Learn principles of the gospel and scripture stories in creative ways.
Use a game to teach a story or principle from the scriptures. Here are some ideas:
- Read and discuss scripture passages about the armor of God (see Ephesians 6:10–17; D&C 27:15–18). Consider the significance of each piece of the armor. Build armor with your class or quorum out of inexpensive material, such as cardboard or paper. Find creative ways, such as an obstacle course, to show how this armor could protect them from spiritual danger.
- Play scripture Battleship by tying a rope between two trees and hanging long blankets from the rope so the people on one side of the blankets cannot see the people on the other side. Divide the participants into two teams and ask them to lie or sit down on either side of the rope (they can’t move after they do). Adult leaders will present challenging situations (such as “Your friend invites you to a drinking party”). The first person to name a scripture that would help them in each situation can throw a ball to the other side of the blankets. If the ball hits someone, that person is out. Continue playing until all the youth on one side of the blankets are out.
- Bake a few cakes. Divide your class or quorum into groups, and give them appropriate stories from the scriptures (such as the parable of the good Samaritan or Daniel in the lion’s den). Invite them to decorate a cake to illustrate their scripture story. Have the youth share their cakes and invite others to guess the scripture stories they have illustrated. Have those who decorated the cake share a few key scriptures from the story and teach how the principles in the story apply in their lives. Then eat the cakes.
- Play a game such as dodgeball or tag. If a youth gets tagged out, he or she can get back into the game only by quoting or paraphrasing a scripture mastery passage. To make the game more challenging, allow each scripture mastery passage to be used only once.
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