“Sharing Time: ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’” Friend, Nov. 1988, 44
We live in a beautiful world that our Heavenly Father planned for us. The word God is a title, and when we say that God created the earth, we mean that Heavenly Father, or God the Father, planned the creation and that Jesus Christ, or God the Son, carried out those plans. (See Moses 1–3; D&C 14:9.)
Some of our songs say that God created the earth, and some say that the Lord God made the earth. The creation is clearly described in the Pearl of Great Price, and we can be grateful that we have latter-day scripture to help us understand the purpose of the earth and how it was created.
This activity can help you appreciate the wonder of the creation.
Color and cut out pictures.
Place pictures on flannel board or long roll of paper as you sing “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (Sing with Me, B-89).
Ask children to draw each object in song. Have them print their names under their drawings; cut around names and pictures. Mount all drawings of same object on sheet of poster board. Arrange pictures in order; have children hold them up as song is sung, or assemble and display as flip-chart as song is sung.
Discuss interesting facts about each object, such as formation of rocks and mountains, growth of seed into tree, life cycle of butterfly, to help children appreciate intricacies of our world. Encourage children to share what they know.
Using pictures from Friend, May 1988, pages 24–25, make jigsaw puzzles of days of Creation.
Read Moses 1–3, and look in Index for other references on Creation.
Sing related songs: “For the Beauty of the Earth” (Hymns, no. 92), “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (Sing with Me, B-59), “Because He Loves Me” (More Songs for Children, page 70), “Thanks for Our World” (Friend, November 1982, page 47).
See also Sharing Time, Friend, November 1982, page 38 and July 1984, page 36.