To help each child understand that he or she can choose the right by asking, “What would Jesus want me to do?”
Prayerfully study 2 Nephi 31:10.
Make a nest with eggs in it to illustrate the story in the lesson. Fill a bowl with straw, grass, or yarn. Put three hard-boiled eggs in the nest. If eggs are not available, cut three egg-shaped pieces of paper to put in the nest.
Number five pieces of paper from one to five and put them in a small sack or other container.
Prepare to sing or say the words to “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 78). The words to this song are included at the back of the manual.
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. You may want to ask the children if they were able to memorize the words from the CTR chart (“I will choose the right”).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer. Ask the child to pray that the class members will remember to ask themselves what Jesus wants them to do.
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.”
Give the children paper and crayons and let them draw pictures of things Jesus would want them to do, such as coming to church, helping their parents, comforting a lonely child, or playing with their brothers and sisters. Write on each child’s paper What would Jesus want me to do?
Sing or say the words to “Dare to Do Right” (Children’s Songbook, p. 158) or “Nephi’s Courage” (Children’s Songbook, p. 120). The words to “Dare to Do Right” are included at the back of the manual. After you sing, remind the children of the story about Warren. Warren had to make some hard choices.
Why is it sometimes hard to choose the right?
Tell the children that even though it is sometimes hard, if we always try to choose the right we will have peaceful, happy feelings.
The Lord commanded Nephi to go and get the plates
From the wicked Laban inside the city gates.
Laman and Lemuel were both afraid to try.
Nephi was courageous. This was his reply:
“I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.
I will go; I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey.”
(© 1986 by Wilford N. Hansen Jr. and Lisa Tensmeyer Hansen. Used by permission.)
Make a copy of the handout at the end of the lesson for each child. Cut out the small wordstrips on the bottom of the handout (leave off the numbers). Give each child a copy of the song and a set of wordstrips. Read the wordstrips and the song on the handout and help the children decide where the wordstrips fit into the song. Give the children a small amount of glue or tape to attach the wordstrips to their copies of the song. Print or have the children print their names on their handouts.
When the children have finished attaching their wordstrips, help them sing “Choose the Right Way” once or twice. Compliment them on doing a good job.