Anxiously Engaged in a Good Cause
We all have been created to act, not simply to be acted upon. We are most like God when we learn to use our own moral agency to bring to pass righteousness. Even our children can learn and exercise this principle. Maybe they choose to share without being told to! Perhaps they make their bed or clean their room on their own! Or maybe they create a small note or drawing for a family member! As we strive to become like Jesus Christ, we must learn to act, and to be "anxiously engaged in a good cause." The power is in us, and the power is in our children!
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➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.
🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "When We're Helping"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
Print a copy of the “Imagination Circle Challenge” for each person who will be present at the lesson. Also have pencils, markers, or crayons ready for everyone to use.
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Pass out a copy of the “Imagination Circle Challenge” to each person. Invite the children to use their imagination to think of something that the circle could be, and then draw it! (For example, if a child thought of a sun they would draw sun rays around the circle to show that it is a sun.) Try to encourage each child to generate an idea on their own! If a child is having a difficult time with this, you could invite them to walk around the house on their own and look for things that are circles.
Once everyone has finished their drawings, have the children take turns sharing the drawings with the rest of the group and telling the group what they imagined!
Once you have completed the activity, discuss the following questions.
1) Did someone tell you what to draw? Or did you think of it all by yourself? (They thought of the ideas by themselves!)
2) Do you know what the word “imagination” means? (It means to think of an idea in your mind.)
3) Why do you think Heavenly Father wanted us to have an imagination? (Discuss.)
4) Do you think Heavenly Father wants us to use our imagination for good things or bad things? (Good things.)
🎥 V I D E O : " Joey the Roly Poly | Anxiously Engaged in a Good Cause"
Say: Now we are going to watch a video about some roly polies! Let’s watch and see if the roly polies use their imagination to do good things!
[Watch Video: “Joey the Roly Poly | Anxiously Engaged in a Good Cause”]
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
1) Why were the roly polies waiting by the box? (They were waiting for the box to tell them what to do.)
2) Did the box help them do good things? (Yes!)
3) What happened when the roly polies used their imagination? (They were able to do even more good things!)
4) What were some of the ideas that the roly polies had? How many can you remember? (Discuss.)
5) How are we like the roly polies? (We have an imagination! And Heavenly Father has given us the power to think of lots of good things to do!)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Read the first part of D&C 58:27 and discuss the questions that follow.
27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause,
1) What does it mean to be “anxiously engaged?” (It means you really want to do something and you are trying hard to do it.)
2) What is a “good cause?” (It means something that is good.)
Read D&C 58:27 again, but this time read the entire verse. Then discuss the questions that follow.
27 Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
1) What does it mean to do something of our “own free will?” (It means we are doing it because we want to, and not because someone is making us do it.)
2) What does it mean to “bring to pass much righteousness?” (It means using your imagination and working hard to make good things happen!)
28 For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
1) Who has “power in them” to do good things? (We all do!)
2) What do you think that power is? (Imagination, creativity, hard work, faith.)
3) What does Heavenly Father want us to use that power for? (To do good things!)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Invite the children to color the scene from the video! As they are coloring, ask the children how many good things they can think of to do with their imagination. Invite them to write or draw their ideas on the back of the paper. You could also print extra copies of the “Imagination Circle Challenge” and invite them to think of more ideas for what the circle could be!
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
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