To help each child understand that Heavenly Father loves all his children and wants all of them to have the opportunity to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Prayerfully study Acts 10:1–11:18. 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.
Picture 7-41, Go Ye Therefore (Gospel Art Picture Kit 235; 62494).
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 the children read Acts 10:36–43 in small groups and make a list of the things Peter taught Cornelius and his family and friends. Have each group read its list while you write the items on the chalkboard or a large piece of paper. Fill in any of the following items the children may have missed:
Jesus Christ is Lord of all (verse 36).
Jesus Christ was baptized (verse 37).
Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power (verse 38).
Jesus Christ did good (verse 38).
Jesus Christ healed (verse 38).
Jesus Christ was killed (verse 39).
Jesus Christ rose on the third day (verse 40).
Jesus Christ commanded Peter to testify that Jesus was ordained of God (verse 42).
All the prophets witnessed of Jesus Christ (verse 43).
Those who believe in Jesus Christ and are baptized will obtain a remission of their sins (verse 43).
With the approval of your Primary president, invite a returned missionary to come to class and share experiences that illustrate the importance of teaching all of Heavenly Father’s children.
Discuss the following statement adapted from a quotation by Elder Howard W. Hunter:
Little children are precious to our Father in Heaven. He loves them and looks after them with the same tender care no matter where they live or how they dress or look. He loves the dark, curly-haired Fijian, and the kind, brightly dressed children in Samoa. He loves the little English boys and girls who all dress alike at school. He loves the children in Japan. He loves the suntanned children in South America and the Lamanites. Our Father loves his children everywhere. When it is bedtime, loving parents in all lands kneel with their children to say prayers. It may be by a high, fluffy featherbed in the Alps or a little mat on the floor of a hut. But our Heavenly Father hears and understands them all. (See Friend, Oct. 1971, p. 10.)
Help the children understand that although people in different countries have different traditions and practices, we are all similar in that Heavenly Father loves us all and wants us all to return to him.
Play a matching game with the following or similar categories to acquaint the children with some of the things done or seen in other countries.
Match which place you would most likely be serving your mission in if you were to:
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Explain that something similar to Peter’s vision happened in 1978 when President Spencer W. Kimball received a revelation from the Lord that all worthy men and boys could receive the priesthood and their families could receive the blessings of the temple (see Official Declaration—2 in the Doctrine and Covenants).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.