To help each child understand that because Jesus Christ is the Son of God, he has power over death.
Prayerfully study John 11:1–46. 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.
A Bible or a New Testament for each child.
A newly cut twig or leaf and a dead one (or a picture of each of these).
Pictures 7-27, Jesus Raising Lazarus from the Dead (Gospel Art Picture Kit 222; 62148), and 7-18, Jesus Blessing Jairus’s Daughter (Gospel Art Picture Kit 215; 62231).
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.
Ask children to pretend to be Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and the Jews who were present when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Ask another child to interview the people to find out what happened, what they witnessed, how they felt as they saw Lazarus come forth from the cave, and what they felt about Jesus.
Prepare slips of paper that refer to events, such as the following, when someone witnessed that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Prepare another set of papers with scriptures that describe the event:
Event: Jesus was born.
Scripture: An angel said, “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
Event: Jesus was baptized.
Scripture: There was a voice from heaven saying, “Thou art my beloved Son”; the Spirit of God descended like a dove (Mark 1:9–11).
Event: Jesus walked on the water.
Scripture: Jesus’ disciples on the ship said, “Of a truth thou art the Son of God” (Matthew 14:25–27, 32–33).
Event: Jesus healed a man born blind.
Scripture: “And [the man] said, Lord, I believe [you are the Son of God]. And he worshipped him” (John 9:32, 35–38).
Event: Peter testified of Christ.
Scripture: When Jesus asked his disciples who they thought he was, Peter said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13–16).
Event: Joseph Smith received his first vision.
Scripture: Heavenly Father said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Joseph Smith—History 1:17).
Place the papers face down on the floor or table in random order. Have a child come up and turn two papers over and try to match the event with the appropriate scripture account. If the two papers do not go together, turn the papers back over and allow another child to take a turn. If all the papers are matched before each child has a turn, play the game again.
Help the children memorize John 11:25.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.