While we only had two kids in class for this lesson, I would have to say that it went pretty well. But that’s probably because I wasn’t there for the beginning class; after 1st hour, I ran into a friend in the hallway who needed to give me back a walking boot I loaned her. (From when I tore some ligaments, and was still hanging on to it. She had injured her leg and was trying to get it to heal by staying off of it.) She also passed along an entire garbage bag of toddler clothes! I’d like to say the little baby in my tummy jumped for joy, but he didn’t seem to care to be honest. Our YNAB definitely jumped for joy, that’s for sure! She also passed along a breast pump she had inherited. So I loaded up my car with these goodies – which could not have come at a better time. This weekend I went baby crazy and basically sanitized the entire house on my day off and felt totally happy about spending my whole Saturday that way.
When I came back to class, Jeremy informed me that one of the kids had a little yelling outburst. This had happened during sharing time (our ward is backwards, with Sacrament Meeting last) a few times today. Jeremy re-instituted an old rule from last year, where second strike of poor behavior means we sit and read scriptures silently for the rest of class. Apparently this child apologized multiple times, so Jeremy decided to continue class (pretty cool of the kid to do that). When I entered, they were brainstorming ideas of what to do when we get rowdy in class – the ideas ranged from running a lap around the church to taking a nap on the sidewalk outside. The rest of class went great, and I got to bask in the benefits of Jeremy’s work. I was impressed with his kindness and patience, and the kids seemed to follow suit because they were very calm as well. Once we got going with the lesson, they loved getting a chance to physically fish! It was a fun day!
Primary 5 Lesson 13 “The First Missionaries to Preach the Gospel”
Goal: Encourage each child to share the gospel by seeing examples of other missionaries.
Supplies you need ahead of time:
- Missionary fishing printable, printed double sided
- Paper clips
- QR reader app on your phone
Do before class:
- Print out the fishes printable and cut out each fish.
- Place a paper clip on each of the fish.
- Attach your magnet to one end of the string, and your stick to the other end of the string.
- Lay the fish out on the ground, with the blanket next to them. Explain to the children that we are going to go fishing, and we need everyone to get in the boat (the blanket). Have all the kids sit on the blanket.
- Ask the children if they can think of any stories about Jesus regarding fishing, trying to prompt them to tell the story in Matthew 4:18-22. If they don’t know the story, explain it to them. Explain that we will be talking about missionary work today.
- Give each child a chance to “go fishing.” They will each take the stick and pick up a fish with the magnet on the end of the string. Either read the story, watch the video, or do the activity on the back of the fish.
- You can end this lesson with this lds.org coloring page if they need something else to do.