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Forgiveness (Come Follow Me Lesson for Kids: May 27-June 2)

At the core of the Gospel of Jesus Christ lies the profound principle of forgiveness. It's something we earnestly seek from our Creator, who, in turn, instructs us to also extend forgiveness to one another. Such a noble act, the act of forgiveness, is only possible through the power of Jesus Christ's atonement.

 

In this Come Follow Me Lesson for kids, children will learn a simple technique for letting go of angry feelings, why holding onto anger isn't good for us, what God has asked us to do to receive forgiveness, and what Alma learned about forgiveness when the voice of the Lord spoke to Him.


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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 : "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus"

 

➤ P R E P A R A T I O N


You will need several sheets of blank printer paper.

 

➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N


Give each child a piece of paper and ask them to fold the paper in half neatly three times.


After they complete the task, give each child a new piece of paper. Now ask the children to close their hands into really tight fists and attempt the same folding challenge again while continuing to squeeze their fists tightly!


After they try it, invite them to continue to squeeze their fists tightly while you explain the following: “This is what our hearts feel like when we are angry (squeezing tight with our fists). It takes a lot of energy, and it makes us so tired! And when we are angry, it’s really hard to do anything except be angry!"


But when we forgive (instruct children to release their hands), we feel calm, and we are free again. We can do the things we want to do again (wiggle your fingers around to demonstrate the freedom of movement), and we are free again to do the things that Heavenly Father would have us do!


 

🎥 V I D E O : "The Boy Who Got Stuck Being Angry | A Story About Forgiving Others"


Say: “Now we are going to watch a video about a boy named Jonas who was angry at his brother. Let’s watch and see why he was angry, and how long he stayed angry!”




Discuss the following questions after watching the video:


1) Why was Jonas angry? (His little brother spilled water on his drawing.)


2) What happened when he tried riding his bike and swinging on the swing? (He was still stuck being

angry!)


3) What idea did Jonas have that helped him to stop being angry and forgive his brother? (He stood

in front of his fan!)


4) What ideas can you think of that might help you if you are feeling angry? (Discuss ideas

together.)

 

➤ S C R I P T U R E D I S C U S S I O N


Read the verses below and discuss the questions that follow.



1) Who is speaking in this verse? (The Lord is speaking.)


2) Is the Lord willing to forgive? (Yes, the Lord is willing to forgive!)



And ye shall also forgive one another your trespasses...


1) What does the Lord ask us to do if someone offends us? (He told us we should forgive one

another.)



And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.


1) Why do you think God wants us to forgive others? (Discuss.)


2) How do you think we will feel if we don’t forgive, and we stay angry at one another? (Discuss.)


3) Does the Lord forgive us? (Yes!)


4) How would we feel if the Lord didn't forgive us? (Discuss.)


 

➤ A C T I V I T Y

Come Follow Me Lesson for Kids

Pass out the coloring page. Invite the children to color the scene from the video. Use this time to talk about managing angry feelings, and about forgiveness.

 

➤ T E S T I M O N Y


Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.

 

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