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The Restoration

The restoration of the gospel brought light to darkness and confusion to understanding. All that had been lost for centuries was now being restored through Joseph Smith. This week's lesson compares the restoration of the gospel to a boy restoring a bicycle. A boy takes the broken bicycle and restores it back to it's former glory. As your family discusses the restoration this week, we hope this metaphor will be helpful for your families!

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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 Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ"

➤ P R E P A R A T I O N


You will need a small bowl, one cup of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, a towel, and several old pennies (darkened and faded).

➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N


Place the bowl on the towel. Pour the vinegar into the bowl, and add the salt. Stir until the salt dissolves in the liquid. Pass around the pennies so that the children can inspect them closely and see how dark and old-looking they are. Now ask them the following questions:


1) Did these pennies always look this way? (No.)


2) How did they look when they were new? (They were clean and shiny.)


Now, say: “We are going to see if we can restore these pennies. If we can restore them, they will look like they did before, when they were new.”


Invite the children to place the pennies in the bowl (inside the vinegar and salt solution.) Let the pennies soak for about 60 seconds and allow the children to watch. After 60 seconds, take the pennies out of the vinegar and dry them off on the towel. Allow the children to inspect the pennies and see if any of them were “restored.”


Now explain the following:


When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He formed His church and He gave His apostles priesthood authority. But lat