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“Separate, Yet One in Purpose”

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Are Mormons Christian? Are God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost distinct, separate, immortal beings? This lesson, activity and fun recipe, answers these questions, while strengthening your family's testimonies of the Godhead.

 

SONG

SCRIPTURE

VIDEO CLIP


LESSON SUMMARY

POINTS TO PONDER

 

STORY

TREAT
TIME

ACTIVITY

ACTIVITY PAGES

MUSIC MP3

 

VIDEO CLIP:
The Animated New Testament
Jesus, The Son of God
chapters 4-5
(click on above for full screen)

PRINCIPLE:
Godhead

 

 

PRINT THIS ENTIRE LESSON

 

20-MINUTE LESSON

   

SONG

 
 

Children’s Songbook #12 2 "The First Article of Faith”

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

3 Nephi 11:32

 

32. And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.

 

VIDEO

Watch chapters 4-5 from the animated Complete Learning System, Jesus, The Son of God DVD or CLICK FOR CLIP

 

LESSON SUMMARY

 
 

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

 

The members of the Godhead all work together to help us obtain eternal life. Although they work together as one, they have separate roles.

What did Jesus mean when He said that He was about His Father’s business? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that Jesus was not speaking of Joseph’s business, but of the business of His literal Father, God the Father.)

We know from reading the scriptures that even at a young age Jesus knew that his role on earth, as a member of the Godhead, was to carry out His Father’s plan. Jesus came to earth not only to atone for our sins, but also to teach us how to we can return to live with our Heavenly Father.

How can we know for ourselves that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God?
(Discuss ideas.)

“People all over the world, of every creed and persuasion, search and struggle to know, Who is God? What is His relationship to Jesus Christ? And what is our relationship with Them? ... God the Father and Jesus Christ are distinct, separate, immortal beings. They know us as individuals, and They hear and answer our sincere prayers. ... Since my own boyhood, Joseph Smith’s experience has been a guide to me—and can be for all of us. The young prophet learned the truth about our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, because he sought to know from the scriptures his
Heavenly Father’s will and then he faithfully obeyed.” Robert D. Hales, April 2008 General Conference © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

 

What three personages make up the Godhead? (God the Eternal Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.)

How does our knowledge of the Godhead differ from other Christian faiths?
(Discuss ideas.)

“We believe these three [God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost] divine persons constituting a single Godhead are united in purpose, in manner, in testimony, in mission. We believe Them to be filled with the same godly sense of mercy and love, justice and grace, patience, forgiveness, and redemption. I think it is accurate to say we believe They are one in every significant and eternal aspect imaginable except believing Them to be three persons
combined in one substance, a Trinitarian notion never set forth in the scriptures because it is not true.” Jeffrey R. Holland, Oct 2007 General Conference © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

POINTS TO PONDER

 
 

Why was Jesus the only person on earth who could atone for our sins? (Discuss ideas.)

Jesus is the only person on earth to be born of a mortal mother and an immortal father. That is why he is called the Only Begotten Son. From his mother he inherited mortality. Like us, He felt hunger, thirst, fatigue, pain, and death, but because He inherited divine powers from his Father, no one could take His life from him unless He willingly let them. He had power to lay down His life and power to take up his body again after dying.

What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one” (3 Nephi 11:27)?

“I do not apprehend that any intelligent person will construe these words to mean that Jesus and his Father are one person, but merely that they are one in knowledge, in truth, in wisdom, in understanding, and in purpose; just as the Lord Jesus himself admonished his disciples to be one with him, and to be in him, that he might be in them. It is in this sense that I understand this language, and not as it is construed by some people, that Christ and his Father are one person. I declare to you that they are not one person, but that they are two persons, two bodies, separate and apart, and as distinct as are any father and son.” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

How can we be one with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? (Discuss ideas.)

“Surely we will not be one with God and Christ until we make Their will and interest our greatest desire. Such submissiveness is not reached in a day, but through the Holy Spirit, the Lord will tutor us if we are willing until, in process of time, it may accurately be said that He is in us as the Father is in Him.” D. Todd Christofferson, Liahona, Nov 2002 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Joseph Smith testified that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are separate beings, “I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Joseph Mitch 1:17.)

Since then all of the modern prophets have also testified. resident Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “And so I believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. ... Their individuality was made apparent when Jesus was baptized by John in Jordan. There in the water stood the Son of God. His Father’s voice was heard declaring His divine sonship, and the Holy Ghost was manifest in the form of a dove (see Matt. 3:16–17).” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Jul 2006 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Why is it important for each of us to know for ourselves (have a testimony) that God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate personages who are one in purpose and that God and Jesus have bodies of flesh and bone? (Discuss ideas.)

 

 

STORY

"Following Jesus Christ's Example"

 

“Did you have fun at Sophie’s house after school?” Mother asked Lauren.

“Oh, yes! We made cookies, played dress-up and watched a movie,” Lauren answered with excitement. “And you’ll never guess what the movie was.”

“Hmmm. Was it Beauty and the Beast?” Mother guessed. Lauren giggled and shook her head “no.”

“Sleeping Beauty? Snow White? Cinderella? ...”

Lauren giggled and shook her head, “no”, with each guess.

“I’ll give you a hint,” she said. “It’s starts with a J,” Lauren hinted.

“J, huh?” Mother said thinking. “Oh, I know! You watched Jungle Book.”

“Not even close,” Lauren squealed. “I told you, you’d never guess.”

“You’re right. I give up,” Mother conceded. “What did you watch?”

“Jesus, The Son of God.” Lauren answered. “Sophie has all the Animated Stories from the New Testament videos, just like me.”

“Why does that surprise you?” Mother asked.

“Well, Sophie’s a Mormon and Billy says I shouldn’t play with her because Mormons aren’t Christians,” Lauren explained.

“And do you think that, too?”

“I like playing with Sophie. She’s really, really nice.”

“Do you think that Sophie’s not a Christian?”

Lauren thought for a moment. “To be a Christian means that you believe in Jesus Christ. Right?

“That’s right! And Does Sophie believe in Jesus Christ?”

“I know she does, ’cause when we were watching, Jesus, The Son of God, she said that she loved Jesus and she knew that He really is the Son of God.”

“True Christians not only believe in Jesus Christ, they also try to be like Him by following His teachings and example,” Mother explained.

Lauren thought for a moment. “One of the things Jesus taught is to ‘Love one another.’”

“And how do we show love that we love one another?” Mother continued.

Lauren thought for a moment. “One of the things Jesus taught is to ‘Love one another.’”

“And how do we show love that we love one another?” Mother continued.

“By being kind to each other,” Lauren answered.

“So who do you think is following Jesus Christ’s example–Billy or Sophie?”

“Sophie. She’s kind to everyone. Even, Billy!” Lauren exclaimed.

Mother gave Lauren a tight hug. “I hope you’re kind to everyone, too,” she said.

“Mom, Sophie asked if I could go to church with her on Sunday. Can I?” Lauren asked.

Mother thought for a moment. They had never taken Lauren to church of any kind. They believed in God and Jesus Christ, but the theology that they had been taught as children, that “the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three persons, but a single substance,” was incomprehensible to them. Instead they read the Bible as a family and watched the Animated Stories from the New Testament videos to teach Lauren about Jesus Christ.

“Maybe letting Lauren go to church with Sophie’s not such a bad idea. The Petersons seem like a real nice family,” Mother thought. “It’s okay with me, if it’s okay with your Dad,” Mother answered.

“Mom. Dad. Guess what I learned today?” Lauren called, when she came home from Primary. Lauren held up a card. “Listen to this. ‘The Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
1. We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.’ This proves that Mormons, I mean, the real name, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are Christians,” Lauren stated. “And you know what else I learned?”

Father and Mother smiled at their enthusiastic daughter. “What?” they said in unison.

“You were right, Mom. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have bodies. Joseph Smith saw them,” Lauren explained. “And look at this,” she said, holding up the braided yarn bracelet that dangled from her wrist. “Sophie’s teacher gave us each three separate strands of yarn and showed us how we could make them ‘one in purpose’. Just like God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are separate beings, but one in purpose.”

by Margie Nauta Lee © 2008 Living Scriptures, Inc.

 

TREAT TIME

CLICK TO PRINT “Three-in-One" Cookies


"Three-in-One" Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: 7-12 minutes

Directions:

Cream together the shortening and butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, vanilla extract and food coloring until fluffy. In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt. Add dry mixture to creamed mixture. Chill for at least 1 hr.

Treat Time:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Give each family member 3 tsp. size balls of cookie dough. Roll each ball of dough in granulated sugar and then roll each into a 5 inch strip. Place the three separate strips side by side and lightly twist together to form a single rope. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with granulated sugar.

“The true doctrine of the Godhead was lost in the apostasy that followed the Savior’s mortal ministry and the deaths of His Apostles. This doctrine began to be restored when 14-year-old Joseph Smith received his First Vision (see Joseph Smith—History 1:17). From the Prophet’s account of the First Vision and from his other teachings, we know that the members of the Godhead are three separate beings. The Father and the Son have tangible bodies of flesh and bones, and the Holy Ghost is a
personage of spirit (see D&C 130:22).” True to the Faith (2004) © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon yellow food coloring
1/4 cup granulated sugar (for topping)

 

 

ACTIVITY

 

 



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

1. Give each family member a braiding wheel. Explain: God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are one in purpose. “We believe Them to be filled with the same godly sense of mercy and love, justice and grace, patience, forgiveness, and redemption.” Jeffrey R. Holland, Oct 2007 General Conference © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

2. Give each family member three pieces of yarn. Ask: Are these separate pieces of yarn or are they one? Explain: The three pieces of yarn are like God, the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. They are separate and individual, yet they are alike.

3. Ask: Even though these pieces of yarn are separate, can they be one? (Discuss ideas.)

4. Use the Braiding Wheel to braid the three pieces of yarn together:
a. Place the three pieces of yarn together with ends even and then fold in half.
b. Take the folded end and tie it in a knot so that there are now six free ends.
c. Push the knot through the hole in the braiding wheel.
d. Thread the six strands down through the six of the slits in the wheel (one slit will remain open).
e. Braid by taking the third strand from the empty slit and placing it over two strands and into the empty slit. Continue in this manner, pulling the braided strands down through the hole.
f. When you reach the end, remove from braiding card and tie a knot in the end. Now tie an additional knot 1/2 inch from the first knot. Then thread the single knot on the opposite end can between the six strands in the 1/2 space to form a friendship bracelet.

5. Ask: Are there still three separate strands of yarn? Explain: Yes. There are still three separate strands of yarn, yet they have been made one, in purpose (to form a bracelet). This is the same with the Godhead. God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are separate, yet one in purpose: to help us obtain eternal life.

Preparation:

1. Glue artwork (one braiding wheel per person) to cardstock. Cut along black lines.

2. Cut three pieces of yarn, 18 inches long, per person.

 

What you need:

A copy of the “Separate, Yet One in Purpose” activity (artwork included with this lesson), scissors, glue, cardstock and yarn.

 

ACTIVITY PAGES

 
       
         
         
   
 

20-MINUTE LESSON

CLICK TO PRINT "20-MINUTE" LESSON NOTES

 

1. Watch chapter 7 from The Complete Learning System, Jesus, The Son of God DVD.

2. Read: 3 Nephi 11:32
“And this is my doctrine, and it is the doctrine which the Father hath given unto me; and I bear record of the Father, and the Father beareth record of me, and the Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father and me; and I bear record that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent and believe in me.”

3. The members of the Godhead all work together to help us obtain eternal life. Although they work together as one, they have separate roles.

What did Jesus mean when He said that He was about His Father’s business? (Discuss ideas. Emphasize that Jesus was not speaking of Joseph’s business, but of the business of His literal Father, God the Father.)

4. How can we know for ourselves that Jesus Christ is the literal Son of God? (Discuss ideas.)

5. What three personages make up the Godhead? (God the Eternal Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost.)

6. How does our knowledge of the Godhead differ from other Christian faiths? (Discuss ideas.)

“We believe these three [God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost] divine persons constituting a single
Godhead are united in purpose, in manner, in testimony, in mission. We believe Them to be filled with the same godly sense of mercy and love, justice and grace, patience, forgiveness, and redemption. I think it is accurate to say we believe They are one in every significant and eternal aspect imaginable except believing Them to be three persons combined in one substance, a Trinitarian notion never set forth in the scriptures because it is not true.” Jeffrey R. Holland, Oct 2007 General Conference © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.


7. What did Jesus mean when He said, “I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one” (3 Nephi 11:27)?

“I do not apprehend that any intelligent person will construe these words to mean that Jesus and his Father are one person, but merely that they are one in knowledge, in truth, in wisdom, in understanding, and in purpose; just as the Lord Jesus himself admonished his disciples to be one with him, and to be in him, that he might be in them. It is in this sense that I understand this language, and not as it is construed by some people, that Christ and his Father are one person. I declare to you that they are not one person, but that they are two persons, two bodies, separate and apart, and as distinct as are any father and son.” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

9. Joseph Smith testified that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are separate beings, “I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (Joseph Smith—History 1:17.)

Since then all of the modern prophets have also testified. President Gordon B. Hinckley once said, “And so I believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. ... Their individuality was made apparent when Jesus was baptized by John in Jordan. There in the water stood the Son of God. His Father’s voice was heard declaring His divine sonship, and the Holy Ghost was manifest in the form of a dove (see Matt. 3:16–17).” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Jul 2006 © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

10. Why is it important for each of us to know for ourselves (have a testimony) that God the Father, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate personages who are one in purpose and that God and Jesus have bodies of flesh and bone? (Discuss ideas.)