Teach your children how the atonement of Jesus Christ will heal our souls if we are forgiving; a fun activity, along with a video clip showing Joseph's forgiving example, will help your children understand how forgiving others brings earthly and heavenly rewards; a story of a young boy's realization of Christ's suffering for us; and an easy recipe complete this lesson.
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9. Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.
Watch chapter 9 from the animated Complete Learning System, Joseph's Reunion DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP
For younger children, it may be helpful to summarize the following ideas:
Forgiveness brings earthly and heavenly rewards.
Sometimes when others have hurt us we might be so filled with bitterness and anger that we might try to hurt them back. This is called seeking revenge.
“Now, I speak unto you concerning your families—if men will smite you, or your families, once, and ye bear it patiently and revile not against them, neither seek revenge, ye shall be rewarded;” (D&C 98:23.)
Joseph had the power to revenge the wrong his brothers did to him by putting them in prison for the rest of their lives or even sentencing them to death, but instead he showed them love and forgiveness. Did Joseph patiently bear, without seeking revenge, what his brothers had done to him? (Yes.)
What is one way that Heavenly Father rewarded Joseph for being forgiving? (By blessing him with a spiritual gift that helped he become a ruler in Egypt, which made it possible for him to save not only his family, but nations from the famine.)
Ask family members to share an experience when they felt better after forgiving someone. (Help younger children. Example: Remember when Johnny took your toy?
How did it make you feel inside after you forgave him?)
Forgiving others isn’t always easy.What can we do to help us find the strength to forgive others? (Pray to Heavenly Father to help soften our hearts and help us forgive those who have been unkind to us.)
“To err is human, to forgive divine.” Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, 2:1711.
“Michael, Josh is here to play with you,” Mother called.
When Michael didn’t answer, Mother peeked into the playroom. “Michael, Josh is here! It’s a nice day, don’t you want to go outside and play?”
Michael scowled, “Why would Josh want to play with me?” Michael sarcastically said. “Tell him to go away and never come back!”
Mother looked at her son with concern, “I’ll tell Josh you’re not up to playing right now, but I’ll be back so we can talk about what has you so upset.”
Michael wiped a tear with the back of his hand. “Don’t cry. You’re not a baby!” he scolded himself.
Mother came back into the room and sat next to Michael. “So what’s happened that has caused you to not want to play with your very best friend?” She softly asked.
The tears in Michael’s eyes were replaced with glaring anger. “He’s not my friend anymore!”
Mother placed a tender hand on Michael’s shoulder. “Michael, it isn’t like you to be so angry. What in the world could cause you to feel this way?”
“Josh and his new friends made fun of me ’cause I struck out.”
Michael fought back the tears, “and then they called me cry baby and wouldn’t let me play with them anymore.”
Michael looked up at his mom.
“I hate all of them!” he snarled.
Mother’s heart ached for her son and she tried to hold him in her arms, but he was so filled with anger that he pushed her away. “I’m not a baby anymore, even if Josh and his friends think I am!”
“Michael, I know you’re hurting, but hate and anger are not the way to deal with this! You’ll only end up hurting yourself and those you love,” Mother declared. “Remember when Jesus was hanging on the cross? There were a lot of people who were mocking and making fun of him. Which do you think was greater, his physical pain or his spiritual pain?”
Michael thought about the nails driven through Christ’s hands, wrists, and feet. “That had to hurt awfully bad,” he thought. “But what about the spiritual pain Jesus must have suffered?”
Michael’s heart softened, “When Jesus suffered in Gethsemane for our sins, it hurt worse than anything, didn’t it?”
Tears ran down Mother’s cheeks and she nodded at her young son’s sensitivity.
“And when he was on the cross he was more worried about his mother than himself.” Michael whispered before he buried his head against his mother’s shoulder. “I’m so sorry, Mom!” he sobbed.
Mother hugged Michael tight. “I’m proud of you Michael. It’s very important to admit when you are wrong and then feel sorry about it!” Releasing her hug on him, Mother looked into her precious son’s
tearstained face. “So, what other lesson can we learn from the Savior when he was hanging on the cross?”
Michael thought for a short while before answering, “He forgave the soldiers who crucified him!”
“That’s right! Did the soldiers tell Jesus they were sorry before he forgave them?”
Michael shook his head no.
“So why did Jesus forgive them?”
“Because it’s a commandment to forgive?”
“That’s right! And why do you think Heavenly Father has commanded us to forgive others?”
Michael shrugged his shoulders.
“Will you pray about it and then let me know what the spirit tells you?” Mother asked.
After Michael prayed, he had a warm feeling inside. After finding mother he asked, “Mom, I’ll be right back. I’ve got to go apologize to Josh!”
Mother smiled and silently gave thanks to Heavenly Father.
When Michael came back home he had Josh with him. Grinning from ear to ear he said, “Mom,
Heavenly Father answered my prayer and I know why He wants us to forgive!
“Why?” Mother replied.
“’Cause being mad and angry makes you feel bad inside, but when you forgive you feel good inside!”
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl add all dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. Stir in the warm water until mixed. Knead for 1-2 minutes. Roll out onto a floured board. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for exactly 12 minutes as bread burns easily. Cut into squares.
“And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt.” (Genesis 42:3.)
Like many other English words found in the KJV Bible, the word “corn” had a different meaning than it does now. The word “corn” was used to refer to any grain, especially wheat. After buying grain from Egypt, Joseph’s brothers, might have made unleavened bread during the famine, because of the meager ingredients it calls for.
Serve warm with honey butter or jam.
1 1/2 cups sifted white flour
1/2 cup sifted wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. sugar (if desired)
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. shortening
2/3 cup warm water
Serve with honey butter or jam
Activity: Younger children will need help from an older sibling or parent.
1. Ask and discuss the following questions:
A. Would you like to be a great person like Joseph?
(Have children put on their Joseph head piece, wristlets, and ring.)
B. Was being a ruler over Egypt what made Joseph a great man?
C. Was Joseph a great man because he was faithful and forgiving?
D. If you are forgiving, like Joseph, will Heavenly Father bless you?
E. Do you think becoming governor of Egypt is the greatest blessing that Joseph will receive because of his faithfulness?
F. What greater blessing comes from being faithful and forgiving?
G. Do you think it was easy for Joseph to forgive his brothers?
H. Who do you think helped Joseph soften his heart so that he could forgive
I. Is it easier to be forgiving if we pray for help?
J. Do you think Joseph found peace through the Atonement of Jesus Christ?
K. Can you find peace through the Atonement of Jesus Christ if you forgive others?
1. Print out a copy of the artwork for each child.
2. Have children color their Joseph head piece, wristlets, and ring.
(While children color discuss how Heavenly Father blessed Joseph because of his willingness to forgive his brothers.)
3. Assemble Joseph head piece, wristlets, and ring:
A. Cut out along dotted lines.
B. Fold along solid blue lines.
C. Match up letters in alphabetical order (A & A, B& B etc.) and tape
in place. Note: J & H may need to be taped after putting on child’s wrist during Activity Time.
1. Watch chapter 9 from the animated Complete Learning System, Joseph’s Reunion DVD. (Video clip is also provided for viewing online.)
2. Read D&C 64:9
“Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.” Did Joseph patiently bear, without seeking revenge, what his brothers had done to him? (Yes.)
3. What is one way that Heavenly Father rewarded Joseph for being forgiving? (By blessing Joseph with a spiritual gift that helped him become a ruler in Egypt, which made it possible for him to save not only his family, but nations from the famine.)
5. Share an experience when you have found peace and comfort through the Atonement of Jesus Christ by forgiving someone. Ask other family members to share an experience when they felt better after forgiving someone. (Help younger children. Example: Remember when Johnny took your toy? How did it make you feel inside after you forgave him?)
6. Does Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ expect us to forgive everyone who has been unkind to us?
“I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.” (D&C 64:10)
8. Forgiving others isn’t always easy. What can we do to help us find the strength to forgive others?
(Pray to Heavenly Father to help soften our hearts and help us forgive those who have been unkind to us.)
“To err is human, to forgive divine.”
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, 2:1711.