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Saturday, December 15, 2007


I love all the fun things about this time of year, but wanted to make sure that I teach my kids what it's really all about. I found some meaningful ideas that are helpful for teaching about the Savior's birth and the meaning of this special time of year. Most of it is from the Primary 1 Lesson 46 about the Birth of Jesus, but I added a few things to it. Hopefully, you can use at least some part of this lesson to help teach your kids about the Birth of the Savior.

Adapted from “Lesson 46: The Birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas),” Primary 1: I Am a Child of God, 151


To help each child feel gratitude for the birth of Jesus Christ.


1. Make a small manger (small paper-mache box from the craft store works well) and cut strips of yellow foam into small pieces of “hay”. You will also need a small baby Jesus to put into the manger. Print and cut the following ideas into small cards to use as ideas for earning hay for the manger:

Read or listen to a scripture story.

Write a thank-you note to a family member or a friend.

Draw a Christmas picture of your family.

List the good things that have happened to you during the year in your journal.

Share a smile with as many people as you can.

Read a story to someone younger than you are.

Tell a friend why you like him or her.

Clean your room without being asked.

Memorize a scripture and recite it for someone.

Thank Heavenly Father for your blessings.

Say something nice about a person you know.

Write a letter of thanks to the bishop.

Write a Christmas letter to a missionary.

Say “Merry Christmas” to a neighbor.

Help a family member with a task.

Ask your mom or dad how you can be of help.

Make a gift to give as a surprise.

Do something nice for someone you don’t know very well.

Help a friend who needs you.

Leave love notes where your mother and/or father will find them.

Put out crumbs for the birds.

Help make your house tidy.

Draw a picture and give it away.

Write your feelings about Jesus in your journal.

Sing Christmas songs as you work.

Make a list of ways you can try to be like Jesus during the coming year.

Talk with someone who seems lonely.

2. Materials needed:

a. A Bible. Prayerfully study Matthew 2:1–12 and Luke 1:26–35; 2:1–20.

b. A small nativity scene. I found a printable paper one online at, click on the photo to link to the page. If a nativity scene is not available, use picture 1-75, The Birth of Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 200; 62116).

c. Crayons

d. GAK Pictures: 1-75, The Birth of Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 200; 62116); picture 1-76, No Room at the Inn (62115); picture 1-77, The Announcement of Christ’s Birth to the Shepherds (Gospel Art Picture Kit 202; 62117); picture 1-78, The Wise Men (Gospel Art Picture Kit 203; 62120).

e. “The Nativity Song,” music with coordinating pictures printed and cut-out.


Invite a child to give the opening prayer.

Attention Activity

Have a child stand by you as you tell the details you know about his or her birth. Repeat for each child or person in your family.

We celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth at Christmastime

Explain that since this is the Christmas season, we are celebrating the birth of someone we all love.

• Whose birth are we celebrating?


Tell the story of the angel’s visit to Mary, as found in Luke 1:26–35. Explain that the angel told Mary that she would be the mother of the Son of God, Jesus.

• What was the name of Jesus’ mother? (See Luke 1:27.)

• Who was the father of Jesus? (Heavenly Father. See Luke 1:35.)

Explain that Joseph was not Jesus’ father. He was a good man chosen to take care of Jesus. The angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him about the important baby Mary would have. The angel told Joseph that Mary should be his wife.


Show picture 1-76, No Room at the Inn, and tell about the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem, as found in Luke 2:1–7. Read Luke 2:7 aloud, explaining any words that may be unfamiliar to the children.


Have the children sit or kneel on the floor in front of the nativity scene. Show picture 1-75, The Birth of Jesus, and have each child tell about one thing he or she sees in the picture.

• Why didn’t Mary and Joseph sleep in the inn? (See Luke 2:7.)

• Where was Jesus born? (In a stable.)

• What kind of a bed did Mary have for baby Jesus? (See Luke 2:7.)


Help the children sing or say the words to “Away in a Manger” (Children’s Songbook, p. 42).

A baby in a manger (rock arms as if cradling a baby),

A loving mother near (reach out arms),

A star shines in the heavens (point with awe to the sky),

The Son of God is here (clap hands for joy)!


Show picture 1-77, The Announcement of Christ’s Birth to the Shepherds, and tell about the visit of the shepherds, as described in Luke 2:8–20.

• Why were the shepherds afraid? (See Luke 2:9.)

• What did the angel tell the shepherds? (See Luke 2:10–12.)

• What did the shepherds do after they visited baby Jesus? (See Luke 2:17, 20.)


Show picture 1-78, The Wise Men, and tell about the visit of the wise men, as described in Matthew 2:1–12.


Have the children stand and pretend to ride camels around the room, following the star that will lead them to baby Jesus.

After several trips around the room, have the children get off their camels and come back to the nativity scene. Explain that by the time the wise men found baby Jesus, Joseph had found a better place for the family to stay and they were no longer in the stable. Remind the children that the wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Have each child tell if his or her pretend gift is gold, frankincense, or myrrh and then present it to the baby Jesus.


Help the children sing or say the words to “The Nativity Song”.(Avon Allen Compton and Pat Kelsey Graham, Friend, Dec 1980, 13) You can use the music or just say the words while holding up the corresponding picture for each verse:

1. This is the season beloved of the year.
Sing a rhyme; Christmastime soon will be here.
Tell the true story of Jesus’ birth,
When, as a baby, Christ came to the earth.

2. These are the new stars shining so bright,
Lighting the world on that first Christmas night.
This is the angel proclaiming the birth,
Singing, “Hosanna!” and “Peace on the earth!”

3. This is the stable—shelter so bare;
Cattle and oxen first welcomed Christ there.
This is the manger—sweet hay for a bed—
Waiting for Jesus to cradle His head.

4. These are the shepherds, humble and mild,
Hast’ning to worship the newborn Christ Child.
These are the wise men who followed the star,
With frankincense, gold, and myrrh brought from afar.

5. See the sweet mother, Mary so fair,
And Joseph, guiding the donkey with care.
See the dear Baby of Bethlehem,
Little Lord Jesus, the Savior of men.

Our gift to Jesus is to be like him

Explain that each Christmas as we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, we can give gifts to him. We can’t give gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh like the wise men did, but we can give another type of gift. We give a gift to Jesus when we try to be like him. We are being like Jesus when we are kind to our family and friends.


Help each child make or decorate a manger. Tell the children to put their manger somewhere in their homes where it will remind them to do kind deeds for others as gifts to Jesus. Challenge the children to do at least one kind deed each day until Christmas. Each time they do a good deed, they can put one piece of “hay” into the manger. When the manger is full of “hay,” they can put baby Jesus inside.

Help the children think of kind deeds they can do. Remind them that when they do kind deeds, they are giving a wonderful gift to Jesus. You can print the cards above for ideas of kind deeds.


Explain that the birth of Jesus Christ was one of the most important things that has ever happened on the earth. Express your love for Jesus and your desire to be like him, not only at Christmastime but all year long.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A Testimony to Share

Nancy's last Lesson idea reminded me of cute poem from the Friend that I adapted into miny lesson that can be used for the smallest of kids.

A Testimony to Share
Karen A. Kimball Friend, Oct. 2007 

I have a testimony 
That has begun to grow. 
Gospel truths I once believed 
Now I can say, “I know.”
(A picture of your child(ren))

When I feel inside my heart 
The Holy Spirit’s there, 
I can help bless others and 
My testimony share.
(A picture of someone bearing their testimony or one to represent happiness  i.e. children or people smiling)

I testify of Jesus Christ, 
Of Heavenly Father’s plan, 
The power of the Atonement, 
And eternal life for man.
(A picture of Jesus) 

I testify of Joseph Smith, 
And priesthood power restored, 
The fulness of the gospel 
On earth forevermore.
(A picture of Joseph Smith)

I testify of the prophet 
And Twelve Apostles too, 
Living in these latter days 
To lead us safely through.
(A Picture of President Hinckley) 

I testify of lessons learned 
Through study and through prayer, 
Truths in the Book of Mormon, 
That I’ve discovered there.
(A picture or set of scriptures)

I share my testimony, 
Then reverently I end 
Like a sacred prayer that’s said, 
In Jesus’s name, amen.
(Fold your arms)

Monday, December 3, 2007

How To Gain and Share Your Testimony

Andrew saw one of his friends go up and bear her testimony in Sacrament meeting yesterday and asked if he could have a turn....

Review "Testimony" in the True to the Faith reference book:

Andrew is 3, so we're going to keep things simple:

  • Show the picture of Joseph Smith's First Vision:,16989,4218-1-4-115,00.html
  • Let him identify each person in the picture.
  • Ask simple questions such as: Does Jesus love you? Does Heavenly Father love you? Are you a child of God?
  • Share our testimony with him.
  • Let him practice sharing his testimony with the family.

Any ideas would be very helpful. Thanks!

Talking Points for Sharing the Gospel

Review Elder M. Russell Ballard's recent conference talk:

Have your children think of some simple statements that they can say when others ask them about the church and write them down.

As a couple, or with your older children, make a one page statement that can be given to others as suggested by Elder Ballard.

Here is a link to the Articles of Faith: