration on page 27 for each child.

Puzzle

puzzle

Cover the picture of Jesus with the puzzle pieces. Ask a child to choose a piece. Read the phrase on the piece and have all the children repeat it. Discuss one way we can love others (say thank you, share, do what Mother or Father ask, put toys away, and so on). Repeat with each piece until the illustration is completely uncovered. Reinforce the concept that Jesus showed us how to love others.

Scripture

Tell the children that in the scriptures Jesus taught us to love one another. Open the Bible to John 15:12 and read, “Love one another.” Invite the children to repeat the phrase with you.

Song

Sing or say the words to “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Songbook, 61) and do the actions below. Invite the children to join you.

Jesus said love everyone; (spread arms out wide)
Treat them kindly too. (nod head up and down)
When your heart is filled with love, (put hand over heart)
Others will love you. (hug self)

Illustration

Give each child a copy of the illustration on page 27. Ask the children questions about the illustration to remind them of the story you told them earlier. For example:

Can you see Jesus in the picture? (have the children point to Jesus on their copies of the illustration)

What is in the baskets? (have the children pretend to eat)