President Hinckley has counseled parents: “Read to your children. Read the story of the Son of God. Read to them from the New Testament. Read to them from the Book of Mormon. It will take time, and you are very busy, but it will prove to be a great blessing in your lives as well as in their lives. And there will grow in their hearts a great love for the Savior of the world, the only perfect man who walked the earth. He will become to them a very real living being, and His great atoning sacrifice as they grow to manhood and womanhood, will take on a new and more glorious meaning in their lives” (quoted in Church News, 6 Dec. 1997, 2)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Week 13: Chapter 13 - Zeniff

Book of Mormon
Chapter 13: Zeniff

Things I have learned from the Zeniff story:

  1. Zeniff was a spy who learned to love the land he had spent so much time in. It seems he had also learned to love the people within that land.
  2. Even though we may live in a different land to the majority of saints, the Lord still delights in giving us blessings and protecting us.
  3. Fasting and Prayer used in faith can work miracles (eg; you CAN beat the lamanite armies)

Activities that can be used when teaching these lessons from Zeniff:
  • Spy on the neighbours
  • Go for a walk to find things you wouldn't normally find
  • The lesson, "I Can Pray to Heavenly Father", from the new Nursery Manual has a few ideas on teaching your child to pray.
  • Learn about different cultures
  • Show and talk about the GAK picture 608 - Christ and Children from around the world
  • Sing "Children all over the World" - Childrens Songbook, page 16.
  • Look at a map of the world and talk about the different people that live on the different continents.
  • Move to a different country and fight the natives

Activities from the Friend:

My initial reaction when I first read over this chapter was one of despair. I couldn't think what I could do to create lessons from a story about Nephites that moved to a hostile land and fought the Lamanites. But once I delved further into the scriptures associated with the pictures I was able to see why Heavenly Father had wanted this particular story included in the scriptures.

I love doing this blog just for the mini lessons that I learn each week. I am sure that as you study out each lesson before you teach your little one, you too will start to benefit from your toddler's scripture study.


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1 comment:

  1. I'm cracking up over the "Move to a different country and fight the natives." My boys would really go for that. Great idea- perfect way to spice up family scripture study! :)