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Friday, July 22, 2016

{Valiant} Primary 4, Lesson 26

  Captain Moroni was a true hero. He followed the Holy Ghost and fought for the freedom of his people from evil.

When he was just 25 years old he was appointed as the chief captain over every Nephite army. He was full of faith and believed in the liberty and freedom of his country.

A man named Amalickiah wanted to be king over all the Nephites.  Amalickiah was already the leader over a group of Nephies who had become proud from all their riches. These Nephites began to hate the Church and would no longer keep the commandments or listen to the church leaders.
Amalickiah told his followers that the Nephite government of judges was wrong and that they would better off if they were ruled by a king. He told the people that if they would make him their king that he would give them powerful positions.

Moroni knew that if there an evil king like Amalickiah that they would destroy the freedoms that the Nephite people had fought a long time for. He knew that the people would be in danger and they wouldn't be able to worship how they wanted.

Moroni removed his coat, tore off a piece and wrote this message : "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children." He then attached it to a pole and it became the Title of Liberty. After putting on his armor, Moroni prayed for his people. He then went among his people waving the banner so everyone could see the message written and cried in a loud voice, " Whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God my bless them."  People began to gather with their armor and were ready to fight for their freedom.

Amalickiah saw that the Nephites were ready to fight with Moroni and knew that if he fought that that he would not succeed. He fled to the land of Nephi. Moroni tried to cut the people of Amalickiah off but a few of his men and Amalickiah were able to escape.

Captain Moroni had the Title of Liberty to be put on all the towers in the land of the Nephites. There was peace for 4 years!

Amalickiah got to the land of Nephi with a lot of deceit and dishonest ways he was able to become king of the Lamanites. He stirred up the Lamanites in anger to go to war with the Nephites because he wanted to be the ruler over all the land. The Lamanites got ready for battle.

While Amalickiah was ruling over the Lamanites, Captain Moroni readied the Nephites by strengthening them spiritually, more people joined the armies and they built enormous hills and high stone walls around their cities and borders.

Because the Lamanites were ready for battle with armor they thought that they would be able to beat the Nephites but when they saw what the Nephites had constructed around their cities they became afraid. They tried many different ways to get into the Nephite cities but the plan and defense that Captain Moroni created they couldn't get through. During the Lamanites attempt to get into the cities, all of the chief captains were slain and more than 1,000 of their army was killed and NONE of the Nephites were killed. The remaining Lamanite armies fled and went back to King Amalickiah who was very angry that his armies couldn't subdue the Nephites and they weren't enslaved, Amalickiah cursed both God and Captain Moroni.

The Nephites thanked God that they were delivered from the hands of the Lamanites and were safe.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

{Sharing Time} God has commanded His people to build temples


So I think I've gone a little overkill for this sharing time with a whole bunch of information but I hope that you can pick and choose and you can find some help. For this lesson, I really wanted to show that even when there were temples in biblical times, the Lord was behind each one and that each is built by the direction of Jesus Christ. I've included links for the Tabernacle during the time of Moses, Solomon's Temple, Nephi's temple in Bountiful, and the Kirtland Temple. You can also add your own area's temple with facts about it.

Moses Tabernacle
Exodus 25:1-2, 8-9, 16, 22; Exodus 31:18; 1 Kings 8:9
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

 9 According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

Ex 31:18 ¶And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Kings 8:9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.

Jesus Christ talked to Moses on Mount Sinai. Jesus said the Israelites should build a tabernacle. A tabernacle is a place to learn about God. Jesus would come to the tabernacle.
Jesus showed Moses what the tabernacle should look like. He told Moses how to build it. Jesus told Moses which men should build the tabernacle. Jesus blessed the men so they could do good work.
The Israelites obeyed Jesus. They gave gold and silver for the tabernacle. They gave animal skins for the roof. The women made beautiful cloth for the walls.
The Israelites built the tabernacle the way Jesus told them. The tabernacle was like a tent. It had a wall of curtains. There was a yard inside the wall. An altar for sacrifices was in the yard.
A small building was in the yard. It was also like a tent. It had two rooms. A gold altar was in one room.
A beautiful, big box was in the other room. It was called the ark of the covenant. The stones with the commandments written on them were kept in the ark of the covenant.
Moses was happy because the Israelites obeyed Jesus. Moses blessed the people. He blessed the tabernacle. He blessed Aaron and his sons and gave them the priesthood. Jesus chose other men to help them. Aaron and his sons burned sacrifices for the people. The other men helped take care of the tabernacle.
The tabernacle was a holy place like a temple. Jesus came there. The people went there to learn about God and to do his work. They made sacrifices there.
Jesus put a cloud above the tabernacle in the day. He put a fire above the tabernacle at night. The fire and the cloud showed the Israelites that Jesus was there.
When the cloud moved, the Israelites took down the tabernacle. They carried it with them in the wilderness. They followed the cloud.

      King Solomon  Temple
6 Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him to build an house for the Lord God of Israel.

 7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God:

 8 But the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

 10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever.

 11 Now, my son, the Lord be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the Lord thy God, as he hath said of thee.

There was peace in the land of Israel. God said King Solomon should build a temple in Jerusalem. It would be the house of God. The ark of the covenant would be in the temple. The people would not need the tabernacle anymore because they would have the temple.
Thousands of people helped build the temple. It was made of stone and wood. Men brought the best wood from far away. They cut large stones for the walls of the temple.
Another room had a pool filled with water. The pool was on the backs of twelve oxen. The oxen were made of brass.
It took seven years to build the temple. At last it was finished. Then Solomon put beautiful gold and silver bowls in the temple.
The priests brought the ark of the covenant from the tabernacle. They put the ark in the temple. The two stones with the commandments written on them were in the ark.
The priests of Israel came to the temple. They sang songs and thanked God for the temple. The cloud that had been over the tabernacle filled the temple. The temple was the house of God.
Solomon spoke to the Israelites. He told them to obey God’s commandments. Then Solomon prayed to God. He asked God to forgive the people when they had repented.
Solomon made sacrifices to God. Fire from heaven came down to the altar. The fire burned the sacrifices.
The people worshiped God. They thanked him for the temple.
God spoke to Solomon. He said Solomon and the Israelites should be righteous. Then he would bless them forever.

Nephi Temple in Bountiful

2 Nephi 5:16
 16 And I, Nephi, did build a temple; and I did construct it after the manner of the temple of Solomon save it were not built of so many precious things; for they were not to be found upon the land, wherefore, it could not be built like unto Solomon’s temple. But the manner of the construction was like unto the temple of Solomon; and the workmanship thereof was exceedingly fine.

After Nephi and his family reached the promised they built a temple.The temple they built resembled the temple that King Solomon built. King Solomon's temple was the temple that Nephi and his family knew before they left Jerusalem. There were many blessings that the Nephites enjoyed because of the temple. King Benjamin's address from the tower so all could hear him and the Savior appeared to the Nephites who were gathered at the temple.

Kirtland Temple

D&C 42:36 
That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people.

God commanded Joseph Smith in December 1832 to build a temple in Kirtland, Ohio. The Prophet and several others saw the Kirtland Temple in a vision, which provided its design. Construction began in June 1833, at a time of great poverty in the Church. Work slowed in 1834 because many brethren were absent with Zion's Camp. When they returned, Joseph Smith labored with others in the sandstone quarry, and vigorous efforts to build the temple resumed. The Prophet Joseph dedicated the Kirtland Temple on March 27, 1836... Many church members witnessed heavenly manifestations during this glorious season, culminating in Jesus Christ's appearance to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to accept the temple. Moses, Elias, and Elijah also appeared to Joseph and Oliver to restore priesthood keys for the salvation of all mankind. (source)
The Saints moved from Kirtland and the temple fell into the hands of another Church.

Both modern and biblical temples were built under the direction of Jesus Christ but there is a difference between the two.

The law of Moses temples were operated by men born to the Aaronic or Levitical Priesthood and were led by a high priest, who was a literal descendant of Aaron. That high priest was the only person who entered the most sacred room on only one day a year—the Day of Atonement. It was just outside of the temple on an altar that sacrifices prescribed in the law of Moses were offered.

Modern temples operate under the direction of a living prophet who holds the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood that were first restored to Joseph Smith. All worthy men, women, and children over the age of 12 are able to enter on a regular basis. (source)

Here's a really awesome video that is well worth the time to at least watch if not to share with your Primary.

I love this scripture and wanted to share a poster for it.
Why do we build temples?
After all the ordinance work, because it is a place for the spirit to dwell, I just love to be there and pray of things that are troubling and really get an eye opening experience and help to face the troubles.

Other resources:
A History of Temples
Temples-The Gates of Heaven
Ancient Temples and Their Functions

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Monday, June 27, 2016

July Editable Newsletter

A little late! Sorry about that!

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{Valiant} Primary 4, Lesson 25


I received a comment that I'm a little behind on the lessons so I've skipped ahead and I will work my way back if I have the time.

To add a little bit of fun, go snag these ADORABLE paper dolls for the armor of God and use them to coordinate with the lesson. All the pieces are separated so you can go through each piece. Perfect for the Enrichment activities for this lesson.

You can easily print enough for your class with each of the pieces to create their own armor of God.

Or you can blow the pieces up and play a game up on the board and let the kids follow the scriptures and see what each piece represents.

The orange analogy I think really brings the armor to life in that even if just a little water gets in the orange will sink. We must have a full armor on to withstand Satan.

I've also created these posters (download includes 2-4x6) to share with your class.

Here's a fun little page from the Friend that you can use for this lesson too!
* the pdf to download is on 2 printer pages that you'll need to glue together for the full poster

You'll find this analogy with the orange in lots of places but I just love it so much that I wanted to share with you the one in the New Era. It also has some awesome references to refer to for your lesson.

Included in the download:
- Boy/girl Posters about the armor of God
- Journal Page
- wordstrips for the different "parts" of the armor

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Monday, June 13, 2016

{CTR} Primary 2, Lesson 21


For this week, I thought it would be fun to have two very different extremes in pictures and have the kids point out the differences. I've used a playground and a congregation during sacrament (printouts available in the download)

Ask questions to get them talking about the pictures.
What can we do when we are at the park? How can we act at the park?
What happens at church? How should we act at church?
What differences do you see in these pictures?

Possible comparisons:

-dressed in play clothes
-talking loud

dressed in Sunday clothes
- use our quiet voices

If/when a child mentions at Sacrament we try to be reverent. Ask what that means.

Here's another idea from the Friend!
Bring in a hand puppet and begin doing some things with the puppet that might not be very reverent.
I really love this article and do this when my own boys need a little reminder.

Included in the download:
-The Playground/Sacrament illustrations
- Reverence handout

Here's a fun, large maze to teach about Reverence

I really enjoyed these talks/articles about reverence:
Children Can Learn Reverence
Primary Manners

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

{CTR) Primary 2, Lesson 20


For this lesson I've taken the summary out of the lesson and created printouts and a large treasure chest.

The teachings "choose the right" and "prayer" I've chosen two stories but you can easily choose stories that you feel are better suited for your own class. You can download the stories at the bottom of this post.

I also just loved the scripture in D&C so I made up a poster you can use with an illustration from the Friend. 
(sized at 8x10)

Put up the treasure chest onto the board. Go through the lesson and discuss each of the treasures of Jesus Christ letting the kids put them up onto the board. Cut out extra circles (using a dinner plate and a poster you could make large enough) let the kids draw their own "treasure" and put up on the board.

Included in the download:
-6 circles with the teachings of Jesus Christ from the lesson summary
-large treasure chest
-D&C Scripture Poster

*print the Chihuahuas story on legal paper-8.5x14

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

{Sharing Time} When I am baptized, I make a covenant with God.

Encourage understanding: Ask a child to come to the front of the room and hold his or her arms out. Then place a book in each hand. Read Mosiah 18:7–11. Explain that one of the covenants we make when we are baptized is to “bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light.” Ask the child holding the books if his or her arms are getting tired. Have two other children help hold up his or her arms. Discuss some burdens children might have, such as being teased, being sick, feeling alone, or struggling in school. Ask the children how they can help make each other’s burdens lighter.
Using children in visual demonstrations will get their attention and prepare them to learn. For example, this activity shows children demonstrating the concept of bearing one another’s burdens.
Encourage application: Tell the children that baptism is the gate that leads to the path to eternal life (see2 Nephi 31:17). On one side of the room place a picture of a child being baptized. On the other side of the room place a picture of the Savior, and explain that in this activity this picture represents eternal life. Tell the children that we stay on the path to eternal life when we keep our baptismal covenants. Briefly review these covenants (remembering Jesus Christ, obeying the commandments, and helping others). Give each child a paper with a CTR shield drawn on it. Have the children write on their paper a commandment that will help them keep their baptismal covenants (they may draw pictures to represent the commandment they choose). Invite a child to place his or her paper on the floor between the two pictures. If possible, help the children find the commandment in their scriptures and read it together. Repeat until the children have made a path between the pictures.
I really love what the outline suggests and just have a couple things to spice it up a bit! Here's a printout for the scripture in Mosiah.
Here's a fun game you can add to your lesson this week! 
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