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"Another Testament of Jesus Christ"

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Spiritually fill your family by watching the touching video clip of Christ appearing to the Nephites, discussing how the Book of Mormon and the Bible both testify of Jesus Christ and then comparing scripture verses in the meaningful activity. Then have fun filling your tummies with the delicious "Ice Cream Scripture" treat.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

 

VIDEO CLIP:

The Animated Stories
from the Book of Mormon:

"The Savior in America" Chapter 8
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Testimony of Jesus

RELEASED:
07/23/2009

 

PRINT THIS ENTIRE LESSON

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #76 “This Is My Beloved Son”

 

 

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SCRIPTURE

2 Nephi 29:7-8

 

7. Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?
8. Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.

 

VIDEO CLIP

Watch chapters 8 from the Animated Complete Learning System, The Savior in America DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

The Scriptures Testify of Jesus Christ.

When holy men of God write or speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, their words “shall be scripture...shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation” (D&C 68:4). We believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. The Book of Mormon’s subtitle “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” tells us that we believe in other books of scripture that also testify of Jesus Christ. What is the other book of Scripture we believe to be the word of God? (Discuss ideas. Have family members repeat the 8th Article of Faith: We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God)

What does it mean to testify? (Discuss ideas.)


Do the Bible and Book of Mormon both testify of Christ? (Yes.)

“The first testament of Christ is the Bible’s Old Testament, which predicted and prophesied of the coming of the Savior, His transcendent life, and His liberating Atonement. The second Bible testament of Christ is the New Testament, which records His birth, His life, His ministry, His gospel, His Church, His Atonement, and His Resurrection, as well as the testimonies of His Apostles. The third testament of Christ is the Book of Mormon, which also foretells Christ’s coming, confirms the Bible’s account of His saving Atonement, and then reveals the resurrected Lord’s visit to the earth’s other hemisphere.” M. Russell Ballard, April 2007 General Conference © 2008 I Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

If you believe the Book of Mormon you will believe the Bible.

“The Bible and the Book of Mormon are both witnesses of Jesus Christ. They teach that He is the Son of God, that He lived an exemplary life, that He atoned for all mankind, that He died upon the cross and rose again as the resurrected Lord. They teach that He is the Savior of the world. ... This concept was explained long ago when a prophet wrote that the Book of Mormon was ‘written for the intent that ye may believe [the Bible]; and if ye believe [the Bible] ye will believe [the Book of Mormon] also’ (Mormon 7:9.)” Russell M. Nelson, October 2007 General Conference © 2008 I Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Will reading the scriptures help you gain a testimony of Jesus Christ? (Discuss ideas.)
“Praying every morning and night and reading the scriptures will help you develop your own testimony. That testimony will be a wonderful blessing to you and will strengthen others as you share your personal testimony with them.” Gene R. Cook, Friend, Dec 2005 © 2008 I Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

What do you need to do to keep strengthening your testimony of Jesus Christ and the scriptures so that you don’t lose it? (Discuss ideas.)

How do we know that Christ appeared to the people on the American Continent?
(Discuss ideas. Emphasize that not only can we read in the Book of Mormon about Christ appearing to the people in ancient times, we can also read about Him appearing to Joseph Smith in Joseph Smith–History, found in the Pearl of Great Price.)

QUOTE:

“The Book of Mormon confirms the teachings of the Old Testament. It confirms the teachings of the New Testament. It restores “many plain and precious things” (1 Ne. 13:28) lost or taken from them. It is in truth another testament of Jesus Christ.” Boyd K. Packer, Liahona, May 2005 © 2008 I Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

STORY

"It Shall be Given"

 

Cindy lovingly caressed the worn black leather cover of her grandmother’s Bible. Cindy closed her eyes and recalled snuggling up on the couch with Gran as she read the Bible to her. Cindy hadn’t even cared that there weren’t any pictures. Gran read with such animation that Cindy would simply close her eyes and the stories would come to life in her mind.

“Did Jesus really bring Lazarus back to life, Gran?” Cindy had asked.

“He really did! And do you know why?” Gran had replied.

“Because He loved him!”

“That’s right! Just like He loves you, me and all of God’s children. That’s why He gave His life on the cross so that we all will live again.”

Shortly before Gran passed away she gave the beloved book to Cindy.

“No, Gran. You can’t give your Bible to me,” Cindy had protested. “You love this book and you have a lot more years left to read it!”

“These old eyes are too weak to read anymore,” Grandmother had said. “ Besides, I know you love it too.”

“Oh, I do, Gran! Thank you. I’ll read it every day. I promise!”

Cindy opened her eyes and turned to the verse she had marked with the pamphlet the Mormon missionaries had given her. James 1:5. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Cindy closed the Bible and placed it in her lap. She then picked up the Book of Mormon the missionaries had given her last month and caressed its cover. It wasn’t worn, like Gran’s Bible. She didn’t have any fond memories of Gran reading it to her. She had only read it once, not a half dozen times like the Bible. But the love she felt for this new book of Scripture was just as real, for she had asked and in her heart “it had been given” to her, too.

Cindy closed her eyes again, but this time in prayer. “Thank Thee, Father, for giving me a loving Grandmother who taught me to love Thy word and for Thy missionaries who brought me so much more. Father, please bless Gran, that as she is taught, she too, will know the truth...”

When Cindy was baptized, the memory of Gran reading Matthew 3:16-17 filled her soul. “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Tears of joy streamed down Cindy’s face. She knew her prayers had been answered.

“I’ll be baptized for you too, Gran,” she whispered. “I promise.”

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2008 Living Scriptures, Inc.

     
 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Ice Cream Scriptures (Sandwiches)” recipe

Ice Cream Scriptures

(Sandwiches)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly coat a 13” x 18” jelly roll pan with cooking spray.
  3. Melt baking chocolate on high in microwave for 2 minutes.
  4. Cream together brown sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla.
  5. Slowly add melted chocolate.
  6. Fold in flour, baking powder and salt and mix until smooth.
  7. Spread into pan (it will be a very thin layer). Bake for 14 minutes.
  8. Chill in refrigerator until completely cooled.
  9. Cut into twenty 3” x 3” squares and ten 1/2” x 3” rectangles
    (see diagram)

 

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10. Cut the ice cream with a hot knife into 3” squares.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 stick butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream

 

Treat Time:

Let children help assemble their ice cream scriptures by placing an ice cream square (the book pages) on top of a cookie square (book back cover). Place another cookie square (the book cover) on top of the ice cream. Place a 1/2” rectangle (the book spine) on one side, between the two cookies.
(Optional: Use decorator frosting to write Holy Bible or Book of Mormon on cover.)

 

ACTIVITY

 

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

 

Activity:

1. Ask: What are the Scriptures of the Restoration? (“Book of Mormon,” “Doctrine and Covenants” and “Pearl of Great Price.”)

2. Explain that the Scriptures of the Restoration do not compete with the Bible; they complement the Bible. These scriptures, along with the Bible testify of Christ. They teach that He is the Son of God, that He atoned for our sins, that He died upon the cross and was resurrected. By reading the scriptures we learn of Jesus Christ and what we must do to live with Him, our Heavenly Father and our families for eternity.


3. Read 2 Nephi 29:7-8.
Ask: What does this scripture mean? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that Christ appeared to and taught the people of both continents. He commanded His disciples on both continents to keep a record of His teachings. When the gospel was restored these two sets of scripture were brought together for our benefit.

4. Read the scripture pages together and discuss what principle each pair of scripture verses are teaching. Cut the pages in half and place each
scripture page in the correct book. (If time permits look up the principle of each pair of verses in your scripture index for additional verses.)

 

Preparation:

1. Print out the artwork.
2. Glue page 12 (books) to card stock.
3. Cut out artwork along dotted lines (set scripture pages aside).
4. Fold along all solid lines.
5. Fold white tabs inward and tape to form boxes (books).

What you need:

A copy of the “Scripture” activity for each child (artwork included with this lesson), glue, scissors and cardstock. Optional: A set of Scriptures.

 
 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
 

 

 

   
         
   
 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. How do we know that Christ appeared to the people on the American Continent?
(Discuss ideas. Emphasize that not only can we read in the Book of Mormon about Christ appearing to the people in ancient times, we can also read about Him appearing to Joseph Smith in Joseph Smith–History, found in the Pearl of Great Price.)

2. Watch chapter 8 from the animated Complete Learning System, The Savior in America DVD. (Video clip is also provided for viewing online.)

3. Sing: Children’s Songbook #76 “This Is My Beloved Son.”

4. Some people say that we have our own Bible [The Book of Mormon] and that we do not believe in the Holy Bible. Is this true? (No. Have family members repeat the 8th Article of Faith.)

Explain that the Scriptures of the Restoration do not compete with the Bible; they complement the Bible. These scriptures, along with the Bible testify of Christ. They teach that He is the Son of God, that He atoned for our sins, that He died upon the cross and was resurrected. By reading the scriptures we learn of Jesus Christ and what we must do to live with Him, our Heavenly Father and our families for eternity.

5. Read: Nephi 29:7-8
“Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth? Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.”

6. The Scriptures Testify of Jesus Christ.

What does it mean to testify? (Discuss ideas.)

When holy men of God write or speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, their words “shall be scripture...shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation” (D&C 68:4). We believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. The Book of Mormon’s subtitle “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” tells us that we believe in other books of scripture that also testify of Jesus Christ.

7. Do the Bible and Book of Mormon both testify of Christ? (Yes.)

“The first testament of Christ is the Bible’s Old Testament, which predicted and prophesied of the coming of the Savior, His transcendent life, and His liberating Atonement. The second Bible testament of Christ is the New Testament, which records His birth, His life, His ministry, His gospel, His Church, His Atonement, and His Resurrection, as well as the testimonies of His Apostles. The third testament of Christ is the Book of Mormon, which also foretells Christ’s coming, confirms the Bible’s account of His saving Atonement, and then reveals the resurrected Lord’s visit to the earth’s other hemisphere.” M. Russell Ballard, April 2007 General Conference © 2008 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

8. Use the Scripture Index to cross reference several scripture verses. (See activity for additional help.)