Studying the Scriptures
The video this week, "Scripture Study for Kids" goes right along with 2 Timothy 3:15-16. Children will be given ideas of numerous ways they can make the study of the scriptures engaging, personal, and fun!
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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 : "Scripture Power"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
Before the lesson, choose a scripture that you feel would be meaningful for each child and write the verses out on a separate piece of paper, one for each child (A lined paper is provided on page 5). Address the child before the verse, as if you were writing a letter. Sign the letter “Love, Heavenly Father.” Place the paper in an envelope and seal the envelope. (An envelope template is provided, if envelopes are available.) Address the envelope to the child. (If you have a pretend mailbox you could place the letter(s) in the mailbox.)
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Hand the children their sealed letters but instruct them NOT to open them.
Discuss the following questions:
1) Are you excited to open your letters from Heavenly Father?
2) If Heavenly Father wrote you a letter, what do you think he would say to you?
3) Do you think Heavenly Father would say things to make us sad or to make us happy?
4) Do you think Heavenly Father knows some things that we don’t know about?
5) What if you didn’t open your letter or didn’t read the letter? What would happen?
🎥 V I D E O : "Scripture Study for Kids"
Explain: “We are going to watch a video about reading the scriptures! See if you can find three different ways to start reading the scriptures when we are young.”
[Watch Video: “Scripture Study for Kids”]
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
1) Did you find three ways to start reading the scriptures when we are young? (Look for clues,
think of it like a treasure map, find ways that the scriptures are like you, look for Jesus Christ in
the scriptures, look for a match, etc.)
2) What are some words that you have seen or heard in the scriptures more than once?
3) Can you think of a story from the scriptures that is like you?
4) What if you didn’t open this letter from Heavenly Father? What do you think would happen?
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Before reading the verses, invite children to listen for the word “child.”
After reading the verses, discuss the following questions:
1) When should we start reading the scriptures? When we are old? When we are children?
2) Do you think it’s hard to read the scriptures? (Discuss how scriptures can be hard for a child to
understand with lots of big words and no pictures, etc.)
3) What are some things we can do that could help kids learn from the scriptures? (Discussion
might include ideas from the video, along with other things such as: drawing pictures, asking
someone older to read them with you, using illustrated scripture stories, praying and asking
Heavenly Father to help, reading just a little at a time, etc.)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Invite children to draw a picture or write a letter to Heavenly Father. (An extra sheet of paper with lines, is included for more space.)
Provide an envelope for their letters and invite them to address the letter to Heavenly Father. (If you do not have envelopes, a template it provided to make your own. Cut, fold, and glue/tape.)
Explain: “When we want to talk to Heavenly Father, he is always ready to listen and he wants to hear from us. When we draw pictures for him, he can see what we draw. When we write things in a letter or in a journal for him, he can see what we are writing and he knows how we are feeling. When we pray to him, he can hear our prayers.”
Invite children to open the letter from Heavenly Father and help them read the verse that was selected just for them.
➤ 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.