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IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (memorizing a scripture): Help the children memorize the following sentence from Alma 13:28: "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually."  Discuss what the scripture teaches about how and when we should pray.

ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (reading scriptures and hearing a scripture story): Help the children understand that we can pray to Heavenly Father silently in our hearts anytime, anywhere and that we should thank Him for our blessings and ask Him for help.  Write the following scripture references on the board:

 3 Nephi 18:19
 3 Nephi 19:6-8
 3 Nephi 18:15

Also write the words how and when on the board.  Invite the children to look up each scripture and discuss what it teaches us about how or when we should pray.  Tell about Alma and Amulek teaching the Zoramites how to pray (see Alma 31, 34:17-27; see also Primary 4, Lesson 21).  You may want to ask a few children to act out the story as you tell it. 

ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (sharing feelings and singing songs): Invite several children to share how they feel when they pray.  Ask the children to suggest some Primary songs that teach about prayer.  Sing a few of the songs, and invite the children to suggest simple actions to replace one or two of the words in each song.  For example, instead of singing the words "pray" or "prayer", they could fold their arms. 

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