Resisting Temptation: February 1st-7th
Little children are so innocent and pure! It breaks our hearts that we must prepare these sweet and beautiful spirits for a world where the adversary works to deceive, to enslave, and to destroy. A world where so many are stirred up to anger and revile against that which is good. How do we talk to our children about the temptations and buffetings of Satan without scaring them or breaking their hearts? And most importantly, how can we help them build on the rock of Jesus Christ so that they will be able to withstand and come off conqueror? It's not an easy task for any parent. We hope that this week's lesson and video will open the door for you to have age-appropriate discussions with your children about these important topics.
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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?"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
You will need a large bowl or a small cardboard box, a small stick, a string, and a piece of cheese (or any other treat a mouse would like!). Set up a “mouse trap” before the lesson. Tie the string to the stick. Turn the bowl (or box) upside down and use the stick to prop up one side of the bowl. Place the cheese under the bowl.
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Invite the children to inspect the “mouse trap.” Tell them to look for the “bait” and to think about how it works. After they have had a chance to explore the trap, explain the following:
Heavenly Father wants us to be happy, but Satan wants to destroy our happiness and ruin Heavenly Father’s plan. Satan uses temptations to try to do this.
A temptation is when we see something we want, but we know it is not good for us. It’s kind of like a trap! All of us have temptations, and it’s not bad to have a temptation. Even Jesus Christ was tempted!
The most important thing is what we do when we face a temptation!
1) Do you think a mouse will be tempted by this cheese? (Yes.)
2) What will happen if the mouse resists the temptation and walks away? (The mouse will be safe from the trap.)
3) What will happen if the mouse does not resist the temptation and the mouse tries to get the cheese? (The mouse will be caught in the trap.)
Now pull the string to demonstrate how the trap works.
🎥 V I D E O : "The Sneaky Bunny | A Story About Resisting Temptation"
Say: “Now we are going to watch a video about resisting temptations. Heavenly Father told us in the scriptures what we should do to resist temptations. When you are watching this video, see if you can remember what Heavenly Father told us to do to get away from temptations.
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
1) Was the girl able to get away from the bunny by herself? (No.)
2) What did she do when the bunny wouldn’t leave her alone and she was really sad? (She called out to her father.)
3) What does Heavenly Father tell us we should do to get away from temptations? (Pray always!)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Read the following scriptures and discuss the questions that follow.
5 Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan that do uphold his work.
1) What does this scripture tell us we should do to escape and conquer Satan’s temptations? (Pray always.)
18 Behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always lest ye enter into temptation; for Satan desireth to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.
1) What does this scripture tell us we should do to escape temptations? (Watch and pray always.)
33 Therefore let the church take heed and pray always, lest they fall into temptation;
1) What does this scripture tell us we should do to escape temptations? (Take heed and pray always.)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Invite the children to color the scene from the video. Read the scripture that is on the coloring page with the children. Use this time to talk about praying always to resist temptations.
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
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