Elder L. Tom Perry's October 2006 Conference talk




Opening Song: I Will Follow God's Plan, Children's Songbook, p 164

Opening Prayer:

Thought:  Everyone in the Church who is on the straight and narrow path, who is striving and struggling and desiring to do what is right, though [he] is far from perfect in this life; if he passes out of this life while he's on the straight and narrow, he's going to go on to eternal reward in his Father's kingdom (The Probationary Test of Mortality, devotional address, Salt Lake Institute of Religion, Jan. 10, 1982, 8-9).

Purpose: To review the October 2006 Conference talk and teach the importance of the Plan of Salvation.

Object Lesson: Hide something and tell the younger children to find it, but don't tell them what they are looking for or how to find it. As they get confused and start asking questions, talk about why they are confused and how you can help. Tell them what the object is and give them directions for finding it (e.g., take four steps forward, turn to the wall that has windows, etc.). Discuss how much easier it is to find something when we have a plan and follow it.

Ask:  Where did we come from?

Ask: Why are we here?

Quote: There are two purposes for life in mortality. The first is that we might gain experiences that we could not obtain in any other way. The second is to obtain tabernacles of flesh and bones. Both of these purposes are vital to the existence of man. We are now being tried and tested to see if we will do all the things the Lord has commanded us to do. These commandments are the principles and ordinances of the gospel, and they constitute the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every principle and ordinance has a bearing upon the whole purpose of our testing, which is to prepare us to return to our Heavenly Father and become more like Him

Ask: Where are we going?

Quote: Life on earth is of limited duration. There comes a time for all of us when the spirit and the body are separated in death. But because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we will all be resurrected, regardless of whether we have accomplished good or evil in this life. Immortality is the gift to every mortal child of our Father in Heaven. Death must be viewed as a portal to a new and better life. Through the glorious resurrection, body and spirit will be reunited. We will have a perfect, immortal body of flesh and bones that will never be subjected to pain or death. But the glory we attain to in the next life will depend on our performance in this life. Only through the gift of the Atonement and our obedience to the gospel can we return and live with God once again.

But the glory we attain to in the next life will depend on our performance in this life. Only through the gift of the Atonement and our obedience to the gospel can we return and live with God once again.

Activities: Choose one or more to complete at the end of the lesson and help younger children understand the talk and lesson.

Sharing Time: The Great Plan of Salvation Offers Me Peace, Friend, Mar 1994,

Sharing Time: The Plan of Happiness, Friend, Jan 2005,

Sharing Time: I Shouted for Joy!, Friend, Feb 1999,

Sharing Time: I Know God's Plan, Friend, Jun 2003

Sharing Time: Heavenly Father's Plan, Friend, Apr 1995

Testimony:

Closing Song: I Know My Father Lives, Children's Songbook, p. 5

Closing Prayer:




 

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