Pride and Humility
Teaching our children to be humble while preserving their self worth and self esteem can be a little challenging. We hope to simplify the concept of pride and humility for your children so they can understand how to remain humble. The lesson includes the story of Nehor from Alma 1.
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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 : "Come Follow Me"
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Play a game of “Follow the Leader.” Allow children, and others who are present, to take turns being
the leader. You can walk around while you play, or you may choose to stay seated and use hand gestures while you play.
After you conclude the drawing challenge, discuss the following questions:
1) Think about when it was your turn to lead. Was it fun when the others were following you?
2) How do you think you would feel if no one was willing to follow you? (Discuss.)
3) Would this game work very well if no one was willing to follow? (No.)
4) What do you think would happen? (Discuss.)
5) When Jesus Christ says “Come, follow me,” what do you think He wants us to do? (Discuss.)
6) What do you think happens if we aren’t willing to follow Jesus Christ? (Discuss.)
Hand gesture for humble: Invite children to clasp their hands together (as if they were praying).
Explain: “When we are humble, that means we are willing to listen to Jesus Christ and we are willing to follow Him. We aren’t fighting against Him.”
Hand gesture for prideful: Invite children to make two fists and press them together like they are pushing against one another.
Explain: “When we are prideful, that means we don’t want to listen to Jesus Christ, and we are not willing to do what he asks us to do. We are fighting against Him.”
🎥 V I D E O : "The Prideful Ant"
Say: “Now we are going to watch a video about some ants. See if you can find the ant who doesn’t want to listen anymore."
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
1) Did you see an ant who didn’t want to listen to anyone anymore? (Discuss.)
2) Why did he start to feel prideful? (The ant saw his reflection in the spoon and thought he was really big.)
3) All of us start to feel prideful sometimes. Can you think of some things that lead us to begin feeling prideful? (Discuss.)
4) Why did the ant decide to be humble and listen again? (The ant realized the winter was coming and he wasn’t prepared.)
5) What are some things that help us to remember to be humble again? (Discuss.)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
1) Why did Nehor start feeling prideful? (The people gave Nehor lots of money and he started wearing “very costly apparel.")
2) What did he do next? (Nehor established his own church to teach people what he wanted to teach them.)
1) What does it mean to contend sharply? (Contend sharply means to fight really hard against something.)
2) Show me, with your hands (fists), what you think “contend sharply” looks like!
3) Was Nehor willing to listen to God, or still feeling prideful? (Discuss.)
1) Why did the people start fighting each other? (People fought each other because there were many who began to be proud.)
1) What do you think it means to be "lifted up in the pride of their own eyes?” (Discuss.)
2) What are some things that these people did when they were feeling prideful? (Discuss.)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Pass out activity pages.
Follow the directions on the activity pages. Use this activity as an opportunity to discuss what it looks like to be prideful and what it looks like to be humble and willing to listen to Jesus Christ.
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
'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.