Samuel the Lamanite faced angry people who didn’t want to listen to his message. Because of his faith in the Lord and in his calling, Samuel was able to continue preaching and helped prepare hearts for the coming of Christ. This Book of Mormon lesson teaches us about being bold, having faith, and sharing the gospel.
But as many as there were who did not believe in the words of Samuel werewith him; and they cast stones at him upon the wall, and also many shot arrows at him as he stood upon the wall; but the Spirit of the Lord was with him, insomuch that they could not hit him with their stones neither with their arrows.
1. Said Samuel, “Within five years
A night will be as day,
And Baby Jesus will be born
In a land far, far away.”
Oh, let us gladly sing.
How blessed that our Lord was born;
Let earth receive her King!
2. Across the sea, in Bethlehem,
Lord Jesus came to earth
As Samuel had prophesied,
And angels sang His birth.
Begin the lesson by acting out the story of Samuel the Lamanite as found in Helaman 15 and 16. Stand on a chair (or have children take turns standing on a chair) and preach some of the words Samuel did. Pretend to throw stones and arrows. Marshmallows work great.
Ask: How do you think Samuel felt, standing on the city wall while things were being thrown at him?
Read aloud: Just as Heavenly Father sends prophets to warn us, he wants us to share the gospel with those around us. However, being a missionary for Jesus Christ isn’t always easy. In fact, it can be really scary.
Share a time when you had to work up the courage to share the gospel. Ask the children if they’ve ever tried to share the gospel.
Read aloud: When we keep the commandments and pray for help, the Holy Ghost can help guide us in sharing the gospel with our friends. As we build our faith, our fear will grow smaller. Sometimes, people won’t want to listen to us. They may even make fun of us or get angry at us. However, we should always listen to Heavenly Father and do what He asks us to do. We may have to stand alone, but Jesus will stand with us.
Ask: How can we be courageous like Samuel the Lamanite?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson with the following activity. On a piece of paper or on a board, make three columns. In one, write Samuel. In the other write believers. In the last, write non-believers. Read Helaman 16:1-3 together. Discuss and write down in each column what each person did and why they may have felt.
Read aloud: Samuel wanted to bring glad tidings of great joy to the people. However, as with many prophets before, his words were rejected by many. Still, Samuel remained true to the things God had placed on his heart and returned to preach upon the city wall, even after being cast out. In our lives, we may feel like we haven’t been successful in what God has called us to do. We may feel apprehension or fear about being bold in following the promptings we’ve been given.
Ask: How can we be courageous like Samuel the Lamanite? Have you had any experiences where you had to overcome fear to follow God?
Read aloud: Just as the believers who listen to Samuel, we can listen to prophets today. We can find safety and security there. The more we understand about Jesus Christ through His servants, the bolder we can be. Just as it isn’t always easy to share the words of the prophets, it isn’t always easy to follow the words of the prophets either.
Ask: How can we gain confidence in our testimonies of the prophets?
Finish the lesson with your testimony.
Banana Split Ice-Cream
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup butter, melted, plus 1/4 cup butter
4 to 5 medium bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds
1-1/2 quarts strawberry ice cream, softened
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) container nondairy whipped topping
1. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and the melted butter. Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture, then press the remainder into the bottom of a 9- by 13-inch pan.
2. Place the bananas in a single layer over the crust. Spread the softened ice cream on top and smooth. Sprinkle the nuts on the ice cream, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
3. In a large saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and the remaining 1/4 cup butter and stir until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar and evaporated milk. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until slightly thickened and smooth, about 8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool the mixture, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the mixture over the ice cream and freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.
4. Spread the whipped topping over the chocolate layer and sprinkle with the reserved crumbs. Freeze for at least 3-1/2 hours. Remove the dish from the freezer 10 to 20 minutes before slicing. Serves 18.
Samuel and the Star
Watch the following video together as a family.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.