Through the atonement of Jesus Christ, each one of us can become spiritually clean and pure!
Heavenly Father sent His Son to atone for the sins of the world. This is truly the miracle of miracles! Christ is the light, and life, and hope of the world. He has burst the chains of sin and death. He has the power to redeem us!
This week's lesson bundle will help children to understand and reflect on this beautiful doctrine.
➤ 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 : "He Sent His Son"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
You will need a small bowl of flour, a large bowl of water, and a towel.
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Ask for a volunteer. Invite the volunteer to place their hands in the flour (so that their hands are lightly coated with flour). Invite the volunteer to hold up their hands to show that their hands are dirty.
Next, invite the volunteer to reverently wash their hands in the bowl of water. Allow the other children to take turns doing the same activity if they would like to have a turn.
After you have completed the activity, discuss the following questions:
If we want to wash dishes, what do we use? (Water!)
If we want to wash our clothes, what do we use? (Water!)
If we want to wash our hair, what do we use? (Water!)
Can you think of some other things we can wash with water? (Discuss.)
Explain the following: In the Gospel of Jesus Christ, water is a symbol. It can remind us that all of our sins can be washed away by the atonement of Jesus Christ! If we choose to repent and have Faith in Jesus Christ, He has the power to make us clean and make our hearts new again – just like the water can make our hands clean!
🎥 V I D E O : " The Car Wash"
Say: “Now we are going to watch a story about a car who was feeling sad! See if you can find why the car was feeling sad.”
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
Why was the car feeling sad? (He wanted to be clean, but he couldn’t find a car wash that was strong enough to clean off the mud.)
Who do you think the car represents? (The car represents each one of us. When we choose to break God’s commandments, our hearts can feel like a car with dirt and mud on it.)
Who had enough power to clean the car at the end of the video? (The crane truck, and his very big car wash at the top of the hill!)
Who does the crane truck represent? (Jesus Christ! He has enough power to cleanse us and make our hearts new again!)
Does Jesus Christ stop loving us if we choose to break the commandments? (No, He always loves us! And he invites all to come unto Him!)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Read the verses below and discuss the questions that follow.
"And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
What does tribulation mean? (Tribulation is when we feel great suffering.)
Who has the power to give us relief when we are feeling tribulation? (The Lord has power to give us relief and peace.)
If we are feeling tribulation from our sins, what can we do? (We can turn to the Lord and repent and ask Him to clean our hearts and heal our hearts.)
"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Who has the power to create a clean heart in us? (Jesus Christ!)
If we know we did something wrong, do you think Heavenly Father wants us to hide? Or do you think He wants us to turn to Him and ask for His help? (He wants us to turn to Him and ask for His help!)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Invite the children to color the before/after images from the video. Use this time to talk about repentance and the cleansing power of Jesus Christ’s atonement.
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
Bring the Scriptures to Life with Water!
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'Come, Follow Me' is a resource offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is designed to be used in the home to support personal and family scripture study to build faith in Heavenly Father and His plan of salvation and in the Savior Jesus Christ and His Atonement. Come, Follow Me is self-contained and adequate, when used properly. Products and materials designed to supplement this resource, though they may be helpful in some instances, are not necessary for a successful home study program.