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"Filling the Earth with the Gospel"

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The foundation for this lesson comes from one of President Hinckley's last Conference addresses. An inspiring video clipfrom the newly restored widescreen DVD–Mormon & Moroni, story, lesson and actifivity will help "fill" your family with the desire and courage to listen to the spirit while doing their part in "Filling the Earth with the Gospel."

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

 

VIDEO CLIP:

The Animated Book of Mormon:

"Mormon and Moroni" chapters 11–12
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Testimony

Sharing the Gospel


 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #168 “I Want to Be a Missionary Now”

 

 

If you wish to print sheet music or have an online music file to accompany you click on the song link to visit: http://www.lds.org/churchmusic

SCRIPTURE

Doctrine and Covenant 65:2

 

2. The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.

 

VIDEO CLIP

Watch chapters 11–12 from the Animated Complete Learning System, Mormon and Moroni DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

A lone witness.

Why do you think that Moroni’s life was spared? (Discuss ideas.)

“Moroni watched as his people were slaughtered and utterly devastated by civil war. His nation in ruins, his friends and loved ones slain, his own father—a great general and a righteous man—killed. ... The last of his people, he was the lone witness to the desolation and heartbreak that results from hatred and rage. ... His own people destroyed, Moroni wrote for our day. ... Would that every ear could hear the last testimony of Moroni, this giant among men, this humble servant of God.” Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov. 2000 © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Where can we find Moroni’s testimony? (In the Book of Mormon–Moroni 10:3-4.)

“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Moroni 10:3–4.)

His gospel shall fill the whole earth.

How is Moroni’s testimony helping the gospel fill the whole earth? (Discuss ideas.)

“The Lord is fulfilling His promise that His gospel shall be as the stone cut out of the mountain without hands which would roll forth and fill the whole earth. ... This work will continue to grow and prosper and move across the earth. You and I are faced with the stark question of accepting the truth of the First Vision and that which followed it. If it is the truth, and I testify that it is, then the work in which we are engaged is the most important work on the earth.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Oct. 2007 General Conference © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Why is it important for us to gain our own testimonies? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that it's hard to share the gospel if you don't have a testimony of your own.)

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Do you have to wait until you can serve a full time mission to help the gospel fill the earth? (No.)

What can our family do to help the gospel fill the earth? (Discuss ideas.)

“We do not have to be called to serve far from home, nor do we have to hold a prominent place in the Church or in the world to build up the Lord’s kingdom. We build it in our own hearts as we cultivate the Spirit of God in our lives. We build it within our families by instilling faith in our children. And we build it through the organization of the Church as we magnify our callings and share the gospel with neighbors and friends.” Bruce D. Porter, Liahona, Jul 2001 © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Like Moroni and all the other ancient prophets, modern-day prophets and apostles bear witness of Jesus Christ and the restoration of His gospel (see The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles). President Hinckley was a wonderful example to the world. He always worked hard to do his part in helping the gospel fill the earth. President Monson is also a great example for us to follow. As the new President of the Church, we can be assured that he will continue to lead us in this great work.

QUOTE:

“If the gospel is going to roll forth and fill the whole earth, what a responsibility we Latter-day Saints have, with our families, in helping it to roll forth into all the earth. There is no message in this world today that could be told that would be as valuable to our neighbors and our friends who are not members of this church as to bear witness of this great event [The First Vision].”
LeGrand Richards, Ensign, Jul 1972 © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

STORY

"Do You Want to Go to Primary?"

 

“Do you know about God’s plan for you?” “Do you know where you’re going?” “Do you know where you’ve been?” “Do you know, you’re a child of God?”

These are some of the questions Debbie loves to ask and more importantly answer. She asked the lady standing next to her in the grocery store line, the parents of one of her day-care children, the neighbor down the street and even the phone repairman. When the Spirit whispers, Debbie listens and acts. Some will listen and some will not, but Debbie found something wonderful when she was a young girl and the Spirit guides her in sharing it.

It all began when Debbie was in the first grade and she became friends with Becky Swenson.

“Do you want to go to primary with me after school on Wednesday?” Becky asked Debbie.

When Debbie was a little girl, Primary was held after school. Sunday school was held on Sunday morning and Sacrament meeting was held that evening.

“Primary? What’s Primary?” Debbie questioned.

This was the beginning of Debbie’s miracle. Not the kind of miracle that parts the Red Sea or turns water into wine, but the kind of miracle that can change a little girl’s life.

After getting permission from her mother, Debbie eagerly awaited Wednesday, when she and Becky would go to Primary together.

“We’re all Heavenly Father’s children,” Sister Brown told the class. “He loves us and wants us to return to live with Him someday.”

Debbie thought about what Sister Brown had taught her. Her Aunt Sarah had taught her to recite a prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep,” at night before she went to bed, but Debbie didn’t know that she was a child of God and that He loved her. “Oh, I love primary,” she thought.

When Debbie was in second grade her father passed away. The only job Debbie’s mother could find, to support her two young children, was tending bar in another town. The job didn’t pay much, but it came with a rent-free apartment above the tavern. So the family moved.

Debbie missed Becky. She missed going to primary. But she remembered the steps of prayer Sister Brown had taught her and she prayed for another miracle. Debbie didn’t become discouraged when it seemed like no one at her new school was ever going to play with “the girl who lives above the tavern,”
because she knew Heavenly Father loved her and would bless her. Then one day Debbie got her miracle.

“Do you want to go to Primary with me?” Mary Turner asked.

“Primary! I love Primary!” Debbie exclaimed.

The next day Debbie went to Primary with Mary. After Primary was over, Mary’s mother was helping her nine children into the family’s twelve-passenger van.


“Come on, Debbie. We’ll give you a ride home,” Mrs. Turner called.

Debbie was afraid that Mrs. Turner wouldn’t let Mary play with her if she knew she lived above the tavern. “Thank you, Mrs. Turner, but I can walk.”

“Don’t be silly. It’s too far for you to walk home alone,” Mrs. Turner said with a smile.

Becky didn’t even have to tell Mrs. Turner how to get to her apartment. She drove straight there.

“We would love to have you come to Sunday School and Sacrament Meeting with us on Sunday,” Mrs. Turner told Debbie. “Would you like that?”

Debbie eagerly nodded her head, “Yes.” Mrs. Turner then marched right into the tavern to talk to Debbie’s mother. A tear trickled down Debbie’s mother’s cheek. She gave permission for Debbie to go to Church and then thanked Mrs. Turner for being so kind to her daughter.

Debbie and Mary soon became best friends. Every Sunday morning and Sunday evening, for five years, the Turner’s drove across town, with their nine children, to take Debbie to church with them. Debbie loved the feeling she had when she was in church and she longed to have that feeling forever.

“That’s the Holy Ghost,” Mary explained, “and you can always have Him with you.”

Soon arrangements were made for Debbie to receive the missionary lessons. Mary loved the things the missionaries taught her and she loved reading the Book of Mormon.

“Sometimes I feel like I’ve heard this all before. Like in a dream or something,” Debbie told the elders.

“You have heard this before, Mary,” Elder Thompson said. “You heard God’s plan when you lived with Him before you were born. All of us who accepted His plan came to earth to gain a body...”

Debbie was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on her thirteenth
birthday. When she was twenty-one she served a full time mission and after she returned home she was married in the temple.

Today Debbie has eight children of her own and she makes it a point to follow the Turner’s example. Debbie listens to the spirit, shares her testimony and invites others to come to church with her family.

“Do you know families can be together forever?” “Do you know that Christ’s Church has been restored to the earth?” “Do you know there is a living prophet on the earth today?”

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2008 Living Scriptures, Inc.

     
 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Fruit Leather Children” recipe

"Fruit Leather" Children Chains

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4-5 hours

Directions:

  1. Drain peaches.
  2. Puree peaches and banana in blender.
  3. Pour into 2 jelly roll pans that have been lined with
    plastic wrap. To prevent plastic wrap from falling into fruit mixture, wet sides of pan before lining.
  4. Bake at 170 degrees F. for 4-5 hours or until surface feels leathery.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. Cut into 3 x 9 inch strips.
  7. Remove plastic wrap.
  8. Brush lightly with powdered sugar.

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 (29 oz.) can peaches
  • 1 banana

(For a faster alternative, use commercially available fruit rolls.)

 

Treat Time: (Short on time? Use store bought fruit leather.)

For each family member, fold strips accordion style into 1.5 x 3 inch folds. Cut out “Fruit Leather Children” by placing pattern with the back on the solid folded side and the front on the side with the two open ends. Cut along dotted lines with kitchen shears. Carefully unfold. If fruit leather tears while unfolding you can easily press it back together again.

 

ACTIVITY

 

Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.

Activity:

1. Since the early days of the Restoration, church leaders have worked at the task of the Gospel filling the earth. As early as 1837, missionaries served in foreign missions. The work continues today with over 52,000 full time missionaries throughout the world.

2. How many members were there when the Church was organized in 1830? (Six.)

3. How many members are there today? (Over 14 million.)

4. This growth is part of the prophecy of the Gospel filling the earth. In the Oct. 1997 General Conference President Hinckley said, “If we will go forward, never losing sight of our goal, speaking ill of no one, living the great principles we know to be true, this cause will roll on in majesty and power to fill the earth. Doors now closed to the preaching of the gospel will be opened. ... The key to the great challenges facing us and to the success of the work will be the faith of all who call themselves Latter-day Saints” © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

5. Heavenly Father loves all his children and wants them all to have the opportunity to accept the Gospel and return to live with Him someday.

6. Give each family member a folded children chain (unfold as you discuss each topic).


a. Sharing our testimonies will help others gain and strengthen their testimonies.

b. Sharing copies of the Book of Mormon with people not of our faith will help the Gospel grow by giving more people the opportunity to read it and gain a testimony of it.

c. The missionaries have a greater chance of being invited into homes to teach the Gospel when members refer names of interested people to them.

d. Setting a good example for family members, neighbors, and friends is a reflection of the church to people not of our faith. Your example can influence others to join the church.

e. Inviting others to Church activities, meetings, and firesides, where they can feel of the spirit and love of our Heavenly Father can help them want the Gospel in their lives. f. Inviting others to family home evening can help them learn Gospel principles in a loving family atmosphere.


7. Just like this chain of children grew, each of us can help the gospel grow and fill the earth.

What you need:

A copy of Page 2 of the “Filling the Earth” activity (artwork included with this lesson) for each child and scissors.

 

Preparation:

1. Print out the artwork.
2. Cut along dotted lines.
3. Fold each group of children, accordion style, along solid black lines.
4. Cut around the figure, careful not to cut along the folds where the hands touch (this can be done before or after the activity).

 

 
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
     
 

 

 

 
     
   
 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 11-12 from The Complete Learning System Mormon and Moroni DVD.

2. Read: Doctrine and Covenants 65:2
“The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.”

3. Why do you think that Moroni’s life was spared? (Discuss ideas.)
“Moroni watched as his people were slaughtered and utterly devastated by civil war. His nation in ruins, his friends and loved ones slain, his own father—a great general and a righteous man—killed. ... The last of his people, he was the lone witness to the desolation and heartbreak that results from hatred and rage. ... His own people destroyed, Moroni wrote for our day. ... Would that every ear could hear the last testimony of Moroni, this giant among men, this humble servant of God.” Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov 2000 © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

4. Where can we find Moroni’s testimony? (In the Book of Mormon–Moroni 10:3-4.)
“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.”

5. How is Moroni’s testimony helping the gospel fill the whole earth? (Discuss ideas.)
“The Lord is fulfilling His promise that His gospel shall be as the stone cut out of the mountain without hands which would roll forth and fill the whole earth. ... This work will continue to grow and prosper and move across the earth. You and I are faced with the stark question of accepting the truth of the First Vision and that which followed it. If it is the truth, and I testify that it is, then the work in which we are engaged is the most important work on the earth.” Gordon B. Hinckley, Oct. 2007 General Conference © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

6. Missionaries throughout the world are helping the gospel fill the earth, teaching and sharing their testimonies, along with Moroni's testimony.

Do you have to wait until you can serve a full time mission to help the gospel fill the earth? (No.)

7. What can our family do to help the gospel fill the earth? (Discuss ideas.)

“We do not have to be called to serve far from home, nor do we have to hold a prominent place in the Church or in the world to build up the Lord’s kingdom. We build it in our own hearts as we cultivate the Spirit of God in our lives. We build it within our families by instilling faith in our children. And we build it through the organization of the Church as we magnify our callings and share the gospel with neighbors and friends.” Bruce D. Porter, Liahona, Jul 2001 © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Quote: “If the gospel is going to roll forth and fill the whole earth, what a responsibility we Latter-day Saints have, with our families, in helping it to roll forth into all the earth. There is no message in this world today that could be told that would be as valuable to our neighbors and our friends who are not members of this church as to bear witness of this great event [The First Vision].” LeGrand Richards, Ensign, Jul 1972 © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.