Book of Mormon Lesson #25: Captain Moroni Defeats Zarahemna
Alma 43-44; Ephesians 6:11, 13-18
So this lesson requires quite a bit of preparation. I went to the trouble of making paper mache armor for my husband to wear. On my mission we would just tape newspaper onto someone and occasionally write “breastplate” etc. on the piece of newspaper – so just simple newspaper and tape are an easy alternative to the time-intensive paper mache. If you are feeling especially motivated, you can do the same as I did and cut out cardboard and put paper mache strips over the top of it.
Teaching the war chapters seemed a little intimidating because there is so much information that I could cover, but I feel like one overall message to take away from all the wars in the Book of Mormon is the fact that we can put on the Armor of God ourselves to protect against evil. Plus having a visual is super fun and goofy – along with actually getting to throw stuff at us teachers. I mean who wouldn’t pass that up, right?!
Goal: Learn what each portion of the Armor of God represents, and discuss how to apply it in your own life.
Supplies you need ahead of time:
- Whatever armor you are going to use (the girdle and other connecting pieces on my armor are just strips of an old t-shirt). Write the following scriptures on the armor. I hid the scriptures by writing them very small on the armor so the kids had to look for them.
- Breastplate of Righteousness: Ephesians 6:14
- Shield of Faith: Ephesians 6:16
- Shoes of Preparation of the gospel of peace: Ephesians 6:15
- Sword of God’s Spirit, or the word of God: Doctrine and Covenants 6:2
- Helmet of Salvation: Ephesians 6:17
- Girdle (belt) of Truth: Ephesians 6:14
- Tear up one or two old t-shirts and tie them in a knot to use as “fiery darts.”
- Make play dough. Download recipe here: Play Dough Recipe. Recipe summary:
- Bring 2 cups water and 1/2 cup salt to boil. Remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons alum (optional), 1/4 cup vegetable oil or baby oil, and 2 1/4 cups flour. Add any desired food coloring. Keep in refrigerator until use. Add more flour after storing in refrigerator or it will get sticky.
How to play the game:
- Watch Youtube video on Mormon Channel account called “Book of Mormon Stories (31/54): Captain Moroni Defeats Zerahemnah.” Ask students if they have any questions. Point out the Moroni and his army had armor, but Zarahemna and his army did not.
- Hand out play dough, ask class to make a Nephite warrior.
- Have one student come up at a time and choose a piece of armor for one of the teachers to wear. Before the teacher puts on the armor, have the student find the scripture written on the armor, and read it aloud to the class, then have the class make that part of the armor for their play dough Nephite. Be sure that the shield is the last item to be chosen.
- As the teacher puts on each articles of the armor, help the children memorize what each item is called (i.e. the helmet of salvation).
- When the shield is chosen, talk about the fiery darts of the wicked and what they are. Have the kids stand at the other side of the classroom and give them all one or two “fiery darts” (a strip of a T-shirt tied in a knot) and throw it at the teacher. (The teacher should be fully equipped with armor at this point.)