And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
1. To Nephi, seer of olden time,
A vision came from God,
Wherein the holy word sublime
Was shown an iron rod.
Hold to the rod, the iron rod;
‘Tis strong, and bright, and true.
The iron rod is the word of God;
‘Twill safely guide us through.
2. While on our journey here below,
Beneath temptation’s pow’r,
Through mists of darkness we must go,
In peril ev’ry hour.
3. And when temptation’s pow’r is nigh,
Our pathway clouded o’er,
Upon the rod we can rely,
And heaven’s aid implore.
4. And, hand o’er hand, the rod along,
Through each succeeding day,
With earnest prayer and hopeful song,
We’ll still pursue our way.
5. Afar we see the golden rest
To which the rod will guide,
Where, with the angels bright and blest,
Forever we’ll abide.
Begin by placing a copy of the Book of Mormon and a photo of Christ on a table. Ask your children how the Book of Mormon and Christ are related. Give everyone a chance to share.
Read aloud: The Book of Mormon is evidence that Jesus Christ lived and is our Savior. The stories in the Book of Mormon are about people on the American continent and what they knew about Jesus Christ. Sometimes they followed Christ and were happy. When they were wicked and forgot about Jesus, they faced many challenges and trials. The most important moment in the Book of Mormon is when Jesus comes to visit the people of the Book of Mormon. We learn a lot by reading these stories.
Ask: What have you learned about Jesus Christ from the Book of Mormon?
Read aloud: When we read the Book of Mormon and pray about the things we are learning, we can know truth from God. The Book of Mormon helps us know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ’s church.
It is important to have a testimony that the Book of Mormon, and the Church, are true because it gives us strength, courage, and hope by drawing us closer to Christ. Everything we do in the Church is meant to teach us about Jesus and help us become more like him.
Ask: What makes reading the Book of Mormon hard? How can we help you enjoy reading the Book of Mormon?
Depending on your child’s age level, discuss ways you can help them learn to love the Book of Mormon. Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony of the Book of Mormon and sharing any personal experiences about how the Book of Mormon has brought you closer to Christ.
*For Teenagers and Adults*
Begin by reading this quote from Joseph Smith:
“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, … and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”
Ask: What does this mean to you? How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Read aloud: In Preach My Gospel it says, “The Book of Mormon is powerful evidence of the divinity of Christ. It is also proof of the Restoration through the Prophet Joseph Smith. An essential part of conversion is receiving a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true.”
The Book of Mormon has been described as the keystone of our religion. A keystone is the middle piece of an arch that locks the other places together.
Ask: How is the Book of Mormon the keystone for the Church?
Read aloud: The Book of Mormon is a witness of Jesus Christ and the fullness of His gospel. With the Book of Mormon, we have evidence in our hands that God loves all of His children and continues to speak to us today. It is how we can know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God to restore His Church. By gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon, as Elder Holland has stated, we find “safety for the soul.”
Finish the lesson by watching the Mormon message below and inviting anyone who would like to share to bear their testimony of the Book of Mormon.
Economy Book of Mormon – Soft Cover
Book of Mormon Krispies or Frozen Banana Pops
-Rice Krispie Treats (homemade or store-bought)
Make rice krispie treats ahead of time. We always just follow the classic directions on the box, but for this we put them in a smaller pan so they would be thick. Melt chocolate chips and pour into a ziplock bag. Cut a small hole on the tip and pipe “J” shapes onto a piece of waxed paper. Freeze. Melt the butterscotch chips and spread over the top and sides of a cut rice krispie treat (I used peanut butter because it’s what I had on hand). Once the chocolate has rehardened, use the shapes as the binder rings.
(Courtesy of Spud Mamas)
-Spread (softened cream cheese, yogurt, melted chocolate, peanut butter, Nutella, Biscoff, etc.)
-Toppings (oats, granola, chocolate chips, nuts, graham crackers, cookie crumbs, shredded coconut, sprinkles, etc.)
1. Prepare a cookie sheet with a layer of parchment paper.
2. Peel bananas and cut off each end. Cut the bananas in half or thirds, depending on the size. Carefully insert a popsicle stick into the banana.
3. Using a knife, spread your desired topping onto the banana. (For melted chocolate, yogurt, or thinner spreads, dipping may be more practical.)
4. Roll the banana in your toppings (a shallow bowl or plate works well), using your hands to add more topping if your banana is curved. Place on the parchment paper. Repeat with remaining bananas.
5. Freeze the bananas for 2-4 hours. Serve or place in a freezer bag for up to a week.
(Courtesy of Modern Parents, Messy Kids)
Scripture Kickball or Book of Mormon Reading Race
Before you start:
-you’ll need a kickball, something for bases, and for the youth to bring scriptures
-use the same rules as kickball and divide into 2 teams
-ask scripture questions before each player kicks from home base
-players are allowed to get help from their team members
-be sure to mix up the Bible questions and Book of Mormon questions
-there is a 1 minute time limit for answering the question (this is just to keep the game moving)
-1 point for making it home
-2 points for answering a question correctly without their team members help
-1 point for answering a question correctly with their team members help
(Courtesy of Let’s Get Together)
Book of Mormon Reading Race
Have everyone get a copy of the Book of Mormon. Choose one person to start. The person who is chosen to be it opens up to a random spot in the Book of Mormon and begins reading. The first person to then find where they are reading and begin reading along gets a point. The next person then opens up and starts it over. Play as long as you’d like or until everyone has had the chance to go three times.
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.