Attention Activity: Wrap up or cover a set of scriptures. Tell the children that you have something very important to you inside. Have them try to guess what it is. After a few guesses, have them feel through the cloth or paper. Uncover the set of scriptures.
Powerpoint - Slide 2. The scriptures are sacred books. "Explain that scriptures are important books that are different from other books. They are sacred books. Remind the children that something that is sacred helps us think about Heavenly Father and Jesus. Explain that the scriptures tell us about Heavenly Father and Jesus and how much they love us. They tell us what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do so we can be happy."
Powerpoint - Slide 3. Four sets of scripture. Explain that there are four standard works and read them aloud on the screen. Then show your own set of scriptures and turn to the title pages of each of the standard works. "Tell the children that we should take good care of the scriptures and turn the pages carefully. Have the children...demonstrate how carefully they can handle the scriptures and turn the pages. Explain that the scriptures contain stories that are true. These stories help us know what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do. The scriptures can help us in our lives."
Powerpoint - Slide 4. The Bible: The Last Supper. "Let the children tell what they know about the picture. Show the Bible and have the children repeat its name. Open the Bible to Luke 22. Explain that Jesus taught in the Bible that we should take the sacrament to remember him. Jesus took bread and blessed it and gave it to his disciples (helpers). He took a cup and had them drink. Read the part of verse 19 where Jesus said, 'This do in remembrance of me.' Point out that these are the words of Jesus." (Note: I marked all the scriptures, so I could easily find them during our lesson). Talk about how we follow this council and take the sacrament every week to remember Jesus.
Powerpoint - Slide 5. The Book of Mormon: Jesus Visits the Nephites. "Remind the children of what is happening in the picture. Show the Book of Mormon and have the children repeat its name. Open the Book of Mormon to 3 Nephi 18. Explain that Jesus taught the people many things. Read the part of verse 21 where Jesus said, "Pray in your families." Talk about how we pray in our families at home each night.
Powerpoint - Slide 7. Pearl of Great Price: John baptizing Jesus. "Let the children tell about the picture. Emphasize that Jesus was baptized and that he wants everyone to be baptized. Show the Pearl of Great Price and have the children repeat its name. Open the Pearl of Great Price to Moses 7 and tell how Jesus taught a man named Enoch to go to the people and baptize them. Read the part of verse 11 where Jesus said, Baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son,...and of the Holy Ghost."
Review: Hold up the scriptures and ask, "What are these? Whose teachings are found in them? Why were the scriptures written?"
Activity: Express your love and gratitude for the scriptures. Tell the children how they have helped you in your life. Last week, I bought "Heroic Stories from The Book of Mormon: A Flashlight Discovery Book" to use for our lesson tonight! My boys loved using a flashlight to learn stories from the Book of Mormon.