Suggested Lesson Development
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Give the children each a piece of string 20 inches (50 cm) long. Have them hold one end of the string in their right hand and the other end in their left hand. Ask them to tie a knot in the string without letting go of the ends. If you do not have enough string, have one child do the activity in front of the class.
Have the children try to tie a knot again, but this time have them fold their arms first and with their arms still folded have them pick up one end of the string with their right hand and the other end with their left hand. Ask them to hold onto the ends as they unfold their arms. Their string will be knotted. Collect the strings from the children. Point out that the children could tie the knot when you showed them how to do it. Tell the children that in the same way we all have challenges in our lives that might seem impossible to solve. If we do all we can and put our trust in Heavenly Father, he will help us find the answers.
Using the pictures at appropriate times, teach the accounts of Lehi’s
family being guided by the Liahona and Nephi’s broken bow from 1 Nephi 16:17–32. (For suggested ways to teach the scripture account, see “ Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii.) Encourage the children to do their best and trust in the Savior no matter what happens.
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.
How was Lehi blessed for his faith and obedience as he traveled into the wilderness? (
1 Nephi 16:10.)
What did Nephi’s father and brothers do when Nephi broke his steel bow? (
1 Nephi 16:17–21.) Why is it easy to complain when things don’t go the way you want?
Even though Nephi was tired and hungry, he did not complain. What did he do to help solve the problem? (
1 Nephi 16:22–32.)
Why did Nephi ask his father for help? (
1 Nephi 16:23–24.) How have your parents helped you when you have had a problem?
How can you, like Nephi, be a good example to your parents and your brothers and sisters?
How did the Liahona (the brass ball) work? (
1 Nephi 16:26–30.)
What has Heavenly Father given us to point the way back to him? (
Alma 37:44–45.) Where can we find the words of Christ? (The scriptures.) What must we do to be able to have the words of Christ guide us? ( Alma 37:46.)
What must we do if we want help from Heavenly Father?
What will Heavenly Father do if we have faith and trust in him? (
Proverbs 3:5–6.) How can you show trust in Heavenly Father? Why do you think Heavenly Father wants us to trust him and do all we can?