To strengthen each child’s desire to follow Jesus Christ.
Cut out three sets of large paper footprints. Write the following on the footprints:
Come / Follow Me
Keep / My Commandments
Love / One Another
Prepare to sing or say the words to the first verse of “Come, Follow Me” (Hymns, no. 116).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer. Suggest that the child ask Heavenly Father to help the children follow Jesus Christ and choose the right.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for the children in your class. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Explain to the children that you are going to do an action (such as clapping, nodding, or marching). Ask them to repeat your action. Do this once; then add another action and have the children repeat both actions. Continue adding new actions, one at a time. See how many the children can remember and repeat in the right order.
Liken this to following the Savior. We must try to follow his example not just in one thing but in everything we do.
Prepare a chain of paper dolls for each class member. (Older children may enjoy making their own chains.) Fold a piece of paper accordion-style. Draw a doll onto the folded paper (see illustration below) and cut out the doll. Make a chain for each child, and write Love One Another across the bottom of each chain. Explain that loving each other is one of the most important things Jesus has asked us to do.
Sing or say the words to the first verse of “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 78), “Love One Another” (Children’s Songbook, p. 136), or “Keep the Commandments” (Children’s Songbook, p. 146). The words to “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” and “Love One Another” are included at the back of the manual. The words to “Keep the Commandments” are on the next page.
Keep the commandments;
Keep the commandments!
In this there is safety;
In this there is peace.
He will send blessings;
He will send blessings.
Words of a prophet:
Keep the commandments.
In this there is safety and peace.