Joseph Smith's First Vision
In celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the prophet Joseph Smith's first vision we wanted to create a new first vision animated video. We hope this video will enhance your family or personal study of the restoration and the first vision!
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➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.
🎶 K A R A O K E V I D E O : "Did You Think to Pray"
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Ask children the following question:
What time is it right now? (Allow children to search for a watch, clock, or mobile device to find the answer.)
After children have completed the activity, discuss the following:
1) When you wanted to know what time it was, did you just sit still and do nothing? Or did you look around for something? (Discuss)
2) What did you look for? Where did you go? (Looked for a clock)
3) Why did you look for a clock? (Because we know the clock can tell us the time!)
4) Can a clock teach us about Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ? (No)
5) If we want to learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, what should we look around for? Who should we go to? (Study the scriptures, study the teachings of the prophets, watch general conferences, pray to Heavenly Father, etc.)
Explain: Just like we go to the clock to see what time it is, we can go to Heavenly Father in prayer when we have an important question! In the scriptures, Heavenly Father has told us lots of times to “ask,” and we will receive.
🎥 V I D E O : "The First Vision"
Say: “We are going to watch a video about Joseph Smith when he was looking for an answer to a very important question. See if you can find out what Joseph Smith wanted to know, and see if you can find out what he did to find the answer to his question.”
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
1) What did Joseph want to know? (What church to join)
2) How did Joseph Smith find the answer? (Prayed to ask Heavenly Father)
3) Did Joseph Smith do anything before he decided to pray? What did he do? (Read the scriptures, asked other people, visited different churches, etc.)
4) Joseph found a scripture that gave him an idea. Do you remember what the scripture said to do? (Ask God)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Read the verses below and discuss the questions that follow.
After reading the verses together, discuss the following questions:
1) What does it mean when it says “if any of you lack wisdom?” (Discuss)
2) How can we ask God something? What do we have to do? (Discuss)
3) What does it mean when it says “it shall be given him.” (Discuss)
4) What do you think Heavenly Father wants us to do when we want to know about something? (Discuss)
5) Can you think of other stories in the scriptures when someone needed to ask God for something? (Discuss)
1) What do you think “ask in faith” means? (Discuss)
2) What do you think “nothing wavering” means? What is “wavering?” (Invite children to walk across the room and show you what they think “wavering” looks like)
3) What do you think it means to not waver when we are asking something? (Invite children to walk across the room and demonstrate a direct path, not wavering)
4) How did Joseph Smith show that he was not wavering? (He worked for a long time to find an answer to his question, he kept asking and really wanted to know.)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Color and cut out the images of the “standing” Joseph Smith, and the three churches. Fold on the dotted lines to create stand-up figures. Spread out the church buildings and then help Joseph “walk” from one church to the next in search of his answer. Color the scene of the first vision. Remind children that we can all ask Heavenly Father things in prayer, just like Joseph Smith did.
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
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