God speaks to His people through prophets. This lesson will help prepare your children to better understand the importance of listening to Conference and following the Prophet.
After reading the story about a young boy's desire to follow the Prophet; building a paper ark and baking homemade Animal Crackers, you just might find your little ones lining up two by two to "Follow the Prophet."
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Doctrine and Covenants 21:4-5
4. Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all
holiness before me;
5. For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
Listen to track 3 from The Dramatized Old Testament CD 2, Noah Builds an Ark or CLICK FOR AUDIO FILE
For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:
Noah was a prophet in ancient times. The Lord called the people to repentance through Noah. The people were very wicked, would not heed the Lord and were destroyed by the flood.
Why were Noah and his family saved from the flood? (Discuss ideas. See Hebrews 11:7)
There were many prophets who walked the earth before Jesus Christ was born. Through the
scriptures, we too can learn from these prophets of old.
Can you name some of the prophets of old and what they taught? (Discuss. Examples: Moses–the Ten Commandments; Abraham–trust in the Lord; Nephi–to go and do the things that the Lord has commanded; etc.)
When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he organized His church. After Jesus was crucified and
resurrected, He came again and for a short time taught the people. After Jesus ascended to Heaven and the apostles were killed, there was no longer a prophet on the earth and the Church could no longer receive revelation. This is called the apostasy.
Joseph Smith was the first Prophet of this dispensation to whom all the keys were restored.
What are some of the things the prophet Joseph Smith taught that the Lord wanted us to know? (Discuss ideas. Examples: God the Father and Jesus Christ are separate beings with bodies of flesh and bones; We are children of God, God loves us and answers our prayers; Christ’s Church has been restored to the earth; etc.)
When President Gordon B. Hinckley was a boy his family followed President Joseph F. Smith’s council on holding Family Home Evening. President Hinckley said, “Our love for brothers
and sisters was enhanced. Our love for the Lord was increased. An appreciation for simple goodness grew in our hearts. These wonderful things came about because our parents
followed the council of the President of the Church.” Gordon B. Hinckley, “Following a
prophet,” Friend, Aug 2007 @Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
What can we do in our family to follow these prophetic words? (Discuss ideas.)
How will following these prophetic words help us find joy and gain a stronger faith like Noah? (Discuss ideas.)
“Noah had the unwavering faith to follow God’s commandments. May we ever do
likewise. May we remember that the wisdom of God ofttimes appears as foolishness
to men; but the greatest lesson we can learn in mortality is that when God speaks and
we obey, we will always be right.”
Ten-year-old Jace helped Mother unload the week’s supply of groceries from the car.
“Let Dad get that one, Jace,” Mother said, pointing to the twenty-five pound bag of rice.
Jace looked at the large bag with strange writing on it. “What’s in it?” Jace asked.
“Rice,” Mother answered. “It’s for our food storage!”
“Food storage? What’s that?” Jace questioned.
“It’s setting aside a basic supply of food in order to be prepared for hard times,” Mother said.
“What kind of hard times?” Jace asked, with a worried expression on his face.
“Don’t look so worried, Son,” Mother soothed. “The Lord said, ‘If ye are prepared ye shall not fear,’” Mother
said quoting a scripture from the Doctrine and Covenants. “Food storage is one of the things the prophets have encourage the Saints to have for many, many, years,” Mother continued. “We keep our food storage under the stairs in the basement.”
“So by storing food, we’re following the Prophet?” Jace asked.
“That’s right! And you know that following the Prophet brings happiness. Right?”
Jace smiled. “The Prophet says we should pray and I know I’m always happier when I do,” Jace agreed.
Jace thought a lot about food storage and following the Prophet during the week. He wanted to follow all the Prophet’s words, because, “‘His words are the Lord’s words,’” Jace said, repeating the words Sister Brown had taught him in Primary. “But, what can I do?” he thought.
The next week Father gave a lesson on Noah’s ark for Family Home Evening. “Noah was a prophet. Do you know who followed the prophet Noah?” Father asked.
“Nobody,” six-year-old Corbin answered.
“Nobody, except, his wife and sons and their wives,” Jace proudly corrected.
“That’s right! Noah’s family helped build the ark, store food, prepare supplies and gather and tend to the
animals,” Father explained.
Jace smiled as he thought about what Father had said. “The Lord told them to have food storage,” Jace exclaimed. “Just like He’s told us to!”
“Yes, He did,” Mother replied. “In order for Noah’s family to prepare for hard times.”
“Hard times,” Jace thought. “The flood!”
“Mom, Dad,” Jace said. “I want to be like Noah’s sons and help with our food storage. I’m going to give you all my allowance to use for food storage, after I pay my tithing of course.”
“That’s very generous, Jace,” Father said. “But, the Prophet also said not to go to extremes in establishing our food storage. How about if you give, let’s say, one-tenth of your allowance.”
“That’s the same amount I give back to the Lord,” Jace said with satisfaction.
“Are we going to have to build an awk, too?” Asked three-year-old Morgan.
“Oh, no, Sweetie,” Mother answered. “Heavenly Father promised Noah that He would never flood the earth again and Heavenly Father always keeps His promises.”
Jace added, “That’s why Heavenly Father gave us rainbows, Morgan. As a reminder.”
“Oh, yeah! I like wainbows!” Morgan exclaimed. “They awe pwetty.”
Jace gave his little sister a big hug and whispered in her ear, “But, they’re not nearly as pretty as you are, Morgan!”
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grind oats until fine using a blender or food processor. In a medium bowl, stir together the blended oats, flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until the butter lumps are smaller than peas. Stir in the buttermilk and honey to form a stiff dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 inch in thickness.
Makes approximately (16) five–inch cookies.
Let children cut into animal shapes with cookie cutters (be sure to make two of each animal).
Place cookies 1 inch apart onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, until edges are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
Alternative: This is a really simple and fun recipe, but if you’re short on time purchase store bought animal crackers and have children search for pairs of animals.
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
3 Tablespoons buttermilk
Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.
1. Ask: Who was Noah? (A prophet of God.)
2. Ask: What did Noah try to teach the people? (To repent and obey the Lord.)
3. Ask: Who listened to Noah? (Only his family.)
4. Ask: What did the Lord tell Noah He was going to do? (He was going to destroy every
living thing on the face of the earth because the people were evil and would not listen.)
5. Ask: What did the Lord tell Noah to do? (Build an ark.)
6. Ask: Did Noah and his family listen to the Lord? (Yes.)
7. Explain: Let’s pretend that we are Noah’s family and we are going to build an ark. (Follow directions to build your ark. Give everyone an assignment according to their
abilities, such as cutting out, gluing, stapling, etc.)
8. Explain: The Lord told Noah and his family to gather seven of all the clean animals. Clean animals are the animals the Lord provided for man to eat, such as cows and sheep.
(Count the cows in the bottom of the ark.) Ask: How many more cows does this ark need? (Two.)
9. Ask: What other kinds of animals did the Lord tell Noah and his family to gather? (A male and female of every kind of animal on the earth.)
10. Explain: Our ark isn’t big enough to hold every kind of animal. Lets search and see how many pairs of animals we can find to put in our ark. (Search for animals that have been previously hidden around the room. Tape the animals in the ark.)
12. Explain: After all the animals were gathered the Lord told Noah and his family to go into the ark so that they would be saved from the flood. (Put Noah and his family in the ark.)
13. Ask: What can the story of Noah and the ark teach us to do in our lives? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that we should follow the prophets.)
14. Ask: What are some of the things the latter-day prophets have told us to do? (Discuss ideas. Examples: Storing and saving a one-year supply of food, sharing the gospel, etc.)
15. Bear your testimony of the importance of following the Prophet.
What you need:
A copy of the “Noah’s Ark” activity (artwork included with this lesson), scissors, glue,
tape, cardstock and stapler w/staples. Optional: Self Laminating sheets.
1. Print out the artwork.
2. Cut out the animals. Optional: Pre-cut out ark pieces.
3. Optional: Laminate animals.
4. Hide animals around the room.
1. Children’s Songbook #110, “Follow the Prophet” verses 3 and 9.
2. Read: Doctrine and Covenants 21:4-5
“Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.”
3. Listen to track 3 Noah and the Ark from The Dramatized Old Testament #2 CD
4. Noah was a prophet in ancient times. The Lord called the people to repentance through Noah. The people were very wicked, would not heed the Lord and were destroyed by the flood.
Why were Noah and his family saved from the flood? (Discuss ideas. See Hebrews 11:7)
5. There were many prophets who walked the earth before Jesus Christ was born. Through the scriptures, we too can learn from these prophets of old.
Can you name some of the prophets of old and what they taught? (Discuss. Examples: Moses–the Ten commandments; Abraham–trust in the Lord; Nephi–to go and do the things that the Lord has commanded; etc.)
6. When Jesus Christ was on the earth, he organized His church. After Jesus was crucified and resurrected, He came again and for a short time taught the people. After Jesus ascended to Heaven and the apostles were killed, there was no longer a prophet on the earth and the Church could no longer receive revelation. This is called the apostasy.