Adam and Eve were the first family.
Adam and his wife, Eve, were the first people Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, placed on the newly created earth. Adam’s name means many, for all who have ever lived upon the earth, or who will live upon the earth, are the children of this great and intelligent man. Eve was the first mother of the human family, and her name means mother of all living.
Garden of Eden - Post the following pictures of the Garden of Eden on the chalkboard (taken from the September 2006 Friend Magazine). Explain that Adam and Eve were happy in their beautiful home in the Garden of Eden, for they had been given everything they could want for food and for pleasure. They knew nothing of evil, for their world was all good.
Adam and Eve established the first family on this earth. Heavenly Father commanded them to have children and to worship Him. As children were born to Adam and Eve, they taught them the gospel. This is Heavenly Father’s plan for families—He has sent us to earth so that we can learn from our parents and, someday, teach our own children.
Elder Robert D. Hales said, "Eve and Adam formed the first family. They had children who also formed families. “And Adam and Eve, his wife, ceased not to call upon God”. The pattern of families essential to Father’s plan of happiness was established, and our need to continually “call upon God” emphasized. You are in the midst of living that plan."
ACTIVITY - Using GAK (Gospel Art Kit) pictures 101 and 119, teach the story of Adam and Eve and the role they played in Heavenly Father’s plan. Post both pictures on the wall. Make word strips identifying conditions specific to the Garden of Eden (no death, living in the presence of Heavenly Father, no illness or pain, all animals living in peace with each other) and word strips identifying conditions in the world after the Fall (death and pain, living by faith, children coming to Adam and Eve, progression).
Place word strips in a box, and pass the box while the children sing “I Will Follow God’s Plan” (pp. 164–65). Stop the music frequently. Once stopped, let a child pick a word strip and place it under the appropriate picture.
Point out that because of Adam and Eve, we can come to earth and be part of a family. Just as they taught their family the gospel, we can learn and live the gospel in our own families.
CRAFT IDEA - Adam and Eve Finger Puppets
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SUMMARY - Share the following quote by Richard G. Scott, "Not all of us have been sealed to our families yet, but we can work toward having an eternal family by doing our best. Elder Scott said, “Do the best you can. We cannot say whether that blessing [temple sealing] will be obtained on this side of the veil [in this life] or beyond it, but the Lord will keep His promises. In His infinite wisdom, He will make possible all you qualify in worthiness to receive” (Ensign, May 2001, 7). Share your testimony that we can do our best to have an eternal family by living worthy of temple blessings and loving, serving, and praying for our families.
Adam and Eve Fingerplay by Shannon Brown
Heavenly Father's Plan from the June 2003 Friend Magazine
January 2005 Sharing Time
My Eternal Family - February 2004 Friend Magazine
"Our First Parents" from the February 1973 Friend Magazine