To help each child have the desire to show love and compassion for others as Jesus did when he healed the sick.
Prayerfully study Matthew 8:5–10, 13; 25:34–40; Mark 1:40–45; Luke 4:38–40; 7:11–17; and John 4:46–54; 13:34–35. 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).
Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will involve the children and best help them achieve the purpose of the lesson.
Materials needed: a Bible or a New Testament for each child.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Have a child read 1 John 3:18. Explain that this verse is telling us that we should not only tell people we love them, we should show our love through our actions. It is what we do for someone else that shows we love them. Have the children act out ways they can show love for their families and friends.
Have a child read this quotation from President Spencer W. Kimball: “God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs” (“Small Acts of Service,” Ensign, Dec. 1974, p. 5). Ask each child to tell about a situation when Heavenly Father has met the child’s needs through another person. You could also tell the children about a person you know who has helped someone else in need. Emphasize that this person has developed love, compassion, and concern for others and shows that love through acts of service.
Have the children read the following scriptures about serving others: Matthew 25:34–40 and Mosiah 2:17–18, 4:14–15. Together make a list of the things these scriptures tell us we should do for others. Have the children choose an act of service they could perform during the coming week.
Divide the class into small groups and give each group one or more of the following situations. You could also make up your own situations. Have the children act out ways they could show love and compassion and serve these people.
A new child comes to Primary and doesn’t know anyone.
A child in your Primary class gets sick.
Your friend is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Someone in your ward or branch is lonely.
Your parents are busy and ask you to help take care of your little brother or sister.
Someone says unkind things to a friend of yours.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.