To help each child understand that Jesus Christ helps missionaries teach others about his Church.
Prayerfully study Alma 17–19.
Choose a missionary from your ward who is currently serving a mission, or another missionary whom you know, to whom you can send a letter. Be prepared to help the children think of something to write or draw something to send to him or her.
Prepare to sing or say the words to “The Seventh Article of Faith” (Children’s Songbook, p. 126; the words are the same as the actual article of faith) and “We’ll Bring the World His Truth” (Children’s Songbook, p. 172).
A piece of paper and a pencil or crayons for each child.
Prepare a missionary name tag.
Picture 3-50, Ammon Defends the Flocks of King Lamoni (62535; Gospel Art Picture Kit 310).
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities that you will be using.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Explain that just as Ammon was a good missionary for the Church in his day, many missionaries today all over the world are teaching people about the true Church. The Spirit is helping them. It helped Ammon.
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for your children. 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.”
Invite a returned missionary to visit your class and share an experience with the class in which he or she was helped on his or her mission. (Be sure to clear this with the bishop if the person lives outside the ward.)
Sing or say with the children the words to “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” (Children’s Songbook, p. 169); these words are included at the back of the manual. You might want to use this song several times throughout the lesson if the children enjoy it.
Talk with the children about ways they can prepare now to be good missionaries. Help them understand that when they do what is right and are kind to others, they are preparing to be good missionaries. Bear your testimony that when we are trying to do what is right, Heavenly Father will help and bless us.
Use the first and fifth verses of “Book of Mormon Stories” (Children’s Songbook, p. 118) as a song or an action verse.
Book of Mormon stories that my teacher tells to me
Are about the Lamanites in ancient history.
Long ago their fathers came from far across the sea,
Giv’n the land if they lived righteously.
Ammon was a missionary serving Lamanites,
Tending King Lamoni’s sheep for several days and nights.
Robbers came; he saved the sheep by fighting fearlessly.
He had learned he could live righteously.
For younger children, use the action verse “Jesus Loves All Children.” Explain that because Jesus Christ loves everyone, he wants everyone to know about his true Church.
Jesus loves all children. (hold arms out)
The little ones still small. (use hand to indicate knee-high child)
The baby in the cradle (form cradle with arms and pretend to rock a baby)
The ones so big and tall. (raise hand high over head)