Thursday, October 3, 2013

missionary lessons for kids #1 - restoration

i am going to be working on a series of blog posts called missionary lessons for kids.   my daughter is taking the lessons before her baptism and is inviting her friends over to take them with her.   we live in germany so some of the things i post will be translated into german.   i should have english and german or at least the reference to the english version.   i have been asking for help on an lds group on facebook.   i have been receiving contributions there so for credits, join the group.

the first lesson in the preach my gospel manual is the restoration.
one of the ideas is to label and stack cups to build a tower or pyramid.   then take some of the things from the tower and show how the church of Christ fell because these truths were taken away.  someone suggested to expand on that and just use jenga blocks.   another suggestion was to visualize a glass table and then imagine it was broken into little pieces.  people came and took what they could and built their own churches from the pieces.   this represents that people did what hey could, and the churches all have some truth but because the prophets and apostles were taken away, they did not have the whole gospel.

 i would combine these.   i have kids so i would use kids building blocks.  

ask what a church needs.   what did the church that Jesus led have?   prophets, apostles, revelation, scriptures, faith, followers or disciples, priesthood, prayer, etc.  each thing could have several blocks to represent it.   you might go with certain shapes, sizes, or colors to represent certain things.  

the people killed the apostles and prophets, take those blocks away.   when you take those away, you take revelation.   you still have inspiration but it is not the same thing as revelation.  

then you still have scripture, faith, knowledge of Jesus and the Atonement, these kinds of things.  now, everyone that is still a believer of Christ, wants the church so they come and take what is left and they do their best to build back up what they recognise as a church.   they still have inspiration but not revelation.   they still have scripture and knowledge, but not prophets and apostles.  

now, everyone has their own churches in front of them.   each has truth, each is the best they can do with what is left.   none are whole.  

explain how joseph smith was called to restore the whole truth, the whole gospel.   God gave back things like prophets and apostles, revelation, and priesthood.   put these blocks back on the table and begin building.   now we can take things like the scriptures, prayer, faith and all the pieces that were left and we have the whole truth built, the whole building built again.