Draw Near Unto Me
Ask, seek, knock. These are the words that the Lord describes in D&C 88 to come closer to Him. These words are active, not passive. Our journey to draw nearer to God is something that requires effort on our part. He is always near ready to answer us, find us wherever we are, and opens doors for us.
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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 Know My Father Lives"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
You will need a rope long enough to stretch across the room and an image of Jesus Christ. A thick rope (for pulling) would be ideal, but string or yarn will work as well. Tie each end of the rope to something sturdy on each end of the room (such as a door knob or a piece of furniture). The rope should be stretched across the room suspended in the air. Place the image of Jesus Christ at one end of the rope.
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Invite the children to take turns “drawing near” to the Savior by pulling them themselves forward along the rope towards the image of Christ. Emphasize the pulling motion on the rope so that they will have a better understanding of what it means to “draw” near.
After you complete the activity, ask the following questions:
1) What do you think it means to “draw near” to the Savior? (Discuss.)
2) How did it feel to use your legs and your arms to draw near to Jesus instead of just using your legs? (Discuss.)
3) Imagine there was a big storm, and it was dark so you can’t see. Then how would it feel to hold onto the rope? (Discuss.)
4) What are some things that we can hold onto when we are trying to draw near to Jesus Christ in our hearts? (Discuss things like family, the scriptures, the prophets, the Holy Ghost, the commandments, etc.)