Sunday, October 18, 2015

Days 156-160

Day 156--p. 37 “The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith” part two (Beginning with “After the appearance of the Father and Son…” to the end of section) and 4th Article of Faith practice.
“The Restoration”  (this is just about the First Vision and is about 20 minutes long).
“Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration” (this is 1 hour long.  You might want to use the movie during Family Home Evening, or the Sunday following these lessons as part of your review.  Also note there are some parts that might disturb sensitive little ones, particularly the part where the adversary tries to stop Joseph, and scenes of persecution, especially Haun's Mill where several members died).  
Day 157—p. 38 “The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” And 4th Article of Faith (complete memorization).

Day 158—p. 39 “Pray to Know the Truth through the Holy Ghost.” (be sure to cover the 4 steps of prayers in the inset).  And 5th Article of Faith practice.

Day 159— Review entire Lesson 1: The Restoration.  Use the following ideas to help children remember the entire lesson.  Feel free to create additional questions.  Some questions are a bit deeper than others and require a degree of critical thinking that a younger child might not possess (but you might be surprised).  Use these questions to encourage discussion, not a test.

    •  How can we move closer to God?  (answer: Obedience) 
    •  Why has Heavenly Father sent us to the earth? (answer: to learn and grow)
    •  Why are families so important to Heavenly Father (answer: family is ordained of God, home is a place to learn and grow, place of happiness, or similar explanation.
    •  How does Heavenly Father reveal His plan to his children? (answer: Prophets)
    •  What is Heavenly Father’s Plan (answer: be successful in this life at living the commandments in order to return and live with Him.  The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the center of the Plan).

    ·         Key words (for a complete list of key words, see pages 44-45):

        Revelation—communication between God and His chosen servants (prophets).  Anyone can receive revelation through the power of the Holy Ghost, but it is the prophet who receives revelation for the world as a whole.    
       Testify—sharing what one knows to be true.  
       Apostasy—a falling away from the truth; spiritual darkness.   
       Dispensation—period of time when the truth is on the earth headed by prophetic responsibility.  (feel free to add more key words as you deem necessary).

    •   Why was The Great Apostasy different than the other apostasies which occurred between each dispensation? (answer:  The Great Apostasy followed the death of Christ and His apostles.  The Church had been established, but with their deaths, the priesthood authority was completely lost and removed from the earth.  Without the Apostles to guide church members, the teachings became corrupt.) 
    •   What do you know about Joseph Smith (any acceptable answer, and fill in the gaps with the rest of his story).

    •  Through Joseph Smith, the fullness of the gospel was ______ to the earth (answer: restored). 

    •  What does restoration mean, and why was it that the church was restored through Joseph Smith and not founded by him? (answer: Restored means that it was returned to the earth.  All of the keys of the priesthood, priesthood authority, and the power of revelation were once again manifest.  Joseph Smith is not the founder of the Church because he did not create it; Jesus Christ is the founder of the Church, and will always be the head of the Church).

    • Besides Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, what other Heavenly Messengers appeared to Joseph Smith (and Oliver Cowdery), and what did they restore?  (Answer: John the Baptist restored the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood and Peter, James, and John restored the key of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

    •  How can reading the Book of Mormon help us to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God (answers will vary, but can include: by the power of the Holy Ghost we can know that Joseph translated these scriptures for us, etc).

    • How did Joseph Smith obtain the plates which were translated into the Book of Mormon?  (answer:  Joseph Smith was directed by a heavenly messenger named Moroni to a hill where the gold plates had been buried centuries earlier).

    • How did Joseph translate the plates into English?  (Answer: he translated by the power of God).

    • Who wrote the Book of Mormon and what does it tell? (answer: The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets in the Americas, and records God’s dealings with His people at that time).

    •  What 3 steps must we take to know the Book of Mormon is true?  (Answer: We must read, ponder, and pray about The Book of Mormon).

    • How do we pray?  (Answer: Prayer has four steps: first we address Heavenly Father, then we thank Him for our blessings, we ask Him for what we desire, and we close “in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”

      Day 160—(begin Lesson 2—during the course of this lesson, you will be adding to a Plan of Salvation timeline.  Feel free to design your own, or find one.  Do not skip ahead.  Focus each day on just one principle.  You may use your own diagram/illustration that can have each part added as you teach about it.  Here is just one option, or you can create your own:     p. 48 “Pre-Earth Life: God’s Purpose and Plan for Us.” And 5th Article of Faith (complete memorization).
      “Our Eternal Life”  (this would be a good review because it covers many topics)

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