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"Sweet is the Feeling"

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Use the clip from the digitally restored on widescreen DVD–The Conversion of Alma the Younger, to discuss the sweet feeling we get when we repent. Support your discussion with a story about a child who decides to return $20 to its owner and by making Repent-aid (Lemonade), a treat and activity all in one.

The music MP3 "Sweet is the Feeling” is also included.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES
MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated Stories
from the Book of Mormon:
The Conversion of
Alma the Younger

PRINCIPLE:
Repentance

 

 

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20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Song Book #99 “Help Me, Dear Father” verse 2

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

Alma 34:15–18

 

 

15. And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.

16. And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption.

 

 

17. Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;

18. Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.

19. Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.

VIDEO CLIP

Watch chapter 10 from the Animated Complete Learning System, The Conversion of Alma the Younger DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:

 

God tests us, his children, to see whether we will keep his commandments.

Heavenly Father sent us to earth to be tested. “And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them...” (Alma 42:4) During our test on earth there will be times when we make mistakes. When we do, there is a way for us to be forgiven.

 

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will help us change.

The blessing of repentance is made possible only through the atoning sacrifice of the Savior. “When you disobey the commandments or hurt others, you may feel sad, guilty, lonely, or afraid. To change these feelings, you need to turn from doing wrong to doing right. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will help you change. This changing is called repentance. Karen Ashton, Friend, Apr. 1997 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

Turn Back to our Father in Heaven.

“Repentance means to turn from transgression and back to our loving Father in Heaven—to leave unhappiness, sorrow, regret, and despair behind and turn back to our Father’s family. There we can find happiness, joy, and acceptance.” Theodore M. Burton, Tambuli, Nov. 1988 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc.  All rights reserved.

 

“By this ye may know if a man repenteth”.

(Doctrine and Covenants 58:43)

It is important to feel sorrow for what we have done wrong and desire to do better. All sins must be confessed to the Lord. If we have sinned against another person we should also confess to that person. Serious sins must also be confessed to the bishop or branch president. Confession shows that we are sincere about wanting to repent. Forsaking a sin, is a promise to not do that wrong thing again. “By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.” (D&C 58:43.) It is also important to make restitution where possible for what we have done wrong. For example, if we have stolen something, we return it or pay for it.

 

Jesus Christ atoned for our sins.

Jesus Christ made it possible for us to repent through his atonement and suffering. “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26.)

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Discussion Ideas: Use as the Spirit and your family needs guide.

 

When you sin (do something wrong) how does it make you feel?

“Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, for which I was tormented with the pains of hell; yea, I saw that I had rebelled against my God, and that I had not kept his holy commandments.” (Alma 36:13.)

 

How does sin affect our relationship with Heavenly Father?

Sin slows or stops our spiritual growth and moves us away from Heavenly Father and Jesus. Repentance allows us to return back to Heavenly Father and Jesus. “Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; for these are they that shall be saved.” (Helaman 12:23.)

How do you feel after you have truly repented?

“What relief! What comfort! What joy! Those laden with transgressions and sorrows and sin may be forgiven and cleansed and purified if they will return to their Lord, learn of him, and keep his commandments” The Miracle of Forgiveness © 1969, Bookcraft, Inc.

 

Why is the atonement of Jesus Christ so important?

Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we will overcome physical death. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and if we repent and keep His commandments, we will also overcome spiritual death and obtain the greatest gift of all, eternal life.

 

STORY

"The Right Thing to Do"

 

Twelve-year-old Kathy loved to swim. Learning to swim hadn’t come easy, but her determination was strong. The Hamblins had a pool in their backyard and Mother was a swimming instructor. When Kathy was very young Mother would hold her in the pool and let her kick and splash. She started swimming lessons when she was only three years old. Mother was warned not to expect too much, but Mother knew Kathy loved to be in the pool and it was important for her to learn how to swim. Father had told Kathy that if she could learn to swim that she could go to the Special Olympics when she turned eight.

 

“When I’m eight it’s the best ever.” Kathy would say, “’Cause I get baptized and go to Olympics.”

 

The Hamblins had planned to take a family vacation to Iowa so Kathy could compete in the 2006 Special Olympics USA National Games, just two months after she turned eight, but Father’s business wasn’t doing well. They had a family meeting to discuss the situation. With tears in his eyes Father announced “I don’t think we will be able to go to the Nationals this year after all. We’ve had to use a lot of our savings to keep the business from going under.”

 

“I’m working now Dad. I’ll give the family all my paychecks for the next three months.” volunteered sixteen-year-old Debbie.

“And I can add more swimming classes to my schedule. I have a waiting list, so I know I can fill them,” added Mother. “I will need some extra help with fixing lunch and dinner though.”

 

“I can fix lunch and dinner, Mom. I’m a good cook–even Dad says so!” piped in fourteen-year-old Jan.

 

“Brad offered to buy my old bike for $50,” said twelve-year-old Aaron. “and I can mow lawns and pull weeds for the neighbors to earn money.”

 

“Mother and I will go over the budget. We can take the tent instead of staying in a motel to save money, if everyone agrees.” Father looked around. The forlorned faces turned to excited smiles as everyone agreed that “tenting it” would be fun.

“I would help too,” stated Kathy.

 

“Me too. Momma, what can me and Kathy do?” chimed in six-year- old Gabbie.

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“Maybe Grandma has some jobs you two could do for her. We’ll call and ask her in the morning.”

 

The next morning Mother called Grandma and explained the situation. “Of course I’ll help. The girls can come over once a week if they would like and help me in the garden. We can even set up a road side stand and sell fruit and vegetables. The cherries are almost ready now.”

The family worked hard that summer. Saving every thing they could. Grandma had set up a stand along side the road and Kathy and Gabbie sold fruit, vegetables and even lemonade. One day after selling a glass of lemonade to one of grandma’s neighbors Gabbie found a twenty dollar bill on the ground. She looked around and stuffed it in her pocket.

“Gabbie, that’s not yours!” Kathy cried.

 

“I found it. That makes it mine, and you better not tell anyone either!” snapped Gabbie.

 

Kathy’s usual smiley face turned sad. She had just been baptized and she knew that keeping something that’s not yours is stealing, but she didn’t want Gabbie mad at her either. Kathy worried all day about what to do.

 

“What’s wrong pumpkin?” asked Mother while they were driving home from Grandma’s house.

Gabbie glared at Kathy. “Nothing Momma,” answered Kathy.

 

When Kathy said her prayers that night she asked Heavenly Father for help. The next morning she knew what to do. Grandma would help. Kathy worked close to Grandma in the garden and when Gabbie went inside for a drink of water, Kathy told Grandma about the money.

“I could tell something was eating at her today. She must be feeling pretty guilty. Don’t you worry Kathy. I’ve got just the thing to help Gabbie!”

 

When Grandma made the lemonade to sell that afternoon she left out the sugar. “Gabbie will you taste this for me and tell me if it’s all right?” asked Grandma.

 

Gabbie took a big swallow. Her face puckered up and she choked, “Grandma this tastes bad!”

 

Grandma told Gabbie that the lemonade without the sugary syrup was like a sin. She then added the syrup and had Gabbie taste it. “It tastes good now doesn’t it? The syrup is like repentance. It makes the bitter go away and makes everything sweet again. Do you understand Gabbie?”

 

Gabbie reached into her pocket. “Grandma, Mr. Miller dropped this yesterday. Will you go with me to return it?”

 

Grandma winked at Kathy. With a big smile, Kathy gave Gabbie a big bear hug. “I’ll go with you Gabbie!”

 

Gabbie hugged Kathy back real tight. “Thanks Kathy. I’m lucky you’re my big sister!”

 

by Margie Nauta Lee, © 2006 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Repent-aid (lemonade)” recipe

Repent-aid (lemonade)

Total Prep Time: 25 minutes

 

Directions:

  1. Blend 1 cup water and 2 cups sugar in a small saucepan (this amount serves 6).
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves completely.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to cool.
  4. Squeeze the juice from the lemons into a glass or jar.
  5. Pour ice water into a pitcher.
  6. During the “Activity Time” section of this lesson combine sugar syrup, juice, and water.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 cups sugar

  • Juice from 4-6 lemons

  • 4 cups cold water

 

ACTIVITY

 

Activity:

  1. Pour 2/3 cup. Water into each glass.
  2. Have each person take a sip of water. Ask “How does the water taste?” (Pure, clean, refreshing, etc...)
  3. Explain that the water represents us after we have been baptized.
  4. Add 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice into each glass and stir with spoon.
  5. Have each person take a sip. Ask “How does it taste now?” (Bitter, bad, icky, etc..)
  6. Explain that the lemon juice represents sin.
  7. Add 1/3 cup Sugar syrup to each glass and stir with spoon.
  8. Have each person take a sip.
  9. Ask “How does it taste now?” (Sweet, good, etc...)
  10. Explain that the syrup represents repentance and the sweet feeling that comes from repenting.

What you need:

 

2/3 Cup Ice water per person (in a pitcher)

1/3 Cup Sugar syrup per person (prepared as directed in recipe.

2 Tablespoons Lemon juice per person (4-6 lemons)

1 Glass for each person

1 spoon for stirring (or a spoon for each person)

 

Preparation:

 

Prepare the sugar syrup as directed in the Repent-aid (Lemonade) recipe included in the “Treat Time” section of this lesson.

 
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
         
         

MUSIC MP3

Listen to the song, Sweet is the Feeling, from the Animated Stories from the Book of Mormon, Alma the Younger or CLICK FOR MP3.

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 10 from the Animated Complete Learning System, The Conversion of Alma the Younger DVD. (Also available for viewing online.)

 

2. Heavenly Father sent us to earth to be tested.

“And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them...” (Alma 42:4.)

 

3. During our test on earth there will be times when we make mistakes.

When you make mistakes (sin) how does it make you feel?

“Yea, I did remember all my sins and iniquities, for which I was tormented with the pains of hell; yea, I saw that I had rebelled against my God, and that I had not kept his holy commandments.” (Alma 36:13.)

 

4. How does sin affect our relationship with Heavenly Father?

Sin slows or stops our spiritual growth and moves us away from Heavenly Father and Jesus. Repentance allows us to return back to Heavenly Father and Jesus. “Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; for these are they that shall be saved.” (Helaman 12:23.)

 

5. We can be forgiven of these mistakes through repentance.

“Repentance means to turn from transgression and back to our loving Father in Heaven—to leave unhappiness, sorrow, regret, and despair behind and turn back to our Father’s family. There we can find happiness, joy, and acceptance.”

Theodore M. Burton, Tambuli, Nov. 1988 © 2006 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

(See recipe/activity)

 

6. The blessing of repentance is made possible only through the atoning sacrifice of the Savior.

Jesus Christ made it possible for us to repent through his atonement and suffering. “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26.)

 

7. Why is the atonement of Jesus Christ so important?

Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we will overcome physical death. Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and if we repent and keep His commandments, we will also overcome spiritual death and obtain the greatest gift of all, eternal life.

 

8. How do you feel after you have truly repented?

“What relief! What comfort! What joy! Those laden with transgressions and sorrows and sin may be forgiven and cleansed and purified if they will return to their Lord, learn of him, and keep his commandments”

Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness © 1969, Bookcraft, Inc.