Prayerfully study Matthew 21:1–11; Mark 14:12–26; Luke 19:29–38; 22:15–20; and Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79. 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.
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.
Review the baptismal covenants from lesson 6. Explain that the promises in the sacramental prayers are the same as those in the baptismal covenants. When we partake of the sacrament, we are renewing our baptismal covenants. You could display the following wordstrips:
to take upon myself the name of Christ.
to always remember him.
to obey his commandments.
The Lord promises me that
I will always have his Spirit with me.
Ask the children if they were given their names for particular reasons. Ask those children who were named for others to talk about what it is like to have that person’s name. Ask those who have special family names to talk about what it means to them to have that name. Then talk with the children about what it means to take upon ourselves the name of Christ when we become members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Help the children understand that our actions as members of the Church should be appropriate for one who is a follower of Jesus Christ.
Have the class list ways we can remember Jesus both during the sacrament and in our daily lives. Suggestions might include:
During the sacrament:
Think of how he suffered and died for us.
Think of the words to a sacrament hymn.
Think of stories from Jesus’ life (have the children suggest specific stories).
Think of one of Jesus’ teachings that you want to start living or live better.
Think of your baptismal covenants.
In our daily lives:
Pray to Heavenly Father each day in the name of Jesus Christ.
Obey our parents.
Be kind to family members.
Read the scriptures.
Obey the commandments.
Be reverent in sacred places.
Help others in need.
Attend our Church meetings.
You could have the children each write down one of these suggestions on a piece of paper and keep it as a reminder during the week.
Discuss the purpose of sacrament hymns with the children by asking the following questions:
Why do we sing a hymn just before the sacrament is blessed?
Whom does the sacrament hymn tell us about?
Encourage the children to listen to the words of the sacrament hymn each week. You could sing one of the sacrament hymns with the class or play a tape of the music while everyone listens and thinks about Jesus. You might use “Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee” (Hymns, no. 141). You might also ask the ward chorister to use this as the sacrament hymn in the next sacrament meeting.
Sing or read the words to “In Memory of the Crucified” (Hymns, no. 190).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.