Identify the doctrine (discussing the word “Savior”):Show some objects or pictures representing people who might save our lives (such as a doctor, a policeman, or a lifeguard), and discuss how they might save us. Show a picture of Jesus, and explain that He is the only one who has the power to save us from the eternal consequences of death and sin. Write on the board, “Jesus Christ is our Savior,” and read it with the children, emphasizing the word “Savior.”
Encourage understanding and application (hearing scripture stories): Tell the children some scripture stories about people who were saved from sin by the Savior (for example, Alma the Younger [see Alma 36:6–24], Enos [see Enos 1:1–8], Zeezrom [see Alma 15:3-12], Lamoni’s father [see Alma 22:1–26], or the man brought to Jesus [see Luke 5:17–26]). Explain that through Jesus Christ’s Atonement, all of us can be saved from sin. Testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and invite a few children to bear their testimonies of Him.
Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s idea I am sticking to the outline, but adding some Easter fun into the mix. I think the outline has provided some great ideas to help the children learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ, and what better time to learn about Him than right before Easter. Enjoy!
I think it would be a lot of fun (especially for Jr. Primary) to invite 3 helpers to go out into the hall and have them dress-up as people who might save our lives. You don’t have to have fancy costumes, just some simple props. If you don’t have props, print out some pictures of items and have the children hold them up for the other children to see.
Invite the first child to share the props/items that they are holding and see if the other children can guess who they might be acting like. Continue on to the next helper and have the children guess who they are.
Once all of your helpers have shared who they are, invite them to sit down and then explain that you have one more person to show to the children. Explain that this person is the only one who has the power to save us from the eternal consequences of death and sin. Ask if anyone knows who you might be talking about. Then, show the children the picture of Jesus Christ, and explain that Jesus Christ is our Savior.
Easter Scripture Hunt
For the next activity, you will be playing a “Who Am I/Matching” type game. And since it’s almost Easter you are going to need Easter eggs. 🙂 You are actually going to need an Easter basket and eggs for each scripture story you will be discussing (examples in outline). For each story you will need 4-5 clues/eggs. You will also need a picture for each person/scripture story you will be discussing.
To make this activity even more fun, I thought you could have the children hunt for the clues. Since you will have several different stories I would have a specific color egg for each story, for example: Alma the Younger clues will be yellow eggs, Enos will be Green eggs, etc.
Up at the front of the room have your empty Easter baskets (one for each story). Hide all of your eggs around the Primary room, and display each of the pictures that you have chosen for your lesson on a chalkboard or poster-board.
Invite a child to come to the front and have them choose one of the baskets and then have them find all the eggs that go in that basket. To determine what color eggs they will hunt for, you could place a label on each basket with the color they are looking for or you could have an empty egg in each basket.
Have the other Primary children sing a song while the child goes and looks for all the Easter eggs. To include more children you could invite a “team” of children and have each person on the team hunt for one egg. Once they have found the eggs, have them return to the front of the room. Invite them to open the eggs and read the clues aloud. I have created some clues for you to print and use. As I was writing the clues I thought it would be better to have them numbered. So, to make sure the clues are read in order I would have the child(red) open all the eggs and then read them in the correct order. After they have read the clues, ask them if they know which picture it is.
Continue by inviting another child or “team” up to choose a basket. Have them hunt for the eggs and then reveal the clues and guess who it is. Continue until all eggs have been found and all scripture stories have been discussed.
Close by explaining that through Jesus Christ’s Atonement, all of us can be saved from sin. Testify that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and invite a few children to bear their testimonies of Him.
I hope you enjoy my Easter Scripture Hunt Sharing Time Idea and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so be sure to leave me a comment.
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