Brother of Jared
by Melanie Day
For this FHE you'll need:
1. Some small clean stones, or cut circles out of heavy paper to
2. Optional - You could use a copy of these flannel board figures
while telling the story of the brother of Jared:
Faith, pg. 96 in Children's Hymnbook
I'm going to make a tent in the living room with a blanket over the
furniture and turn off all the lights. I'm only going to have a single
Explain that Jesus Christ told the Jaredites to gather
together all their families and their possessions, including their flocks of
animals and seeds of every kind. He told them that after they had gathered
everything together, he would lead them to a choice land. The
Jaredites were faithful and obeyed Jesus.
We too want to obey Jesus. We're going to pretend that we were there
at that time. (Give each child a backpack or small container...you
could use their school backpacks or pillowcase from their bed.)
Ask them to pack only a FEW of their most prized possessions.
Everything else will be left behind.
Enter the tent. We'll talk about how Jesus Christ instructed the
brother of Jared to build eight barges, like boats or ships, to carry the
Jaredites across the ocean to the promised land. The Jaredites followed his
directions and built the barges. There was only one problem.
There wasn't any light. We'll turn off the flashlight so the kids
could see just how uncomfortable it would be to travel in the darkness.
Explain that the brother of Jared went to a mountain and melted sixteen
small, clear stones out of a rock. I will then show the kids my 16
stones. (Show them your stones, real or paper). The brother of Jared
carried the stones to the top of a mountain and prayed. In his prayer he
said that he knew that if the Lord touched the stones, they would give off
light. In this way they could have light inside their ships as they sailed
across the sea. After he had finished his prayer, a wonderful thing
Read Ether 3:6 together. Then ask everyone, "What did Jesus Christ do
to the stones?" He touched them with his finger. Remind the
children that the brother of Jared was blessed because he had great faith.
He showed his faith by asking Heavenly Father to help his people and then by
doing what Heavenly Father commanded.
GAME - (From November 1988 Friend). I'm going to write each
sentence on a piece of paper and include the blank line. Then I'll lay
all the pictures out on the floor. Next, I'll read each sentence and
have the children match the picture with the appropriate blank as I read the
scriptures in parenthesis.
Click here to download a pdf
file of the pictures for this game:
1. In their journey to the promised land, the Jaredites took
their flocks, ___________ of the waters, and swarms of ___________. (Ether
2. The Lord came down in a ___________ to talk to the brother
of Jared. (Ether
3. The Lord told the brother of Jared to build ___________
that would be as watertight as a ___________. (Ether
4. The brother of Jared saw the ___________ of the Lord when
He touched the sixteen stones. (Ether
5. When the people were righteous, the promised land was rich
with ___________, grain, fine cloth, precious metals, and many animals,
including ___________. (Ether
6. When the people became unrighteous and would not repent,
the Lord caused a famine and poisonous ___________ to be on the land. (Ether
7. Ether was cast out by the people, and he hid in the cavity
of a ___________ and wrote the Jaredite history. (Ether
8. The army of Coriantumr pitched their ___________ by the
___________ Ramah, where Mormon hid the ___________. (Ether
TREAT - "What ever floats your boat!" Make egg boats.
Make a hard boiled egg (or two) for each person. Make them into
deviled eggs. Then use toothpicks and paper to create a
fancy sail for each boat. Place decorated flags into each egg.
OPTIONAL CRAFT IDEA - You could make blessing barges similar to this
one, writing on each stick one thing they can do to increase
their faith, like the brother of Jared.
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March 26, 2007
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