Lesson 35: Jesus Christ Heals the Sick and Blesses the Children

Primary 4: Book of Mormon, (1997), 126–28


Purpose

To teach the children that Jesus Christ loves each of us and to encourage them to experience joy by having faith in him.

Preparation

  1. 1.

    Prayerfully study 3 Nephi 17. Then study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account. (See “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii.)

  2. 2.

    Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will involve the children and best help them achieve the purpose of the lesson.

  3. 3.

    Materials needed:

    1. a.

      A Book of Mormon for each child.

    2. b.

      Salt.

    3. c.

      Pictures 4-46, Jesus Healing the Nephites (Gospel Art Picture Kit 317; 62541); 4-47, Jesus Praying with the Nephites (62542); and 4-48, Jesus Blesses the Nephite Children.

Suggested Lesson Development

Invite a child to give the opening prayer.

Attention Activity

Have the children each take a taste of salt, and ask them how they would explain the taste to someone who had never tasted it before. You may need to remind them that they could not describe the flavor as “salty” because a person who has never tasted salt would not know what the word meant. Explain that it is sometimes hard to describe things you have experienced in words others can understand. The Nephites had such great joy when Jesus Christ appeared to them that they said, “No tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard” (3 Nephi 17:17). Tell the children that if they will picture in their minds the events they will hear in this lesson, they may be able to feel and understand with their spirits some truths that words cannot describe.

Scripture Account

Using the pictures at appropriate times, teach the children the account of Jesus Christ healing the sick and blessing the children from 3 Nephi 17. (For suggested ways to teach the scripture account, see “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii.) Emphasize that the Savior’s love for the people was so great that words could not express it.

Discussion and Application Questions

Study the following questions and the scripture references as you prepare your lesson. Use the questions you feel will best help the children understand the scriptures and apply the principles in their lives. Reading the references with the children in class will help them gain insights into the scriptures.

  • What did Jesus Christ say the people should do to help them understand the things he had taught them? (3 Nephi 17:3.) What does it mean to ponder? (To think deeply about something.) Why is it important to ponder and pray about what we are taught by our Church leaders and teachers?

  • Where did the Savior say he was going after he visited the Nephites? (3 Nephi 17:4.) How does this show that Jesus loves all of Heavenly Father’s children?

  • What did the people do when the Savior said he was leaving? (3 Nephi 17:5.) What did he do to show that he loved them? (3 Nephi 17:6–8.)

  • What did Jesus Christ say was the reason the people could be healed? (3 Nephi 17:8.) What is one reason miracles sometimes do not occur? (Ether 12:12, 18.)

  • How did the Nephites show their thanks when Jesus Christ healed the sick? (3 Nephi 17:10.) When should you thank Heavenly Father and Jesus? How can you show your thanks for the blessings you receive?

  • After Jesus Christ healed the sick, what did he command the people to do? (3 Nephi 17:11.) What did he do when the children had been brought to him? (3 Nephi 17:13–15.) Why were the words he prayed to Heavenly Father not written? (3 Nephi 17:16–17.)

  • Why did Jesus weep? (3 Nephi 17:20–21.) How has the gospel brought you joy? How did he show his love for the children? (3 Nephi 17:21.) How would you feel if Jesus Christ held you in his arms, blessed you, and prayed to Heavenly Father for you?

  • When the Savior told the parents to behold their little ones, what did the parents see? (3 Nephi 17:23–24.) What does it mean to minister? (To give help or service.) What can we do to serve others?

Enrichment Activities

You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.

  1. 1.

    Read and discuss the following statement from President Ezra Taft Benson, thirteenth President of the Church:

    “I promise you, dear children, that angels will minister unto you also. You may not see them, but they will be there to help you, and you will feel of their presence. …

    “Dear children, our Heavenly Father sent you to earth at this time because you are some of His most valiant children. He knew there would be much wickedness in the world today, and He knew you would be faithful and obedient” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1989, p. 105; or Ensign, May 1989, p. 83).

  2. 2.

    Read together 3 Nephi 17:20–21. Ask the children to choose a word or group of words from these verses that they think is important, and then have them share their feelings about the words they chose.

  3. 3.

    Ask the children to think about the times in their lives when they have been the happiest. Ask them the following questions about those times:

    • What were you doing?

    • What made you happy?

    • Why are we happiest when we live like Jesus taught?

    • Why are you happiest with certain friends and family members?

    Explain that we naturally want to be with those whom we love and who love us. If we obey the commandments, we can live with Heavenly Father and Jesus and our families forever. This will give us the greatest joy we can experience.

  4. 4.

    Because the Nephite people who gathered at Bountiful were not sufficiently prepared, the Savior could not tell them everything that Heavenly Father wanted them to know. What did Jesus ask the people to do? (Have the children fill in the blanks from 3 Nephi 17:3.)

    Therefore, _____

    go
    _____
    ye
    _____
    unto
    _____
    your
    _____
    homes
    , and _____
    ponder
    _____
    upon
    _____
    the
    _____
    things
    _____
    which
    _____
    I
    _____
    have
    _____
    said
    , and ask _____
    of
    _____
    the
    _____
    Father
    , _____
    in
    _____
    my
    _____
    name
    , that ye may understand. (3 Nephi 17:3.)

    Following a conference, sacrament meeting, or Primary, what should you do to help you understand what you have heard?

  5. 5.

    Sing or read the words to “Had I Been a Child” (Children’s Songbook, p. 80) or “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, p. 82).

Conclusion

Testimony

Testify that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love all children and that if we have faith in Jesus Christ and obey the commandments, we will know the joy of living with them again.

Suggested Family Sharing

Encourage the children to share with their families a specific part of the lesson, such as a story, question, or activity, or to read with their families the “Suggested Home Reading.”

Suggested Home Reading

Suggest that the children study 3 Nephi 17 at home as a review of this lesson.

Invite a child to give the closing prayer.