When you teach that the living prophet leads the Church under the direction of Jesus Christ, you might “show the children the most recent conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona. Select sentences from the prophet’s talks, and invite children to read them aloud. Together, make a list of things the children could do to follow the prophet.” (2013 Sharing Time manual, 10).
It was a wonderful treasure hunt for me, to re-read the conference issue and look for things that President Monson said that children could understand and follow. Here are the gems I found:
- “I would recommend . . . that you take an inventory of your life and look specifically for the blessings, large and small, you have received.” (Ensign, Nov 2012, 86)
- “May we ever watch over one another, assisting in times of need.” (110)
- “Let us not be critical and judgmental but let us be tolerant, ever emulating the Savior’s example of loving-kindness.” (110) This may require defining some words for younger children.
- “May we pray for the inspiration to know of the needs of those around us, and then may we go forward and provide assistance.” (110)
- “I thank you for your prayers in my behalf. I need them; I feel them. We as General Authorities also remember all of you and pray for our Heavenly Father’s choicest blessings to be with you.” (111)
You might have a drawing activity illustrating these things the prophet has asked us to do: blessings we can be grateful for, or ways we can help others. You could do this “Pictionary style” — one child draws something on the board and the other children guess what they’re drawing. Or you could prepare a handout for coloring or original drawing.
Or you might like to play Follow The Prophet Tic Tac Toe – download the lesson plan and gameboard here.
And of course, there’s no better time to sing “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, 110). My favorite way to sing this song is with children reverently but valiantly marching, following a child who is taking a turn as a prophet, worthy of following. What a blessing for children to know they are safe following the Lord’s prophet, and to learn how to follow the prophet.
photo from mormonnewsroom.org