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“Prepare for His Return”

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Join us as we teach about the joys and the truths of the second coming in a way both children and parents can learn and enjoy... and don't miss the yummy lemon chiffon cream treats.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated New Testament
Signs of the Times chapter 11
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Second Coming

 

 

PRINT THIS ENTIRE LESSON

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #82 “I Wonder When He Comes Again” 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/cm

SCRIPTURE

Luke 21:36

 

36. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

 

 

VIDEO

Watch chapter 11 from the animated Complete Learning System, Signs of the Times DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

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

 

What is the Second Coming?
Jesus Christ first came to earth as a baby, born in a manger and was not widely accepted as the Messiah. When He comes the second time, it will be in power and great glory. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:” (Matt. 25: 31-32.)

What does “he shall separate them one from another” mean?

Christ will judge all mankind and separate the righteous from the evil.

 

Signs of the Times.
Before the Second Coming there will be many trials and tribulations. Heavenly Father has given us signs to watch for so that we will be ready to stand before our Savior. If we are faithful we will know what the signs are and will be watching for them. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36.)

How can we know what the signs to watch for are?

Through scripture study.

 

Prepare for the Second Coming
Is it important to prepare for the Second Coming?


“Will you be among those who are faithful to the end?...Can you live in the world and not partake of the sins of the world?...We know you can... We have every confidence that you, ‘the rising generation,’ will not falter: You were valiant spirits reserved for this exceptional time.”

Ezra Taft Benson, New Era, May 1982 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Look forward to the Savior’s return.
How can we have hope and not be afraid when the last days are upon us?


Sometimes we might feel like we will never be good enough, but he Lord counseled us to not lose hope and look forward to the day of His return, “be not troubled...And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.” (D&C 45:35, 39)

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

What did the Lord mean when he said “feareth me”?
Feel awe or reverence for.

 

Do we need to prepare for the Second Coming?
The Lord instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh.” (D&C 1:12.)

 

What can we do to prepare for the Second Coming?
“Let us be sure we thoroughly understand the most important things we can do to prepare ourselves for our Lord’s second coming to earth and, by our obedience and faithfulness, escape his punishment....This means a searching of our souls, an admittance of wrongdoing, and repentance where needed. It means keeping all of God’s commandments.....It means being honest in all our doings, in business and at home.”

Delbert L. Stapley, Ensign, Nov. 1975 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Have some of the signs of the Second Coming already been or now being fulfilled?
“Many of these signs are being fulfilled. Wickedness is everywhere. Nations are constantly at war. Earthquakes and other calamities are occurring. Many people now suffer from devastating storms, drought, hunger, and diseases. We can be certain that these calamities will become more severe before the Lord comes.”

Gospel Principles, Unit Nine © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

Are all the signs of the Second Coming frightful?
Discuss some of the joyful signs: Restoration of the Gospel, the coming forth of The Book of Mormon, the coming of Elijah, the gospel preached to all the world, the building of the New Jerusalem, etc.

Quote:

“It’s all in the holy scriptures, and of all the great events of the history of the world, as far as the prophets have foretold, the greatest is the preparation for the coming of the Savior in the latter days, when He will come in power and great glory, with all the holy angels, as King of kings and Lord of lords.” LeGrand Richards, Ensign, May 1977

 

STORY

 

 

“Daddy!” five-year old Callie hollered. Father entered the room and sat down on the edge of Callie’s bed.
“ I can’t sleep, ’cause I’m scared!” she confided.

Father gathered Callie into his arms and held her tight. “I’ll check under your bed for you Callie if you want, but you know there are no such things as monsters!”

“It’s not monsters I’m afraid of!” Callie sobbed. “I don’t want to starve before Jesus comes back to earth!”

“Oh, Callie! If you always follow the prophet, you’ll be prepared for His return. You don’t need to be afraid. When Jesus comes again it will be a very joyful day!” Father promised.

“But, Caleb said that a lot of bad things are going to happen!”

“Callie, Caleb was wrong to scare you,” Father said as he tucked Callie back into her bed. “There are bad things that are already happening and will happen before Jesus comes again, but Jesus taught that we don’t need to be troubled. Tomorrow for FHE we can talk about Jesus’ Second Coming with the whole family.”

Callie wiped her tears on the sleeve of her nightgown. “Will you sing me a song so I can go to sleep?”

“I’ll do anything for you, Princess,” Father said. Then he began singing, “I wonder when he comes again, Will herald angels sing? Will earth be white with drifted snow, or will the world know spring?...”

“Daddy!” the sleepy little girl said when he had finished, “That’s my favorite song! It will be wonderful when Jesus comes again. Won’t it?”

Father kissed Callie on the forehead. “Yes, princess. It will!” he said before leaving the room.

The next evening, Father and Mother gathered the family together for FHE. They talked about the signs of the second coming and how their family can be prepared and not be troubled.

“Callie. Do you know why we have food storage?” Father asked.

Callie thought about it for a moment and then looked at her older brother, Caleb, who looked down
sheepishly. Suddenly a warm comforting feeling came over her. She knew she didn’t need to be afraid of the things to come, as long as she was doing what’s right.

“’Cause the prophets told us to. So when the famines come we won’t starve!”

 

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2007 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “The Sun” Treats (Lemon Chiffon Cream Tarts)


“The Sun” Treats
(Lemon Chiffon
Cream Tarts)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 15 minutes

Directions:

Crust: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Blend with electric mixer, cream cheese with the butter. Stir in flour just until mixed well. Chill for 15 minutes. Dough can be made ahead and chilled for up to 24 hours.

 

Treat Time:

Divide dough into 12 balls. Give each family member one ball. Press or roll into a four inch circle. Pinch around edges into points to make sun rays. Press into muffin cups. Pierce bottoms and sides of crusts with fork. Bake for 10 minutes, or until light brown. Prepare filling while crusts bake.


Filling: Mix together until smooth the sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and 15 ounces whipped
topping.Reserve 5 ounces of whipped topping for garnish. Pour into baked shells. If you are not going
to eat immediately, cool crust before adding filling. Top your suns with clouds (the reserved 5 ounces of whipped topping).

Ingredients:

 

 

Crust

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 15 drops yellow food coloring

 

Filling

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 (10 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, softened
  • 20 drops yellow food coloring
 

ACTIVITY

 

 



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

 

1. Read scripture #1.
Ask: Has this sign started to be fulfilled?
Talk about some of the false prophets and the destruction and heartache that their followers have faced.

2. Read scripture #2.
Explain that if we are being obedient, we don’t need to be troubled by this sign or any of the signs of the second coming. Discuss how important it is for the signs to be fulfilled.

3. Read scripture #3.
Explain what famine, pestilences, and earthquakes are. Talk about the
importance of listening to the prophet and working on our 24 hr. emergency kits and food storage.

4. Read scripture #4.
Ask: Has this sign come to pass?
Ask: What other time in history was darkness over the whole land?
(Place nut on bolt to secure.)

5. Read scripture #5 (printed on the circle).
Talk about how no one knows, except Heavenly Father, the day and hour when the Savior will come again, not even the Savior Himself.
Discuss how we need to know and watch for the signs of the Second Coming, and prepare ourselves for the joyous day. Tape or glue “The Son” in the center of the windmill.

Preparation:

1. Print out the artwork.
2. Match up and glue parts A & B together and parts C & D together with print side out.
3. Cut out all pieces. Cut along red dotted lines. Use paper punch to make holes in corners (red dotted circles).
4. Punch a hole in the top of the drinking straw.
Place brad/bolt through hole in straw.
5. Place brad/bolt into center hole of windmill with scripture side facing up.
6. After reading and discussing each scripture, fold up corner with paper punch inward to center and place through brad or bolt.

 

What you need:

A copy, for each child, of the “The Sun” windmill cutout (artwork included with this lesson), scissors, glue/tape, drinking straw, nut and screw or brad.

 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
         
         

MUSIC MP3

 

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 11 from the animated Complete Learning System, Signs of the Times DVD. (Video clip is also provided for viewing online.)

 

2. What is the Second Coming?
Jesus Christ first came to earth as a baby, born in a manger and was not widely accepted as the Messiah. When He comes the second time, it will be in power and great glory. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:” (Matt. 25: 31-32.)
What does “he shall separate them one from another” mean? (Christ will judge all mankind and separate the righteous from the evil.)

 

3. Have we been given any signs to watch for Jesus’ return?
Before the Second Coming there will be many trials and tribulations. Heavenly Father has given us signs to watch for so that we will be ready to stand before our Savior. If we are faithful we will know what the signs are and will be watching for them. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Luke 21:36.)

How can we know what the signs to watch for are? (Through scripture study.)

Discuss some of the signs you saw in the video. Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

4. How can we have hope and not be afraid when the last days are upon us?
Sometimes we might feel like we will never be good enough, but he Lord counseled us to be hopeful and look forward to the day of His return, “be not troubled...And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.” (D&C 45:35, 39)

What did the Lord mean when he said “feareth me”? (Feel awe or reverence for.)

4. How can we have hope and not be afraid when the last days are upon us?
Sometimes we might feel like we will never be good enough, but he Lord counseled us to be hopeful and look forward to the day of His return, “be not troubled...And it shall come to pass that he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come, even for the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.” (D&C 45:35, 39)


What did the Lord mean when he said “feareth me”? (Feel awe or reverence for.)

 

5. Do we need to prepare for the Second Coming?
The Lord instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh.” (D&C 1:12.)

 

6. What can we do to prepare for the Second Coming?
“Let us be sure we thoroughly understand the most important things we can do to prepare
ourselves for our Lord’s second coming to earth and, by our obedience and faithfulness, escape his punishment....This means a searching of our souls, an admittance of wrongdoing, and repentance where needed. It means keeping all of God’s commandments....It means being honest in all our doings, in business and at home.”

Delbert L. Stapley, Ensign, Nov. 1975 © 2007 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

7. Are all the signs of the Second Coming frightful? (No!)
Discuss some of the joyful signs: Restoration of the Gospel, the coming forth of The Book of Mormon, the coming of Elijah, the gospel preached to all the world, the building of the New Jerusalem, etc.)

 

Quote:

“It’s all in the holy scriptures, and of all the great events of the history of the world, as far as the prophets have foretold, the greatest is the preparation for the coming of the Savior in the latter days, when He will come in power and great glory, with all the holy angels, as King of kings and Lord of lords.” LeGrand Richards, Ensign, May 1977 © 2007 Intellectual