I am a child of God and He has a plan for me
Welcome & Opening Remarks – Primary President
(Mother or Father as if reading a bedtime story to a child or children. There is a big book behind them---Every time there is a new chapter-monthly theme-page is turned)
Father: Once upon a time in a land far far away we lived with our Heavenly Parents. We lived in a beautiful place called Heaven. We were all created in the image of God.
MONTHLY THEME: (turn book page) "I Am a Child of God, and He has a plan for me."
(child) MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny."
SONG – "I AM A CHILD OF GOD" -- Jr. Primary only (children w/recorders playing)
Mother: Here we were taught many things by our loving Heavenly parents. One day Heavenly Father called us all together and presented His plan. The plan he told us about was about our life there in Heaven with Him, the life we were soon to have on earth, and the life we would eventually have with him again if we lived righteously and made good choices. We were given our agency to choose. Most of the people chose to follow Heavenly Father’s plan but a few made another choice and left Heaven to live elsewhere.
SONG – "I LIVED IN HEAVEN’ v1
Father: As part of the plan Jesus created this world for all of God’s children. Adam and Eve were the first parents. We came to a family and received a body. Earth life is a time for learning, choosing, and preparing for eternal life.
Child Because Jesus Christ created this world for me I will ________________.
SONG – "I LIVED IN HEAVEN" – v2
Child Talk – Jesus Christ’s role in the plan of salvation
Mother: We will all be resurrected because of Jesus Christ’s Atonement and if we live righteously we will be able to live with Heavenly Father again.
SONG – "I LIVED IN HEAVEN" v3
(change page) MONTHLY THEME: "The scriptures teach me about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and how to return to them."
Child - MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "For my soul deligheth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them, and writeth them for the learning and profit of my children." (2 Nephi 4:15)
Father: When we came to earth we could no longer learn from Heavenly Father as before. Heavenly Father knew we would need help and guidance so he gave us the scriptures to help us. The scriptures contain many examples of good choices and blessings to help us learn how to live.
SONG - "TELL ME THE STORIES OF JESUS
Child- Article of Faith #8
Child: The Bible and Book of Mormon teach me how to live the gospel by______________
Mother: We were also given loving parents, teachers, and leaders to help us learn and guide us to make good choices.
SONG ---- TEACHER DO YOU LOVE ME?
Father: A long time ago Heavenly Father sent his son to this earth to prepare a way for us to return to live with him. This way is called the Atonement. Jesus paid for our sins in the Garden of Getheseme so this could happen.
MONTHLY THEME: (change page) Jesus Christ is my Savior
Child - MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." (I John 4:14
Child- Talk- Jesus and the Atonement
Child - Article of Faith #3
Mother: We know that Jesus lives today and that he will come again someday to reign during the Millennium. We must all make good choices everyday so we will be prepared for his coming.
SONG – " IF THE SAVIOR STOOD BESIDE ME"
Father: We were also given a Prophet who holds all the priesthood keys and leads the Church as directed by the Lord. Our Prophet tells us the things Heavenly Father wants us to learn and do.
MONTHLY THEME: (change page) I will follow the Prophet
Child - MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7)
Child - The prophet teaches me _____________. Include answers below
(That I should love and forgive others-----to read and pray about the Book of Mormon -----what I must do to live with God again) SONG – "WE THANK THEE O GOD FOR A PROPHET"
Mother: Our Heavenly Father wanted us to have safe places to learn and grow so he gave us our families. Home is where we learn the lessons of the gospel from loving parents.
MONTHLY THEME: (change page) Heavenly Father planned for me to come to a family. I can strengthen my family now.
Child - MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "The family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of HIS children" (Proclamation – paragraph 1
SONG – "HOME" .
Child - Families in the scriptures teach me how I can strengthen my family by ____________.
Child How Family prayer strengthens my family
Child: How Family Home evening strengthens my family
Child: How the Priesthood strengthens my family
Father: Heavenly Father loves us so much that he provided a way for our families to be together forever. He provided temples here on earth so we could go there and do our part to have eternal families
MONTHLY THEME: (change page) The temple is a blessing for me and my family.
Child MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "And verily I say unto you, let this house be built unto my name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therin unto my people."
SONG –‘I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE
Child I can live now to be worthy to go to the temple by______________
Child: My tithing helps to build temples
Child: How Family history helps build eternal families
Child: How reverence, dressing modestly, and speaking kindly help me be worthy to enter the temple.
Mother: Because everyone on earth is a child of Heavenly Father he wants us to share with others our knowledge and love of the gospel with others. All over the world missionaries serve the Lord by teaching the gospel and doing service. We have all been "Called to Serve" as missionaries.
SONG – CALLED TO SERVE – Brother Conlee v1 Brother Cutler v2 with boys singing chorus
MONTHLY THEME: (change page) Because I know we are all children of God, I will share the gospel with others.
Child MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "And if it so be that you should…bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy." (D&C 18:15)
Child I can prepare to be a missionary now by ____________________
Father: One of the many blessings a missionary receives is to have someone decide to be baptized. When we decide to be baptized we are showing our faith in Jesus Christ and showing him we are willing to follow his example. I followed Jesus’ example and hope you will too when you turn 8.
MONTHLY THEME: (change Page) I will show my faith in Jesus Christ by being baptized and confirmed.
Child: MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "And their children shall be baptized for the remission of their sins when eight years old, and receive the laying on of the hands." (D&C 68:27)
Child Article of Faith #4
SONG – WHEN JESUS CHRIST WAS BAPTIZED - Sr Primary only
Child- Talk on Baptism and the Covenants made at Baptism
Child Talk – Holy Ghost promptings to repent and live righteously
Child Talk – Sacrament and Baptismal Covenants
Child Talk – Repentance
Mother: Our loving Heavenly Father has given us a way to always be near him and that is through prayer. We can pray to him anytime, anywhere, and about anything. He will always listen. He will always answer our prayers we just need to remember his answers are in HIS time and not always ours and in the best way for us. Let’s say our bedtime prayer now before you fall asleep. (Child/ren and parent kneel and pray)
MONTHLY THEME: (Change page) I can pray to Heavenly Father, and He will hear and answer my prayers.
Child MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "Therefore I say unto you, What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24)
Child – I learn about prayer from the scriptures
SONG –SEARCH PONDER AND PRAY- Activity Day Girls with Sister Sommers on the cello
Child How has Heavenly Father answered their prayers (examples)
Father: Jesus was one of the best examples of service. He helped everyone he came in contact with even people others didn’t want to be around like the lepers. He taught us to serve one another by helping when, and wherever we have an opportunity to do so.
MONTHLY THEME: (change page) Because I am His child, I will serve God with all my heart, might, mind, and strength.
Child - MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day " (D&C 4:2)
Child Talk – Good things to do on the Sabbath
Child I can serve others by ___________________-
Child Talk – What our prophet says about service
Child Talk – Example of how others have served you.
Mother: I am thankful that we are all beloved children of God. We are all different and have different talents but he loves all of us the same.
MONTHLY THEME: (change page) I am thankful to know that we are all children of God
Child MONTHLY SCRIPTURE: "Thou shalt thank the Lord thy Godin all things." (D&C 59:7)
Child I am thankful to be me because ___________________
Child I am thankful for my body. I know my body is a temple.
Child Article of Faith #13
Child I can show respect and kindness to others by _______________________
Father: The prophets foretold of Jesus Christ’s birth and their prophecies were fulfilled. Jesus Christ restored His gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Child Because I know that I am a Child of God and that Jesus Christ is my Savior I will _______________
Testimonies of some adults that we can follow the example of Jesus Christ.
Mother: So you see my child that you are very special to your Heavenly Father. He wants you to be happy and learn to make good choices. He wants you to return to His presence someday so you can live happily ever after. And now my dear child listen to this lullaby while you drift off to sleep and remember how very special you are to our family and to your father in heaven.
CLOSING SONG WITH CONGREGATION – HOW DEAR TO GOD ARE LITTLE CHILDREN