Book of Mormon Lesson #24: Alma Counsels His Son Corianton
Okay, so the story behind why Corianton needed to be counseled by his dad is not particularly appropriate for Primary children – I mean, the manual even specifically says that we shouldn’t go over the details of verses 3-6 (this is of course for a Primary teacher – if you’re a parent using this for FHE, then it’s your call). I didn’t even want to open up the opportunity for our kids to try and determine what Corianton had done wrong. Our Primary class is extremely inquisitive; whether that’s wanting to know every detail about the Spirit World (which is so awesome, btw), or otherwise. For example, one time we had the parent of one our students come tell a story from his mission. He described a beautiful story, and mentioned that at one point the kids had been removed from the custody of their parents. The kids, of course, wanted to know every detail about the family’s circumstances surrounding the removal of the kids, but our visitor was firm that he would not share it. Needless to say, I didn’t want a repeat of this situation. Regardless, going with the bigger picture for this lesson seemed like the right move.
The big theme here in this lesson is that there are consequences for our actions.
I found that we didn’t get through this entire game. If you want to speed it up, you can use a dice that has more than 6 sides, or have your kids play on teams. We had 6 kids in class when we played this game. Also, we found that our kids didn’t wind up reading any scriptures because no one got past the third row in the game. So you can either stack the deck so they get more scriptures, or take out some of the non-scripture cards. Some of the cards call for you to watch a video – the actual video you watch isn’t important, so just pick something on the Mormon Channel Youtube channel.
Goal: Understand that there are good and bad consequences for our actions. When we make mistakes, though, Christ can help us repent.
Supplies you need ahead of time:
- Print off Chutes and Ladders cards and either mount them on 3×5 index cards or print on cardstock. (I drew images on the cards as well because we had a Tahitian girl visiting class that couldn’t read English. You don’t need to draw on the cards if you don’t want to.)
- Print off Chutes and Ladders Board (kudos to those who notice the number typos on the board – I was watching TV when I was making it, woops!)
- Print off the Characters. Mount them on magnets to use on the chalkboard, or just play the game on the floor.
How to play the game:
- First explain to the children that there are good consequences and bad consequences for the decisions we make. When we make bad choices, we will have bad consequences but Jesus can help us repent.Explain to the children that there are good consequences and bad consequences for the decisions we make. When we make bad choices, we will have bad consequences but Jesus can help us repent.
- Have each child pick a character to use. Each person takes turn rolling the dice. When they land on a blue square with a chute and a ladder, the child draws a card. Follow the instructions on the card. The first person to square 100 wins!
- Chutes and Ladders Board (Color, and larger version coming soon)
- Chutes and Ladders cards